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5 days in Sydney with senior parents, need advice!

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5 days in Sydney with senior parents, need advice!

Hello all,

I am on a 5 days trip with my parents to Sydney and have worked out an itinerary and would appreciate all suggestions and advice!

Day 1 (Sat)

- Arrive Sydney 7 am.

- Should I take a taxi to Town Hall or pay 3 adults fare to Town Hall?

- Deposit luggage as too early to check in

- Take Bus 555 to Circular Quay, walk to The Rocks weekend market and have a bit of breakfast and walk around. Please advise how long to spend there???

- Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Kings St Wharf, destination is Sydney Fish Market. Should I walk or any transportation to get there?

- Lunch @ Fish Market.

- Light Rail to Paddy's and Market Street.

- Drinks and light bar snacks at 360 Bar Sydney Tower for sunset views

Day 2 ( Sun)

- Back to Paddy's Market for more shopping

- Sydney Opera House Market ( is it worth a visit???)

- Ferry to Watsons Bay

- Walk to Gap Bluff and have dinner there

- Glimpse or Eastern Bay Thai ( any suggestions? I saw Dolye's menu it is very expensive)

- Any advice what time dinner service starts as I planning to catch the 7 pm ferry back to Circular Quay.

Day 3 (Mon)

- Day Tour to Port Stephens

- Late dinner at Chinatown

Day 4 (Tue)

- Day tour to Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves

- Late Dinner at Darling Harbour ( any recommendations???)

- Visit Star Casino

Day 5 (Wed)

- My flight to Melbourne is at 1pm. What time should I leave from Pitt Street to Airport? Should I train there or taxi there?

- Is there enough time after check out at 9am/10am to visit QVB/ Strand Arcade area for a small walk?

Was wondering if my itinerary is overtly ambitious for my parents as they are a bit old and energy levels are limited.

All kind advice appreciated!

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21. Re: 5 days in Sydney with senior parents, need advice!

Hope you had a great time in Sydney! I am going at the end of the month with my mum. So am really looking forward to your report! =))

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22. Re: 5 days in Sydney with senior parents, need advice!

Hello everyone! I have just came back 5 days ago from my Sydney/ Melbourne trip as this is the review as promised! This is long and detailed, please skip thru if details bore you *LOL*

Day 1

Arrived really early at 7am, we caught a cab and arrived at hotel to deposit the luggage. Was a cooling morning and we took a short stroll from Park Street to Rydges World Square to check out the day trips pickup point enroute to Paddy's Market.

Paddy's market was filled with souvenirs of all sorts as well as cheap T-shirts, wigs etc.... Nothing to really attract us as similar offerings back in SG are at a similar or lower price. Market City next door is full of outlet shops from mid-range brands, selling cheap fashion and sports gear. I noted that fashion items are rather pricey in Oz even at half off.... I barely took 90min here in total... empty hands end of it...

Cab over to the SFM, eyes are filled with lots lots lots of seafood, we took a round of survey, who had better looking oysters, selection, prices before we settled for a lovely dozen of Pacific Oysters from Peters. We sat in their outdoors area facing the tiny marina to enjoy our oysters. Next we went to another stall (BBQ Seafood) and ordered the mixed seafood platter with lobster, prawns and oysters. For $48.90 you get a whole lobster, half doz oysters & half doz large prawns. Was a super filling and satisfying luncheon!!!

As we took an all-nighter flight into Sydney, my folks and me we rather bushed so we cab back to the hotel to check in and took a naptime in the afternoon. One thing about SFM is it is rather hard to get a cab back. We called at the phone located in the SFM and waited more than 1/2 hr but since no cab came about, we just walked to the main road and waited about 5 min for an available cab... Not the best cab calling system IMHO...

Refreshed, we headed over to Westfield's Sydney Tower Eye. Our choice was to chillaz in 360 Bar while watching sunset. Their is a minimum of A$20 pp but you kinda pay S$18+ to go on top too why not chill out with a glass of wine and tapas on a nice seat to have the same (albeit lower 1 level) view??? Worth every penny! Was offered a beautiful rotating view of Sydney as the sun set over us. My total damage was about A$80 for a tapas platter and 3 glasses of wine.

We wanted a bit of nipnip dinner and headed downstairs and across the road to Hyde Park for the Night Noodles Market. It was bustling and busy and crowded with long queues snaking at the popular stalls. I know Oz is expensive for food but when we noted the simple items (very asian food) that we can simply get back in SG for a quarter of the price we took a round about just to look see look see and went back home. To be honest Roti Canai is only at the max S$4 but A$8 at NNM. A simple Pad Thai in a respectable thai cafe is S$10 but A$15. Not really worth it as I am from SEAsia hahahah.... and thus we ended a night....

Day 2

Good Sunday morning and we headed out rather happily to Circular Quay for the Sunday Market. We wandered thru The Rocks Market and wanted to have a look at Sydney Opera House Sunday Market but when we got there ..... no market no stalls..... Did something happen??? care to share???

Ended up we took a ferry from #4 to Watsons Bay. It was a fine, hot sunny afternoon and a hike up to the Gap Bluff and looking out back to the view of Sydney was magnificent! You can see Tower Eye plus Harbour Bridge in a distance... quite a view I'll say!

Working up an appetite after the hike up, we headed to Eastern Bay Thai ( after not eating at NNM left us craving for a little spicy food) we were happy and satisfied with the food we had here. It is cooked by a native thai as well as the staff are all thai people. Prices are reasonable, food quality is high and taste is authentic. Raves!!!

We strolled back to the pier past the over priced Doyle's and made our way onto the ferry back to Circular Quay. As the sun set, here we completed our day.

Day 3

We booked with GrayLIne a trip out to Port Stephens and Nelson Bay to see the dolphins. It was a chilly day and we were rather took back from the big contrast in weather from yesterday. We enjoyed the day trip and managed to view some dolphins at play... The winds were rather gusty on this particular day and our ears hurt from the wind whipping around our heads...

A long drive back to CBD and we just wanted to have a quick dinner. We headed to the basement of World Square and found a Shanghainese restaurant. We order a spicy lamb hotpot stew and eel stirfry with bamboo shoots. To us this is a simple chinese meal. Lamb is known in chinese culture to be "heaty" and provides the body warmth which was just what we needed. Delicious and good portions. Rice was expensive at A$2 a bowl.... (same thing in SG is S$0.50) OKOK i know the rice has a large carbon footprint from travelling so far thus more expensive hahahah....

Day 4

Another day trip to Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves. Took a whole day mainly sitting on the bus and also a bit of hiking in the caves. A word if I may, older folks or individuals with poor knees maybe not ideal to hike up and down the caves as it is rather tedious and tiring. There are different categories of intensity of the caves so go accordingly to what you can manage. Our trip was determined to take on the Lucas caves but as the strength needed was rather much 900+ steps my folks sat in the village and waited as they feared they may not be able to complete the hike.

Day 5

Time to checkout and get our persons to the airport!

We had a nice, budget breakfast of smoked salmon and poached eggs on toast for A$5 at one of the little cafes on Pitt Street.

We had a bit of time before going to the airport so we strolled over to QVB and took photos and all...

I really enjoyed Sydney with its quirky "Korean Town" with whole streets of Korean food and beauty shops and hairdressers as well the the SFM for the lovely seafood....

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