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Stay in Sydney or rent a car and drive along coast?

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Stay in Sydney or rent a car and drive along coast?

My husband and I arriving in Sydney from US pre-cruise for 2 1/2 days. After talking to some people we just met, they tell us that traveling to the Blue Mts takes about 2 1/2 hrs each way from Sydney and if taking in the hikes...etc. that it is really a full day. We live in the mts. of California and they say that it is not so different and wouldn't be that spectacular to us. They suggested renting a car and driving towards Wollongong, seeing the new bridge and possibly visiting the Sumbio Nature Park, and then doing the ferries to Manly, Bondi and other sight within the city. Since I have never been to Australia and this will probably be my only trip, I am totally confused and just need help in planning this trip. Our time is limited and I would like to squeeze it all in, but I have to be realistic. Any help or suggestions, greatly appreciated.

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11. Re: Stay in Sydney or rent a car and drive along coast?

Can I reiterate the concerns about jetlag and driving on the opposite side. Yes, Sydney itself has lots to offer and is much more manageable under the circumstances.

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12. Re: Stay in Sydney or rent a car and drive along coast?

Another vote for staying in Sydney with the limited time you have. Plenty of places to explore. As an example the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk takes a good half day. Have a look at the FAQ's on "must sees" on the right hand side of this page. Also the official Sydney tourism site http://www.sydney.com/

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