Sydney and Blue Mountains Itinerary and Tips

Tour Sydney and Blue Mountains – 7 Days 6 Nights

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Summary of Our Experiences

Date of Tour : 01 May – 07 May 2013 (Autumn)
Days Spent : 7 Days  ( Thursday to Wednesday )
Airlines: Scoot Airlines
Flight Hours: About 8 hrs
Time Difference: Sydney is 2 hrs ahead of Singapore
No. of Travellers : 2 adults & 1 child (5 yrs old)
No. of Locations Visited : 4 (Sydney City, Thirlmere, Katoomba, Leura)
No. of Places Visited : 25
No. of Homestay B&B / Hotel Stayed in : 2 (Mercure Sydney , 3 Sisters Motel)

Where We’ve Been

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(Click the Links Below to Read ‘Our Travel Experience’ Posts!)

*Scroll down below for Detailed Itinerary by Day.

Highlights


Useful Info For Sydney Trip Planning:

Official Sites:

Places to Visit Reviews:


Cost of Transport

Railway Train Fares

  • Weekly MyMulti 3 (Unlimited rides for 7 days) — Adults ($63 each) / Child ($31.50): Total: $157.50
  • Weekly GatePass (Unlimited airport transfers for 7 days) — Adults ($21 each) / Child ($19): Total: $61.00
  • Single-trip GatePass (if not buying Weekly GatePass)— Adults ($12.60 each) / Child: $10.60: Total: $$71.60

GatePass is used for Airport Transfers, into Sydney City and out from Sydney City, involving International Airport Station.

More information: Travel Sydney by Public Transport

Blue Mountains Explorer Bus

  • Official Website
  • Route Map
  • Cost (Unlimited Rides for 2 consecutive days): AUD$100 for 2 Adults & 1 Child (Adults – $40 , Child – $20)

Cost of Mobile Internet

  • Optus Card: $20 to use for 10 days (Free unlimited Australian calls and 500mb data per day)

Cost of Accommodation

  • Mercure Sydney Hotel : 4 Nights -AUD $780 (Inclusive Continental Breakfast for Three)
  • Three Sisters Motel: 2 Nights – AUD $312 (Inclusive simple breakfast for three)

Tips on Travel in Sydney

1. Visa

  • A Visa is needed to enter Australia as long as we are not residents. We applied ours via Ja-Travel Agency at SGD$10 each.

2. Activities

  • If you have many days in Sydney and want to visit lots of places of attraction, it might be better to get an ultimate pass card, the i-Venture Card, to access all the attractions easily with a better price.
  • We did the calculations but found that it was better for us to buy individually or use the Combo 2 Attractions price, which worked out less than the ultimate pass card. We had limited days and didn’t need to visit so many places.

3. Travel By Public Transport

  • We travelled to various attractions in Sydney using public transport such as trains, buses, light rail, taxi and ferry. Navigation is made possible by the Apps- Google Maps.
  • More information on our experiences is in this post: Travel Sydney by Public Transport

4. Food & Drink

  • Food in cafes and restaurants generally costs at a range of AUD$16 – $19. Small eateries in Chinatown Area are cheaper.

5. Clothing for Hike & Walk About:

  • Bush Walk Hike on Blue Mountains: Wear comfy walking shoes with good traction as some areas are extremely steep and rocky.
  • Autumn in Sydney and in the mountains : Waterproof & Windproof Jacket with Hoods (Rain occurs) / Layer Fleece Sweater over normal clothing / Thick weatherproof pants
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen / Sunglasses. The sun rays are often glaring.

:: Our Sydney and Blue Mountains Itinerary ::

{ Click on the links below for our ‘Trip Reports’ }

Day 1 – 01 May (Thurs) [ Arrival Sydney ]

1115 — Arrival in Sydney International Airport
1150 — Optus Shop at Arrival Hall ( Queued but gave up )
1155 —  International Airport Station, to buy Train Passes.
1200 — At Sydney Airport Link to take train to our hotel near Central Station.
1227 — Arrived at Central Station
1255 — Check in Mercure Sydney Hotel
1400 Walked to Broadway Shopping Mall to do our Optus Card
1500 Lunch at Ziggly Cafe in Broadway Shopping Mall
1630 — Walk along Circular Quay, alongside the Rock towards Sydney Harbour Bridge
1700 — Reached Sydney Harbour Bridge Stairs
1710 Walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge
1755 — Train to Town Hall and walk to Chinatown, Dixon Street.
1810 — Short walk in Chinatown.
1830 Searched for Kura Japanese in Haymarket and ate dinner there.
1920 — Walked back to Mercure Hotel at Central / Rest

Day 2 – 02 May (Fri) [ Fish Market / Sydney Kids Attraction ]

0930 — Breakfast at Hotel
1040 — Ships at National Maritime Musuem / Whales Exhibition
1410 — Arrived at Sydney Fish Market
1430 Lunch at Sydney Fish Market
1540 — Walk to Pyrmont Bridge to cross to Darling Harbour
1550 Wildlife Sydney Zoo
1720 — Walk to Darling Quarter Playground
1740 — Reached Darling Quarter Playground
1840 — Walk around Darling Harbour Restaurants Area
1945 — Reached Sydney Tower Eye
2120 Dinner in BBQ King opposite Paddy’s Market
2200 — Walked back to Mercure Hotel at Central
2216 — Arrived Mercure Hotel and Rest

Day 3 – 03 May (Sat) [ Shopping / Coastal Walk ]

0830 — Breakfast at Hotel
1000 — Walk to Powerhouse Museum
1012 — Reached Powerhouse Museum
1200 — Walk to Paddy’s Market
1207 — Reached Paddy’s Market and Shop
1325 Taiwanese Lunch in Chinatown, Dixon Street
1405 — Took Bus to Paddington’s Market in Utimo Road.
1435 — Reached Paddington’s Market
1600 — Returned to Hotel (Original plan should be Paddy’s Market –> Return to Hotel to put down purchase –> Paddington’s –> Bondi Beach as Paddington’s Market is close to Bondi )
1615 — Bus to Bondi Beach
1655 — Arrived at Bondi Beach
1723 Start Coastal Walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte (Too Late, ideal should be 4pm or earlier)
1810 — Reached Bronte Beach
1930 — Took Bus and Train / Returned to Darling Harbour
2030  Fireworks in Darling Harbour
2130 — Back to Mercure Hotel at Central / Rest

Day 4 – 04 May (Sun) [ Trainworks / Watsons Bay ]

0730 — Breakfast at Hotel
0921 — Train Journey from Central Station to Campbelltown Station
1040 — Taxi from Campbelltown Station to Thirlmere (Original Plan – Train from Campbelltown –> Picton –> Taxi to Thirlmere)
1115 Explore Trains at Trainworks Transport Museum in Thirlmere
1215 Day out with Thomas Section / Lunch at Thirlmere
1400 — Taxi to Picton Station
1448 — Picton to Campbeltown Station
1524 — