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Smartvisit Card (See Sydney & Beyond)

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Smartvisit Card (See Sydney & Beyond)

Has anyone used or bought the See Sydney & Beyond Smartvisit Card? Have you used it? Is it worth it, and do you really realize a big savings? I will be in Sydney for exactly 7 full days, I'm wondering if everything I *should* see is really covered in here.

I came across their website randomly: http://www.seesydneycard.com/index.jsp

It offers free entry into many Sydney area main attractions with the option of a transportation pass too.

Prices are: (Excl Transport/Incl Transport) AUD

1 Day Card ($65/$80)

2 Day Card ($109/$145)

3 Day Card ($139/$195)

7 Day Card ($199/$265)

Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciate from anyone who has used/bought/know of someone who used this!

Thanks in advance!!

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1. Re: Smartvisit Card (See Sydney & Beyond)

It depends on what you want to see. An example would be Taronga Zoo. Probably take a whole day, transport from city included around $66 (2 adults) (was $88 for family 2 a 2c no discount for second child into zoo on NY day, The aquarium on the other hand would be about $50 (2a) with no transport you can easily walk from most areas of CBD. takes about 2hrs to do aquarium. Suggest you go early or late to aquarium. it is popular with school excursions (field trips i think you call them). you can up have up to 10 schools there at one time (Around 500 kids) but most arrive after 10 and leave by 2.30 They offer a 3 in one Aquarium, tower, monorail, skytour, monorail for $100 (2a) see website for aquarium.

whilst the entry component looks good I'm not sure about the transport component. a weekly travel pass (does not include blue mountains or airport) is $47pp bus/ferry/train unlimited trips for interurban (see cityrail.com.au)

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I purchased one of these cards for a visit to Sydney April 2004. I got the 3 day pass (consecutive) and while I was unable to visit all the attractions, I did go to a lot of them: Sydney Aquarium; Chinese Gardens; Manly Aquarium; Taronga Park Zoo; a couple of the Blue Mountains offers, etc. I worked out that with all the attractions I saw and the other offers, it was well worth it for me. However, you need to be dedicated and organised to make the most of the offers. I also took the transport offer, which was $56 dearer, but there is a 'Day Tripper' pass available for use on bus train & ferry for $15 for each day. Hope this helps, I think it was great value for money and a good way to see the main attractions.

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Yes, thank you all for your advice! I think we will end up getting it, I just don't know for how many days. Plus, we found the SydneyPass which gives us all these unlimited transportation modes and the Sydney Explorer, Bondi Explorer, Harbour Cruises, and Airport Link.

But I wonder, if we bought both the SydneyPass and Smartvisit card, would that be too much overkill and waste of money?

How big is Sydney really? Is it a walkable city from end-to-end? Can someone compare it to a size of a U.S. city or Paris? I'd say I was able to walk around Paris, no problem. It just a tightly packed city with great Metro. Is Sydney laid out in a similar way?

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hi travel junkie am giong to sydney mid august and i've been surfuring the net till my head exploded and still no one qave me direct answers , but what i know that it covers the airport transfer (both ways) you can buy the card from the airport. , it covers the hrbour cuise explorer buses + tour discounts .. if you took it with transport all your transport would be free bus ferry and train . but i think you take it with out transport if you will use buses cause they are really cheap trains too and u can use the day tripper which is 15.4 $ adult and 7.7$ kid .now depending on what are you doing in your tors would u take 3 or 7 days cause u need to do the trips in consecutive days ,probaply take the 7 days as the attractions are unlimited like the explorer buses ... i hope that would help u

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5. Re: Smartvisit Card (See Sydney & Beyond)

Travel junkie, having been to both Paris and Sydney, I would say they are similar. We used public transportation and lots of walking to get around in both cities. Many of the main attractions in Sydney are near enough to each other for farily easy access. I haven't been to Sydney in a few years, but when I went I used an Australian travel specialist I found on the australian tourism website who has been to Australia numerous times and helped me with reservations and the type of discount card that would be the best deal for what we wanted to see. One thing my husband and I have done each time we have been to Sydney is go to dinner in the restaurant that revolves at the top of the Centerpoint Tower. I know, it's really touristy and expensive, but the views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House at night are outstanding! Sydney is a wonderful city, have a great trip!

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