Updated April 2020.
If you’re headed to Australia, odds are you’ll fly into Sydney as your destination, or simply for a layover before flying off somewhere else Down Under. If that’s the case for you, here are a few Sydney-specific facts and tips!
Getting the Shot
You can get the iconic shot of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge from MacQuaries Point, next to the Botanical Gardens.
About that Bridge
The Bridge is affectionately known as the “Coat Hanger.” You just looked up to see if it does look like a coat hanger, didn’t you?
The Walk You Can’t Miss
The side of the Sydney Harbor Bridge closest to the Opera House is for pedestrians only; the other side is for cyclists only. Pedestrians and cyclists, rejoice!
Taking the Train
The train is quick and efficient, but there is a significant surcharge for taking the train to or from the airport. As in, the base fare is AUD$4.30, but the “gate pass fee” for the airport is AUD$14.40. That means you will pay a whopping AUD$18.70 from the airport to downtown and back. Some money saving options include walking 20 minutes (with luggage) to Wolli Creek Station for AUD$4.71 each way, check Uber to compare prices, or a taxi is around AUD$30-40 each way. A taxi or Uber may be your least expensive option for parties of 3 or more.
“Night Safe Area”
If you do take the train, there is a designated “Night Safe” area for extra security. These areas are close to the night watch guard areas in many stations.
Getting Around Town
Downtown Sydney is exceptionally walkable! Once you get to Circular Quay and downtown Sydney, you can walk to just about anywhere you want to go. You’ll see walkers, runners, and all sorts.
Water taxis are inexpensive and scenic ways to get around Sydney Harbor and the surrounding area. Take a water taxi to Manly Beach, Taronga Zoo, and more!
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