Sight Seeing, Sydney
These walks show you more of Australia in one go than is possible anywhere else in my opinion. You get to see how people live and how animals exist side by side.
Fondest memory: Speaking of animals, the harmless water dragons (pics 1 & 5) are everywhere, particularly when it's warm. They love nothing more than resting on the sandstone in the middle of the trail and scurrying off when you approach. If you tread quietly and approach stealthily, as I did, you can get quite close to them.
Other animals you'll almost certainly see at various times of the year are kookaburras (pic 2), lorikeets and pigeons (pic 3). Wrens flitter about in the bushes right next to the trail as well and are quite cheeky.
One animal I didn't expect was the rabbit (pic 4) that I saw hopping around on Chowder Bay beach. There are plans to eradicate them so you may not see one as I did.
Favorite thing: I came to Sydney in April for a month in 2008 and we tried to do excursions on the weekends, but it was really expensive. We would go to the Flight Center and it was about $400-600 to all the places we wanted to go to (Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock, Adeladide), it wasn't in our budget so we skipped and just made the most of Sydney. So i"m not sure if you can pre-book your travels before going there, but at least look into it.
Located here at the Rocks is the Sydney Tourist Information Center. Its a great place to get started whether you're interested in general or specific information in and around Sydney. They have a great shop with an assorted selection of Sydney items.
Pick up your typical Sydney tourist trinkets for those back home.
Fondest memory: For more information on what's going on in Sydney, check out their website at
Not sure that this is a favorite thing or not but it sure isn't a fondest memory.
Sydney is a VERY tourist friendly town. They have many signs and maps all over town as well as information booths that are very easy to find and use. This goes a long way towards making out of towners feel at home here and feel like they are able to get the most out of their "Once in a Lifetime" trip to Sydney.
Favorite thing: When you arrive at Sydney airport, look out for the Sydney Guide Booklets available free of charge. It contains lots of information on what to see and do in Sydney, and includes suggested walking itineraries. You'll also find some discount vouchers for various tourist attractions at the back of the booklet.
There are many waterside restaurants in Sydney. Doyle's is probably the most famous. Three generations of the family have participated in that venture but you can dine more cheaply or more expensively, depending on your needs.
Fondest memory: Me, I'm happy so long as the food is edible and the company is fine. I can't help it if I'm always surrounded by women.
That's Rosemarie on the left and her son's partner, Kim, on the right.
We're dining at the Boatrowers, a club tucked well into Mosman Bay with a bistro upstairs (where we are) and a classier restaurant downstairs.
This club is a noted haunt of many famous Sydney personalities, particularly those of artistic bent.
Just to the right is a barbecue where you have the option to grill your own steak or you can choose something else, as we did, and let them bring it to you.
Whatever you choose, the view's the same. Not too hard to take at all, thank you!
Favorite thing: Casual wear does just fine for most places in Australia. So keep the clothes informal unless on a business trip. For the summer months from October to April, pack in lightweight clothes and always carry a hat and sunscreen with a high SPF in Australia, as the sun and UV radiation can get very intense. For the coast, an umbrella or raincoat is a sensible item to carry along and for inland and mountainous regions, you’ll need a lightweight sweater or coat. Winter months require heavier warm clothes and inland areas can get really cold
The main tourist office is located in 106 George St in The Rocks. There are more brochures than you can poke a stick at and you will find lots of information about the best ways to see the major attractions.
Open 9.30-5.30 everyday except Christmas and Good Friday.
Fondest memory: They also have lots of info on the rest of NSW if you are heading off exploring the coast or the countryside.
Sydney Visitor Centre is located @ 106 George Street, The Rocks. It is a good place to pick up maps, brochures & general tourist information about Sydney as well as towns in New South Wales. The office is open daily from 9am-6pm. Phone: (02) 9255 1788.
City Host information kiosks, located near Town Hall (George Street), at Circular Quay (corner Pitt & Alfred Streets), at Martin Place (between Elizabeth & Castlereagh Streets) also provide comprehensive information on Sydney.
