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Going To Sydney

Mon Feb 07, 2005 6:03 am

What is there to do in Sydney for lets say 5 days?

I will be there in March and despite the obvious things to do like see the bridge and opera house and spot at SYD then I'm trying to find other things to do to suck up local colour.

Recommendations would be much appreciated.

Is 5 days too short?

Also, how is spotting at SYD and how far is it from SYD to Sydney?
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RE: Going To Sydney

Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:14 am

Whats to do in Sydney?
Harbour cruise, Darling Harbour if you like shops & Resturants, trip up the sydney tower to get a good view of the city, take a bus trip up to the Blue Mountains for the day,the rocks area some older buildings in Sydney great pubs and they used to have markets there but not sure if they are still going,Manly and its famous beach.SYD is not far from the city catch a train there is an open air viewing platform in the international terminal pretty good views from up there .
And then there is the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras , even if you are not gay it is a great free show around 250.000 normally turn out to watch.
There is a lot more you will not have time to get bored 5 days will be tight I reckon at least 10 days to do it properly.
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RE: Going To Sydney

Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:32 am

I think 5 days is a bit too short, 10 days is ok. But I think you can still see a fair bit of the city in 5 days. I went there for a week, and spent 3 days in the Blue Mountains. Go to Bondi beach, nice place to see some nice chicks Big grin
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RE: Going To Sydney

Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:09 am

Go to Bondi beach, nice place to see some nice chicks.

Oh puhlease - why don't we just send this poor guy off to Cornwall or it's New Zealand equivelant?!

The Blue Mountains is nice - I'm not sure if you'd like to go via bus as the rail network is far more convenient. It is a nice rural mountain community - very artistic, good for antiquing.

I went back to the rocks yesterday and yuck yuck yuck it was sooo gross. It was full of tourists walking around pretending to be Steve Irwin with akubra hats and khaki short shorts. Unless you want to buy a Ken Done painted didgereedoo avoid the rocks at all costs.

Honestly - go to Manly on a Manly Ferry or Jetcat from the cities main ferry terminal at Circular Quay. Manly has a bit of a tourist industry but nowhere near what you will find at the city beaches (Bondi, Coogee). Sydney's northern beaches are sublime.

I recommend a visit to Taronga Zoo (Aboriginal for Harbour View) - one of the absolute best zoos you will ever see anywhere in the world. Also gives you an opportunity to see some bloody kangaroos as you aren't likely to spot them hopping down George St.

I think you'll find Sydney to be a really slick and sophistocated place to visit - and you are sure to have a blast. In my experience one of the cleanest cities I have ever visited.

As far as spotting goes - if you wanna get a shot like this:


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You go to Botany Bay which you can see in this pic on the extreme left next to the two runways:


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It takes about 10 minutes via train to the CBD (costs over $10 I think though, a complete ripoff) - and I believe that the train network from the city stops at Botany after it does the intl and domestic terminals at YSSY.

You'll have a great time - I think the photographers among us will be able to give you more info on spotting locations in and around SYD.

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RE: Going To Sydney

Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:30 am

Airlixban, don't waste your time. Come to Victoria/Melbourne instead  Smile
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RE: Going To Sydney

Mon Feb 07, 2005 1:26 pm

It depends... what kinds of things interest you apart from aviation?  Smile

You tell us that, and we can probably point you in the right direction.

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RE: Going To Sydney

Mon Feb 07, 2005 2:29 pm

DeskPilot - Yeah, um he can go and see the muddy river, or your Performing Arts centre, or um - the treasury museum?

You do make good coffee, if that is a reason to want to visit a city.

Sell him Melbourne in

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RE: Going To Sydney

Mon Feb 07, 2005 2:53 pm

OK here I go.....

  • Forget Sydney's laughable Tower, come to Melbourne's Rialto Tower observation deck, only the tallest building in the southern hemisphere (not anymore though, local Eureka tower has just surpassed the Rialto in height.)


