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Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour
"With a warm and mild climate year-round the open-air double-decker coach tour is a perfect way to sightsee in Sydney and Bondi. Hop aboard the open-top double-decker bus at any of the 34 stops around the city. Enjoy live commentary from your onboard guide as you sit back and relax on the full ride which takes about 90 minutes or hop off to sightsee and explore at your own pace.Discover Sydney's highlights including the Sydney Opera House Sydney Harbour Bridge the historic Rocks district and Sydney’s CBD (Central Business District). Hop off the coach to browse the stores in modern shopping areas or grab a bite to eat at the bustling Sydney Fish Market. Stretch your legs as you stroll around the Royal Botanic G
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Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney and Bondi Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"For great views of Sydney and Bondi while you’re in port in Sydney travel around the city in an open-top double-decker bus. The Sydney and Bondi routes take you around the world's most beautiful harbor past towering skyscrapers iconic buildings like the Sydney Opera House the iron-lace terrace houses of Paddington Double Bay’s millionaires’ mansions and legendary Bondi Beach. Sydney’s year-round climate of blue skies and sunshine makes it the ideal location for an open-top bus ride while in port.You can hop on and off as many times as you like aboard both each tour takes approximately 90 minutes and includes interesting on-board commentary. The bus departs every 15 to 20 minutes from each stop and tickets are valid for 24 hours from first use. The tours connect at 100 William Street or Central Station sto
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Australian Museum General Entry Ticket
"Arrive at the Australian Museum at a time that suits you — your ticket is valid anytime the museum is open and includes entrance to the permanent exhibits. Three floors house some of the more than 18 million items in the museum’s collection including priceless fossils and unusual artifacts. The minerals collection alone holds more than 53000 specimens from Australia and abroad.In the Surviving Australia exhibition marvel at massive animals that once roamed Australia including giant wombats and echidnas. See live animals such as a baby freshwater crocodile a python and lizards; then find out how the most dangerous creatures hunt their prey. The Indigenous Australians and Garrigarrang Sea Country exhibits provides an in-depth look at the Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders
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Central Coast Tips (13)

Central Coast

Just a short drive on the freeway or on the train from Sydney is the very picturesque Central Coast. Famous for it's lakes and surfing beaches, this is a beautiful place for either a day trip or mini break.

This area is a Sydneysiders home away from home. Some of my favourite places on the coast are Terrigal, Avoca and Toowoon Bay.

There is so much to see and do including: fishing (beach & lake), walking tracks, boating, swimming, etc. The beaches are clean and the water is sparkling blue.

The Entrance is reknowned for the daily pelican feeding.

There are also many great places to dine, especially in Terrigal and The Entrance where al fresco cafes abound.

There is a huge choice when it comes to accommodation including: resorts, motels, B & B's, apartments, cabins and caravans.

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SmilingTraveller
Oct 10, 2004

PELICAN FEEDING AT "THE ENTRANCE"

The Entrance is another of my favorite Towns not that far from Sydney.

Quite a sight to see, is the daily Pelican Feeding.
It has been happening for over 20years, starting when the staff from the nearby fish & chip shop would throw out the scraps, the Pelican's loved the "free feed!" When they were late in throwing their scraps out, the pelicans would cross the road and come up to the shop to be fed.
By feeding the Pelican's, it also is a chance to keep check on them, as they do get fishing line & hooks caught in their gullets, wings, and other parts of their bodies, it can be a slow, cruel death if left unattended.

The Entrance has now been internationally recognised as 'The Pelican Capital of Australia'

Wander down to the pelican pavilion on the foreshore, it's quite good fun to watch, we enjoyed it, I'm sure you will, there is quite a bit gathering of Pelicans and Humans!

TIME.....3.30pm daily, 365 days a year come rain, hail or shine.

FREE

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balhannah
Mar 02, 2010

Central Coast

In the 21st century, the Central Coast, whose major cities are Gosford and Wyong, is virtually a suburb of Sydney. Now, I don't want any of my friends down there getting upset about losing their identity, it's just that a lot of people live here but commute to Sydney for work.
If you're looking for great beaches you'd go a long way in the world to get a better selection than is available here. From Killcare to Fraser Park it has some of the best surfing beaches and spectacular seaside scenery you could wish for and, although you can catch a train to Gosford, Wyong and a few other places, your best practical option is private car to get anywhere near the coastal section.
The area also has many art galleries, heaps of shopping (Erina Fair is huge by any standards and Tuggerah not far behind) but there are lots of secluded tucked away spots if you want to get away from the crowd, such as Maitland Bay.
It features a tract of water called Brisbane Waters that are fed from the tidal influences of the sea as it is part of the Hawkesbury River basin. In places it is very shallow but there is plenty of room for boating.

