Post # 1
DH and I are looking to go to Sydney over New Year’s Eve. We would arrive a few days prior and stay a few days after. It is a belated honeymoon/Christmas present/ just because we can trip.
However, I can’t find any hotels. I’ve been told we want to stay close to Darling Harbour, George Street, Circular Quay, and The Rocks. I’m not really wanting to spend over $300 a night on a hotel. But I can’t find any with availibility. NYE must be huge in Sydney, yes?
I did find a hotel close to Central Station and it looks like we could take a train closer to Darling Harbour or even to Bondi Beach for like $30 a week per person. Is that a good plan or no?
And, what should we do while we are there?? We would only be there for around 5 days so we would stay in Sydney the whole time.
I’m so excited. I’ve never been out of the United States and I’m slightly fascinated with Australia! 🙂
Post # 3
@HawaiiBamaBride: Yes, NYE is huge in Sydney because of the fireworks on the Harbour. Some people travel from other parts of Australia just to see it!
My list of things to do in Sydney includes: shopping, see the Opera House, train across the bridge, climb the bridge (unless you’re afraid of heights like me), visit Darling Harbour (including the excellent aquarium), more shopping, take a ferry to the zoo, take a ferry to Manly, visit Bondi (need to take a bus I think). If you’ve got time and are into mountain scenery, do a day trip to Katoomba.
I don’t live in Sydney so I can’t directly comment, but Central Station “feels” like it’s a little way out from the tourism heart of the city. But it’s one of 6 train stations on a “city circle” which means you can always get a train to other parts of the city in only a few minutes.
Post # 4
@paula1248: I definitely want to climb the bridge! 🙂 Thank you for all your recommendations. I see a night of googling ahead for me!
I guess being away from the tourism wouldn’t be too bad, but it would be nice to be able to walk to wherever we need to go. I’m going to keep looking for hotels closer.
Post # 5
@HawaiiBamaBride: I was only in Sydney for a day but i loved it. Take a harbor tour for sure! The one i was on takes you to the zoo as well. Lots of shopping right around the bridge and circle quay. I dont have any advice for hotels but I found their trains simple and cheap enough that if it is close to a train station id say go for it!
Post # 6
@HawaiiBamaBride: Circular Quay is definitely a pricy area… To be honest, I’m not sure you’d ever find a hotel for very cheap in that area, let alone on NYE! The good news is that there is a subway, and the city centre is very walkable! I walked from Redfern (a suburb farther away from the CBD than central station) to Darling Harbour, to Circular Quay, and then to Potts Point, and it was long but a very interesting and beautiful walk!
If you want things priced reasonably, I’d look at the areas close to those you mentioned, but not in!
Oh, and if you love chocolate, go to the Lindt Café! And if you like hiking, take a day trip to the Blue Mountains!
I spent about a month in Sydney on a backpacking trip, beautiful city!
Post # 7
@leisha606: We are definitely going to look up harbour tours. I’m really excited. Thanks for the tips.
@KhaleesiStormborn: We are willing to go up in price for the right hotel, but no one seems to have availiability. A week earlier, hotels are way cheaper and have plenty of availibility. But my DH insists on spending Christmas in our house. I’m glad to know you can walk. I looked it up and it says it is only 2.4 miles. If there is plenty to see like you said, then we can definitely walk it. And thank you for your other suggestions. Lots of things to google and plan!