If you are traveling on sydneys trrains on weekends there will most likely be track work at the station your leaving or going to
When trackwork happens passangers must hop on a cityrail bus that will take you to the station
Cityrail bus journeys takes allot more time than train trips. Also there are trafic jams
Try & take city buses to get to your destination
In Sydney a lot of people drive like maniacs. In one day i had a few near-misses involving cars. Just be careful, and be ready to run should a dodgy Sydney driver come your way. Other than that its all good though. :)
Driving in Australia can be particularly dangerous at night. By this, I do not mean driving in the city, but if you are out of the city on country lanes, one must be careful incase a kangeroo crosses your path. As unrealistic as this may sound, it is apparently quite common, and dangerous...so be careful!! Especially as driving may take place on the opposite side of the road for some people!
Simply hiring a car and driving around Sydney sounds great, in theroy... but be prepared to sit in lengthy peak hour traffic jams and pay up to $19 AUS per hour to park your rental!!
Public transport is the way to go in this town.
This just happened to me on my Oct 2003 trip to Sydney. My husband and I asked at a Transit office about transport tickets as we hadn't visited Sydney in 10 years and didn't know the best way to get around.
We were recommended certain tickets (10 pass and I had a concession card so got a day pass) so we got them, only to discover one night when one of our tickets didn't work in the turnstiles that this one was only bus/boat! To make matters worse, we were charged with an offence ($200 fine) even though it was an honest mistake and there was nothing said to us or printed on my husband's ticket that said you couldn't use it on train (in fact it says nothing) - and our tickets DID look similar, both blue. What was also a problem was that when we entered the 1st station, one of the gates was open (evidently they do this at night - security at some ends gets a bit lax, but not at others) and we just flowed through with the crowd, not realizing we had wrong tickets. Nobody was checking at the entrance.
On the way back, after being fined, the gates were open again, and people were actually being ushered through fairly casually by one officer, and tickets not checked at all!!!!
Moral of the story: always use the turnstiles, no matter if you are being ushered through or swept along in the crowd. If this had happened at another station, or on a bus with wrong ticket, I'm sure we would have been fine, but as it was, we were almost treated like criminals and detained for at least 15 minutes, asked questions, almost read our rights like being arrested!!
Oh, and I also asked, to find out, what would happen if we'd been not only visitors from the country who didn't know the train system, but foreigners who didn't speak English well either, as there must be so many people in that position and the rather surly officer's response was: same thing. We get you an interpreter, and you're fined, just the same.
It's best not to drink and drive, not only in Sydney, but where ever you are travelling. Unfamiliar places can be difficult at the best of times, but moreso if you have had a couple.. If you do, grab a cab, or walk.. and stay safe.
Being American; I am accustomed to Looking Left and not Right. In preparation for the Sydney 2000 Olympics; signs on the curb direct pedestrians to Look Right.
If you're wanting to take a bus around the broader Sydney area, try Sydney Buses and Sydney Ferries' excellent Tripfinder, an automated search facility that gives route and timetable details.