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UPDATE - Sadly the Monorail is to close shortly and then dismantled, so hurry, hurry before it all goes for good.
An excellent way to see the City of Sydney, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, the Chinese Gardens of Friendship and so much more is from the comfort of the elevated Sydney monorail.
My suggestion is to get on at one of the 8 futuristic stations and stay onboard for a number of laps of the circuit, which takes about 20 minutes to complete and then alight at your chosen stop. Once through the barriers another ticket or token must be used.
Owing to the treatment on the carriage windows, photography from the monorail is difficult, so suggest you might like to enjoy the ride rather than snap away.
Single trip costs $A4.80 ($3.20 seniors/pensioner card holders) but there are other ticketing options including 3 day passes combined with discounts at attractions/dining etc – see web site for details. There is also an option of combining the monorail with the Sydney light rail.
Above our Heads
I didn't get to ride on the monorail and the tour bus narrative didn't even really mention it, but I did take photos of it. It is a circuit
It operates 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) Approx every 5 minutes
Mon to Fri: 7am to 10pm
Sat & Sun: 8am to 10pm
(1 trip) Adult and Child 6 yrs and over. $5.00
Children 5 years and under travelling in small family groups. Free
(all timings are approximate)
Central to Lilyfield - approx 25 minutes
Departing Central to Capitol Square (3 mins)
Chinatown/Paddy's Markets (5 mins)
Exhibition Centre (7 mins)
Darling Harbour/Convention (9 mins)
Pyrmont Bay (11 mins)
Star City (12 mins)
John St Square (13 mins)
Fish Market (15 mins)
Wentworth Park (17mins)
Jubilee Park (21 mins)
Rozelle Bay (22mins)
Lilyfield (25 mins)
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Circular monorail circuit
For a number of years Sydney has had a monorail which runs around a short circular route serving important areas of the city. It runs around Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Paddy's Markets and into the main shopping street of George Street past the Queen Victoria Building.
It's a quick, cheap and easy option if you prefer not to walk, or if the weather is wet.
The monorail runs from 7am to 10pm weekdays and to midnight on Friday & Saturday. Sunday it operates 8am to 10pm. A Day Pass is (March 2009) $9.50 and a single loop fare is $4.80.
There is also a combined Monorail/Light Rail 1 day pass for $15.
The Sydney Monorail and Metro Light Rail are an elevated transport system taking you through the heart of Sydney and has been operating since 1988.
For just $9 you can travel all day stopping off at various points of interest at your leisure.
You can purchase your Supervoucher Day Pass at any Monorail station or at Sydney Visitor Centres.
A Supervoucher will also give you the benefit of these discounts -
20% Off National Maritime Museum
20% Off Powerhouse Museum
20% Off Harbour Jet
15% Off Sydney Tower + OzTrek
15% Off Sydney Skywalk
15% Off or 1 child free Matilda Catamarans
15% Off or 1 child free Sydney Aquarium
Free bag from Paddy's Markets
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The monorail is way to get to and around Darling Harbour. You can catch it at the city centre and it has a few stops at Darling Harbour. It runs from 7 AM to 10 PM (midnight on weekends). Trains come around every 3-5 minutes.
It costs AU$4 for a one way ride or a ride of the entire loop, or $9 for a day pass. To me, it is a waste. If you are going to use the monorail, I would only use it to get TO Darling Harbour from the city centre. I would only ride it once just to get the experience of using it. Its just as easy to get around on foot.
The Monorail..(Now Closed Forever)
The Monorail was very disappointing. Many complaints to be had and honestly something I will not do again now that I have finally tried it on my fourth visit to Sydney.
It is a very rough ride. Whomever designed this certainly did not work on the Disney team. It is expensive at $4.50 per person. Cheaper options are available that I suggest like the superpass to mix with the Light Rail. There is no where near enough room on the trains for all the passengers. 8 seats per car is all it has. That is nuts.
The one good thing I can say about the trip is inside the ticketed area you find cheap post cards at 40 cents each. Some are quite nice and we did buy 10 while there.
ydney has a monorail that rides around some of the central business areas as well as Darling Harbour. We road the Monorail just to experience it for ourselves and check out Sydney from a different perspective. Riding high above definitely gave us a good view of Darling Harbor and Star City. It was a fun ride and I'm glad we tried it.
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Monorail / lightrail
Sydney is also has a monorail system which links Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Starcity Casino, Fish Markets and some of the inner suburbs like Glebe, Lilyfield and Annadale.
The Monorail runs in a circle around Darling Harbour, CBD and Chinatown. Locals seldom use the monorail is more of a tourist activity.
The Monorail operates every day except Christmas Day. It's an easy and fun way to get around.
You will never have to wait long, they run every 3 to 5 minutes.
Buy your fare at one of the 7 stations. 1 loop will cost you $4.50 or buy a "supervoucher day pass" at $9 ($22 per family) to enable you to get on and off all day. With the day pass you will also get discounts at several tourist attractions. These include The National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Tower & OzTrek, Harbour Jet, Sydney Aquarium.
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Monorail around Sydney
Prices to get on a monorail around Sydney are ranging from $3.00 - $5.00. Depending on the areas you are getting off at. It cost me $4.50 from Haymarket(near the Holiday Inn, Darling Habour) to Harbour side at darling harbour. It takes about 10-15 to get there.
I think that the monorail is a good should-do-once-on-your-first-trip sort of thing, but it's not really all that good for actually getting around the city. However, if you are concentrating your daily activities to the "must-dos" of the city like chinatown, darling harbour, the CBD, QVB, etc, get a day-pass for the monorail which costs A$9. Otherwise, it's not really worth the price (single entry is A$4). It does give you a great view of the downtown area, so if you have a day-pass, I would recommend doing a full loop just to look around the city. The City Centre stop is close to Centrepoint (tip forthcoming); Darling Point for the Aquarium (see tip) and Darling Harbour/IMAX(see tip); Haymarket for Chinatown or the Powerhouse Museum (tip forthcoming); Park Plaza for QVB (see tip) and Town Hall (tip forthcoming). Watch the hours - it doesn't operate overnight like the other trains do. In fact, they stop running at 10pm except for the weekends when they go until midnight.
Travelling in the air
Sydney's monorail was like those trains in the amusement parks - suddenly appeared and then fastly disappeared somewhere above your head. It's nice to see the city centre at a higher altitude and it's exciting to feel like travelling among the buildings. Wow~!
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Go for spin around the city
We took a fast spin on the Sydney Monorail and it was exciting fun taking just 15 minutes and costing $4.00 to go around loop once. The Monorail leaves each 3 to 5 minutes and glides over busy city streets . Going through City ccentre, Darling Park, Harbourside, Convention, Powerhouse museum, World Square and of course Galeries Victoria.
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The Metro Monorail runs every few minutes in a loop connecting Darling Harbour with the city centre
running above he city streets it could never be described as pretty, but its a quick way to get around and gives a birds eye view of of the architecture in some of the older city streets, and you get great views from the Pyrmont Bridge
it only takes ten minutes to do the whole loop and there are eight stops
its a bit pricey at A$4 but you can buy a day pass for A$8
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Monorail to Darling Harbour
To Sydneysiders, the monorail is not very much useful as it only runs on a short 10-minute route at the heart of the city. But I should have taken the monorail instead of the light rail because of the good views it offers. The elevated monorail brings you to CBD, Darling Harbour (hip place to be seen), Maritime Museum, and Sydney Aquarium. You'd also see the docked boats/yachts. Don't take the day pass, just enjoy one round trip. The whole route is walkable but enjoy the ride and the views.
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