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solo travel; older woman

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solo travel; older woman

I may have an opportunity to visit Sydney for the first time in March (5 nights - staying at the Marriott). Although I'm nearing age 60, I'm very adventurous and would only have a carry-on for luggage. I'm not naive about needing to be careful. How much does the train from the airport cost? What would be the best, inexpensive way to get to and from the Sydney Cricket Grounds? thank you!

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1. Re: solo travel; older woman

Train fare from the airport is $16.90. It takes about 20 minutes. Get off at Circular Quay station. The Marriot is about a 5 minute walk.

To get to the SCG get a bus from Circular Quay. Quite a few go there - 373, 392,394,399,374,396. Possibly others I've forgotten. Just ask the bus driver. It's about 20 minutes by bus.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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2. Re: solo travel; older woman

Thank you! That sounds very reasonable.

Sydney
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3. Re: solo travel; older woman

Isn't there some sort of baseball match at the SCG sometime in March?

Salt Lake City, Utah
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4. Re: solo travel; older woman

Yes, there is. I've entered a contest I seem to be doing well in so far.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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5. Re: solo travel; older woman

Yes, there is. I've entered a contest to win a trip to see the games and seem to be doing well so far. I'd take a taxi from the hotel to SCG, but it doesn't seem right this time. I also have a friend who lives an hour from Sydney and would love to see her! I thought I was editing my response, but it would seem I wrote a duplicate one ... sorry!

Edited: 5:22 am, January 26, 2014
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6. Re: solo travel; older woman

If you are going to the SCG for the baseball game, they will have special event buses from Circular Quay and Central that will go direct to Moore Park.

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7. Re: solo travel; older woman

Is that the Diamondbacks game from the MLB?Am hoping to to that myself.As was said there are express (special event)buses from CQ and Central,cost I think is $6.00 return

Edited: 8:04 pm, January 26, 2014
Salt Lake City, Utah
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8. Re: solo travel; older woman

That seems very reasonable. Thank you for the bus and cost information.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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9. Re: solo travel; older woman

What would you recommend for sightseeing the few days I'd have free? I was thinking of a double decker tour bus, a ferry around the harbour, and a walk around the Opera House. Are the bus tours or ferry rides expensive?

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10. Re: solo travel; older woman

The Sydney Explorer hop on/ hop off buses cost $40 / 24 hours ($30 for seniors) and there are two routes, interchangeable, and you can do either or both.

The City route starts at Circular Quay, crawls down George Street, past QVB & Town Hall, to Kings Cross, along Cowper Wharf road through Woolloomooloo, to the Opera House. Back down Macquarie street, around the Casino & Pyrmont, Darling Harbour, Walsh Bay & back to Circular Quay.

The Bondi & Bays Exolorer starts at Central Station ( but intersects with the Sydney/City route at several places). It goes down William Street past but not into Kings Cross, out through Paddington to Bondi Beach, then to Watsons Bay & back to the city along New South Head Road, through Rose Bay, Double Bay, Rushcutters Bay.

Each route takes 90 minutes.

I did half if the city loop recently, just to see what it was like. Unfortunately, I had to leave before the complete loop, but I thought it was ok. A bit hard to give a visitor's viewpoint because I'm a local who knows the city very well, so likely to be hyper critical.

I think it might be worthwhile for a visitor to do the Bondi & Bays loop. And/ or join the city bus once it clears George Street - because it crawls down at less than a snail's pace and the commentary is pretty ordinary, sparse and much less than a visitor with the most basic tour guide could glean.

For the most part, I think the interesting bits of the city loop can be walked and or done using the normal bus system.

That said, in the spirit of the HO\HO being an orientation vehicle, it probably isn't a bad use of 3 hours to see what you may want to go back & investigate more closely.

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