Sydney is notorious for being the most expensive city in which to live and visit in Australia. Andrea recently spent the weekend in the harbour city and discovered you can stay on a budget or as a high flyer. There are so many things to do and Sydney can be enjoyed on any budget.
A great way to get your bearings, and to familiarise yourself with the sights and history of Sydney, is to join an ‘I’m Free’ three hour walking tour. The tour starts at the Town Hall in George Street twice a day at 10.30am and 2.30pm (except Christmas Day) come rain or shine and concludes at Circular Quay.
To see many of the sights of the central CBD, catch the Number 555 bus which departs every 10 to 15 minutes. It does a loop of Circular Quay to Central Station in both directions. The bus runs every weekday from 9.30am to 3.30pm and until 9pm on Thursdays, and weekends from 9.30am to 6pm. You can hop on and off at your leisure to the various sights around the city.
Check into the George Street Hotel for only $59 for a single and $79 for a double. Take a stroll back down to Circular Quay and enjoy a light dinner (around $15) and drinks at The Bar at the End of the Wharf.
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Sydney Harbour is one of the most beautiful in the world, so do not miss the opportunity to explore and enjoy it. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay on the 24 hour hop on hop off Sydney Harbour Eco Hopper to seven stops including Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay and Manly Beach from $35 per person. Entry to zoo and ferry is $50.50. Enjoy lunch at Hugo’s, positioned on Manly Wharf, where you can dine on delicious Italian cuisine at one of Sydney’s most spectacular waterfront locations. After lunch, stroll along the famous Corso where you will find high end couture and funky boutiques side-by-side.
No visit to Sydney is complete, if you are wanting to splurge a little, without climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Taking around two hours to complete, this is a spectacular way to see the beauty of Sydney’s harbour with tours starting at $235. While the adrenalin is pumping take a 30 minute jet boat ride with Thunder Jet for $65 per adult. Enjoy dinner at one of the many world-class restaurants along Woolloomooloo Wharf, then soak up a luxury stay at the boutique Blue Sydney – A Taj Hotel from $355 for a Superior wharf room.