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Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

If anyone remembers my previous posts, things have really changed since then. Long story short, our children grew concerned that we were taking on too much on our own so they encouraged us to cancel all our previous flights and hotel reservations (thankfully none were without refund) and they booked us a 37-day cruise out of NZ on March 30. Since we need to fly into Sydney anyway, we want to spend two nights there and then fly to Cairns for three nights to set up an excursion to the GBR and one other one still undecided before flying to NZ.

Here are the questions.

Since there will be substantial luggage for such a lengthy trip, does it make sense to take a quick shuttle from the airport to a hotel near there for $6 and then make our way via bus or taxi back and forth to the sights in Sydney for the two days? We definitely want to take the HO-HO bus one entire day and go where it takes us without having to compete with the crowds from the cruise ship to see the major sights. I still need to find a one day excursion for the second day, for which I am hoping for some suggestions here - maybe recommendations for the Blue Mts. for example?

Also, the day the cruise ship docks in Sydney on April 13 for about 8 hours, we would want to do something different. What should we leave for that day so we don't retrace our steps and aren't struggling to find our way with the hundreds of other people also coming off the cruise ship?

I know I am asking a lot but the clock is ticking and I am nervous that I don't have hotel reservations or a decent working plan yet.

As always thank you very much. The suggestions I receive here are always the best!

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1. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

To put simply, I would not stay at a hotel by the airport.

It would make absolutely no sense taxiing, shuttling or training back and forth into the city for two days let alone one.

As for what you do when the ship berths for 8 hours in Sydney, would depend entirely on how well you utilized your two days during the start of your holidays - which wouldn't be productive if you stay out at the airport.

I personally wouldn't even for one night.

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2. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

Thanks for your thoughts. I was trying to avoid carting all the luggage back and forth.

Do you know about how much a taxi would charge from the airport to say a hotel by the Harbour and if they add on additional fees for luggage?

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3. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

What you would pay in public transport to the places you'd like to see in Sydney would easily outweigh the cost to get to a far more central hotel location.

As far as I know I've never been charged extra for luggage. I don't know how much you have

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4. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

Thank you for your response. We will have two large suitcases each, the max allowed by the airlines, and a carry-on for each of us. I am thinking of possibly the Holiday Inn at Darling Harbour or another in that area. Can you estimate the cost to get there from the airport by taxi compared to a shuttle bus service?

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5. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

Airport to the city by taxi should come in somewhere between $35 and $45 depending on the day of the week and time of day. If you have too much luggage for a regular sedan, they will get you a station wagon which should hold it.

I would definitely endorse all other suggestions that you not stay around the wasteland that is the airport precinct.

There's not even anywhere to go out for a nice meal other than the hotel restaurant.

You'll end up taking cabs to and from the city anyway. There's no convenient public transport other than the train. Train fare for two to the airport is about the same as a cab fare.

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6. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

Whatever you do, don't even think of staying near the airport. It's 20 mins to the CBD and a million miles away in ambience, convenience & proximity to interesting sights & meals.

I'm not the world's biggest fan of Darling Harbour, but lots of visitors like it. And there's certainly nothing wrong with it, just my preference as a local. There are interesting exhibits like the Maritime Museum, the Aquarium, Wildlife World, plenty of restaurants on the city (Cockle Bay) side and ferries to Circular Quay and some other places. The Powerhouse Museum, Fish Markets and Casino are not far from there.

That said, it's an easy walk up to George Street, where you can hop on a bus to Circular Quay, having had a wander through the lovely QVB ( Queen Victoria Building). And/ or you may like to walk up to Pitt Street Mall, David Jones etc. for a look at some of our retail precinct.

Airport shuttles have a bad reputation here, so i heartily endorse the taxi idea. There is no charge for luggage & as others have said, it seems as if yours would fit in a station wagon.

Re your luggage on your one day exit stop - I'd ask the hotel where you stay now, whether you can store your luggage there for the day when you come off the ship. That way, you can collect your bags, ask them to call a cab and you're off to the airport.

Have fun. Have your children been here?

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7. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

I think the OP maybe getting back on the ship after the 8 hour stop in Sydney - or at least that's how I read it. Unless they are cutting their 37 day cruise in half.

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8. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

Thanks K.

I was thinking they would be flying out of Sydney on that day, as so many doing those cruises do.

They usually have a problem of what to do with their luggage between early morning disembarkation & evening departure.

Great to have you here BTW - excellent info from an experienced hospitality industry insider.

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9. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

Thanks Bokhara,

I read it several times and still wasn't sure, until I noticed the 37 days. That's one massive cruise. Is there enough to keep people entertained for so long? I've never been on a cruise, but always curious.

It's very true, I immediately thought about disembarking and luggage storage - which is ridiculous in Sydney. I really can't believe there isn't a company operating storage facilities within or nearby the terminal. We get so many threads asking about where to store luggage for the day.

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10. Re: Hotel at airport and public transp to sights or vice versa?

Recommend a taxi to Darling Harbour or near Circular Quay (better in my view than DH) for hotel for 2 nights. Consider any jet lag from your flight but a day trip to Blue Mts is possible.

You have Cairns for 3 nights - consider staying at Port Douglas for the 3n (one hour drive north and much nicer and smaller than Cairns, can get a shuttle from airport). From here you can do a day trip to the reef and also a day trip to Mossman/Cape Tribulation.

For the 8 hour stop over during the cruise consider a ferry trip to Manly (if not fed up with boats) or maybe the Bondi - Bronte walk (stetch your legs), visit Watsons Bay/The Gap/lunch (can be done by ferry).