Sometimes tours will not be exactly as described. This is probably because of something beyond the tour operators control.
Unique Suggestions: So if you are really keen on doing a particular thing on tour, make really sure that it is running that day. On my tour to the Blue mountains, the cable car and the train near the three sisters were not working, so we could not partake in this event.
Fun Alternatives: Just enjoy the rest of the tour!! Its not the end of the world, it was meant to be!! I keep thinking 'what if I was on the cable car when it stopped working?' So I'm happy I didn't go on it!!
its called oz jet cruise or something rather and costs an arm and a leg (AU$35) for 1/2 hour but I enjoyed this fast speeding jet with a cute face ride very much last summer. It's not as thrilling as they make it appear to be but seeing the harbour from this angle makes you realise how truly spectacular it is.
Unique Suggestions: go to where it docks (after the ferry terminals, just at the beginning of the walk towards the opera house) and book it an hour in advance while you stroll along the harbour and soak up the sunshine and atmposhere
Fun Alternatives: errr does JET sound scary to you? its not!!!
well then take the regular public ferries to wherever you like and the habour will still be spectacular.
This is nice in theory, but the crowds are just awful. I admit the rock formations are lovely, but fighting for elbow room at the rail was just ungodly. There are veritable legions of tourists piling on and off buses, overpriced souvenier shops and the inevitable cry of "Back on the bus!"
Unique Suggestions: Take the train up very early in the morning and beat the crowds. You can ccatch it at Circular Quay. Once you're up there, there is a kind of tractor and carriage arrangement that runs the loop of the attractions. I think its free.
Fun Alternatives: Stay away and have a beer in the Glenmore. Or... make bad poetry on the bus!!
"Back on the bus!!" The driver cried
As he helped us aboard with care
Supporting each one by the seat of the pants
And a finger entwined in our hair
"Back on the bus!!" the driver cried
Avoid the natural allure
I've told you twice and after thrice
I leave you here for sure!
"Back on the bus!!"
There I've said it thrice and off we go at a lurch
Telling another stale old joke while barely concealing his smirk
Tourist traps are everywhere in Sydney. Avoid the expensive and boring bus tours unless you like the 'snap a picture as you drive by' kind of good time. Also, tourist shops touting supposedly authentic trinkets made by aboriginals are rampant in the Rocks area. Give these kind of places a wide berth.
The Lonely Planet Condensed Guide on Sydney says you can spend a whole in Parramatta, 24 km West of Sydney. I think that going to Paramatta is a waste of time, except for the boat trip. Sydney has so much more to offer!
Be careful, when the Aussie night is coming... Don't forget your lightener especially in the Outback ...
Unique Suggestions: Just wait the Sunshine...
NEW ENGLAND range in NEw South Wales( Like in USA) is a BEAUTIFUL Area, though if you are looking for anything LIVELY this isnt the place for you..Its all peace and quiet.