Sydney by water (guest author: Magdalena Ehnes, 20 Sep 2011)
If you have the chance to visit Sydney, no doubt you'll want to head for the major attractions like the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
But you won't want to miss out on one of the greatest facets of this great city, which is its water.
It's something a lot of tourists hardly even notice. They walk across the bridge, looking at the city in front of them, then make their way to the opera house with
cameras at the ready but don't appreciate what's all around them.
Both the world-renowned attractions are surrounded by water, and locals and frequent visitors know that one of the best ways to enjoy the city is on board a boat.
There are a number of ways of getting round on water. You can take one of the numerous ferries that operate out of Circular Quay, which is a stone's throw from the
Opera House. These will take you not only to some of the nearby attractions, like Darling Harbour where you can visit the Aquarium, but also to the beautiful suburbs
Getting around this way, on one of the ferries that are used as public transport by many thousands of Sydneysiders every day, is very cheap.
If you want to upgrade, you can board one of the yachts that operate out of the quay or from The Rocks. These will give you a cruise around the bridge, while offering
refreshments, or if you opt for a longer trip you can see more and perhaps be entertained by a band on board.
Once you've got your sea legs and seen the city from the water, you'll want to head back and unwind at the end of the day.
Sydney, though, is one of the most expensive cities in the world to stay. So many visitors, particularly those who want to leave most of their budget available for
entertainment, travel and food, opt to camp.
There are many great campsites in the city, where you can either hire cheap tents or bring
your own tent. It's worthwhile doing your research on the internet before you travel, to find a
campsite that's convenient to the attractions you simply have to see.
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Published Nov 2011 (we always advise buying the latest edition guidebooks). Australia is the home of Lonely Planet's founders, their guides are our favorites. Just visiting
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