Explore the city by walking around... even if it causes aching feet... see Oxford Street, see Royal Botanical Garden (but don't forget to leave before it closes down... I had to be picked up by one of the park-rangers, shame on me...)
Fondest memory: Nothing special.... just the feeling I get everytime I remember my first visit to the city and to Australia generally
try all the different foods on offer that you wouldn't get at home.
take a walk up the harbour bridge and take a ride on the ferries.
Fondest memory: the whole of this visit has been some thing i shell never forget for the rets of my life.
Favorite thing: If you've only got a week or a few days in Sydney, your time would be best spent by taking a walk around the wider CBD area, visiting The Rocks or spending time on the harbour. The harbour is Sydney and on a warm day, with a clear blue sky, there is no better place on earth.
Favorite thing: sky-diving...its FUN..!!Taking a City Circle train, the Monorail or walking is the best way of seeing city attractions, while buses and ferries represent the best way to visit points and attractions around the harbour. The government-run Explorer Buses and Sydney Pass service represent an ideal and inexpensive way to see most of the main tourist points around the city and out to Bondi.
Favorite thing: Kill a couple of hours by taking a walk from Circular Quay, around the Opera House and the Botanic Gardens. Beautiful Gardens, great photo opportunities around here. You could lie in the gardens for a few hours and bask in the sun (as many people do). Walk all the way up to Mrs Macquaries Chair (pic left), a carved rock ledge seat where Elizabeth Macquarie, the Governor’s wife, liked to sit and watch the harbour. Harbour panorama from here. More info and photos: http://www.rbgsyd.gov.au/
Walk about the old parts. There's so much history here, despite the fact that it feels so modern. It was thrilling to glimpse the Harbour Bridge from unexpected angles, such as when I was wandering through the The Rocks, as one of the old parts of town is called, and came upon the view captured in the pic above. Not your usual postcard shot! The pic on the left was from the top of the AMP tower.
Fondest memory: Blue, blue sky, and the weird feeling of being both in the UK and in the US, at the same time!
I still remember the feeling when I walked across the harbour bridge and saw the Opera house for the first time. Then I finally realized that I WAS in Sydney, Australia! It felt so strange beeing there seeing the famous landmark.
I miss my friends and all the fun we had together.My semester abroad was a blast no doubt about it!
When you come to Sydney you should go to the Central Business District (CBD). This is the hub of Sydney with shops, cafes, department stores. In the evening try some clubs and and bars if you like that sort of thing. (I like the Slip Inn on Sussex St. personally) For shopping and street entertainment, the Pitt St. Mall is good for that. There are many performance artists here, especially during school holidays and major national/international events.
Also, have a look at Darling Harbour-you can get a monorail to the area.(AU$3.50) Darling Harbour has many lovely outdoor cafes on the waterfront (this is Cockle Bay). Wonderful shopping venues and entertainment sites.
And hey, what about Circular Quay?? You can't miss out on that area. This is where the Harbour Bridge and Opera House is located. There are harbour boats that you can take to the zoo, the train station is there to take you anywhere to a nearby suburb, right up to an hour away if you please. Museum of Contemporary Art is also here. There is SO much to do in Sydney if you have the time :)
If it is good weather, you should take a ferry to Manly from Circular Quay. It takes around 15 minutes or so, and the view is great! (AU$10.00 return adult ticket from Circ. Quay)
(BY THE WAY, THIS SYDNEY SITE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION, WILL HAVE MUCH MORE INFO ON SYDNEY ONCE PHOTOS ARE DEVELOPED) :) VISIT SOON!
Fondest memory: The people and shopping!! Most people are more than happy to help visitors when they are here. You only have to ask. I miss the unique city style that is unique to Sydney. So many outdoor cafes which are fantastic during the warmer months and walking along the cove to the Botanical Gardens past the Opera House is something that I miss when I'm not in Sydney. This city has a great atmosphere.
Favorite thing: Take a walk through the downtown area of Sydney. A great walk is to start at far end of the walkway leading to the opera house and circular quay. It's a park I believe. From there walk to the water and follow the sidewalk along the water for about a mile or so until you get to the opera house. From there, head towards downtown, walking up whatever street you come out on, you'll go past the parliment building and find yourself eventually in Hyde park. Hang out there for a while, then either go left or right. Left takes you to more downtown spots, right should lead you to the harbor once again.
A good favorite in Sydney is to just walk around (or you could catch the Sydney Explorer Bus) the City Centre. I suggest hitting the Rocks, Circular Quay, the Sydney Botanic Gardens, St. Martin Place, and the Darling Harbour. It gives you the best of downtown Sydney!
Fondest memory: A new thing to do in Sydney is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb (www.bridgeclimb.com.au). But if you're not up to that you can simply walk across the bridge on the pedestrian walkway and go up the pylon tower. The views are virtually the same but the BridgeClimb is a little more adventuresome (and expensive).
Favorite thing: Take a whole day walking along the harbour. From the bridge, past the port, to the Opera House and beyond.