Sydney Travel Guide

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Sydney Highlights

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     Excellent public transportation, lots of attractions, great climate, this city is a photographers dream 

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     crowded, sometimes impersonal, superficial people, overpriced real-estate! 

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     Beautiful... Just Beautiful!!!! 

Sydney Things to Do

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  • Sydney Opera House

    I went into ecstatic raptures when I saw the Opera House for the first time. It was the same reaction I had when I saw the Great Wall of China. It can't be age I'm after; I must have a thing for iconic sites. I'll need to test this out by going to the Taj Mahal and the pyramids. They are on my very long to do list. One of the great things about...

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  • Blue Mountains

    The Blue Mountains are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located about a little over an hour out of Sydney, the Blue Mountains are nestled among plateaus and some pristine rain forest. It's home to places of interest like Flat Rock, which affords excellent views of the surrounding areas of the valleys. There's also the Scenic Tram that takes you across...

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  • Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour is what was a run-down dockland area, rebuilt back in the eighties at a cost of around a billion dollars, as a major attraction. It has shops, restaurants, the Maritime Museum, an Australian wildlife park, an aquarium, the Chinese Garden, Powerhouse Museum plus the city's main exhibition centre. There's also the world's largest...

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Sydney Hotels

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Sydney Restaurants

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  • The Rocks and Circular Quay Restaurants

    La Renaissance is a heavenly bakery/cafe that is nestled in the Rocks. It specializes in French desserts and pastry. I am a lover of sweets; especially dessets so this is my idea of heaven. Upon entering; the display case is full of tantalizing pastry, cakes and desserts in a rainbow of colors, shapes and sizes. Some of the pastry is so artfully...

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  • Sydney Fish Market

    Great to visit and very accessible. Has ample parking and has a tram stop right at the entrance. It's also a regular stop for tour groups and you can often see the tour buses coming and going. It's situated next to the harbour and it's lovely to sit by the water's edge while you eat fish and chips or you can opt to try one of the numerous...

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  • Darling Harbour / Cockle Bay Restaurants

    While we were in Sydney in November 2013; Margaritaville opened in Darling Harbour. My wife and I are fans of this chain establishment so we had to check it out for ourselves. The venue is quite large with a huge bar area, inside dining and a large outdoor eating area with a water view. We actually came here on opening day and the place was abuzz...

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Sydney Nightlife

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  • Sydney City Bars / Clubs

    We got to see two sides of Ryan's in the matter of just a few hours. We were to meet up with friends at 530 one evening and happened to be near so went to check it out early. We sat there in the back in one of the round booths just chilling and having a drink enjoying a break. Nice. Quiet. Comfortable. After running out for pizza we came back and...

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  • Darling Harbour / Cockle Bay / King St...

    We were in Darling Harbour for Santa Fest and the Fireworks display on a Saturday. We decided to stop in here for some drinks solely due to their outdoor seating and the view of the Harbour. We found a nice table outside after playing some musical tables and planted ourselves here to have the optimal view of the festivities. The bar was pretty...

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  • Scruffy Murphy's

    Gosh!!! I love this place, this is one of the best bars in Sydney, really!!! Though the frontdoor guards are a lil' scary and the people inside are a lil' rude, loud and flirty, it's still my favorite place anyway. Scruffy Murphy's can light up your night like no other places; Live bands, people carryin' pitchers around, getting to talk with...

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Sydney Transportation

  • Travel Passes

    The color coded travel passes went away in 2010 and were replaced with the My series of tickets. MyMulti replaced these specifically and allow you to travel on all city buses, all state ferries and light rail while also allowing City Rail within three zones. These zones create the MyMulti1 for the most restrictive and MyMulti2 as an intermediate...

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  • Ferry / Jet Cat / River Cat

    When I get into a place in the morning after an overnight flight, I like to do something that will keep me awake until a reasonable hour to go to bed on the new schedule. Outdoors if possible. Sometimes we take the hop on hop off bus and ride up on the top in the fresh air. But someone told me that if I took the Manley ferry over to Manley and...

