Monday, February 16, 2015

Sydney Planning

Balmoral Beach

244 to Chowder Bay from QVB York Street Middle Head Road Stop 2088114


245 bus Esplanade and Mandolong Road to York Street

Taronga Zoo Ferry

Any bus showing Circular Quay (whether the bus ever makes it to Circular Quay is another matter) 

Manly Ferry 

Any bus showing Circular Quay 

Observatory

311 from William Street (walk) Stop 2000128

La Perouse

L94 X94 via Anzac Rd 35 mins, 393, 394, 399 from Liverpool Street

391 via Bunnerong Rd 40 mins from Elizabeth Street

Centennial Park

Transport by and lunch with Victor.


Bondi Junction

By train from Museum. Principally to correct my faulty orientation when leaving the leaving the station. East must become east and west must become west. My Bondi Junction compass is arse about, to put it crudely, but so firmly planted, no amount of looking at a map will correct it. I don't think we can see Grace Brothers where R once worked,  so perhaps we visit Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre, the store location of Victor's favourite telco. But if my brain compass is not corrected, we will be making a return visit to Centennial Park.

Tram

Central to Dulwich Hill, return by train T3 line (check which city stations it uses)

AMP Tower

Seems it has a different name. We went up to the top in the early 1980s. It's a work in progress.

Fairfax Lookout

Too hard this trip. Leave ourselves wanting for a return trip.


Well, that took about two and a half hours. There were many diversions along the way. Holiday planning on the net can be very time consuming. How did we do it before the net? Well, for the above we would have found out the basics at the New South Wales Government Tourist Bureau in Collins Street, right near the South Australia Government Tourist Bureau, near the Queensland one, near the New Zealand one, near the Tasmanian one. These are just the ones I can remember. We did use the Japanese Tourist Bureau to book train tickets for Japan a few years ago. I wonder if that still survives at least but it was really a private travel company I think.

Anyway, with the luxury of some time, it was good fun to plan and investigate. Using public transport can be a great way to get a feel for a city. Our Sydney Opal public transport cards are ordered and I've downloaded a couple of useful phone apps for Sydney.

Now as discussed online with Dina, and personally with Sister, I must not overplan. I fear it is too late for that but apart from the visit to Centennial Park, I at least have not allocated days. The weather can often be the deciding factor as to what to do.

22 comments:

  1. Andrew, a couple of points.

    As far as I am aware no bus from Manly goes to Circular Quay. The best would be to Wynyard (or maybe only North Sydney).

    If you board a train at Museum you would need to change lines for a train to Bondi Junction (either Central or Town Hall stations).

    Grace Brothers where R once worked is now Myer which is within Westfied Bondi Junction in the section of that centre which is south of Oxford Street.

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    1. Victor, not well expressed I agree, but I meant a bus from Oxford/Liverpool Street to the Quay and then catch the ferry.

      Your are correct about the train of course. I've not been inside Central, so perhaps catch it there or take the tram to Dulwich Hill, then the train so Central and change to the East Suburbs line for Bondi Junction. Good fun. Last time I was a Town Hall Station, the overcrowding was scary.

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    2. The tram goes from just outside Central country station. The T3 trains mostly run clockwise round city circle (ie, Museum first after Central.)

      If you are staying near Museum station, quicker to take a bus up Liverpool St/Oxford St to Bondi Junction, but maybe not such fun.

      When taking the tram, if you haven't been there before, maybe you could interrupt your journey at the bottom of Glebe Point (Jubilee Park) and see what is happening to the old tram sheds at the back of Harold Park, though they are probably very securely fenced off by now. Fish Markets is also a very popular staging post with tourists (I'm assuming you will be able to give Star City a miss).

      There is a bus, 268, from Taronga Zoo Wharf to Balmoral which may come in handy.

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    3. Thanks Marcellous. I am not that fond of buses really but use them when necessary. With the luxury of time, we will use whatever suits at time.

      We have taken the tram when it went to Lilyfield. I would like to see the new section. I am well up with the disgraceful situation of the old tram depot. One tram was removed and taken to Bendigo for restoration.

      We've been to the fish markets and to the casino. It is less tasteful than our own casino, and that is saying something.

      Yes, I did think of catching a bus from Taronga Zoo wharf. I also thought of getting a ferry to Mosman and catching a bus. As there was once a tram from Chatswood to Balmoral, I also briefly considered a train to Chatswood and then a bus. Also looked at walking from Traronga Zoo wharf but then remembered the trams that slid down the steep hill into the harbour. Too steep for us to walk. Mosman has a terrific free bus service designed to get people to points for local walks. The walks are about an hour and nearly all downhill. Although self designed, we are pretty well following one of the walks.

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  2. Andrew, planning is difficult but I hope so it will be a great trip. What is the distance from your city to Sydney. I am waiting for nive photos but I know I can count on you.. You are are a reliable blogger..

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    1. Gosia, yes, of course there be plenty of photos.

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  3. Or you could just head in the general direction of Sydney and wander about aimlessly. (*~*)
    I hope it all works out into a wonderful visit.

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    1. River, nah. Aimless wandering does not work well for me, although we did so one morning in Budapest and that was good.

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  4. I know Sydney streets weren't planned and aren't straight like Melbourne and Adelaide, but even so it was a mistake when they took out their tram network by 1960-1. My husband grew up in Bondi and his parents' shop was there... and traffic was a bit of a nightmare. Their shop was pulled down to build the Bondi Junction overpass thingy.

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    1. Hles, so Joe was a Jewish boi in Bondi! Bondi does not seem to celebrate its Jewish history like St Kilda does.

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  5. Reading about your plans bring back some lovely memories of several visits seeing a very close friend who lived in Sydney back in the early 90's. He sadly passed away and I've not been back since.

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    1. How interesting Craig. Sydney is just brill for visitors. I love visiting.

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  6. Let's hope all goes according to the plan then...it's interesting to 'remember' how we used to do things before the Internet, sometimes I have to really think..

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    1. WA, nail on head. I can't recall how I worked out roads and public transport before the net. Well, the NSW tourist bureau gave us maps and directions etc in the early 80s and booked our Bondi Beach accommodation.

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  7. I hope it all works out as planned, my friend!

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    1. Keith, and if it doesn't it is not a tragedy. We will have a good time whatever we do.

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  8. I look forward to reading about your completed trip.

    As for planning before the internet...guidebooks probably sold better back then. Or at least they were more needed.

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    1. Dina, yes guide books. They had slipped my mind.

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  9. When are you off to Sydney Andrew? We're over in April again, it's been a twice yearly thing for the last few years, god I wish my son et famille would come back home to live :) would save me much money and flying stress !

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    1. Grace, we will be there in mid March. I'll arrange a proper welcome parade for you while I am there. Yes, it is not ideal to only see your grandchild twice a year but maybe your son will move back one day.

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  10. It's a fine line between over-planning and wasting time, isn't it? We are not keen on planning too much - but if you want to maximise your time you really have to. I bemoan the loss of the Tourist Bureaus, but we're about to attend the Caravan & Camping show which is almost like having them all together for one brief, shining moment!!

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    1. Red, the CC show must have become too big here for Caulfield Racecourse and was moved to the larger Showgrounds. Weren't the freebies from tourist bureaus great.

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