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Going to Sydney for 2 weeks! Help us out!

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Vancouver BC
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Going to Sydney for 2 weeks! Help us out!

Hey There,

Me and my friend are really excited about visiting Sydney for 2 weeks.

We want to do stuff like:

- Visiting the Great Barrier Reef (Via train - How much do rail passes cost)

- Snorkeling, Parasailing, Surfing.

- Nightclubs (We're 17, what's the deal with drinking and clubbing in Sydney?)

- Shopping- obviously!

- Sydney Opera House and what other attractions?

I was wondering if you guys had any schedules or anything that you could share with us? Maybe give us an idea of where we should go, or what we should or shouldn't do.

Any help in planning this out would be great!


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11. Re: Going to Sydney for 2 weeks! Help us out!

Not extremely cold...no snow other than the ski resorts. You can swim up north but I'd give it a miss in Sydney. Lowest daily temps around 14 (rare) usually around 17-19 but has been as high as 36 in August.

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12. Re: Going to Sydney for 2 weeks! Help us out!

You're right about the "no swimming" -- that picks up in October -- but not about the "extremely cold". You might be surprised at how temperate the weather is by August, when most of the sting has gone out of the winter. In fact, there will probably be a lot of clear sunny days.

What you have to watch out for in August are the winds. Every so often, we'll get a windy day which can turn the streets into tunnels, and that early-springtime warmth seems to evaporate pretty quickly. For these few days, you'll need something warm. But, for most of the time, you will, I think, be pleasantly surprised.

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13. Re: Going to Sydney for 2 weeks! Help us out!

It will be cool/cold in August in Sydney - but nothing like Canada cold! Queensland will be fine for surfing year round. Would recommend Manly for the beach, cafes and lots of other young travellers. Can parasail here. Also on a Sat or Sun take the bus (L90) to Palm Beach from the city. Longest public bus trip in Sydney (1 1/2hrs?) but takes you to the most beautiful beach in the world!! ( I'm biased!) Walk along the beach to the lighthouse. Take a ferry ride on Pittwater (45 mins) eat at Palm Beach fish and chips (opposite park at ferry wharf) Best fish & chips! Catch bus back and get off at The Newport Arms Hotel. Sydney's prettiest beer garden on the water. (under 18's ok but you cannot buy alcohol) Lots of young people there on weekends. Make sure it's a sunny day!

As in any big city - be aware of your surroundings and be sensible! You'll have a ball!

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14. Re: Going to Sydney for 2 weeks! Help us out!

Ok, so we'll give a miss to swimming in Sydney.

What can we do? We have the tours and such other then that jus wonder around I guess?

Are there any rainforest places or good hiking or rock climbing areas?

Thanks for all the help everyone!

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15. Re: Going to Sydney for 2 weeks! Help us out!

You'll find lots to do in Sydney. The city is built around a harbour which is one of the best in the world, and there are dozens of commuter ferries buzzing around all day into every bay and inlet. You could spend a day just hopping from one ferry to the other (and on a single ticket, costing $AUD15).

As well, you could use up a day doing the Spit Bridge to Manly walk. Take a bus from Wynyard Station bus stand C to the Spit Bridge, get off just before the bridge (a 20-minute ride), walk across, and head down to the shore on your right. This is the entrance to one of the best walks in Australia, traversing five beaches and looking at some of the most wonderful scenery in the southern hemisphere -- particularly good when the weather is clear, as it will be in August. It also passes some aboriginal carvings and an aboriginal midden. It ends -- three and a half hours later -- at Manly pier, from where (after a meal in one of the restaurants in the corso) you catch a ferry back to Circular Quay.

You could also spend a day or two in the Blue Mountains, a couple of hours by train west of Sydney. If you hire a car, you could go on to Jenolan Caves, about another hour-and-a-half drive west of Katoomba, the main tourist spot in the Mountains. There are some great walks at Katoomba, starting at a point called Echo Point. If you get tired there is a railway and a cable car to take you back up.

Finally, don't (as so many tourists do) neglect Canberra, Australia's capital. Only a three-and-a-half hour drive from Sydney (there are fast trains, too), it is worth two days and a night of anyone's time. Not only do you get to see one of the most interesting houses of Parliament in the world, but the city has many other important buildings and monuments: the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum, the National Art Gallery, the Screen and Sound Archives, the Science Museum, and the Australian-American war memorial, to name a few. If you go by train, there are lots of one-day tours available as soon as yoiu step off at the platform.

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16. Re: Going to Sydney for 2 weeks! Help us out!

Yes, the beaches in Sydney and down south will be cold. But the GBR wont be. Infact this is the best time to go there not too hot and the water is still very warm.. Have a great holiday in OZ.

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17. Re: Going to Sydney for 2 weeks! Help us out!

Just some answers to recent replies: Yes, you won't swim here in August (not in the ocean anyway - water temp down to 15c). Blue Mtns advice is good but in August all the best views can be fogged out. Check Mountains weather before going. (Sydney can be clear as a bell and mountains totally fogged in August.) Don't travel by train late at night in Sydney if you can get a bus - much safer. You will have trouble getting into city clubs but suburban pubs (plenty of guides in local papers) are easier to get into. If you want a cheap river cruise just get on a river cat from city to Meadowbank and back. Or a ferry from city to Manly. Our driving age is 17, not 18. You can't get a ferry from Manly back to the Spit if you do that walk.