When travelling around Sydney it is best to use public transport or taxis. Obviously a taxi trip will cost more than public transport but it may be easier depending on your location and destination. The N.S.W. Government have several web sites to help you use public transport – when planning a trip you can use http://www.transportnsw.info/. You can also get maps of different routes using http://www.transportnsw.info/. To use public transport in Sydney you need an Opal card. Details of Opal cards and how to get a tourist Opal card can be found at https://www.opal.com.au/en/about-opal/opal_for_visitors/. Opal cards can be purchased from Newsagents and most Supermarkets and
Sydney’s harbour is one of the best in the world. One of the best ways to explore the harbour is to use the public transport ferry system, this services all points around the harbour (and you will need an Opal Card). Take a train to Circular Quay (or taxi if you prefer) where you will be able to see the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and harbour. To explore the harbour take a ferry to Manly – the 30 minute trip is picturesque and once in Manly there are plenty things to do – for more details visit http://www.manlywharf.com.au/see-do/the-corso/ Alternatively you can take the ferry to
Opera House and foreshore The second suggestion is to check out the world famous Sydney Opera House. Take a train to Circular Quay (or taxi if you prefer) and then stroll around the foreshore at your leisure. Check out http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/ for more information about performances and tours of the building (which are available in multiple languages). The Opera House is next to Farm Cove and Sydney’s Botanic gardens so you can take a relaxing stroll through some of the best parkland in Australia with the Harbour Bridge and Opera House as the backdrop. Go to https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/ for maps and details of events.
If you are looking for the modern side of Sydney then a trip to the Casino in Darling Harbour is a must. From Central Railway Station take the light rail (tram) to the Casino. Whether your win, lose or just watch you can walk back through Darling Harbour to the city. There are many attractions in the area including restaurants, a museum, the Chinese Garden and much more. Check out http://www.darlingharbour.com/ for details. If you still have the time check out Chinatown and Paddy’s markets. Details can be found at http://sydney-chinatown.info/ and http://paddysmarket.com.au/
If you don’t want to stray too far from the city then you should check out Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building- catch the train to Town Hall using your trusty Opal Card and a tourist map. There are tours of Town Hall (see http://www.sydneytownhall.com.au/ for detail) and you are right next to the Queen Victoria Building – a great place to shop or for a relaxing coffee. From Town Hall you are a short distance from Sydney Tower, Hyde Park and many of Sydney’s large department stores.
If you are looking for an adventure then a Harbour Bridge climb should be on your bucket list. Take a train to Circular Quay using your Opal Card (or taxi if you prefer) and you will see the Harbour Bridge. You must book in advance if you plan to climb the Bridge or you may be disappointed. Information about can be found at http://www.bridgeclimb.com/ After the climb you take investigate The Rocks, one of the oldest parts of Sydney. There are museums, art galleries, pubs, restaurants and a whole lot more – for more details check out http://www.therocks.com/
The Blue Mountains is a great place to visit with many attractions close to public transport, however to get the full experience you will need a car. You can take a bush walk through some of Australia’s world heritage National Parks, visit sights such as The Three Sisters or even venture into the Jenolan Caves “finest and oldest cave systems in the world”; for more information visit – http://www.visitbluemountains.com.au/.
Cronulla and Bundeena offer some great attractions including surfing beaches, the Royal National Park for hiking in some of the most beautiful scenery in Sydney. Cronulla is the only ocean beach suburb with a direct rail link to the city – the T4 rail line takes you to within 200mtrs of the beach. Access to Bundeena and The Royal National Park is by ferry (http://www.cronullaferries.com.au/) along the Port Hacking river to the Royal National Park where you can bush walk, relax on isolated beaches or try out some of the local cafés and restaurants. For more information about Cronulla visit http://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-south/cronulla/attractions and for Bundeena visit
About 55km north of Sydney is the beautiful Hawkesbury River. You will need a car to get there but you will not be disappointed – the scenery is spectacular and you will be able to sample fresh oysters at a casual riverside cafe. For more information on boat and the seaplane trips visit http://www.sydney.com/destinations/sydney/sydney-north/hawkesbury.