You only have 2 days
to see Sydney? Key Attractions and things to do...
You only have 2 days and are wondering what you should
do in Sydney. Here are some ideas of what we have enjoyed in Sydney.
The first thing to do is to stay close to the action. It may cost
more, but we have always stayed at the Park
Hyatt in The Rocks. From here you are close to the Opera House,
Harbour Tours, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the central business
district and a whole host of great restaurants. In fact the Park
Hyatt was rated as the number 1 hotel by Travel and Leisure
Magazine for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
in their August 2001 and 2002 edition.
Despite the wonderful service, this hotel is all
about location, You are virtually on Sydney Harbour and
wonderful views of downtown Sydney and the Opera House are
available for most rooms. In fact this photograph was taken
from our room during our last visit. Of course, this is
not the only hotel in a great location and you can check
our listing of hotels in New South
Wales to do your own research.
Think about taking a harbour cruise on your
first morning, especially if the weather is nice. This will
give you a good feel about life in Sydney and how the city is
laid out. I would recommend the longer cruise which can take
a few hours. The beauty of this cruise is that you will get
up close to the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge
and get a feel as to how the more affluent Australians live
along the shoreline in the many small coves and bays. The cruises
typically leave from Circular Quay in downtown Sydney which
is a short walk from The Rocks. This is a nice way to have a
relaxing start to the day over coffee, tea or something a little
stronger if you desire. There are many cruise services available
but one of the more prominent companies is Captain
- By the end of the cruise you will no doubt be ready for lunch.
A great place to sit outside and eat some of Australia's famous
seafood is Doyles Restaurant which, once again, is very close
to the Park Hyatt Hotel. It is located at the Harbour Bridge end
of the International Overseas Shipping Terminal at Circular Quay
The restaurant is directly opposite the Sydney Opera House, with
breathtaking views of the Harbour. The King Prawns are a delicacy
that you should try.
- For the few hours that are left in the afternoon, you may just
want to wander around The
Rocks where you will find shopping arcades that have many
unique shops, selling everything from Aboriginal crafts and Aussie
bush-gear to the latest street-smart fashions. A slightly different
shopping experience can be found on weekends, year-round, when
the northern end of George Street comes alive with a covered outdoor
market featuring original arts and crafts.
- While, you are getting cleaned up for an evening out it is always
nice to just sit on your balcony if you are staying at the Park
Hyatt and watch the harbour traffic rush hour with the Opera House
as a backdrop and enjoy one of the many good Australian
wines. For dinner, there are any number of good restaurants
and you can be sure that most of them in the area are fair to
good but you may want to check with the concierge. A good choice
during our last visit was Aria.
It is located right next to the Sydney Opera House and the food
and wine was excellent but expensive. However, you must remember
that the exchange
rate is very favorable currently (November, 2001). For an
after dinner treat, it is only a short walk to the Opera
House. You should book your tickets in advance.
- Today, you can see another side of Sydney and have a lot
of fun doing it. If I were you I would climb the Sydney
Harbour Bridge. Sounds crazy but it's not. There is a company
Climb that have the legal rights to take people on a
tour all over the bridge. Of course this may not be advisable
if you have a physical handicap as there is quite a lot
of climbing involved as the name would suggest. The climb
is very secure as you are always attached to the bridge
and the pace is pretty slow so you will get plenty of time
to rest. While you are enjoying the view, you will be able
to listen to your guide give you a very interesting history
of the bridge and the surrounding Sydney land marks. The
whole tour should take around 3 hours.
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