One of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Newly developed Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and Royal Botanic Garden nearby. Sydney Tower’s Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.

Sydney has a wide Variety of visitors from long term travellers to people using the port on their cruise ships. Either way you can be sure that Sydney will live up to every expectation.

Sydney

 

How to get to Sydney

 

  • Trainairport link is a 13 minute journey to Sydney, it accessible from the arrivals lounge, you will need an Opel card, similar to Myki card in Melbourne. 

 

  • Taxi – the taxi stand is located outside the arrivals terminal. It’s about a 20 minute journey to the city and will cost around $40-$50 (AUS)

 

  • Bus – bus tops are outside terminal 1 and terminal 3. Take route 400. You will need an Opel card to board the bus.

 

  • Uber – There is a very good uber network here. Uber allows you to pay via your Uber account so you don’t have to worry about getting your money out. Uber also gives you an estimate on the fare and it’s pretty accurate.

  • Car Rental – There a rental car companies in the arrivals terminal. Be sure to check if you can drive here prior to booking. You can also reserve a car online via Rentalcars

 

Where to stay in Sydney

 

  • Sydney CBD – The heat of the city, walking distance to major attractions. The price of hotels will be a lot higher than anywhere else in the city, but if its location you want, this is it.

 

  • Darling Harbour - Stay in the heart of the entertainment areas with plenty of bars and restaurants. Close to the aquarium and china town, this area has good transport links.

 

  • The rocks – This area has kept its old age about it, it gives you a glimpse in to what the buildings were like when they were first build. Very close to Sydney harbour bridge and Sydney opera house.

  • Kings Cross - Now know for the number of hostels in the area, this is the pace to head to meet fellow back packers. It has bars and restaurants to suit a budgets.

  • Bondi Beach – Stay on the most famous beach in Australia, if not the world. The beach is separated by a main road but here are a lot for hotels and hostels in this area. The price will be a little higher than in neighbouring Coogee or Bronte beach.

 

  • Manly – About a 30 minute ferry ride to the centre, but this place has more of a holiday feel to it. It has beaches, harbours, playgrounds, walks, bars and restaurants

 

Things to do in Sydney with children

 

  • Hop on hop off bus – visit all of the top sites in the city and surrounding on top of an open roof bus. Buy a 24 or 48 hour ticket and get off at whatever attraction you want. 

 

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge - The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore.

 

  • Bridge Climb – Take a tour and climb up the iconic Sydney harbour bridge 

 

  • Neighbours Tour - Visit he set of Ramsey Street and visit the stars of the show. 

 

  • Bondi beach - The most famous beach in Australia, visit the beach and relax, go to surf school, or just hire a board and go surfing. See the stars of the show Bondi rescue at work.

 

  • Bondi Icebergs pool – This is a salt water pool that’s nestled into the rocks at the end of Bondi beach. Many people go here to sunbath or swim in the pool with the waves crashing into the pool.

 

  • Taronga Zoo – Located near Mosman, visit all the animals here. Great day out with the kids

 

  • Blue Mountains – Blue mountains are located about 50km for Sydney’s centre, but can take a while to get there due to traffic, speed cameras and single lanes

 

  • Bondi to Coogee to Bronte walk - Take a coastal walk from Bondi beach to Coogee beach, walk along the cliff edge and visit Coogee beach and Bronte beach along the way, these are smaller beaches but very good for surfing.

 

  • Ferry to Manly – Take a scenic ferry ride from Sydney harbour to manly island. It’s a transport ferry to connect the 2 areas, but is very good way to get to see manly island and manly beaches. 

 

  • Sydney Opera House – Visit one of the most iconic buildings in the world. You can take a tour inside or even go watch a show if there is one on. You can get views of the building from across the river, on the many ferry or from the rocks where the cruise ships come in to port.

 

  • Darling Harbour – A developing pedestrian area, come here for a place where you can always find nice bars, good restaurants.

 

  • The Rocks – A very touristy area, where you can eat alfresco and drink the day away. There are souvenir shops here selling authentic aboriginal art work and didgeridoo’s

 

  • Manly Beach - Manly Beach is a beach situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Enjoy a walk along the beach while eat the famous Doyle fish and chips.

 

  • Manly sea life sanctuary - Go here for hands on demonstrations, live feedings

 

  • Hyde Park – Sydney’s oldest open parks, come here for a run around or picnic

 

  • Surf school - There plenty of places where you can go for surf school, but the most famous is Bondi beach

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