Cheap and so easy to negotiate, even with a surfboard! Helpful drivers who often wait for you to be seated before driving off, a real shock for any visitors from London.
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Free bus sevrice (route 555) operates a continuous loop between Central Station and Circular Quay along George St & Elizabeth St in both directions.
Approx. every 10 mins.
Mon - Fri 09:30-15:30 (extends to 21:00 on Thurs)
Sat, Sun & public hols (excl Christmas Day) 09:30-18:00
Map of route & stops at url below
If you are in a wheelchair visiting Sydney, getting into town is a breeze by using the subway from the airport to the centre of town.
Once downtown, buy a day or weekly pass. The rails are wheelchair friendly as are the Sydney Ferries. Using the ferries is a great way to explore the harbour and the city by getting off a various points. Some docks, like Neutral Bay, lead to steep hills up, so you may need to ask for a push, but if you smile, the Aussies will always help!
My recommendation is a visit to Manly.
North America's Disabled Adventurer.
We completed the London to Sydney overland trip last year by bus that was already running before OZBus came to the sene. I was frustrated to read in all the papers that they were the first to offer this service, since we had already completed it!
It took nine months and we paid slightly less than OZBus! The OZbus website copied word for word the other company's website, I got in contact with OZBus but they never responded!
Three months is way too quick to complete this trip. To go through China has to be pre-arranged, for them to cancel that at the last minute is highly unprofessional! Be warned, try the other companies that are out there, as there are plenty of them.
Take the trip on the Manly ferry from Circular Quay. Walk down the Corso (directly ahead when you leave the ferry terminal), turn right along the promenade (ocean beaches) and walk to Shelley Beach. Stop off at Le Kiosk for Moreton Bay 'bugs' or sashimi.
Try to time your return for nightfall for great views of the city lights.
Manly ferry from Circular Quay
Spend an hour or two soaking up the sights and sounds of Sydney by taking a trip on a ferry. It doesn't matter if you don't get off and simply return to Circular Quay.
You'll begin to appreciate the beauty of the world's largest natural harbour, see some amazing sights, properties, even more amazing boats and yachts, and might even end up somewhere interesting.
Ferries run from Circular Quay over to Manly, Rose Bay, Watson's Bay, and through the inner harbour all the way upp to Parramatta.
Sydney's biggest and most spectacuar city beach is admittedly a 'must see' for many visitors to the city. However, Bondi Beach occupies a huge space and you can avoid the crowds of lobster-red tourists by heading for the quieter north end of the beach, where the locals go. Catch Bus number 380 from Circular Quay, and hop off at the top of Campbell Parade and walk down, taking in some of Sydney's most spectacular beach views as you go.
Bondi Beach, Campbell Parade, Bus 380 from Circular Quay and other stops along the way.
The Day Tripper Fare ($15 - about £6) allows use of ferries, trains and buses. It's a great way to see Sydney from the water. Use it to nip round to Darling Harbour. Use it to scoot over and explore the various creeks and landing stages where the rich folk live. When you want a change, ferry back to Circular Quay and just jump on the next route! And when you need a coffee - just take the big Manley Ferry (it has a cafe/kiosk on board). Be sure to take a late afternoon ferry across to somewhere and come back to circular Quay when it is dark to see the buildings all lit up. The view by day and by night are excellent. AND the ticket is valid up until 4am the next morning after the day you buy it. A GREAT way to spend a day exploring!
The train is a quick 15 minutes and costs $11 one way. But you've probably just flown for 24 hours! Treat yourself to a taxi - it's 30 minutes (less if you base yourself in the Eastern Suburbs) and will cost you about $30 to the city centre.
The journey from Sydney Central to Lithgow must be one of the most spectacular train rides in the world, with amazing views of the eucalyptus forest which gives the mountains their name. The trains run every hour and the full journey takes about two-and-a-half hours. Real train buffs might like to get off one stop short of Lithgow, at Clarence, and take a trip on one of the great engineering achievements of the world, the Zig-Zag railway. Check the web site for train times and 'steam days'.
Lithgow itself is typical small town Australia but has some nice cafes, particularly the 'Back Yard' on Main Street. Turn left as you come out of the station.
The James Craig is a reconstructed sailing ship which runs day trips on most saturdays during the summer season. It leaves Pyrmont Wharf, near the Australian Maritime Museum, at 9.30am and sails out through the Harbour and 'The Heads' into the Pacific Ocean. There is a genuine feeling of adventure but this is not for those prone to sea-sickness. The ship returns at about 4.00pm. Morning tea and lunch are included in the price.
Instead of walking or driving around Sydney, to get the best vantage points around the harbour hire a 'Tinny', a small aluminium boat with an engine. You don't need a boat licence, and you can fit 7 or 8 people onboard. You can also organise a fishing licence to catch some fresh Sydney seafood.
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