Ask the Crew: Two (too) short days in Sydney

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18 May 2009

You asked, he answered: Crew Member Brian Wilson with a round-up of some Sydney must-sees for those who are short on time but big on ambition.

Interested in knowing the best places to visit on a two day stay in Sydney. - Paula Gazzola

Catching the sights of Sydney with only two days is like going to a football game and leaving at half time. Assuming that you'll be staying around the CBD, I suggest starting your Sydney experience with an early morning water taxi ride around the harbour. Normally I'd suggest a relaxed ferry ride or a cruise with any of the dozen or so boat operators that offer great packages, but given the time constraints something a little faster is best. Call ahead (try Water Taxis Combined, +61 2 9555 8888) and tell the taxi operator that you want to get a feeling for the city and the harbour and you'd like to book a water taxi for an hour. The drivers are knowledgeable and can point out all the sights. Finish off the tour with a relaxed brunch at any of the waterfront cafes. 

No trip to Sydney would be complete without checking out the Opera House, but don't just marvel at the exterior; The Sydney Opera House Trust runs regular "back of house" tours that take you behind the scenes with a touch of history. From here, it's a leisurely walk through the gardens of the Domain, past the NSW Art Gallery (Art Gallery Road, +61 2 9225 1700) and into the busy downtown business district. 

If the city shops don't entice you (and there are many), take the lift to the top of the Sydney Tower (100 Market Street, +61 2 9333 9222) and experience a 360-degree view from the mountains to the sea. Then head to the office of Bridgeclimb (Cumberland Street, +61 2 9999 4332) near the Southern Pylon to finish off day one with a sunset climb over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney has lots of nightlife and entertainment with friendly pubs almost on every corner but after all that you may just be too tired!
The final day could start with breakfast at Darling Harbour (which was once a desolate wasteland) followed by short walk across Cockle Bay to the Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World (Aquarium Pier, +61 2 8251 7800) where you can get up a close view of all things Australian. Into the evening head to Chinatown for a dinner to remember.
Finish off your edited highlights of Sydney stay with a late night cap and supper at the Waterfront Restaurant (27 Circular Quay W, +61 2 9252 2228) just around from Circular Quay.
We have not even ventured out of the city precinct nor have we scratched the surface of what is one of the world's great cities, but this should give you a taste.

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  • Take a 20-minute walk from the CBD to Crown Street, Surry Hills. Start at the corner of Oxford and Crown streets and head South. You'll find an amazing selection of Sydney's best vintage stores (Cream and Grandma Takes A Trip), boutiques, galleries (China Heights), and great restaurants (Yulli for vegetarians and Bird Cow Fish for the rest) and coffee (Kawa).
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    • Surry Hills is fantasic. For a more pub dining atmosphere I would recommend the White Horse as well. Had the lamb pizza there the other day and it was lovely... ask for seating away from the fire tho!
  • Surry Hills is definitely a fab part of Sydney - went to Table for 20 (182 Cambell St Surry Hills near corner or Crown) on Saturday night and it was fantastic plus a part of the proceeds to go a good cause. Other parts of Sydney worth checking out that aren't on the typical tourist trail are Balmain and Glebe. Both areas have markets on the weekend plus a great range of shops and pubs.

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