Post # 1
I’m planning a trip to Sydney, Australia for the end of July. I’ve always wanted to go there but i have NO idea what I would want to do or what there is to do. Any bees who have been there that can give me any advice or some fun things to do?
Post # 3
I’m also curious about traveling to Australia. Just from the preliminary searches I’ve done it appears that it’s really expensive! This is coming from an American who lives in Korea for a frame of reference.
Post # 4
There is so much to do in Australia. But the beauty is mostly outside of the cities.
If you go to Sydney get a ton of brochures from the place you’ll be staying at – you’ll get all your ideas there.
Post # 5
@ksn1219: OK first thing is remember it’ll be winter. Winter in Sydney isn’t too bad though. Here are things I (or my family) try to do as an Aussie who doesn’t live in Sydney:
Take a train to Circular Quay, get out and walk around the Opera House.
Climb the Harbor Bridge (unless like me you’re scared of heights).
Visit Sydney Aquarium. Also walk around Darling Harbor which is where the Aquarium is. You used to be able to take a Monorail to Darling Harbor but that’s closed now. I think you can take a ferry to DH though.
Take a ferry to the zoo. (Taronga Park zoo).
Take a train across the Harbor Bridge, get off on the other side and go into this cute little fairground called Luna Park. (Entry is free, rides cost).
Go into the city and shop.
Take a ferry to Manly (possibly redundant if you’ve already taken the ferry elsewhere).
Go to Bondi Beach (though it may be a bit cold to swim).
Do a day trip to Katoomba, about an hour from Sydney, where you can see the rock formations in the Blue Mountains. There’s a place there called Scenic World where you can do cable car rides across the valley and into the valley.
Post # 6
I live in Sydney. A PP covered a lot of these, but you’ve gotta check out:
– Opera House and Circular Quay! I’ve lived here for 10+ years and still love visiting this area, it’s very pretty. There are also plenty of great museums and galleries around.
– The Rocks area nearby (they have markets every weekend and various awesome festivals throughout the year… the Coffee, Chocolate, Tea and Spice Festival is usually on at the end of July)
– Royal Botanical Gardens
– Darling Harbour… make sure to grab a hot chocolate at the Lindt cafe 🙂
– Explore the North Sydney area, it’s nice and quiet and has beautiful Harbour Bridge and water views (Lavender Bay, Blues Point Reserve, Sawmillers Reserve) and cute cafes… my favourite place in Sydney
– Check out the Northern Beaches! There are lovely beaches such as Manly, Collaroy/Long Reef, Narrabeen. They’d still be nice to hang out at even during winter. Manly has some great walking trails
– Blue Mountains is nice, but it gets really cold during winter
If you need any more info just ask! 🙂
EDIT: What kind of stuff do you like doing when travelling? Do you like shopping, or partying, or sightseeing, or relaxing etc?
Post # 7
Happy Australia Day, fellow Aussies 🙂
There is so much to do over here.. Sydney is good for tourists (Taronga Zoo!), but of course I may be biased and say Queensland is much better 😉 We have the Great Barrier Reef! Gorgeous beaches and islands like the Carribean, and in winter it’s still a nice 80 degrees or so. Brisbane has Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin) and of course the Gold and Sunshine Coasts are all within driving distance.
I would say go on TripAdvisor and have a look at the best places to go in Sydney or wherever you want to go. Australia is expensive but I guess our wages are also higher than the USA so it fits our budgets a little better. If you look at Living Social travel (Australia) they tend to have good travel deals within the country, and also ‘wotif.com’ for great hotel rates!
Post # 8
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Just jumping in to say that Australia is very expensive, unfortunately! Accommodation, food, transport, alcohol, admission to themeparks and some tourist attractions… All will cost a lot of money. That’s not to say it isn’t worth it of course, just something to keep in mind.
Post # 9
I think if you are coming to Australia, you should try to do more than just Sydney. It is such a long way to come and not see something else.
There is a hop on hop off bus that lets you get a nice overview of Sydney.
From memory though, public transport is hideously expensive.
Post # 10
I don’t really know much about Sydney, but we live in AUS and are currently honeymooning on the Gold Coast!
In the last few days we have gone swimming with the dolphins at Sea World and today we got to pat a cheetah at the Australian zoo. There are heaps of animal encounters available at AUS zoo, sea world and Dubbo zoo if you like that kind of thing. We also got to touch sting rays, pat koalas, feed kangaroos ect (all free, at the places we went to, although you can do the last 2 at most fauna parks around here).
We are also going to the theme parks (have been to 3, still have another to go to tomorrow), Outback Spectacular (an outback horse show) and will be going to the Dubbo zoo, where we are going to feed a giraffe, and a lion or tiger each.
If you want to holiday in AUS I’d probably recommend the Gold Coast, or even Hamilton Island if you can afford that (that was amazing as well, there was so much to do there and we went Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and also visited Whitehaven beach which is frequently voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world). I live in a very rural place, so I may be biased, but I think a lot of Australia’s beauty is actually outside the city. The wildlife here is amazing, and you don’t really see kangaroos or goannas in the city lol.
Post # 11
If you climb the Harbour Bridge do so at night! ive climbed it 3 times now and the best was at night with the sunset and beautiful city lights! Oh and dont be scared of heights its totally worth it!
Post # 12
@Lovemelovemyhorses: I am getting married at Airlie Beach and headed to Whitehaven during our honeymoon 🙂 So excited!
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for your advice! I fly for free so the money I’m going to be saving on flights I hope to spend over there! I have always wanted to climb the bridge and see the Opera House so that is why I want to go to Sydney, but I am also very interested in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. I will also be in South Africa during their winter so I was hoping they would be around the same temp. I will look into everything yall told me! Thanks again!!
Post # 14
@ksn1219: Average temps throughout July are a high of 16 ish, and lows of about 8 degrees celcius. Definitely cold! Plus, the harbour bridge climb can be cancelled when the weather is not great, too wondy, too wet etc.
Hopefull it’s okay, but just something to be mindful of 🙂 We (my mother and I) did the bridge climb in summer (Chrsitmas Eve actually!) and it was perfect, big blue sky, perfect clear view of everything, not too hot, not too cold (with the wind up there) – but it can get very hot some summer days, we were pretty lucky.
We also did Toronga Zoo on a similar day that summer, it was fantastic!
Post # 15
@FutureMrsHallam: That’s not THAT cold! I wish it was that where I live right now haha I will check out this zoo! Thank you for the tips!
Post # 16
@ksn1219: Oh dear, to me that is freeeezing!