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First visit to sydney,Help needed.

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First visit to sydney,Help needed.

I will be visiting Sydney in May for 6days 5 nites.

My planning goes -

Fri noon arrival - check in. Visit Paddy market + Chinatown night market.

Sat - pylon lookout,the rocks (MCA),Circular quay,Opera house,Botanical Gdn,Mrs Mcquarie chair.

Sun - circular quay ferry to Manly,Ferry to Watson bay,walk via camp cove to south head hornby lighthouse,take bus 380 to Bondi,walk to cogee and return to city

Mon - Blue mountain trip on own.

Tues - Featherdale Zoo + darling harbor + Star Casino

Wed - home sweet home.

We are staying near George st thus am fully aware of the Free 555 shuttle. However,looking at the trip to Manly,Watson bay and Bondi,featherdale zoo and blue mountain. Will it be more worthwhile if we purchase a my multi pass weekly? Or its better to buy a daily pass for blue mt and do the rest by per trips?

I tried to check online but am alil confused,off peak travelling means departing after 930am?

Lastly,had heard a lot about Kings Cross,will it be worth visiting? Is it safe to visit there alone?

If there's anything to add on for my itinerary,please feel free and help out.

Many thanks.

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1. Re: First visit to sydney,Help needed.

Since you will only really need transport tickets on three of your days, point to point is probably a bit cheaper than a MyMulti3. A MyMultu3 weekly at $63 is certainly more convenient. No messing around buying tickets. Depends on how much you value convenience. If you choosehttp://sydney.edu.au/current_students/accommodation/ not to get a weekly, I'd definitely buy a MyMulti Daypass for the day you are going to spend taking ferries

Kings across is street filled with bars and strip clubs which gets very loud and 'boisterous' late at night. If that appeals to you then you might enjoy it. If you are a single female I wouldn't recommend it late at night. During the day there's nothing much to see but shops.

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Consider Sydney WIldlife World or Taronga instead of Featherdale.

It is a stop on the tours that go to the Blue Mountains, but if you are doing it on your own. then it is a fair bit of hassle to get to. You can easily fit in Sydney WIldlife World with Darling Harbour and Star Casino.

Trains offer off-peak return fares after 9am on weekdays or all day weekends. But the one train that leaves earlier than 9am to the blue mountains is also considered off peak.

Agree that the ferry day you should probably get a daypass. The train to the mountains and the train/bus to featherdale won't justify the cost of a MyMulti-3 but you can get one for convenience.

Edited: 07 May 2014, 00:27
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Note Manly direct to Watsons Bay is a different ferry company so not covered by MyMulti tickets (departs from Manly east pier). The cost Manly-WB is $15 one way (expensive but they have a monopoly). There is eco hoppa ferry around the harbour for $40 for 24 hours (not covered by MyMulti tickets). The Sunday government ferry (Mymulti ticket) will be busy so go early (or catch the Manly Fast Ferry - different ticket).

If using MyMulti ticket then need to catch ferry from Manly back to the Quay and then a separate ferry to Watsons Bay.

www.manlyfastferry.com.au/fares-info

Tues - Featherdale is a hassle to get on public transport with train then bus or taxi. Go to Taronga Zoo by ferry (much nicer and easier).

Edited: 07 May 2014, 00:47
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Thanks for all your help. At least,your helpful feedbacks gave mi a better idea of Kingscross,off peak returns and ferry to Watson bay.

-emel49,Singapore..Where im from doesnt have a strip club thus will probably take a peep of it behind my gf's back.

Will heed advice n change the zoo. Certainly,have a clearer picture and will leave earlier for blue.mt and manly.

Thanks dytokyo for the info,its indeed expensive,was expecting to do all in a daily pass. Since,it is not feasible,will likely skip Watson and just stick to manly and Bondi.

Lastly,for night views.. Will you guys choose Blu bar 36 at Shangrila hotel Or The Summit restaurant at Australia Square?

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5. Re: First visit to sydney,Help needed.

If you are planning on skipping out on Watsons Bay because of the cost if the ferry ticket, I'm not sure about your choice of bars. The view is indeed great but the prices of drinks make the ferry fare pale into insignificance.

If you want a great view if the Harbour, take a a late afternoon ferry ride to Manly and come back in the evening.

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No worries,I had seen both of the places menu and surprisingly,drinks in Singapore cost more thus i guess its ok for us.

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I like the Summit Restaurant at Australia Square for bars with a view. It has an all around view unlike Shangra-La. Also, you can go to the bar at the Sydney Tower (which is a much better deal than going to the Sydney Tower Eye observation deck, as there is no admission fee/cover charge for the bar). But despite Sydney Tower being higher than Australia Square, it has a poorer view in my opinion - you can't see much of the harbour and can't see the opera house at all.

Australia Square thus seems to be the best views all around, with the bridge and opera house and harbour clearly in view. And the drink prices are no more than any other bar of its class in the city, such as Establishment on George St, which has no view at all!

Edited: 07 May 2014, 08:26
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Agree with dytokoyo. Stay in the City Tues =)

Please pick the Summit =)

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Thanks all Trip- advisors for ur kind help!

Yay,Will certainly pick e Summit!

Am looking forward :)

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We had returned from our trip,the weather been great,we enjoyed it very much!

Vivid Sydney had been awesome,the projections at MCA and Opera house were impressive! They could really do better for the bridge and the aquatic show though.

We eventually decided on multipass3 and doing blue mountains on our own was a breeze,its easy to jus hop on bus 686 with no extra cost also.

It was a great trip :)