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Australia itinerary for Sydney and the trip from Sydney to the Blue Mountains

04 November 2009 – Arrive Sydney

On arrival in Sydney make your way to your accommodation located in ‘The Rocks” area of Sydney. For all details of reservations held on your behalf including addresses, contact numbers and booking numbers where applicable please refer to your ‘Reservations Schedule’


Sydney

A thriving Harbourside city of approximately 4 million people, Sydney is a diverse representation of old and new Australia. The foundations of the city being built by convict labour, the city has grown and blossomed into an icon of the “new World”. Some of Sydney’s oldest surviving buildings are located in the historic precinct known as “The Rocks”, which is well worth a visit.

The wealth and prosperity of Sydney is owed largely to the safe and sheltered waters of its 55 square kilometre harbour. From a few lonely sailing ships in the late 1700’s to today’s 6000 odd vessels its growth has been rapid.  The waterfront has been maintained as attractive and ‘people friendly’. 24 hectares of prime land is still retained for the Royal Botanic Gardens, first dedicated in 1816.  The Sydney Opera House is adjacent to the gardens, and no trip to Sydney is complete without a visit to this landmark. Sydney Cove is also home to Circular Quay, from where many harbour cruises depart, as well as being home to cafes and retail outlets.   “The Rocks” and southern pier of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are also located in this area.  

Darling Harbour is a modern space with a paved concourse housing waterfront restaurants, retail developments and entertainment venues such as the Aquarium and Imax Theatre, an easy way to get to Darling Harbour from the centre of town is to take the monorail which also gives you an elevated view of the city streetscapes and crosses to Darling Harbour via the Pyrmont Bridge, worth a full circuit just for interest!  

Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to appreciate the greater harbour area, view landmarks and historical sites and the progression of a city from its simple beginnings. On an international scale the history of European Settlement in Australasia is all relatively recent and only dates back just over 200 years, a fact worth bearing in mind when assessing such progress.  

Nearby National Parks worth a visit are Lane Cove about 10km northwest of Sydney and Royal National Park approx 30km South of Sydney.  Both have opportunities for enjoying native flora and fauna, with walking and biking trails and rowboats for hire. Royal National Park also has cliff top and coastal walks and surf beaches.

The Rocks Situated on Sydney Harbour, adjacent to Circular Quay, The Rocks lies beneath the giant arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and overlooks the famous sails of the Opera House. This historic quarter of Sydney was the site of the first colonial settlement in Australia in 1788. The Rocks is now home to colourful characters, residents and artists.   The Sydney Visitor Centre is a good place to start. Pick up a map, chat with the multi-lingual information officers and view the Centre’s archaeological exhibition. The Rocks is a waterfront precinct where you will discover beautifully restored historic buildings and forget time as you admire the displays in one of the many galleries and museums. The historic precinct offers a wide selection of dining, shopping and entertainment. The Rocks is a must do, part of every visitor's enjoyment in Sydney. Visit www.rocksvillage.com  for more information of The Rocks and www.sydney-events.com  for events in The Rocks and the whole of Sydney.

The Rocks Market - Every weekend Sydneysiders and visitors alike flock to The Rocks to experience the extraordinary atmosphere of Sydney's favourite street market. Located at the northern end of George Street, in the shade of the Harbour Bridge, this incredible undercover market is filled with around 145 stalls which display an amazing collection of arts and crafts, home wares, jewellery and antiques, collectibles, toys, puzzles and tasty aromatic food. The Rocks Market is more than just a stylish street market. It is a fantastic place to enjoy the weekend and soak up the atmosphere of quintessential Sydney. Open Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 5pm.  

The self guided Historic Walk is a great way to see The Rocks, the brochure available from the visitors centre highlights the history of many of the old buildings. Visit Cadman’s Cottage Sydney’s oldest surviving house dating from 1816. Today, a number of these old buildings are “kept alive” through viable use and house retail and cultural venues.  

Darling Harbour West of the city centre, is a vibrant and modern waterfront development which houses numerous and diverse cafes and restaurants facing a waterfront plaza. There are also shops, the aquarium, IMAX theatre and Fun Park. The area is easily accessed by the monorail system. Sydney Harbour ferries also leave from around the basin here.


