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Australia’s Flagship City…
Sydney, with its dazzling harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, is probably the best known city in Australia. It offers the very best of the Australian lifestyle – from the natural beauty of its harbour to the action of its urban surf coast shoreline. Take a ferry trip across the harbour to Manly, soak up the sun on the famous Bondi Beach or explore the shops among the restored colonial buildings at the Rocks. For children, there’s Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, the Aquarium and Fox Studios.
Located within 2 hour’s drive from Sydney are the Blue Mountains. This World Heritage listed region offers a natural wonderland of untamed bush, spectacular rock formations and native wildlife. There are activities for all the family from high adventure abseiling, mountain biking or horse riding, as well as bush walking down to a gentle stroll through pristine scenery. For the less athletic, there are also picturesque towns with art and antique galleries in which to browse.
An easy 2 hour drive north of Sydney is Port Stephens – a great beach resort town with plenty to do and enjoy. Highlights are the dolphin spotting and sandboarding.
K Family: Pebbly beach was just amazing and very relaxing. Maybe not everyone's cup of tea, because the facilities are quite basic, but we loved the quiet beach, the nature and of course the kangaroos!! (plus the free BBQ pits, which we learnt to appreciate there for the first time. So convenient!!) We also experienced the most amazing night sky with millions of stars, just dazzling!!
E: I was prepared not to like Sydney after Melbourne but it is so different and magnificent scenery wise that it was a blast. The Rocks is a great neighborhood. Saw a play in the Opera House. Did the bus tour. Shopped some.
W-G Family: We absolutely LOVE Sydney - don't think we'd ever tire of the Harbour!!! So we made every opportunity to get out on the Harbour, and get views of the Harbour - with the definite highlight being our indulgent Seaplane trip from Rose Bay (with Sydney By Seaplane). We also all enjoyed doing our Bonza Bike Tours "Classic Sydney Tour" - 4 hours from The Rocks, up onto the Harbour Bridge, round the quays to Darling Harbour, across to Hyde Park, back via Lady Macquarie's Chair, the Botanical Gardens, and round the Opera House and Circular Quay - quite informative & interesting, good bikes, and another great way of seeing Sydney. Other highlights were walking from Manly to Shell Beach, via a swim in the "Rockpool" (which the kids thought was pretty cool), views from the top of the South Harbour Bridge Pylon, and dinner on the rooftop beer garden of the Glenmore Hotel.
G Family: We had a crush on Sydney. What a great city. Aquarium is ok, zoo is really a must do (all day) also Manly and Bondi beaches are quite nice and the ferry or bus ride to get there gives you a nice feeling of the city.
W-G Family: - Blue Mountains - we went to the Parks office in Blackheath who recommended some wonderful walks - short one down from the office to the cliff edge - a great first taste of the wonderful views over the valley; Braeside Walk - a longer one alongside the stream to a bigger waterfall - very wet because of all the recent rains, saw lots of lizards, a huge snake . . . and got attached to a couple of hungry leeches - a great adventure, with very few other tourists, and the view of the valley and the waterfall in full flow was absolutely stunning; interesting little amble to "Mermaid Cave" - not sure if we found the cave, but were able to walk up behind a waterfall, which the kids thought was great. Following day, did the touristy thing and went to Echo Point to see the 3 Sisters, and on to Scenic World - kids loved going back & forth on the gondola, and up & down on the mountain railway.
K Family: Port Stephens - we really enjoyed the Stockton Sand Dunes, highlight of our trip. The kids just had a blast playing in the sand and sand sledding. We got some great pictures. Found a great place to have a picnic after and spent some time on the beach there.
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