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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.
Boating in sydneys northern waterways .
Hi a great way to explore the northern waterways of sydney is by hire boat and in this case im talking about small runabout craft more for the adventurer types, there suitable for fishing or just exploring and are reasonably cheap for a day outing,just bring your own food and drinks everything else is supplied like safety gear and petrol.Theres lots of secluded bays and beaches for swimming or for a picnic just clean up after youve finished as its national park area and beaware of fire restrictions in the summer months .
prices start at around 30$ to 80$ aus for the day and the boats can hold 4 people .Related to:
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Sydney Harbour Bridge
Many cities are defined by their bridges: New York by the Brooklyn Bridge, San Francisco by the Golden Gate, and Sydney by the Harbour Bridge. For its time (the early 1930s), the Sydney Harbour Bridge was an engineering marvel. Before it was built, the only link between downtown and the residential area was by ferry or a very circuitous roadway. The Harbour Bridge is not only a more convenient way to get from point A to point B, but, together with the Opera House, an integral part of the skyline.
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!
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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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Ocean liners are fairly popular
On a recent trip to Sydney I was fortunate to see a passenger liner being docked by tug boats. As the name implies, they (tug boats), do tug, but quite often push and shove too.....What a mess they would make if the captains of the tugs.....they would be pilots I guess, lost concentration just as they were doing the last shove.
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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:
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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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
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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Getting around Sydney
Ok the best tip i got when i arrived at Sydney was to get a weekley travel pass from the Train Station. This ticket covered all buses, mosts train and even a few of the ferries.
For around $30 you can go wrong for a week. There is a huge area for you to travel in with this ticket, its much cheaper and faster than taxis and although walking is probably the best way round the city you will never know how useful these tickets are.
If you arent sure whether you would get your moneys worth try it for a week. A couple of ferries or buses out of the centre of the city and you'vegot it back.
Getting to Bondi usually involves getting a bus and a train from the city.
Honestly, one of if not the best purchase i made whilst staying in the city!
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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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For those who need any type of wheelchair or motorised scooter, you can hire them from Bova Living.
It is situated 45 mins out of the centre of Sydney, but it is cheap and the people are nice.
A standard Wheelchair is around $20 a week.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.
Light Rail to Casino
I got my ticket for the Light Rail at the kiosk in Central Station. It is useful for those who want to go to Chinatown (pls see my shopping tip), Star Casino and Fish Market. You can also view the ANZAC bridge. If you want to go to Darling Harbour, it's best to take the Monorail as the Light Rail will require you at least 10 mins. walk.
The Light Rail also takes you to the residential part (more quiet part) of Sydney.Related to:
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