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CAR REN­TALS AVIS

Wher­ever you are go­ing Avis will help get you there with a wide range of ve­hi­cles avail­able to hire. For a stress­free car rental ex­pe­ri­ence, you can rely on Avis. 136 333. avis.com.au

BRUNEL

Brunel World­wide Chauf­feur Drive is a bou­tique lux­ury trans­port ser­vice. Cap­ture the ex­cit­ing at­mos­phere of Syd­ney in the air-con­di­tioned com­fort of a Brunel chauf­feured car. They of­fer per­son­alised tour­ing around Syd­ney and its en­vi­rons, in­clud­ing air­port trans­fers. En­joy lux­ury limos in Syd­ney, with to­tal se­cu­rity, pri­vacy and con­fi­den­tial­ity. 1300 855 955. brunelchauf­feur­drive.com.au

EAST COAST CAR REN­TALS

With great on­line deals and low rates, East Coast Car Ren­tals make book­ing a hire car easy. They have new or near-new mod­els avail­able from a va­ri­ety of rep­utable man­u­fac­tur­ers in­clud­ing Hyundai, Toy­ota and Honda. 151 William Street, Dar­linghurst. 200 O’riordan Street, Mas­cot. 1800 EAST COAST (1800 327 826). east­coast­car­rentals.com.au

CRUISES CAP­TAIN COOK CRUISES

Dis­cover Syd­ney’s most fa­mous icon—its beau­ti­ful Har­bour—on a Cap­tain Cook Cruise. With a range of din­ing and sight­see­ing cruises, plus a num­ber of fer­ries and spe­cial event cruises, you won’t miss a minute of what Syd­ney’s amaz­ing har­bour has to of­fer. Their Baranga­roo Fast Ferry is a new di­rect ser­vice be­tween Manly and Syd­ney’s new­est and most ex­cit­ing city precinct—baranga­roo. No.6 Wharf, Cir­cu­lar Quay. 9206 1111. cap­tain­cook.com.au

FAN­TASEA

Fan­tasea Cruis­ing of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of har­bour cruise ex­pe­ri­ences, from hop-on hop-off cruises, to morn­ing tea cruises to wa­ter taxis. En­joy a va­ri­ety of clas­sic Aussie touches on the Syd­ney Har­bour Snapshot Cruise. Get up close and per­sonal with var­i­ous iconic sites in the Syd­ney Har­bour, while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a sense of real Aus­tralian cul­ture. 1800 326 822. fan­tasea.com.au

MY FAST FERRY

My Fast Ferry is the per­fect way to ex­plore Syd­ney, and with so many op­tions avail­able there is sure to be some­thing for ev­ery­one. Book on­line at my­fast­ferry. com.au or pur­chase tick­ets di­rectly via the My­fast­ferry app. The Eco­hop­per 24-hour hop-on hop-off sight­see­ing pass vis­its pop­u­lar har­bour lo­ca­tions; Manly, Dar­ling Har­bour, Wat­sons Bay, Taronga Zoo, Fort Deni­son, Quar­an­tine Sta­tion, Cir­cu­lar Quay, Rose Bay, Pyr­mont Bay and Mil­son’s Point. If you are head­ing to Manly, catch the fast ferry, it only takes 18 min­utes and ser­vices de­part ev­ery 20 min­utes from Wharf 2. Har­bour Sight­see­ing cruise de­parts Wharf 6, Cir­cu­lar Quay and to Manly de­parts Wharf 2, Cir­cu­lar Quay. 9583 1199. my­fast­ferry.com.au

SYD­NEY FISH MAR­KET FERRY

Fer­ries de­part ev­ery week­end be­tween 9am and 5pm be­tween Syd­ney Fish Mar­ket and Baranga­roo, King Street Wharf No.1. The mar­ket is the largest of its kind in the South­ern Hemi­sphere with a fan­tas­tic ar­ray of seafood, wines, bak­ery and gourmet deli items which can all be en­joyed from a water­side pic­nic ta­ble or restau­rant. Tick­ets from $9 per per­son. 9206 1111. cap­tain­cook.com.au

WHALE WATCH­ING SYD­NEY

Whale watch­ing sea­son is here. The three-hour dis­cov­ery cruise on Ocean

Dream­ing II will take you on Syd­ney’s largest and best pur­pose-built whale watch­ing boat, en­sur­ing a smooth and com­fort­able ride over three lev­els with 360-de­gree wrap around spa­cious decks, per­fect for spot­ting whales from all an­gles. The two-hour Ad­ven­ture Cruise on