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  • Trains

    http://www.sydneytrains.info For timetables, information about tickets and fares, and information about trackwork and service disruptions, the above website has the relevant information. It is compulsory to buy a ticket to travel on the train PRIOR to boarding the train. It is not possible to buy a ticket on the train. There are random...

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Sydney Shopping

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  • Markets

    As with all markets you can get a variety of goods here, not just the single one VT let me put in. It's on every Saturday with live music included. You can get clothing, food, jewellery, art and many other items here. The location around a church makes it interesting just to visit even if you don't buy anything. Take the train to Museum station...

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  • Clothing

    The taxi dropped us off early, so we wandered around the shopping mall while we waited for the restaurant to open. We saw all kinds of miniskirts which my granddaughter and I agreed Barb (her mother/my daughter) would never wear. Westfield Sydney Shopping Hours Monday - Wednesday 9.30am - 6.30pm Thursday 9.30am - 9.00pm Friday 9.30am -...

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  • The Rocks

    If you're looking for a place that's a bit different from your typical souvenir shops, look no further then the Harbour Rocks Store. Located in The Rocks area of Sydney, this little store sells native gifts like boomerangs and aboriginal pendants and bracelets. You won't find your typical souvenirs here, apart from T-Shirts, with unique designs to...

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Sydney Local Customs

  • Tipping and Prices

    It is NOT obligatory to tip in Australia. If you want to, you can, it is entirely up to you. But it is not obligatory. It is not customary. The theory is that staff are paid at least the minimum wage. There may be "tip jars" in some restaurants and cafes, trying to encourage people to pay a tip into the jar (which is then usually split amongst all...

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  • General Sydney/Aussie Customs

    Here in Australia they drive on the left side of the road. This can make an American a bit batty trying to get accustomed. Remember when crossing the street to look right. Before the Sydney Olympics they decided to paint signs on the street corners to advise pedestrians to "LOOK RIGHT" to avoid any traffic mishaps. Our friends have told us these...

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  • Drinks and Food

    Lamingtons are little square spongcakes covered in chocolate and sprinkled with shredded coconut. I first tried these Australian confections in 2010. I'm not a fan of coconut so I picked of the flakes to enjoy the cake. The cake is very good, moist and just the right size for a snack.

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Sydney Warnings and Dangers

  • King Cross

    Kings Cross is the place to be for a gang rape experience by maori bouncers and prostitues whilst your partner gets beaten up out the back. I guess you could say we were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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  • Bag snatching / Pickpockets etc

    Sydney is mostly safe, apart from some dodgy areas. Here are some areas that you should avoid and places you should be safe: SAFE: South Sydney (Cronulla, Woolooware, Sutherland). East Sydney (Vaucluse, Rose Bay, Double Bay). Bondi (relatively safe) Most of the city AVOID: Redfern (if you have to go to Redfern avoid Eveleigh Street at all...

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  • Spiders / Snakes / Animals

    I am not too sure u will find these in your hotel, but just to be on the safe side! I live in Sydney and know that we have the Funnel Web Spider, known to cause 14 fatalities and a painful, venomous bite! There is also the Red Back Spider, Widow Spider- cause painful bites and the ugly, quite scary Huntsman that poses no threat to humans- only a...

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Sydney Tourist Traps

  • Souvenirs / Shopping

    Watch out with souvenir shops. Some shops charge 3 times as much as other for exactly the same item. Usually the shops in the main streets and fancy shopping malls are expensive, but you really need to be careful. If you find a shop that is cheap for one item, it may well be expensive for another. Best is to keep a list with prices and after a good...

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  • Bridge Climb

    You've heard about it. You've seen the photos. You're all psyched about doing the bridge climb!! Well, it's about time you cooled off a bit. The climb, unfortunately, isn't all it's drummed up to be. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely an experience, and you learn a lot from the climb leader/tourguide. In fact, it's pretty cool to be able to say...

