Cruising from and to Sydney
Cruising from and to Sydney
Sydney is in my personal opinion one of the 3 most scenic and perfect cruiseports in the whole wold, togeather with New York and Rio de Janeiro.
I started in Sydney for a cruise of 14 days to Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu onboard the Dawn Princess, a ship of 77.000 GRT and about 2000 passangers onboard and 900 Crewmembers.
When cruising from Sydney your ship will be docked eighter close to the Harbour Bridge (like the ship in my last Picture) , as there is space for 2 large cruiseships between the Harbourbridge and the Opera House plus lots of more spaces for large cruiseships next to Darling Harbour.
I have read somewhere, that Sydney is the biggest natural port on earth.
In order to go onboard I have first taken the hop-on&off-bus to Darling Harbour and from there I took a short walk with my suitcase to the ship.Related to:
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When booking transportation to/from the Sydney airport, AVOID Sydney Sunbus transport at all costs. We (and others) were very dissatisfied with this service: Late (almost missed our flight due to lateness), kept us on the bus for approximately 2 hours while he picked up/dropped off other fares because it was convenient for him, and, when given feedback, explained why it was OUR fault! WE were early for all pickups, and waiting for Sydney Sunbus. Others were annoyed at the lateness of pick-up and drop-off as well. This was such a departure from our other experiences in Sydney, I can't help but think that this service is just an aberration.Related to:
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Cruising on the Queen Elizabeth
It is a common sight in Sydney to see cruise ships pulling into Darling or Sydney Harbor. It is an amazing sight though to see the Queen Elizabeth pull into Sydney Harbour. Wow, what an incredible looking liner. Being a true "liner" and not a cruise ship; the Queen Elizabeth has those fine lines and hint of elegance that ships today normally don't possess. I was so glad we were in Sydney to see such a sight.
UTILISE SYDNEY'S VAST FERRY NETWORK
.There is no doubt about the convenience of the Sydney Ferry System.They virtually connect with Sydney Busses all over the harbour transport network. They all depart from the main ferry terminal at Circular Quay at the Lower end of Georget St. near the "Rocks area". Their are many different piers that are numbered of which the ferries come and go. Here you will find the many timetable boards on the Quay with designated Ferry numbers to which Piers, the departure times and destinations. Tickets can be purchased for single journey travel or multi journey with the purchase of daily or weekly tickets. These are for sale at the various Piers at the Quay.Also tickets can be purchased at PRE PAY ticket outlets at Darling Harbour, The Quay or manly terminals.
Depending on their destinations there are many ferries to choose from ie: Manly (large ferry) Parramatta (rivercats) and Watsons Bay (twin hulled ferry) most other smaller ferries are close Harbour popular destinations.ie: The Zoo, Milsons Point, Darling Harbour, Neutral Bay, Mosman.
For Special needs for hearing or speech impaired call 1800 637 500 for TTY (teletypewriter service).Related to:
Sydney & NSW Public Transportation System
Sydney has a better and cheaper way to travel on public transportation than Melbourne.
In Sydney, I bought a MultiLink 3 ticket for A$57. It covers 7 days unlimited travel pass on bus, train, and ferry. I use this ticket to travel on trains to blue mountain, and on ferry to Parramatta, Manly, and etc.
Sydney City Rails are good enough to get around Sydney, plus those ferry are so efficient.
Conditions: This ticket does not cover Sydney's tram and Monorail.Related to:
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Once there was the odd liner that made its way into Port Jackson but these days there seems to be a proliferation. While I was returning from a walk (see general tips) on the ferry one of them was leaving. I eagerly got my camera out and got some snaps of it going down the harbour. Thus satisfied I returned to the other side of the ferry only to be stunned by the same ship under the harbour bridge.
After my amazement that such a thing was possible I realised that it was, in fact, a sister ship that was leaving within five minutes of the other.
So, out came the camera again and I couldn't believe my luck when I photographed it not only under the bridge but in front of the CBD and the Opera House.
The ships belong to the Princess Line and these days regularly arrive during the tourist season.Related to:
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Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal
If cruising is your scene, then the best place to start and end a journey in Sydney is at the Overseas Terminal. There are several great restaurants located here in the terminal itself, including Wildfire and also Doyles. It is also located just a short walk away from Circular Quay.
