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Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Tue Dec 14, 2010 2:44 pm

Looks like Sydney is on the itinerary for two days after the NRT meet in March. I read an earlier thread about traveling to Australia.

Going To Australia! Any Suggestions? (by KLMCedric Sep 22 2008 in Non Aviation)?threadid=1979143&searchid=1979390&s=kangaroos+australia#ID1979390

Two questions. The daughter would like to see kangaroos outside of a zoo or wildlife preserve. How far from Sydney do I have to travel to see them hopping in the wild? Secondly, we are looking at a Grey LIne day tour to Port Stephens that includes stops at a wildlife park as well as the opportunity to sandboard on some dunes. The trip starts at 8am and returns at 7:30pm. Is that a bit much for one day, not in terms of physical exertion but just events packed into one day? In other words, are we going to be rushed? Thanks in advance.

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RE: Questions On Sydney Australia

Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:13 pm

And an additional question. I also saw in the previous thread that travel to Australia can be difficult in March due to students returning for school. Since this trip will be at the very tail end of March will that still present a problem?
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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:49 pm

Enjoy your trip to Sydney.

Firstly to answer your question regarding kangaroo's in the wild. You need to get out of Sydney to see them in the wild. It can be a bit of luck to see them from the roadside at anytime, but they are about. I used to live on the western edge of Sydney and there is a place in Penrith which is about 1 hour drive west from the city, which has a large military site (now a military storage facility) and has kangaroos and emu's grazing there. Everyday when I drove past you saw kangaroos and emu's from the road. It's on eastern side of Northen Road, Penrith about 1nm north of Penrith city centre. Have a look at google earth and type in Northern Road Penrith. Where the road kinks before Ninth Avenue. It is south and east of that junction. A large open expanse.
But do you really want to drive all the way there to see kangaroos in the wild?? My recommendation is to see them at a nature park as you have planned.

Second question. It seems reasonable to do the day trip as planned. Port Stephens is about 3hrs north of Sydney and a beautiful area. (There's a good chance you may see kangaroos in the wild on the drive to Port Stephens) It'll be a long day, but worth the effort.

If you're staying in the city I would recommend you take the ferry to Manly and spend some time on Manly beach, or visit Taronga zoo which is a short ferry ride from the city. If you have the time the Harbour Bridge walk is also a must (a bit pricey though).

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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:01 pm

Speaking from experience you will have an awesome time.

On the Kangaroo note. You will have to travel outside of Sydney. Take a train from central to out west or hire a car and get yourself onto the M5 highway.

Taronga zoo in Sydney is always a good option if you are pressed for time. It is located on the harbour and has some amazing views of the city while you check out the wildlife!!

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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:02 pm

Quoting DogBreath (Reply 2):
If you have the time the Harbour Bridge walk is also a must (a bit pricey though).

Thanks for all that. As to the bridge, the daughter is not big on heights she has already said we'll pass on walking across or climbing on the bridge.
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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:23 pm

If she's scared of heights then a pretty good idea to give the bridge walk a miss.

If you're flying into Sydney from NRT. I'd recommend that you request a window seat on the left side of the aircraft. If the runway in use is 16R then you'll get a great view of the harbour (assuming it's not a cloudy day) on approach. If the runway is 34L then you've still got a pretty good chance of a harbour view as they normally vector you in towards Sydney then break right for a left hand pattern into KSA.

On departure from SYD request a seat on the right side.

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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:20 pm

Quoting dxing (Thread starter):
The daughter would like to see kangaroos outside of a zoo or wildlife preserve

Take a drive down a country road, you can get to one in about an hour depending on traffic, at dusk and there's a good chance you'll run into one.

Take a train to the Blue Mountains and you might see one. They're usually out and on the move at dusk.
 
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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:30 pm

Is it the Dolphin watcher tour you're doing? If yes, fair enough for the trip, if no, the Blue Mountains (with a little bush walking/hiking) would be my recommendation. And Austrlaian Wildlife World at Darling harbour is remarkably OK to see animals if you're only doing Sydney.

Most people don't know, but there is a tourist walk along the roadway which runs across Circular Quay which gives nice veiwws of the part of the Harbour without dizzying heights - and it's free. There's a glass walled elevator at the Eastern end of Circular Quay, and you can walk all the way form the Botanic Gardens into the top of The Rocks.
 
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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:59 am

Quoting bill142 (Reply 6):
Take a drive down a country road, you can get to one in about an hour depending on traffic, at dusk and there's a good chance you'll run into one.

So they are like our deer? They come out to feed at dawn and dusk?

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 7):
Is it the Dolphin watcher tour you're doing? If yes, fair enough for the trip

Yes that's the one. Looks like a pretty good deal, just seemed like a lot to do in a little time with the distance involved. Don't want to get off the bus only to be rushed back on 15 minutes later.

Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 7):
and you can walk all the way form the Botanic Gardens into the top of The Rocks.

Sounds like a good idea for the second day. Thanks for that.
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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:28 am

Quoting dxing (Reply 1):
Since this trip will be at the very tail end of March will that still present a problem?

The autumn break for 2011 runs from 11 April to 26 April (for primary and secondary students). University semesters generally commence end of February/start of March. I therefore wouldn't anticipate any problems travelling to (or around) Australia at the end of March due to movement of students!

Enjoy Sydney, it's a wonderful city. Shame you have only 2 days there.
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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:37 am

Quoting dxing (Reply 4):
As to the bridge, the daughter is not big on heights she has already said we'll pass on walking across or climbing on the bridge.

The Bridge climb I would agree. But just walking across height is not a problem for MOST people as you basically look out, not down. The walk Kent350787 suggests also gives access to the bridge walkway, look for the stairs on your left as you turn right in the shadow of the bridge.

As for the Pt Stephens tour, it should be OK. Most boat operators run tours of a least 90 minutes, some longer (at least they did the last time I was there). As for the length of the trip, your not driving, so relax (especially as you should be far enough back in the bus so you can't see out the windscreen, otherwise being on the "wrong" side of the road will freak you out! It does me!). The distance is about 300/350 km (say around 200 miles) so its not excessive for a tour coach.

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RE: Sydney Australia, Two Days, Two Questions

Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:05 pm

Quoting bookishaviator (Reply 9):
Enjoy Sydney, it's a wonderful city. Shame you have only 2 days there.

It's part of a 10 day round the world trip so two days is more than London is getting.

Quoting gemuser (Reply 10):
But just walking across height is not a problem for MOST people

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Quoting gemuser (Reply 10):
The distance is about 300/350 km (say around 200 miles) so its not excessive for a tour coach.

That's good to know. I was concerned that we would get to a location, get off the bus, only to be hurried back on for more road travel. Sounds like a pretty good balance.
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