Sydney, with a population of almost 4 million, and covering almost 1120
square kilometres (700 square miles), is a remarkably easy city to move around
in. An excellent train, bus and ferry service covers all points of the greater
metropolitan area. Roadways, although congested in peak hour times, are
generally well planned and driving is not too harrowing an experience.
Unless visitors to Sydney are specifically seeking out friends in outlying
areas, most will have no real need to travel too far away from the central city
area and the harbour. Most Sydney tourist attractions are either within the
central business district, close to the CBD, or at points around the harbour.
The exceptions are Bondi and Manly - surf beach suburbs situated south and north
of Sydney Heads.
If you've only got a week or a few days in Sydney, your time would be best
spent by taking a walk around the wider CBD area, visiting The Rocks or spending
time on the harbour. The harbour is Sydney and on a warm day, with a clear blue
sky, there is no better place on earth.
Best ways to get around
Taking a City Circle train, the Monorail or walking is the best way of seeing
city attractions, while buses and ferries represent the best way to visit points
and attractions around the harbour.
The government-runExplorer Buses and Sydney Pass service represent an ideal
and inexpensive way to see most of the main tourist points around the city and
out to Bondi. Sydney Ferries, which are also government run, provide an
inexpensive way of seeing the most beautiful harbour in the world.
For excursions around the harbour, private operators offer a myriad of
harbour cruises that promise more than a just a simple ferry ride. If you're
wanting to take a bus around the broader Sydney area, try Sydney Buses and
Sydney Ferries' excellent Tripfinder, an automated search facility that gives
route and timetable details.