Seeing sites advice in sydney

Apr 16th, 2005, 04:32 PM
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Seeing sites advice in sydney

We are planning to take a trip to Sydney for 10 days in either September or October. We will be traveling with a 10 month old baby. Can anyone give us advice on what sites and places to see in Sydney? Advice on this would be very much appreciated.
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Apr 16th, 2005, 05:33 PM
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Hi sladkaya0021,

Can you give us a little more info on what your interests are and if you want to see anything other than Sydney?

Are you open to travelling around or do you just want to stay in the one place and explore around it?

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Apr 16th, 2005, 05:53 PM
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Hi, sladkaya0021!

You've picked a nice time of year to come, and there are lots of places you can go where you won't be noticeably slowed down by a baby and stroller.

For a start, plan on a day's walking (and stroller-pushing) from Circular Quay around past the Opera House (there are elevators for the performers, so I guess there'll be one for parents with prams also) and then into the Botanical Gardens. You can come out of the Gardens at the Conservatorium of Music, from where you walk up Macquarie St (a lot of historic buildings) to Hyde Park and St Mary's cathedral. Turning to the right in the park, you can go straight down to the Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building.

Another walk might be to Darling Harbour and the Chinese Gardens... that area, also, is very accessible for baby carriages.

You won't be able to do the Bridge climb, but you could always walk across the Bridge -- there's only one stairway to manoeuver, and after that it's all level going.

You will also want to spend a lot of time on the ferries. This is a good way of seeing the city without having to expend too much energy. It really doesn't matter which ferry you choose (although Manly is a "must"), you can just sit there and get off whenever you come to a stop that looks interesting. Most of the ferries are coordinated with buses which are waiting at the wharf when you arrive, and the driver will happily help you on and off wqith your baby carriage. If you buy a one-day Daytripper pass ($AUD15), you won't need to buy any more tickets -- either for buses, ferries, or trains -- for the whole day.

You are coming at a moderate time of year, but, even so, you should be zealous in protecting bub against the Australian sun. Playing on the sand at Manly will be a terrific experience (there will bve dozens of other parents with babies doing the same thing), but make sure bub wears a hat and is protected by sunscreen. Hopefully, at that time of year, you won't be bothered by flies, but I wouldn't be too sure about that, so be prepared!

Have a great holiday!
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Apr 16th, 2005, 06:43 PM
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Alan,

Thanks for the Great Info!
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Apr 16th, 2005, 06:51 PM
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Paul_S,

We want to stay around the Sydney area. We are interested in going to a zoo and an aqaurium. Also, my husband is interested in seeing old historical buildings and sites. Can you recommend any interesting museums to visit? The opera house and the bridge is another must see. He also wants to see Fort Bridger. Is that a possible trip to take with a baby? Also, is the weather nice around the september-october time frame?
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Apr 16th, 2005, 08:00 PM
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Hi Sladkaya0021,

Well Alan is the man for the immediate Sydney area and he can give you the most up to date advice on Sydney.

Weather wise well it can be a bit of a mixed bag at that time of year, especially if the August westerly winds come late. October is the start of the storm season but generally speaking you should be okay with the weather, you will probably need some warm clothing for your baby in the late afternoon's and after dark.

My expertise is the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens which is a 2.5 hour road trip north of Sydney. I also have extensive knowledge of the Alice Springs/Ayres Rock region and South Australia down to Adelaide.

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Apr 16th, 2005, 08:59 PM
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Alan,

We want to stay around the Sydney area. We are interested in going to a zoo and an aqaurium. Also, my husband is interested in seeing old historical buildings and sites. Can you recommend any interesting museums to visit? The opera house and the bridge is another must see. He also wants to see Fort Bridger. Is that a possible trip to take with a baby? Also, is the weather nice around the september-october time frame?
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Apr 17th, 2005, 12:02 AM
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sladkayer, from what I can ascertain it might be difficult to inspect Fort Bridger during your visit, as it appears to be in Wyoming. Were you thinking of Fort Denison?
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Apr 17th, 2005, 12:11 AM
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Neil_Oz,

Yes, I meant Fort Denison. Thanks for the correction.
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Apr 17th, 2005, 02:20 AM
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OK!

I'm ashamed to say that I've never visited Fort Denison, but I did pull the following off www.sydney.com.au/fort.htm:

"Fort Denison is now a tourist destination and is open seven days a week for lunch at the cafe or for picnics with a tour group. There are two tours daily to Fort Denison and tours can be booked by visiting the Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre, located in The Rocks, or by ringing +61 2 9247 5033"

(Once in Sydney you'd only have to call 9247 5033.)

I can't see why you'd have any problems with a 10-month-old baby. The boat trip would be a very short one.
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Apr 17th, 2005, 02:47 AM
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Neil_Oz,

Thank you for the info. on Fort Denison. I will look into it. Thanks again.
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Apr 17th, 2005, 05:58 AM
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Thanks, Neil, the Fort Bridger bit had me worried for a minute... I wondered if I'd been missing something for the last sixty years!

Sladkaya, you mentioned interesting museums, and I guess there are some fairly good ones in Sydney, but, really, I have to say that most of our museums are pretty small potatoes compared to those in other parts of the world. You may like best the "specialist" places like the Old Mint and the Barracks (both in Macquarie Street), which are historic buildings with original artefacts. There's a fairly large museum (the Australian Museum) in College Street (at the far side of Hyde Park) which is okay, and a Science Museum called the Powerhouse in Darling Harbour which is great for older children, but not so great for ten months old! Then there's the Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour which is small enough to see in an hour and a half, but has some interesting exhibits if you like ships and the sea. All of these are all right, I guess, but in October in Sydney you will probably feel that you'll learn more by just walking around the old parts of town. In my honest opinion, the best museums in Australia are all in Canberra!
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