Sydney Icons, the Bridge, Harbour, Opera House, Ferry to Manly, Royal Botanic Gardens and China Town
Stay in a Sydney hotel on the south side of Hyde Park; buy a multi Day Pass that allows unlimited travel on City Rail, all Buses, Ferries and the Metro Light railway from a local shop. See the Sydney Icons: the Bridge, Harbour and stop for lunch at the Opera House; ride a Ferry to Manly, stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, shop and dinner in China Town.
A long day ahead so stop at The Hyde Hotel opposite Museum Station on Liverpool Street for breakfast. Then take the train to Circular Quay and explore Circular Quay area, then walk to the Opera House before the crowds arrive. Then it’s back to Circular Quay Wharf No. 3 to catch the ferry to Manly. It’s a spectacular way to take a thirty minute cruise of the harbour with magnificent views of Circular Quay, the city, Opera House and the Bridge. The front and back of the ferryboat has an open seating area. Manly has a pedestrian free shopping street, the ‘Corso’, which leads to the beach on the north shore, popular with surfers and then it’s back to ferry and Sydney. From Wharf No. 3 it’s only a short walk to the Opera House for lunch at the Opera Kitchen. Spend the afternoon in the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain.
Sussex Street and the pedestrianised Dixon Street bounded by Goulburn and Hay Streets is China Town. At the end of Dixon Street, there is an entrance to Market City on Hay Street, with shops, restaurants and a food court on level three, which doesn’t stay open very late. On the ground floor of the building is Paddy’s Market, which closes at 5 pm and is full of small shops selling cloths, bric-a-bac and curios (junk).
One image is a view looking west on Hay Street just outside Paddy’s Market. It shows smoke from the wild fires west of Sydney, which nearly blotted out the sun, just a small red disc in the sky – surreal.
Another more up market option for shops, restaurants and bars is World Square on the corner of George and Goulburn Streets, which has another entrance on Liverpool Street.