  • Forget Sydney's laughable S.C.G. come see Melbourne's M.C.G. (Melbourne Cricket Ground) currently undergoing a stand reconstruction. Did I mention its the largest Stadium in Australia.





  • Grand Prix in Melbourne in March

  • Australian International Airshow, also in March

  • Moomba Festival, also in March


  • As John So, Mayor of Melbourne says, "Please enjoy our city"

    A little warning about Sydney AirxLiban, the public transport system is a joke and will cost you an arm and a leg. Wait till you see how much it costs (one way mind you) to travel to the airpoirt from the city by train.

    Rivalry aside, Sydney is a beautifull city.

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:24 pm

    Yup, Melbourne is awesome.

    Here are some recent pictures I took:


    This is the Flinders Street Train station.

    Grand Prix in Melbourne in March

    Australian International Airshow, also in March


    Yup..and I'm going to both of those excellent events  Big thumbs up

    More pictures:


    Just opposite the train station.


    Melbourne Skyline, including the Rialto Towers.


    The MCG (Australia were playing Pakistan that day).


    The Yarra River passing through Melbourne.


    View from the top of the Rialto Towers.


    The Pit Straight at Albert Park - home of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix. Amazing to see this place completely transformed for the race.


    Station Pier, Melbourne.

    Well..as you can see Melbourne is also a very nice place. I think you should visit both Melbourne and Sydney, both are very nice places to visit.



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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:26 pm

    thank you all for your responses

    i'll be coming into SYD on Qantas on the 12th and will be gone on the 17th.

    Staying on george street i believe.

    Trying to get as much done as possible. This is what I think I'd like to do:

    See the opera house (will have a view of it, so that won't be too difficult)

    Go on some type of boating trip around the harbour

    See bondi beach (is that near Bondi junction)

    Suck up as much local colour as possible

    Enjoy several pints of Fosters from the source

    Do some spotting at SYD (as much as possible)

    Investigate going to Blue Mountains

    Perhaps see Canberra? Anything to do in your capital?

    How should I plan my time? I arrive at noon on saturday and am off on thursday at noon.What else is there to do? Is it worth trying to spend a day in Melbourne? What modes of transportation are there to Melbourne? What is the weather like in the middle of march?

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:31 pm

    lol - come see our big stadium! Like, I'm so there!  Big grin

    As for the Rialto - yeah it is big, but I don't think the view is as nice from the top of Centrepoint.



    Grand Prix is cool - as is the Avalon Air show (Sydney has nothing like this).

    Seriously - Melbourne is a lovely city, but I think I'd need a local to show me around to appreciate it.

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:32 pm

    According to Jetstar airways, i can fly to MEL Avalon for a day for only 71 AUD. Is it worth a day in Melbourne?

    How far is Melbourne Avalon from Melbourne city by the way? And is Jetstar any good? Do they fly 717-200s or A320s from SYD?

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:34 pm

    Perhaps see Canberra? Anything to do in your capital?

    You can see the Australian War Memorial and Museum (its got plenty of WW2 aircraft, including a fully restored Lancaster and Me109  Big thumbs up ), the Parliament House and the different embassies..they are well worth a visit. You can also visit the Telstra tower, but there's really nothing to see there anyway.

    Also, go hot-air ballooning over Canberra...it's really awesome! I have lots of pictures of Canberra, but none of them are online..I'll try to post some later.


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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:37 pm

    How far is Melbourne Avalon from Melbourne city by the way?

    It's 40 kms from the city centre. I have never flown on Jetstar, but I guess they're good.
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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:51 pm

    I'm staggared that you are coming all the way from Lebanon and only spending five days here, but - each to his own.

    Enjoy several pints of Fosters from the source

    ROFL bwahahahah well if you want some funny looks from people then sure, buy some fosters - I think you'll be the first one.  Big grin

    Go on some type of boating trip around the harbour

    Manly ferry. $6 I think for 1/2 hour of visual speldor as you glide toward beautiful Manly.