5, 6 & 7 November 2009 – Three full days Sydney

Activities Sydney

Getting Around Sydney

Transport Info Line
For timetables and service information call the Transport Infoline 131500 between 6am and 10pm seven days a week; Interactive Voice Response 24 hours a day. Teletypewriter service for hearing and speech impaired customers 1800 637 500 Website www.131500.com.au

Sydney Explorer Bus
This is your passport to the sights of the city, offering unlimited travel in air-conditioned buses to Sydney's biggest and best tourist attractions. You can get on and off anywhere along the route, joining the bus again at any time. Website: www.sydneybuses.nsw.gov.au

Rail Network
The CityRail network offers passengers one of the most cost effective and convenient ways to travel around Sydney and beyond. Whether you are a commuter or leisure traveller, our comprehensive range of services offer total flexibility when it comes to planning your trip. The City Rail network covers suburban Sydney and extends to the Hunter, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast regions. Website: www.cityrail.nsw.gov.au

Bondi Beach
For great sights, great shops and great surf, you can not beat the Bondi Explorer, which travels to the eastern harbour and bayside areas that have helped put Sydney on the map all around the world. Website: www.sydneybuses.nsw.gov.au

Captain Cook Cruises.
Discover the grace and magic of Sydney Harbour, with Captain Cook Cruises. Their Harbour Dining Cruises offer an unforgettable dining experience on Sydney Harbour, while their daily Sightseeing Cruises show you the best of what Sydney has to offer. Website: www.captaincook.com.au

Things to do and see ·        

The Sydney Opera House
No visit to Sydney is complete without a visit to this famous landmark Website: Sydney Opera House
Pre booking of the behind the scenes early morning guided tours incl breakfast is essential, please note footwear requirements.

Zoological Parks of New South Wales, this organization operates the Taronga Zoo and the Western Plains Zoo Website: www.zoo.nsw.gov.au

The Royal Botanic Gardens, gardens include Sydney, Mount Annan, Mount Tomah and the National Herbarium Website: www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climbing, for the fit, one of the most memorable experiences Sydney can offer...a climb to the top of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Fish Market. Australia's only working fishermen's market, the Sydney Fish Market is colourful and vibrant. By late morning fishermen and merchants are replaced by tourists, shoppers and the lunchtime crowd, seafood served fresh each day Website: www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au

Darling Harbour Monorail Station is only a ten minute walk from the Fish Market. Access from Darling Harbour to the Market is via Pyrmont Bridge Road. The Sydney Aquarium. Reputedly one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the world, if the can't make it to The Great Barrier Reef a visit here is well worth it, other exhibits include Murray River, Mangrove, and other Australian habitats, Ocean World at Manly is also run by the Aquarium. The Aquarium is open every day from 9:00am - 10pm (seal pool closes at sunset). The average visit time is 2 hours and the Aquarium is an all weather venue. Website: www.sydneyaquarium.com.au 

Walking directions: Within minutes of the city, use Market St or King St access

Day sailing with Harbourdays Sailing Colin Madden Harbourdays Sailing  

Golf in Sydney - Sydney has many golf courses in and around the city, for an overview map with contact details and split into price ranges please see  http://www.iliveinsydney.com/golf/  . For close in courses see the 9 hole Woolahra Golf Club at http://www.woollahragolfclub.com  or 18 hole Eastlakes Golf Club at http://www.eastlakegolfclub.com.au    

Guided Day trips to Hunter Valley, Port Stephens for dolphins or the Blue Mountains by 4x4 for wild life and/or hiking.

Museums and Art Galleries

The Australian Museum has an international reputation in the fields of natural history and indigenous studies research, community programs and exhibitions. The Museum was established in 1827 and is Australia's first museum, with unique and extensive collections of natural science and cultural artefacts. The Australian Museum is open 9.30am to 5:00pm every day (except December 25). Website: www.austmus.gov.au

The Art Gallery of New South Wales. Formally established in 1874, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is home to some of the world's most outstanding collections of art. There is also a shop with many excellent publications. Opening Hours 10am to 5pm, every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Website: www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au

The Powerhouse Museum, This popular museum is located in Darling Harbour. Its collection of 380,000 objects is unique and diverse spanning social history, music, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, transport and space exploration. The Sydney Observatory is also administered by this museum. Open: Daily 10am to 5 pm (except Christmas Day) Website: www.phm.gov.au

Sydney Central Australian National Maritime Museum. Australia's most-visited maritime museum opens new vistas on our history and love of the sea. Their website invites you to take a number of virtual reality tours. Open 9.30 am to 5.00 pm (6.00 pm January) every day except Christmas Day Website: www.anmm.gov.au

The Museum of Contemporary Art. The MCA aims to be a distinctive and vibrant centre for the promotion of contemporary art and visual culture, which seeks to engage audiences with recent ideas in art in all media, through imaginative programs of exhibitions, screenings, public forums, debates, education projects, events and the inventive use of new media technology Hours 10 am to 5 pm except Christmas Day Website: www.mca.com.au