To­tally Wild takes you on a pur­pose-built, 27-seat high speed craft, per­fect for thrill seek­ers want­ing an adrenalin rush. Travel with the best for less with the Whale Watch­ing Dis­cov­ery Cruise Combo. In­clud­ing the three-hour Dis­cov­ery Whale Watch­ing Cruise, a 24-hour Eco­hop­per Pass, the Manly Fast Ferry, three dif­fer­ent har­bour ferry ser­vices plus pro­fes­sional pho­tos taken on­board a whale watch­ing cruise, there’s no bet­ter deal

for the full har­bour and ocean ex­pe­ri­ence. 9583 1199. whale­watch­ingsyd­ney.com.au

ZOO EX­PRESS

The Zoo Ex­press makes get­ting to Taronga Zoo fun, as it lets you re­lax and en­joy the scenic feast of the Har­bour. The Zoo Ex­press in­cludes your re­turn rocket ferry with com­men­tary, en­try to Taronga Zoo and Sky Sa­fari cable car, leav­ing from Dar­ling Har­bour, Wat­sons Bay or Cir­cu­lar Quay. The Zoo Ex­press tick­ets are avail­able from Cap­tain Cook Cruises and de­part ap­prox­i­mately ev­ery 30 to 45 min­utes. 9206 1111. cap­tain­cook.com.au

PUB­LIC TRANS­PORTA­TION

For trip plan­ning, routes and maps for all pub­lic trans­port in Syd­ney, in­clud­ing trains, buses, light rail and fer­ries visit trans­portnsw.info

BUSES

There are ma­jor bus ter­mi­nals at Wyn­yard Sta­tion (York Street), the Queen Vic­to­ria Build­ing (York Street), and Rail­way Square. Buses op­er­ate right across Syd­ney, with pri­or­ity routes in the Syd­ney Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­trict (CBD) along El­iz­a­beth Street, Castlereagh Street, Park Street, Druitt Street, Clarence Street and York Street. To travel on pub­lic trans­port in Syd­ney, you will need an Opal Card. Don’t for­get to tap on and tap off! trans­portnsw.info

FER­RIES

Cir­cu­lar Quay is the main ferry hub in Syd­ney with fer­ries de­part­ing from a num­ber of wharves. From Cir­cu­lar Quay you can travel by ferry to nu­mer­ous

tourist desti­na­tions in­clud­ing Cock­a­too Is­land, Baranga­roo, Taronga Zoo, Wat­sons Bay and Manly. trans­portnsw.info

LIGHT RAIL

The Syd­ney Light Rail net­work links the hub of Cen­tral Sta­tion with Syd­ney’s in­ner-west via Pyr­mont, Glebe, Le­ich­hardt North, and Lewisham West right through to Dul­wich Hill. Syd­ney Light Rail is a com­fort­able, con­ve­nient and ef­fi­cient mode of trans­port. Tap on and off with your Opal Card when you use light rail. The net­work is cur­rently be­ing ex­tended through the CBD. Road clo­sures and diver­sions are in place. trans­portnsw.info

OPAL CARD

Opal Card is an elec­tronic ‘smart card’ tick­et­ing sys­tem used through­out the pub­lic trans­port sys­tem in Syd­ney, the Blue Moun­tains, Cen­tral Coast, Hunter Val­ley, Illawarra and the South­ern High­lands, which al­lows easy and con­ve­nient travel across the ferry, rail, light rail and bus net­works. Sim­ply tap on at the start of your jour­ney be­fore you board, then tap off as you are leav­ing. Opal Cards can be pur­chased from var­i­ous re­tail­ers through­out Syd­ney. opal.com.au

TRAINS

Syd­ney Trains has eight lines, each colour coded for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. In the City, trains run through the City Cir­cle line from Cen­tral on to Town Hall, Wyn­yard, Cir­cu­lar Quay, St James, Mu­seum and back to Cen­tral. Syd­ney Trains op­er­ate through­out the Syd­ney metropoli­tan area.