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  • Darling Harbour

    This place was much better then the Sydney Aquarium. I think what made it more better was the fact it actually had Australian fauna to look at. The exhibits mimick their natural surroundings. There's everything from saltwater crocs to wombats to koalas. For the koalas, you're allowed to touch them briefly, but you cannot hold or pick them up, due...

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Sydney What to Pack

  • Clothing

    I went to Doll House and had the worst experience of my life. I ordered a dress 3 months before my formal and it didn’t come in. she told me the the dress was customised but was told a week before my formal that they could not do it and was told to chose another dress from the shop which upset me as I had my heart set on the dress I ordered. Thank...

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  • Camera / Electrical Equipment

    Liz and I like to travel with our unlocked cell phone and pick up a Sim card when we arrive. Sim cards are sold at the airport and we pick up one for only $30. We are able to have a local number to call our friends locally and have family keep in contact in case of emergencies.

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  • Sun / Insect Protection

    Sydney isn't as cold as I thought it would be in late winter/early spring, and it's also much more casual than I expected. Bring layers of clothing to use in cooler weather, and leave the fancy stuff at home, unless you really plan to dress up. The motto is "Slip, Slop, Slap!" Slip into a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, and slap on a hat! All the...

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Sydney Off The Beaten Path

  • Beaches

    After visiting Botany Bay National Park with our friend Jackie; we drove down to Cape Solander to admire the views from the cliffs. The views here really are breathtaking; almost as if you are standing on the edge of the world when you are on the cliff tops. I can only imagine how Captain Cook and the crew of the Endeavour felt when they sailed by...

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  • Blue Mountains

    Of course you want to go to the Blue Mountains while you're in Sydney - that's why I created a whole lot of Blue Mountains pages. So why are you looking here? Check out my numerous and informative pages under that title. Okay, I'll give you a sampler. This is one of my favourite walks up in the hills (remember, they're only about 1,000 metres...

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  • Suburbs

    Having some fun in the Shire... It all began with a train voyage that transported us into the place that is "The Shire". No it's not a place inhabited by Hobits and thought up by Tolkien but a real place in the Suburbs of Sydney. The Shire became to us a place with good food, good friends and incredible memories. We met some incredible people...

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Sydney Sports & Outdoors

  • Water Sports

    Boating/Sailing is another great way to enjoy the magnificient weather that Sydney offers most of the year. Why not rent one while you are in Sydney? There are many great options for renting, check out the link below for more information. We were limited in time and we didn't get a chance to get out there and spend the day sailing, but every...

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  • Olympic Park / Olympics

    Australians are a sports loving people. There are a number of world class venues where you can watch a wide array of sports. You can visit Olympic Park which was the site of the 2000 Olympics. Here you can watch some Rugby League, or Aussie Rules or even some tennis. Check out the various team websites for schedules.

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  • Sporting Activities

    The Gong ride goes from Sydney Park at St. Peters, an inner suburb, all the way to the southern city of Wollongong. Total distance is around 90 kms and each year 10,000 people join in for the event. I say that number confidently because the number is limited. The event is so popular that it's not advertised and they always have more enquiries than...

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Sydney Favorites

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  • Darling Harbour / Casino

    What you now have is an Entertainment Centre, Sydney Aquarium, Star City Casino, IMAX Theatre (pic 4), Powerhouse Museum, 5 star accommodation - and that's just to name a few! There are also pleasant things like the Japanese Gardens and lots of fountains. Needless to say shopping, especially for souvenirs, is another activity many people undertake....

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  • Parks / Gardens

    So I turned and walked through a tunnel beneath the railway and started to climb the stairs up beside a park landscaped into the slope. Halfway up I traversed this park over to the next ascending walkway and then, soon after, moved on to another delightful little park that had a sculpture beside the path (pic 2). It was not long after when I...

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  • Zoo / Wildlife

    The one activity that was a must for me during our visit to Sydney was getting up close and personal with a Koala. On my Birthday trip in 2007; Chris took me to Taronga park for my first Koala encounter. I must admit the bears are very cute and fuzy but they are rather stinky(Phew.....). Our particular Koala seemed attracted to the smell of my hair...

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