The Historic Houses Trust. A collection of 13 museums including Mansions, Public Buildings, A Farm. Also incorporates The Museum of Sydney Website: www.hht.nsw.gov.au

The Performing Arts

The Sydney Opera House, www.soh.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, www.sso.com.au 

Australian Chamber Orchestra, www.aco.com.au  

The Australian Ballet, whilst the Head Office is in Melbourne, the company tours widely and has scheduled concerts in Sydney, full online info and bookings Website: www.australianballet.com.au

National Parks Information

National Parks and Wildlife Services, Cadman's Cottage, 110 George Street, The Rocks Website: http://www.npws.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Harbour National Park
The Opera House; the Bridge; the glittering blue water; the gnarled sandstone cliffs and headlands. You could hardly pick a more spectacular location for a national park than Sydney Harbour. Sydney Harbour National Park protects various islands and foreshore areas around the harbour. It contains rare pockets of the bushland that was once common around Sydney. This is important wildlife habitat - so apart from the great views and beautiful settings, you'll find a surprising range of native animals living in the park. But beyond the scenery, there's a lot of history, mystery and cultural heritage waiting to be discovered. You'll find buildings constructed with convict labour; historic maritime and military installations; and the Quarantine Station that used to protect Sydneysiders from infectious diseases. You'll also find many Aboriginal sites - signposts to an ancient cultural heritage that still lives on, despite the devastating impact of colonization.  

Park highlights         

  • The many Discovery activities in the park, from bush food tours around Bradleys Head to night-time ghost walks in the Quarantine Station.
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  • The contrasting landscapes of the Manly Scenic Walkway, which takes you past exclusive waterfront suburbs, native coastal heath and subtropical rainforest remnants.
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  • A swim and a picnic at historic Nielsen Park, which has been an important part of harbourside life since the early 20th century.
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  • Ferry tours of the harbour islands, with their intriguing stories and great views.
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08 November 2009 – Sydney to The Blue Mountains 141 kms 2 ½ hours  

Uplift your rental vehicle see your Reservations Schedule for details and map.    

Sydney to Blackheath 141 kms 2 ½ hours plus stops
Using the northern road in the Blue Mountains today as you will be travelling the southern road on 11th    

Sydney to Windsor 56 kms 1 hour
Take the M2 motorway north out of Sydney, across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Stay on Highway 2 to Windsor.
Note that the M2 is a toll road and charges as at May 09 are approximately A$11.00 see http://sydneymotorways.com/rta_map.html

Windsor to Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens 47 kms 55 minutes
From Windsor take Highway 40, also known as Bells Line of Road.
Mount Tomah to Mount Wilson turnoff 14 kms 10 minutes A further 6 kms up Mount Wilson to Yengo Gardens if you wish to visit  
Mount Wilson turnoff to Blackheath 24kms 20 mins    

Blue Mountains National Park   www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Ridges that overlap into the hazy blue distance; chiselled sandstone outcrops; endless forests clinging somehow to bare rock; plunging waterfalls – the landscape of Blue Mountains National Park isn’t easily forgotten. More than three million people come here each year, often just to stand and stare across this uplifting landscape. Others walk or cycle along the cliff-tops and in the valleys, following paths that were created for Victorian honeymooners, or discovered by Aboriginal hunters many thousands of years ago. The park, which is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, protects an unusually diverse range of vegetation communities. There are rare and ancient plants, and isolated animal populations, tucked away in its deep gorges. This is a vast and special place. Park highlights: The view you get from Echo Point, with the famous Three Sisters in the foreground, and the Jamison Valley and Mount Solitary behind. The Grand Canyon Track, which lets you experience the thrill of canyoning without even getting your feet wet. (This is our favourite) The magnificent Blue Gum Forest, which was saved from destruction by bushwalkers in the 1930s. The National Pass track, an amazing piece of early 20th-century engineering, with stone staircases cut into the cliffs.      

Mount Tomah Botanic Gardenis the cool-climate garden of the Botanic Gardens Trust www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/mount_tomah_botanic_garden . It covers 28 hectares on the summit of a basalt-capped peak 1000 metres above sea level in the world heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains. The theme of this Garden emphasises cool-climate plants from around the world, especially those from the southern hemisphere.  

Yengo Sculpture Gardens – Mt Wilson The Mount Wilson turnoff is 14km further west along Bells Line of Road. The drive up Mt Wilson is about 6km. www.yengo-sculpture-garden-welcome.com  Sculptures by English Artists Judith Holmes-Drewry and Lloyd Le Blanc are on display in the beautifully mature gardens of Yengo. The estate was created in 1889 and the first director of Sydney's Royal Botanic gardens was put in charge of the gardens. The garden was restored in the 60s and 70s.  


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