NSW Train­link serves more than 480 desti­na­tions by train and coach through­out NSW. In­ter­city trains link the South Coast, South­ern High­lands, Blue Moun­tains, Cen­tral Coast and Hunter re­gions of NSW. Re­gional trains and coaches link the South­ern, Western, North Western and North Coast re­gions of NSW as well as link­ing Can­berra, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane. trans­portnsw.info

TOURS AAT KINGS

AAT Kings bring Syd­ney and sur­rounds to life with a range of half day and full day tours. Dis­cover the ma­jes­tic Blue Moun­tains, ex­plore the scenic Hunter Val­ley wine re­gion, visit Aus­tralia’s cap­i­tal Can­berra or see Syd­ney’s fab­u­lous city sights. You’ll en­joy stress-free travel, lux­ury air-con­di­tioned coaches, ex­pert com­men­tary and all the must-see high­lights. Their friendly and en­gag­ing Driver Guides will en­hance your ex­pe­ri­ence with sto­ries, lo­cal knowl­edge and a sense of fun. AAT Kings also of­fer se­lected free ho­tel pick-ups so all you need to do is re­lax and en­joy your day. 1300 228 546. aatk­ings.com

SYD­NEY CRICKET GROUND TOUR

Sport­ing fans will love the Syd­ney Cricket Ground Guided Walk­ing Tour which takes you all around the famed Syd­ney Cricket Ground (SCG), Al­lianz Sta­dium and SCG Mu­seum. It is avail­able to the pub­lic most days of the year (some block­out days ap­ply when events are on) and caters to all sports lovers. You’ll get to visit the tele­vi­sion com­men­tary box, get your chance to be a jour­nal­ist in the press rooms, and take in the in­cred­i­ble views from the top of the grand­stands. Then you’ll get a fas­ci­nat­ing look into the his­tory of this mar­vel­lous venue at the SCG Mu­seum. Mon–sat at 10am. Tours de­part from the Venue Ser­vices Of­fice, Gate A, Al­lianz Sta­dium fore­court, Driver Av­enue, Moore Park. scg­tour.com.au

SYD­NEY OPERA HOUSE TOURS

You can now see in­side the world’s most recog­nis­able sails on a va­ri­ety of Syd­ney Opera House tours. The Syd­ney Opera House Tour is a clas­sic choice, and it runs daily, of­fer­ing an up-close look in­side this ar­chi­tec­tural gem. Visit ar­eas off-lim­its to the pub­lic and un­cover the sto­ries and his­tory be­hind this spe­cial build­ing. The Syd­ney Opera House Tour is also avail­able in dif­fer­ent lan­guages in­clud­ing Man­darin, Ja­panese, Ger­man, French, Span­ish and Korean. Ex­plore be­hind-the-scenes on the Back­stage Tour. Walk through the per­former’s re­hearsal spa­ces and hear in­sider se­crets. The Taste of the Opera House tour only op­er­ates monthly but is a foodie’s dream as you wine and dine your way around the Syd­ney Opera House’s restau­rants and bars, in­clud­ing Port­side Syd­ney and Ben­ne­long. Visit the Wel­come Cen­tre or Box Of­fice to book tours. Syd­ney Opera House. Tours leave ev­ery half-hour from 9am–5pm daily. 9250 7250. syd­ney­op­er­a­house.com/tours

VISI­TOR IN­FOR­MA­TION CEN­TRES

The city’s Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tres are a one-stop shop for all your visi­tor in­for­ma­tion needs. Staff are on hand to as­sist vis­i­tors with maps, brochures and other in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and travel around Syd­ney and New South Wales, in­clud­ing a free book­ing ser­vice.

SYD­NEY VISI­TOR CEN­TRE

Cen­trally lo­cated in the his­toric Rocks area, Syd­ney Visi­tor Cen­tre is a great start­ing point when ex­plor­ing The Rocks. Shop 1–2, The Rocks Cen­tre, Cor­ner Play­fair and Ar­gyle Streets, The Rocks. Daily 9.30am–5.30pm (ex­cept Christ­mas Day and Good Fri­day). 8273 0000. aus­tralian­vis­i­tor­centres.com.au/nsw

HELLO MANLY IN­FOR­MA­TION AND BOOK­ING CEN­TRE

As soon as you step off the ferry in Manly, head to the Hello Manly In­for­ma­tion and Book­ing Cen­tre for ad­vice on what to do, where to go and how to spend your time in this coastal town. Manly Wharf Fore­court, Manly. Daily Mon–fri 9am– 5pm, week­ends 10am–4pm (ex­cept Christ­mas Day). 9976 1430. hel­lomanly.com.au

WA­TER TAXIS

Wa­ter taxis are an easy and con­ve­nient way to criss­cross the har­bour, whether head­ing out on a day trip, or need­ing a safe way to re­turn home af­ter a night out.

H2O MAXI TAXIS

Pro­fes­sional and re­li­able on-time ser­vice awaits at H20 Maxi Taxis. If you have a large or small group, this is a safe and fast way to trans­port them across the har­bour. 1300 420 829. h2owa­ter­taxis.com.au

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