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Walking tours

The Rocks Self guided Tour leaflet is available from the Sydney Visitor Centre for A $1 and covers in the region of 30 historic buildings and points of interest in The Rocks district.

The heritage walk takes 1 to 3 hours, beginning at the Visitor Centre (a former sailor’s home) and ending at Cadman’s Cottage. The Rocks Walking Tours (telephone: (02) 9247 6678) operates 90 minute guided tours, taking in all the historic sites.

Tours cost A $19 and depart 3 times per day (twice per day on the weekend and in January) from 23 Playfair Street.

Bus Tours

City Sightseeing Sydney covers 22 points of interest in the city, Kings Cross, Woolloomooloo and Darling Harbour, with a hop on, hop off service.

Telephone: (02) 9567 8400
Email address: sydney@citysightseeing.com.au
Website address: www.city-sightseeing.com

Departures are every 30 minutes daily 8.45 am to 5.45 pm. Tickets cost A $30 and are valid for 24 hours.

The Sydney By Diva tour is a comedic expedition of Sydney hosted by drag queens as seen through the queer eye.

Telephone: (02) 9360 5557
Email address: reservations@sydneybydiva.com
Website address: www.sydneybydiva.com

Setting off from outside the Oxford Hotel in Taylor Square (scene of the demonstrations that launched Mardi Gras in 1978) every Sunday at 5.00 pm (also every Friday at 6.00 pm October to March), the 3 hour tour costs A $80 (1st class) and A $60 (economy).

Other Tours

There is a excess of harbour cruises available from a number of operators; many of them based at Circular Quay.

Captain Cook Cruises offers the luxury Sydney 2000 Dinner Cruise, departing daily at 7.00 pm from No 6 Circular Quay, ending at 9.30 pm (10.30 pm on Friday and Saturday)

Telephone: (02) 9206 1122
Email address: cruise@captaincook.com.au
Website address: www.captaincook.com.au

The A $99 fee includes an a la carte 3 course meal with coffee (wine is extra).

The Sydney Harbour Explorer (costing A $25) and Harbour Highlights Cruise (costing A $20) are fully narrated cruises, leaving from Number 6 Circular Quay, with a fixed number of stopping points.

The Sydney Harbour Explorer tour takes 2 hours and departures are every 2 hours daily 9.45 am to 3.30 pm.

The Harbour Highlights Cruise takes between 75 and 90 minutes, tours depart approximately once every 105 minutes daily 9.30 am to 7.30 pm.

Magistic Cruises is another dependable company offering similar cruises for similar prices.

Telephone: (02) 8296 7222
Email address: res@magisticcruises.com.au
Website address: www.magisticcruises.com.au

For aerial views of Sydney, Australia By Air (telephone: (02) 9982 9666) offers a 1 hour Sydney Scenic Flight in a twin engine aircraft. Flights depart Sunday, Wednesday and Friday and cost A $195, which includes complimentary hotel pick up (at 9.30 am) and drop off.

The Sydney and Mountains Scenic Flight includes all of the above in addition to a flight over the Blue Mountains. It costs A $295 and lasts 90 minutes.

Excursions for half day

Manly

New South Wales has Manly Beach to thank for its sea and surf culture, as it was on Manly beach, that newspaper editor William Gocher first defied the state law against public bathing in 1902.

The esplanade is now populated with joggers, rollerbladers and cyclists, while the white sand of the south beaches and the golden sands of the north beaches are crowded with sunbathers, swimmers and surfers.

A short ferry ride from Circular Quay, Manly (located 13 kilometres, 8 miles northeast of the city centre) can also be reached on foot via the Manly Scenic Walkway from Spit Bridge in the city.

The walk can take up to 4 hours but offers some of Sydney’s most breathtaking views, as well as skirting some of its most exclusive homes.

The Manly Visitors Information Bureau can supply further information.

Address: North Steyne, Manly
Telephone: (02) 9977 1088
Website address: www.manlytourism.com

Excursions for a whole day

Blue Mountains

A 90 minute drive west from Sydney along the Great Western Freeway, the spectacular, forest scenery of the Blue Mountains National Park is a major attraction for nature lovers.

The cool eucalyptus (gum tree) forests harbour several bush walks as well as radiate a blue haze that gives the area its name. More active visitors might like to go rock climbing, abseiling, mountain biking or horse riding.

The area’s most well known attraction is the Three Sisters, a geological feature named after an Aboriginal legend. The easiest way for travellers to see the Blue Mountains is by car, however, there are hourly trains to Katoomba from Central Station.

Blue Mountains Tourism
(telephone: (1300) 653 408) can provide further information.

Hunter Valley

1 of Australia’s premier wine producing districts, beginning approximately 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Sydney, The Hunter has more than 70 vineyards.

Although busiest during the harvest months of March and April, most vineyards remain open to the public on a daily basis and offer a range of tours, accommodation and restaurants.

2 of the more popular vineyards are Lindemans (1 of the largest Australian wine companies) and Rothbury Estate, famous for its concerts throughout the March / April Harvest Festival, which is an yearly celebration of Australian culture, gastronomy and wine.

A 2 hour drive from Sydney, Cessnock is the gateway to Hunter Valley and Pokolbin, 5 kilometres to the north, is home to its main visitor centre.

Alternatively, trains from Sydney arrive at Newcastle (the journey time is approximately 3 hours). Wine Country Tourism (telephone: (02) 4990 4477) can provide full details of tours.