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iandsmith
Aug 12, 2004

Hawkesbury mouth

Just peeping up here in the background is Lion Island, situated in the middle of where the Hawkesbury River meets the ocean.
The beach in the foreground is Killcare and this shot is taken from a wonderful lookout.
If you leave your car at the lookout you can walk towards the ocean on the headland and then there's a boardwalk by the ocean. It's all beautiful and natural stuff and a great way to spend a couple of hours getting some exercise.
The land in the background as you go to the left is part of Pittwater which backs Palm Beach, one of Syndey's more exclusive suburbs.

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Aug 19, 2004
 
 
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Still running after all these years

Australia's last riverboat postman. So goes the spiel and you can ride on the aforementioned riverboat, for a small fee of course.
It plies its way along the picturesque Hawkesbury River, poking its nose into secluded coves and backwaters, delivering the mail and other little packages. A better way to relax would be hard to find so, if you have some spare time, this may well be an activity you may wish to indulge in.

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Jul 26, 2004

Dangar Island

Chances are your tourist agent never mentioned this little gem in the Hawkesbury. This small island in the middle of the river system is home to just over 200 people and there is no motorised traffic here except for a small electric cart that helps residents get their shopping from the wharf to their homes, all of which are either set in the bush or beside the water.
There is a cafe/restaurant here which is where you'll inevitably find a tourist or two as it's the only place to eat (except for Thursday nights at the bowling club) if you're an outsider.
To reach this neck of the woods you need to get to Brooklyn or Hawkesbury River Station on the train and from here catch the ferry over. It's only a relatively short trip of around 10 minutes and it's a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.
There's a loop road around the upper part of the island or you can walk to the beach past the park. Whatever way you choose it's a pleasant stroll past quirky homes and an eclectic mix of gardens.

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Aug 16, 2011

The walk

Before you eat, you might like to partake of one of the many walks around Berowra Waters. On this short one we've crossed the small inlet next to the park and headed off on a worn trail through the bush, a stroll that affords pleasant views such as this one across the bay.

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iandsmith
Jan 28, 2005

Gosford

Gosford Is 83km north of Sydney on the Pacific Highway. It is a resort and service centre of an area producing mixed farm crop, citrus and passion fruits and manufacturing building materials. With its magnificent waterways and beaches, it is a popular destination for Sydneysiders.

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Old Sydney Town

Old Sydney Town is an hour's drive north of Sydney and is a re-creation
of the earliest days of the Colony of New South Wales, spanning the years 1788 to 1810. After careful research building commenced in 1972. You can step back into history wandering the streets with the townspeople garbed in the clothes of the period. You will see soldiers on parade, pistol duels, cannons firing and be part of a trial day of the convicts. There are craft stores of the period and eating places.

Unfortunately, I think the park has now closed.

Pacific Hwy, Somersby (Near Gosford)

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Sep 12, 2006

If you really want to get off...

If you really want to get off the beaten path in Sydney, try a trip on the Hawkesbury River with the Riverboat Postman. To get there, take a train from Central Station to Hawksbury River (make sure it connects with the boat before you catch it). The picture was taken from the boat on this trip...

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Sep 07, 2002

The Entrance north of...

The Entrance north of Hawkesbury River has great beaches with huge flocks of pelicans. The Reptile Park close to Gordon has a range of native fauna that you wouldn't see that easily going walkabout (picture). Going down the south coast past Wollongong and you will find beaches and National Parks with heaps of wildlife, including kangaroos and parakeets.
Main point: Get out of the CBD and see the suburbs as they have a life of their own. Go to Leichardt, Balmain, Mosman, Newtown, Neutral Bay, Double Bay, Coogee Beach and even Parramatta.
There are also many tiny picnic spots around the harbour, like Strickland House, Steel Pt. and Vaucluse Park in Vaucluse.

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carstenj
Aug 24, 2002

On the Central coast of NSW...

On the Central coast of NSW about 1.5 hours north of Sydney is BOUDDI NATIONAL PARK. We stayed at Terrigal YHA overnight and caught a cab to the beginning of the park the next morning to start our walk. It is possible without a car but it would be easier if you had one. The park is great for a one day walk...about 10km in total. Without a car this might be best on a weekday as the buses that service the area do not run regularly. The walk is not difficult and it well signposted. A good introduction to bushwalking in Australia... you will be hooked!
www.yha.org.au

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Aug 24, 2002

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