    See bondi beach (is that near Bondi junction)

    Not really - there are buses to Bondi beach from Bondi Junction which is a major public transport hub.

    Perhaps see Canberra? Anything to do in your capital?

    Sooo much to see and do. If you are at all interested in politics and political history - GO TO CANBERRA!

    Lots of questions on Australia answered here, for locals - very very very funny quesions asked: http://www.toxiccustard.com/australia/

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 3:53 pm

    Don't go to Melbourne for "a day". It's not worth it to do that city in a day. It needs to be experienced itself.

    Especially if you're going to fly to Avalon. It takes a good 45 minutes to an hour each way to get into the city, so it'll be a day of a lot of travel and not much time in Melbourne. Jetstar are fine as far as airlines go.

    The Blue Mountains will be a day trip, and your other 4 days in Sydney will be more than jam packed with things to do. So I wouldn't be going anywhere else.

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:03 pm

    Thanks trent and Qantasforever....good point about Melbourne just for a day.

    I'm actually coming from Los Angeles, not Lebanon, but I know that it is still short.

    Whats the deal with fosters, is that the Australian beer for those who have never been to Australia or somethign?
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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:30 pm

    Fosters is the beer of foreigners - no one drinks it here. It is a clever international marketing ploy used all over the world to make out like Fosters is the beer of choice for a nation proud of its beers. It is totally crap.

    Drink something like Cougar or Crown Lager or (my favourite) the belgian Stella Artois.

    I hate walking around Monaco seeing those fosters signs around GP time - it is such awful stuff!

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:39 pm

    I thought you were from Monaco....and i thought your nick was QANTASFOREVER as well...the S-type right?
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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 5:36 pm

    LOL It is - but I'm Australian and visiting from MC on a short holiday.

    Still no replacement for the S-Type btw.

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:20 pm

    QFF and Springbok, are you both in Melbourne for the Airshow ?
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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 7:53 pm

    DeskPilot, I'll be in Melbourne for the F1 and the Airshow, but won't be staying for all the days though, I have to be back in Adelaide on the 19th..so I will be going to the airshow only on the 18th. I'm still not sure about the dates though, but I'll definitely be there for the F1..that's confirmed.
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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 8:50 pm

    AirxLiban

    Don't forget to do the BridgeClimb too!!! Although you have to book in advance but this can be done online at

    http://www.bridgeclimb.com

    its well worth the money.

    Also I found the Victoria Bitter (VB) quite nice to drink too. Lay off the Fosters!!!

    Have a good trip

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Mon Feb 07, 2005 9:28 pm

    Nah, I'm in Sydney DeskPilot - working working working.

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Tue Feb 08, 2005 3:31 am

    When is the airshow? On March 18?
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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Tue Feb 08, 2005 4:26 am

    Sydney? Melbourne?

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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:26 pm

    Fosters is only sold overseas us Aussie don't drink it, I wouldn't even drink VB and Crown Lager there are better beers than that to drink.

    Suggestions for Sydney.
    Sydney Harbour Bridge Bridge Climb.
    Taronga Park Zoo.
    You can walk around the Opera House and there are some tours that take you through the place which might be worth while.
    Take a ferry trip to Manly, probably a better beach than Bondi. You can catch a train to Bondi Junction then a bus or taxi to Bondi Beach, its a bit far to walk from Bondi Junction.
    A day trip to the Blue Mountains should do that just have not got there yet.
    Spotting in Sydney, you might need a car for this, or you can do a http://www.airsidetarmactours.com Sydney Airport Tarmac Tour

    Don't go to Canberra or Melbourne, there is plenty to do in Sydney.

    Avalon Airshow, http://www.airshow.net.au; 15-20 March 2005.



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    RE: Going To Sydney

    Wed Feb 09, 2005 2:28 am

    BNE, thanks for posting the Airside Tarmac Tours link! That looks really cool.
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