Holland America, P&O, Princess, and Radisson cruise lines all operate out of this location, so the best bet is to check with your favorite cruiseline to get the right time of a ship!
Cheap all day parking in Central Sydney
Finding affordable all day parking in the Sydney CBD can be a nightmare. Most of it is hard to get to and costs a small fortune. When weighing up our options for a meet in Sydney this week, Frank went on the net to do his homework. He came up with a brilliant choice. Not only was it super central to where we needed to be (circular quay) but it was very very cheap.
Normal rate for all day parking (which is 4+ hours) at the Sydney Opera House is $52, which to me is an absolute rip-off. HOWEVER ..... if you take advantage of their "early bird" fees, it comes to only $16 which is just fantastic.
Only restrictions on the early bird fees is that you need to arrive between 6.00am and 10.00am and leave between 3.00pm and 7.30pm. These hours were perfect for us, as they were just the hours we'd planned to be there. These prices quoted are for weekdays Monday to Friday. Weekend fees are a bit cheaper, between $15.00 and $35.00 for a full day, but with no early bird fees applicable on weekends.
This car park is easy to find, at the very top of Macquarie Street in central Sydney and is directly underneath the Sydney Opera House, which is central to most things, including circular quay, the Rocks area, Botanical Gardens and the Harbour Bridge.
Address for the Car Park is 2 Macquarie Street, Sydney. Once on the Wilson Parking website just search for Sydney Opera House to find all details
Best transport - two feet
The public transport is expensive in Sydney & we used to walk around the city since the weather is nice.
If you would like to use public transport, do plan your route well. Go to Tourist information centre for consultation or buy the travel pass (day or weekly pass).
Overseas Passenger Terminal
Sydney is a major port for many cruise lines. Every day of our two week trip in February and March of 2010 except for two days, there were cruise ships docks at Circular Quay or at Darling Harbour. I couldn't imagine only having one day in Sydney. As much as I love cruising myself, it made me feel sorry for the passengers of those ships.
From Airport to hotel
There is an airport shuttle bus that goes around to all (or most) of the different hotels.
Just leave the Arrivals hall and look for the bus stops. There are lots of them. One says Shuttle Service. That's it.
I used it arriving, no problems.
Returning was not so successful - they forgot to pick me up and I had to get a late last minute taxi. Expensive!Related to:
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Reliable online travelagency !
I did already 2 trips via
They are reliable online operators; after your query they usually send several itineraries & price-ranges, so you get intense e-mail communications with the respective person who is responsible for your trip.
Just give it a try, it worked out fine with me, living at the other side of the world - they even organised a one-week extra to and in New Zealand, as well as several daytours, flights and hotels at acceptable prices!Related to:
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A commercial Monorail service operates around the main retail area of the central business district running down to Darling Harbour and skirting the harbour, before returning to the city area. A return trip is a good way of getting some perspective on the upper part of the central business district. It also gives you a great elevated look at picturesque Darling Harbour.
Cruise in to Sydney Harbour
One of the more popular ways to visit Australia is on the cruise ships. This will allow you to see multiple different cities, including Sydney. Since a large number of ships depart from Sydney, this is a great opportunity to tack a couple of days onto a trip out here.
P&O Cruises are a popular cruise line based out of Sydney, but by far not the only game in town. We personally sailed on a P&O cruise in Singapore, and it was far inferior to many cruise ships in the US, but on a high note, it was at least more expensive.
Many of the cruises depart from the Overseas Cruise Terminal, which is located within easy walking distance of Circular Quay.
Enjoy hopping on a cruise and enjoying Sydney!Related to:
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Around and About Sydney
I was glad I didn't heed recommendations to buy the Sydney Explorer pass. It does look to be a cost saver initially but you have to bear in mind that the hop on-hop off thing is only for the number of days that your pass is valid for. It's definitely much cheaper to get around on the normal buses and trains. I stayed at Kings Cross and it would cost me only $A1.70 (one way) by bus to get to Circular Quay or $A2.40 to the Town Hall train station which is right smack in the centre of the city. Most places are then accessible on foot (and much more interesting and adventurous too!). Just grab hold of a map of the city (the hotel provided lots of brochures and a tear off map of the city for free) and start exploring!
Compare that to a $A39 one day pass for the Explorer. But anyway, here's the link to the Explorer site.
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