Sydney and surrounding sightseeing

Nov 11th, 2005, 12:01 PM
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Sydney and surrounding sightseeing

I am going to be in North Ryde, NSW for work for three weeks in November. I will have the weekends free and would like to do few day trips. I will not be renting a car, so I guess guided tours should be a good choice but am open to suggestions.

Can someone suggest
- the main places to visit
- guided tour companies for day trips
- good shopping places

BTW, is thankgiving a holiday in Australia?

Thanks a lot.
amynik is offline  
Nov 11th, 2005, 12:19 PM
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Nope, Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Australia.

Jump on a train and head up to the Blue Mountains for the day to visit Katoomba and go on the scenic railway!
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Nov 11th, 2005, 09:19 PM
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See if you can find Michi's post on places around Sydney - which sort of covers this topic - but then developed a life of it's own - there's a heap of great information. If I wasn't on dial-up I'd look for it myself!
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Nov 12th, 2005, 04:23 AM
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Hi there,
The Blue Mts probably is the top day trip. You can certainly go by train and spend the day around Katoomba - see the 3 sisters and if you start early, and are fit, do one of the walks that takes you down into the valley (the Jameson valley I think) and back up on the railway or cable car sort of thingie.
Excellent. But there are also organised trips (4 wheel drive or coach) that would take you to other places up in Mts too.

The day trip I have always fancied but haven't done yet goes south to Jervis Bay (dolphin watching) and Kangaroo Valley.

You don't say if you have been to Sydney before - if you haven't then an absolute must do is a day in the city checking out Circular Quay, the SOH, the Botanical Gdns - maybe take the ferry to Watsons Bay or Manly. There are also loads of fabulous walks around the harbour, including the best known, and longest (3-4 hours) Manly to Split Bridge or vice versa. Both ends of this walk are accessible by public transport. There's more, but maybe need to know what your interests are.

Shopping? Do you mean malls and such like? or markets?

Here's a link that features the Jervis Bay trip, and other stuff.
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Nov 14th, 2005, 11:10 PM
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As you said, the easiest would be to join guided tours, and most of these tours commence from the Circular Quay in the City. You can either take a day trip to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves if you like the nature, or to the Hunters Valley if you'd like to visit the famous winery in the area, as fuzzylogic suggested, a day around the City would be the way to go.

On weekends, the Rocks Market will be open around 9-5 and it is one of my favourite market which I'd visit every time I'm in Sydney. Paddington Market which only opens on Saturday would worth a go too with lots of crafts and stuff.
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