BEST PLANNED TRIP TO SYDNEY :-
1) Plan your trip such that you reach Sydney early in the morning of Day 1 .
2) Hire a Car on rent for a Day from EuropCar/Hertz/Avis .
3) Checkin to your Hotel located near Katoomba .
This place is around 75 km from Sydney towards Blue mountains .
Resort - http://www.storeygrange.com/
4) Visit Jenolan Caves and Blue Mountains .
5) Come back to Hotel and rest .
Note - In case you want to stay in Sydney,explore the following Link to plan your Day 1 :-
6) Checkout the Hotel , Checkin at the Hotel in Sydney CBD .Return the Rented Car .
7) Go to Circular Quay ,enjoy the View of Oprah House .
8) Reach the Wharf/Jetty No. 3 for going to Manly Beach .
The ferry reaches Manly in aprrox. 45 min .Refer the following Link :-
8)Enjoy a trip to Manly Aquarium and Art Meuseum near the Wharf at Manly
9)Enjoy Surfing , swimming and relaxing on Manly Beach.
Note- Donot miss Unfiltered German Wheat Beer at the Cafe
11) Come back to the hotel in CBD .Freshen up and get set for the Dinner Cruise :-
12)Enjoy the lighnening at Oprah House.
13) Checkout from your hotel .
Most hotels would allow you to keep your luggage in the locker .
So you can save on the rent for day 3 , if you want.
14) You have series of activities to do on Darling harbour .
What you should not miss :-
1) Sydney Jet Boat Ride - An adventurous jet boat ride :-
www.sydneyjet.com.au - 1 hour
2) Whale watching Trip : 3 hours .
3) Madame Tussaud Museum : 2 hours
4) Sydney Eye
5) World Largest I-MAX
HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST : A rough average cost per person would come around 500$/person.
1) Deluxe Resorts for 2 in Katoomba(Storey Grange) : around AUD 120-AUD230
2) Budget Hotels for 2 in CBD (Hotel Vibe): around AUD 110- AUD 175
3) Attractions at Darling Harbour :-
(a)Ticket to Sydney Aquarium : AUD 34 in Circular Quay
(b)Ticket to Aquarium : AUD 20 in Manly
(c)Ticket to Madam Tussaud Wax Museum : AUD 44
(d)Ticket to Sydney Eye : AUD 28
(e)Sydney Widlife : AUD 37
Note - If you want to explore all the above mentioned places at Darling Harbour ,
please utilize the option to book online and take a combined ticket for good savings .
Also if you are family with kids below 12 years ,
you can explore the option of Single Family tickets for great Savings .
4) Taxi fares :-
(a) I stayed at Sydney CBD .
(a.1)MaxiTaxi takes approx. AUD 60 from Sydney Airport to Sydney CBD .
(a.2)Also you can use Train from Airport to Sydney Central at 3.50 AUD /ticket/per person .
(b) Hotel at CBD to Circular Quay in MaxiTaxi: approx 11 AUD .
(c) Hotel at CBD to Darling Harbour in MaxiTaxi : approx 11 AUD .
(d) Darling Harbour to Circular Quay in Maxi Taxi : approx 18 AUD .
(e) Alternatively you can use the Free Tourist Bus Service running in CBD for tourists .
The most desirable commutation route is from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour .
It has only few stops , which are marked with green .
(f) You can also take up the Hop and Hop on Open to Air Double Decker bus service for AUD 25/perperson.
5)Sydney Dinner Cruises : AUD 110- AUD160 , please book atleat 3-4 weeks in Advance.
6) Average Meals : AUD 20 / per person / per meal including 1 drink
Note - 5 meals can roughly come around AUD 500.
In case you want to reduce the trip cost , you can exceed your expenses on hotel
by selecting your rooms with kitchen facility and do a self cooking as required .
7)Tiger Airways :Return Fare(Melbourne-Sydney-Melbourne) 180/per person
Note - This can be significantly reduced to 100/per person , if you donot have any restrictions on the day and time of travel .Tiger Airways offers fares starting from AUD 40/per person for the Return Fare.
8) Manly Ferry (Return Transfers)- AUD 14/per Adult
9) Single ticket of Monorail is AUD 5 .
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The overall experience was pretty much average,since we planned our trip for a very short duration of 2 days .The weather was not good and it was raining throughout the DAY 1 of our trip .
We had a flight back home to Melbourne on Sunday Night .So we had to miss the Oprah House lightening .
Despite the disappointments due to Weather , we enjoyed the opportunity to visit the most happening city of world .The best part was the Food and beer .We tried all kinds of beer right from Tasmania's James Boag´s to German Unfiltered beers .
Reached Circular Quay at 10:00 am , Boarded the ferry to Manly Beach .
Enjoyed the beach , did some shopping .
Enjoyed the Manly Aquarium .This is run by the same company and is less crowded than Darling Harbour Aquarium .
Enjoyed the Art Gallery adjoining Manly Aquarium .
Came to Bavarian Beer Cafe . Had 2 rounds of drinks .
Came to Manly Sea Food restaurat . Had Beer battered fish , aling with fries and beer .
Came back to Circular Quay around and to our Hotel .
Then after a bit of rest and change went to Darling Harbour in Madame Tussad Meuseum .
Finished our day with Pizza's on a nice restaurant overlooking opera house and Sydney Harbour Bridge .
Note - Manly is also a Nice place to stay as well and paradise for surfers .
Ferry service are available from Circular Quay to Manly every half an hour .
We went to Darling Harbour.The place is very beautiful .
Enjoyed time in world largest I-MAX .
Then we had a ride in Monorail .
Then we had a very nice lunch at a very nice restaurant overlooking the backwaters at Darling Harbour.
Then we went to Opera House for some photo session and enjoying the sit-out .
We enjoyed a couple of street shows .
The time went by and we reached our hotel .Picked our luggage and set out for Sydney Airport .
Overall a very nice place to break your work schedules and enjoy .
No wonder why its the happening place .
Note - Its good if you commute to Melbourne to Sydney by Road or Train .The Journey is quite picturesque