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Trip List by AlanJ

Your Spring, our Autumn: come and see Sydney at its very best!

2 May 2006  I have lived in Sydney all my life -- over 60 years. And, you know, I still love to go walking, especially in autumn!
4.0 of 5 stars based on 18 votes

There's no better time to visit Sydney than in April or early May. The weather, always delectable, is really on your side, for a relaxing and invigorating holiday, most of which can be taken on foot.

  • 1. walking through Sydney and taking the Spit Bridge to Manly walk.
    Sydney, New South Wales

    This thread will tell you how to get the most out of two or three days in Sydney.... great at any time of year, but in April never better.

  • 2. See kangaroos in the wild.... and even sit and have breakfast with them (and a goanna or two)! You will need a car for this one.
    Australia, South Pacific

    Several locals give their best information about where to go, close to Sydney, to see a kangaroo in the wild... it's not as hard as you think!

  • 3. The best Opera House tours, beaches, and a free walk across the Harbour Bridge
    Sydney, New South Wales

    If you can't afford the Bridge Climb and a ticket to a performance at the Opera House, here is a way to cut costs and have the same kind of experience. Some good advice on the beaches to visit, also.

  • 4. The Bondi to Coogee walk, an historic cemetery with some famous inhabitants, and the "hidden treasure" view of Sydney -- as good as views get -- from the little-known Dudley Page Reserve.
    Coogee, Randwick

    Sydney is full of great coastal walks, and this is one of the best, with a very special cemetery to inspect on the way. Plus, the view of Sydney that even most of the locals don't know about.... all for the price of a bus trip!

  • 5. Centennial Park -- spend a day there in April and appreciate just how great Sydney is.
    http://www.cp.nsw.gov.au/

    Brits who spend a day wandering around Hyde Park in London come to Sydney and are disappointed when you can see our Hyde Park in fifteen minutes.... but, just a short bus drive from the centre, we have a park that is bigger than Monaco (true!) and worth a full day of your time. Take a guided walk, or just get a map and wander!

  • 6. A tour of Manly and environs, the Japanese Gardens at Auburn, and Darling Harbour
    Sydney, New South Wales

    Manly is a great day trip, because you get to see the whole harbour on the way; but when you get there, there's a lot to do, from a shark aquarium to the ruins of Sydney's only genuine castle. Also, here's how to get to the beautiful Japanese Gardens in Auburn, and a bit on the ever-popular Darling Harbour.

  • 7. Walking in the Blue Mountains, and a side trip to Jenolan Caves (car needed for this one, too!)
    Sydney, New South Wales

    The Blue Mountains is at its best in April, but you'll never know it if you just take a bus tour and see it from the top. Here's how to get down into where the beauty is, and also how to get the most out of a day at the unique Jenolan Caves.

  • 8. Mt Wilson -- at its best in April -- and the Glow Worm Tunnel
    New South Wales, Australia

    Mt Wilson is just another village, a bit prettier than most.... but in April it looks more like rural England, or Vermont. To miss it in autumn is to miss one of Sydney's great delights. Not too far away is the little-visited Glow Worm Tunnel, at Newnes.

  • 9. Suburban Sydney 1: Parramatta, Campbelltown, and Newtown
    Sydney, New South Wales

    For historic Sydney, Campbelltown and Parramatta are just a train (or Jetcat) ride away, and full of history, right back to the 18th century. Newtown is arguably the best shopping strip in Sydney, if you want such unusual shops as a Moroccan furniture shop, an African Market, an antique book store, and various second-hand shops, all surrounded by Sydney's best-value (and most diverse) restaurants. And it's only ten minutes by bus from the CBD!

  • 10. Canberra, Australia's capital; also Sydney by ferry, including Cremorne, Watsons Bay, Mosman, Balmain, Woolwich.
    Sydney, New South Wales

    Canberra is very hot in summer and very cold in winter.... but in autumn you are seeing one of Australia's most interesting cities -- our capital -- at a great time. This thread covers many of the must-see attractions, and also gives a few must-visit ferry destinations around Sydney Harbour.

  • 11. The Sydney Royal Easter Show
    http://www.eastershow.com.au/

    Easter is showyime in Sydney, and that means the Royal Easter Show.... the place to meet just about everyone who lives here, and a few hundred thousand visitors as well. Go early in the season for the best look.... but, if you visit us in autumn, you should on no account miss it.

  • 12. Suburban Sydney 2: shopping paradise: Double Bay, Woollahra,Leichhardt, Paddington, Glebe
    Sydney, New South Wales

    If shopping is your passion, get out of the CBD and see how -- and where -- the savvy Sydneysider shops. Here are the best shopping destinations at any time of year.... but in autumn, you can shop all day before you drop!

  • 13. Suburban Sydney 3: Breakfast in Bondi, lunch in Leichhardt, dinner at Darling Harbour....and Chinese food at Cabramatta!
    Sydney, New South Wales

    This thread has valuable information about the many museums and attractions at Darling Harbour -- within easy walking distance of the centre of Sydney -- and some ideas for other suburban visits. Especially important is the mention of Cabramatta, Sydney's REAL Chinatown! Quite a culinary -- and cultural -- experience, especially around Buddha's birthday.... which is, as you guessed, in autumn, in early May!