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Last minute plans for a week in Sydney in July 2012

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Hi, I'd like some advice for a semi-solo traveler in Sydney for the first week of July. I'm a little late in planning this trip but very excited!

I have an idea of things I'd like to see but need help with the 'when', time restraints and logistics.
Even though this is a last minute trip for me the hotels have been booked and prepaid for a while as I'll be joining my husband on his business trip. He will be free to join me sight seeing the weekend I arrive (Sat June 30th / July 1st) and maybe for one or two evening meals.
We're staying at the Marriott Circular Quay for the first 2 nights (weekend) and the Westin CBD for the next 5 nights.

I'd really like to overnight but it makes more sense to take a day trip to the Blue Mountains. Is it best to take the train to Katoomba or self drive? I think I'd prefer to do this at the weekend with my husband unless it's much busier then.
Best use of one full day? We enjoy easy to moderate hiking (up to 10/12km per day).

Iconic Sydney landmarks to see: the Opera House, the bridge, the harbour, The Rocks, Bondi Beach, Manly etc.
I'm not sure how much I can see/ do in one day or which activities can be combined
I'm uncertain about taking an Opera tour, recommended or not?
Best ferry rides? Transport pass for one week?
Coastal walk Coogee to Bondi? Bus or ferry one way? Favourite lunch spot?

Weather to expect? Cool average temperatures with a little rain? Will a lightweight waterproof rain coat be warm enough most days? Layered with a fleece?

Any other suggestions appreciated including websites for information.


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