Two more Visitor Centres are @ Sydney International Airport Terminal & Darling Harbour.
Check out this website for some views of Sydney, the city centre, the old part of the city, the harbour and surrounds.
It gives a good idea of how it really looks, and you can make your own judgement.
One thing I can really recommend (that is shown on this virtual tour) is the Rocks Markets held on weekends. Great fun and very Sydney-fied.
Heres the link:
Fondest memory: I live here. I'm still building on my fondest experiences.
Who needs cash? There are plenty of things to do should one be on a tight budget as I was!!
1. Check out the buskers and head to Darling Harbour where you can watch street performers and free concerts by the water's edge.
16} Central Station - For suburban, country and interstate trains, interstate bus terminal.
17} Chinatown - Shops and restaurants, Paddy's Markets and Market City.
18} Chinese Garden - Tumbalong Park, Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre, Sega World.
19} Star City - Sydney's Casino, Pyrmont Bay.
20} Darling Harbour - National Maritime Museum, Harbour side shops, restaurants and entertainment, the Sydney Monorail.
21} Powerhouse Museum - Displays include Exhibitions of Science, Technology, the Decorative Arts Designed and Social History.
22} Darling Walk - Sega World, the Imax Theatre, and the Cockle Bay bars and restaurants.
23} Sydney Aquarium - World's largest collection of Australian freshwater and marine life.
24} Campbell's Cove - Views of Sydney Harbour, Starting point for the Rocks.
25} The Rocks - Sydney Visitor Centre, weekend markets, walking tours, Harbour Bridge Pylon / lookout and historic pubs.
These are the stops that the bus makes;
01} Sydney Cove / Circular Quay - 'The Gateway to Sydney Harbour' - ferries, cruises, buskers, regular buses to east and west.
02} Sydney Opera House - Guided tours, box office bookings, restaurant and bars.
03}Royal Botanic Gardens / Museum of Sydney - Conservatorium of Music, Government House and its gardens.
04} Historic Macquarie Street - State Library of NSW, Mitchell Library, Parliament House, Sydney Hospital and Hyde Park Barracks.
05} Mrs Macquarie's Chair - Spectacular views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour.
06} Art Gallery of NSW - Extensive collection of Australian, Aboriginal and contemporary art.
07} Australian Museum - Hyde Park, the ANZAC Memorial, St. Marry's Cathedral.
08} Hard Rock Café - Save the Planet, burgers and rock and roll shrine.
09} Kings Cross - Night Clubs, cosmopolitan restaurants and cafes.
10} Macleay Street - EL Alamein Fountain and weekend
11} Elizabeth Bay House - c1839, once dubbed 'the finest house in the colony'.
12} Potts Point - Fine colonial architecture and sidewalk cafes.
13} Woolloomooloo Bay - Garden Island - home of the Royal Australian Navy, site of Harry's Cafè de Wheels - pie stand to the stars.
14} Wynyard - Business heart of Sydney, Martin Place with lunchtime entertainment and the Cenotaph.
15} Queen Victoria Building - 'The most beautiful shopping centre in the city'. Alight here for City centre shopping, Pitt Street Mall, AMP Tower, Town Hall and Planet Hollywood.
Favorite thing: The best thing you can do to explorer Sydney (when you don't have a friend over there that can be your guide) is to use the Sydney Explorer Bus. This bus has 25 stops and you can hop on and off anywhere you wish, with an interval of 18 minutes. I didn't use the bus because I had a personal guide ;-) The first departure from Circular Quay is at 8.40 am and the last 'round trip' at 5.22 am.
Favorite thing: Sydneys most northern point is palm beach where you will also find barrenjoey lighthouse featured on the popular TV show home and away .Its a great walk up to the lighthouse and awsome views once your there make sure you got good shoes though as it can be rocky .You can catch a bus to here from the wynyard bus terminal in the city or the bus terminal at manly wharf ,its the palm beach bus .