This tip may sound ridiculous, but as you are walking and crossing the streets here in Sydney, be mindful that Australia follows the driving rules of England.
Please look to the right and be careful as you walk across the streets. As a reminder, on the streets are painted directions to look to the right!!
As I have mentioned on a transportation tip earlier, I love to walk, and why not? I've learned that some of the best places I have discovered have been while strolling along at a leisurely pace.
While you're exploring Sydney on foot stop and enjoy the many beautiful sights. You can also find some great little known spots to stop and watch the world go by, so why not just kick up your feet and take in this beautiful harbour city at your own pace?
Fondest memory: Just stopping at the harbour after a long walk and enjoying the beautiful city.
When we first began thinking of visiting "Mrs. MacQuarie's Chair" and the Royal Botanic Gardens, I was perplexed to see that going to the end of Victoria Street, which seemed the logical direction, might not work. You see, Victoria kind of dead-ends up above the Wooloomooloo Bay area.
No worries, said Chris Bahr, owner of the Victoria Court Hotel. "Just take the stairs". Well.... I didn't see anything on my map about any stairs, but we took Chris at his word and headed down Victoria Street.
Voila! At the end of the street over on the left are "The McElhone Stairs", a long series of cement stairs leading down from Victoria Street to Cowper Wharf Road, which runs along Wooloomooloo Bay/Harbour.
During our time in Sydney, we made great use of the stairs, using it as our shortcut on walks to MacQuarie's Chair, The Domain, The Botanic Gardens, The Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the Circular Quay.... you get the idea. It became our favorite Aussie shortcut.
And, climbing all those steps numerous times each day certainly added to the fitness program. : )
Fondest memory: I remember making a remark, on about the ten thousandth time we walked the stairs, that went something like this..
"I wonder how many of these stairs there are?"
Bonnie says "120", matter-of-factly. So, if you ever have this question in Trivial Pursuit, there are 120 steps in the McElhone Stairs of Potts Point, Sydney.
The first time I did the walk I missed Bradley's Head. I was in a bit of a hurry and, in order to save time, tried to take the short cut but got lost and eventually found my way back on the trail. This time I deliberately aimed for the hisotric headland.
Fondest memory: There are some lovely vistas to be had, opening up between gaps in the eucalypts that are present all through the walk.
After that there's the history. In 1895 there were huts put here because a mine was going to happen but, fortunately, a meeting in Mosman led to the mine lease being rescinded due to a unanimous vote being cast by the citizens.
The headland gets its name from a Lt. William Bradley who was assisting Captain Hunter in early boat surveys of Sydney Harbour though the aborigines originally called it "Dalyungay" which roughly means "place of surveillance".
Maybe it's the weather or maybe it's the streets, i find Sydney city very comfortable to walk.
We walked from Central Railway Station to QVB, from there we walked to The Rocks, and further down is The Opera House.
So if you love exploring the city on foot, just keep walking!!!
Macquarie Street: Some of the best preserved buildings and monuments to Sydney's European past.
Start at the Hyde Park end at the Archibald Fountain then move onto the Hyde Park Barracks (great restaurant plus excellent Museum detailing convict past), then to the Mint (has a great cafe), St James's Church, Parliament House (the oldest parliament in Australia and open to visitors).
Then explore the grand builkdings along the length of the street right down to the Harbour and the Sydney Opera House. Make sure you see the Chief Secretary's Building on the left and you head towards the Harbour. One of the grandest buildings in Sydney with exceptional stonework.
Also the Intercontinental Hotel on the opposite corner which was onece the Treasury Building and diagonally opposite the Conservatorium which wasonce the stable for the Governor's horses (this is currently under renovation).
Also make a detour to the Botanic Gardens along the way and check out the mock tudor Government House ehich used to be the residence of the NSW Governor but is now open to the public as a 'People's House'. Check out the crazy aqua interiors and the exquisite view from the gardens across the harbour.
Favorite thing: Wander round Circular Quay (not actually circular these days) and the Rocks area (the two are next to each other). Here's a picture of the famous Harbour Bridge taken from Circular Quay.
Favorite thing: explore the very cosmopolitan Oxford Street - which runs all the way from the corner of Hyde Park to Bondi Junction (the picture is of a section in Bondi Junction). If you're easily offended - you might wish to skip it as there are some 'interesting' shops that I personally didn't venture into! However, the stretch near the city centre is a great place to go for nightlife, there's an arthouse cinema and some nice cafes too.
Favorite thing: Everything is accessible quite easily in Sydney, which allows the visitor to adapt quickly. Although the atmosphere is very enjoyable, some hectic can be felt between the residents during the weekdays. The Sundays, on the other hand, are relaxed and leisure-oriented. On weekends there is a good opportunity to visit the street fair in the Rocks, one just have to avoid the souvenirs. Besides lots of must-see attractions like Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge, Opera House, The Rocks, Aquarium, etc., there are also a lot of places to relax and really enjoy the life. On a sunny day you may want to lay down in the grass of the popular Royal Botanic Gardens or on a more romantic hill by the Sydney Observatory. A good option to spend a half of a day is also a visit to Taronga Zoo, reachable by a ferry from the famous Circular Quay; ferries and catamarans start from there to a number of various destinations, including the Olympic Park.
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
Walk around the city, even without any specific destination.
Fondest memory: The view I saw when I was on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The scene of the sunset over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Also, just an relaxing afternoon in the Royal Botanic Gardens reading and enjoy the sunshine.
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: 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: 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: 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/