Sydney Journals

Sydney -- One Beautiful City

A July 2010 trip to Sydney by travelswithkids

Royal Botanic Gardens Photo, Sydney, Australia More Photos
Quote: During our few days in Sydney, we were able to take in some of the city's highlights. Sydney is gorgeous beside its famous harbor. It's pretty easy to get around with several great neighborhoods for walking through. While too cold for beaches, the mid-winter climate was wonderful for being tourists.

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Didgeridoo player at Circular Quay Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Our trip to Sydney was much too short. We only had a few days, and airline delays and resulting missed connections cost us one and a half of those days. Coming from Chicago, we were pleasantly surprised at how mild Sydney's "winter" is. The nice sunny days we encountered were more reminiscent of a cool fall day instead of winter. Your mileage may vary of course. If you have such a short stay, definitely try to stay in a really good location -- Sydney was pretty easy to get around, but it was so nice to be able to walk to the Opera House or the Rocks district from our hotel near Circular Quay. Food & drink weren't too expensive in Sydney, about the same as any place in the US, an...Read More

Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Attraction | "See Sydney from atop a double decker bus"

View from the top deck of a double decker bus. Photo, Sydney, Australia
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For a great overview and introduction to Sydney, we hopped on to one of the hop-on hop-off double decker bus tours. There are similar tours in many cities around the world where you're given access to the bus line for 24 hours. We've found them to be a nice way to get a quick look around the major sights of a city, especially when you don't feel like walking so much because of having just arrived after a long flight or something. We enjoyed riding around on the upper deck on a beautiful sunny winter day. The bus takes you past the highlights such as the Sydney Aquarium and wharf area, the Opera House, The Rocks, the Botanic Gardens, etc. We also just enjoyed the view of the bustling c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

The Rocks

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Attraction | "Exploring the Historic Rocks District of Sydney"

The Rocks Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Rocks is the oldest part of Sydney, located between the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay (the main ferry wharf). This original quarter degenerated into a dangerous slum in the late 1800s and early 1900s, filled with notorious gangs and prostitutes. My daughter and I had decided to take the $30/person Rocks Walking Tours one morning. When we arrived in the Rocks neighborhood, we stopped at the tourist information bureau co-located within the Rocks Discovery Museum and found that they provide a $5 booklet for a self-guided walking tour. After getting some historical context with a quick look through the museum, we decided to go the self-reliant (cheap) route and headed out with our booklet....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

The Rocks
Southern Shore of Sydney Harbour
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
+61 (0)2 9240 8500

Royal Botanic Gardens

Attraction | "The Beautiful Botanical Gardens"

Royal Botanic Gardens Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The Botanical Gardens are a superb park with enough of a tropical, exotic flavor to make them really interesting to a non-native. With a beautiful harbor-front location, adjacent to the central business district, leading up to the Opera House, there's no excuse for missing the flora and fauna on display here.With 64 hectares (158 acres) between the more formal Gardens and surrounding Domain parkland, there is plenty of space to explore and discover, but it isn't so huge that you can't take in most of it with a brisk walk.As you'd expect, the park is filled with a great variety of trees and flowers, from a formal rose garden to plantings of cycads -- a somewhat fern-like plant ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

Royal Botanic Gardens
Mrs. Macquaries Road
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
61 (0)2 9231 8111

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay

Hotel | "Best Hotel Location in Sydney"

The Rocks Photo, Sydney, Australia
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We loved everything about the Harbour Marriott: the room, the beds, the service, but most of all, the location! I don't think there is a better place to stay for tourism in Sydney. You're just a few steps away from Circular Quay, the active harbor ferry wharf area which also has a local rail station to get around the city. But you're within easy walking distance of the Opera House, the Botanical Gardens, the historical Rocks district, and major shopping avenues.The hotel itself is a very standard high-end city Marriott and I don't think you will be disappointed in it at all. Our room with two double beds was a nice comfortable standard size for the four of us with a nice clean bathroom ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay
30 Pitt Street
Sydney 2000
+61 (2) 9259-7000

Sydney Opera House

Attraction | "The Opera House -- ya' gotta see it"

The Rocks Photo, Sydney, Australia
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The symbol of Sydney to much of the world is its beautiful Opera House. With its harbor-side location, its pretty hard to miss it if you go outside in Sydney anywhere.We thought the price they ask for their interior tours was pretty ridiculous (you can almost see a performance for the same price), so we mostly contented ourselves with walking around the exterior, admiring the roof-lines echoing the shape of ships' sails. However, there is sort of a loophole that let us see a little of the interior at least. We were visiting during the Sydney Biennial art festival, and at the back lobby area of the Opera House is a piece of art that is part of the festival. So people were allowed into ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (2) 9250 7111