If you take a ferry to Balmain, it takes only 7 minutes to get there. The ferry goes below the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Within only these 7 minutes you get from the CBD to a completely different world. As far as I know, Balmain is a former working-class suburb, but nowadays also attracts people with more money.
It`s interesting to stroll along the main road, looking at the old buildings.
Newtown is the alternative suburb of Sydney where you find all sorts of shops, Cafes, Hippie shops, second hand shops, a cinema showing alternative movies (I was excited to watch Nowhere in africa in german, my language, with english subtitles there) It's a cool place and just a couple of stops away from the city. The trainstation "NEWTOWN" lies in the heart of the shopping street
Very quiet and up-market [ Nicole Kidman has a home here ] Elizabeth Bay has a village atmosphere, there are stylish apartment buildings and houses, smart cafes and a small but pretty harbourside park
visit Elizabeth Bay House and step back in time [ see Must See tips ] or walk for a few minutes along to sigh over the classy yatchs at the Rushcutters Bay marina
Crows Nest, a somewhat unimaginatively named suburb on Sydney's north shore, has always been a busy intersection as far back as I can recall.
It was here that you diverged off the Pacific Highway if you wanted to head towards Neutral Bay, Balmoral, Mosman and Manly. These days you still can but the freeway link to the Harbour Bridge and tunnel have taken much of the through traffic away. Crows Nest is still a vibrant suburb though.
This picture shows the Crows Nest Cummunity Centre with an architectural blend of castle-like towers set behind a colourful tiled fountain and grassy park. It was taken from a row of restaurants and small businesses that border the park.
Should you blow up the picture you will notice a sculptured crow atop the white pole. Can't think what that might signify!
Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Beach, then walk to the far left end of the beach, where the kid's pools is. You can see the tunnel as a dark spot from afar. Walk past the pool, climb the cliff (fairly easy walking, no hiking) and walk to this tunnel. The tunnel runs approximately 50m through the cliff to the other side. The shore at the other side is rocky and rough and I was here at low tide and with a calm surf., but I can imagine it's spectacular at high tide and high surf.
This is the most beautiful suburb in all of Sydney. Just ask Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, and Russel Crowe !!!!!!! They all have homes in this trendy neighborhood !!!!! Take the taxi and have them drop you off in front of the Ritz Carlton hotel in Elizabeth Bay. And just walk the streets with trendy cafes...very High end Shops.....this is where you find the Gucci, Prada, Armani boutique stores among the many there. And have lunch and just take in all the surroundings......The Beverly Hills of Syndey is well worth an afternoon stop !!!!!
Sydney's underwater environs are as spectacular as its above-sea landmarks, if you know where to dive in.
The Captain Cook National Park at Kurnell offers a number of dive sites including:
Normally done as a drift back into the bay this dive has a maximum depth of 21m. During the dive you will see a large number of seadragons, some great sponge gardens and if you look closely a number of seahorses.
This dive offers the clearest water in the area. With a maximum depth of 25m this site has some spectacular sceenary. Can only be dive when the seas are very flat and is not a site for inexperienced divers. This site is one of the best in Sydney.
The Monument is a very easy dive site. Due to its location right in the bay viz can be a little worst here than other sites around Kurnell. But it is still a very nice relaxing dive with usually lots to see including a large population of weedy seadragons. Maximum depth 14m.
With a maximum depth of 14m this site is a great dive site, especially if you want to see Weedy Seadragons. The sponge gardens in the area a very extensive and this is an easy dive which can be done on a regular basis.
Botany Bay is south of Sydney. This was where Captain James Cook first landed in Australia in 1770. There is a national park here, with a monument marking Cook's landing place.
Brighton le Sands, located on Botany Bay, was where we took a walk and had dinner. We ate at Cafe Neptune, which had decent seafood. Our waitress was very friendly. There are a few good restaurants on the main strip, and supposedly lots of young people hang out here at night. I guess I was there on an off night.
