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8 hour layover - what to do?

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8 hour layover - what to do?

Hello,

My husband and I will be flying from Auckland to San Francisco in mid December with a layover in Sydney. Our plane lands at 1015am and leaves at 6pm. We are flying Qantas so I think our bags will be moved through. My questions are:

1. What is there to see in this timeframe? Just a short trip to the opera house or is there a small tour? Recommendations please.

2. What is the Visa situation - do we get the ETA visa or the transit visa subclass 771. It appears the transit visa is free, but you have to fill out a form and possibly a medical evaluation? How does this work? And the ETA is $20 AUD per person, all online and no medical needed.

Thanks for the advice and recommendations!

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1. Re: 8 hour layover - what to do?

If you intend to leave the airport, you need an ETA.

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2. Re: 8 hour layover - what to do?

You need a visa.

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3. Re: 8 hour layover - what to do?

Take the plane train to/from Circular Quay.

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