If you're exploring the suburbs east of Sydney, be sure to take a drive through Dover Heights. On its Western edge, just at the shores of Rose Bay you can find some really fascinating views of the city. On a clear day with little haze, you should be able to get some really nice photos. Luckier than me, hopefully. It was a fairly hot and hazy day when I was there, which didn't help with the photo much.
I like the river. I always feel good on any boat trips along the river--any rivers I mean. Today, I went out to experience a ferry trip from Circular Quay to Parramatta. I read from grossy brochures I picked up from the Tourist Information Center which described that it's a historic route.
But I didn't enjoy it much. The ferry was bigger than expectation and it was so crowded. And because of cold weather, we had to stay inside the ferry unabling to see the view. It took us one hour from the city to Parramatta and what we saw was only the faces of passengers sitting beside me. Once we arrived at Parramatta, we noticed the sign board which suggests the scenic walk along the riverbank. It was pristine and nice but it was very quiet. Maybe it's not the thing for me.
I and my friends tried to check out some places of interests but they are far from each other. We walked along the river and the park area. It's extremely tranquil. We don't like the idea of taking a hop-on hop-off Explorer bus so we decided to walk but it was quite a distance. We noticed that this part of Sydney is pretty quiet. It gave a feeling like a small town in European country when we cought sight for a Christian church. We notice a lot of Indian and Italian people there so we think that probably there's big Indian and Italian community over there. Chinese can also be seen but that didn't surprise me because Chinese are everywhere.
We spent two hours at Parramatta just walking. We didn't enjoy it much. Too quiet is the word to say. We were told because it's Sunday but we doubt it'll be the same even if it's normal days.
After the wonderful visit to Cronulla, we came to Oyster Bay, which is a gorgeous little township, and would you believe... we stopped right by the bottle shop.. ha,ha....
Should have come here first, picked a nice bottle of wine, then gone to Cronulla for the seafood lunch.. ;-)
Oyster Bay is only a small town, and the shops were tiny, as in all small towns. But it is such a delightful little place, I guess we all enjoy a place like this one, when our lifestyles are mainly in the big cities.
Campsie - home to Sydney's growing Korean population this suburb has great restaurants and great food stores.
The fermented cabbage epculair to Korean cuisine can be found in all the food stores along the main strip as can the thinly sliced bulgogi meat.
Check out the Sam Wan Garden Restaurant for some authentic sit on the floor cuisine.
The $2 dollar shops are among the best in Sydney with quality goods at cheap prices especially candles and other nic nacs.
Cabramatta: Catch the train out to Cabramatta and get a taste of Vietnam Australian-style.
Full of food stores, trinket shops and interesting people, this is one of the most underrated parts of Sydney.
Great and authentic Vietnamese food can be found at any one of the little shops but special mentions should go to Pho 54 on Park Rd and the Thanh Binh at 52a John Street.
Also check out the BKK Supermarket for some exotic ingredients and great meat bargains.
Catch the Liverpool via Granville train from Central Station.
But beware, Cabramatta is a major heroin dealing hub for Sydney. Police presence is high and has worked to some extent. Still watch your bag and try to look calm at all times.
I spent an enjoyable morning in the suburb of Chatswood. I took a bus (which crosses Harbour Bridge) from Wynyard terminal. One can also take the train. Chatswood is a suburb on the north shore. There is a concentration of Chinese shops but it is not really like Chinatown. There are 2 shopping centres in the centre of town and about 100m from each other, Chatswood Chase and Westfield Plaza. Among them, there's a Coles grocery store, David Jones, K-Mart, Target, etc. Nearby is the Eye Institute Building. It was a pleasant change from the crowds of Sydney.
If one likes to see the outsides of expensive homes, Point Piper has the most. It a peninsula between Rose Bay and Double Bay (locals call it 'Double Pay' because of the prices at the shops there). Darling Point is another area of big homes. Both areas are slightly east of Kings Cross.
Mosman, over the Harbour Bridge, is another expensive area.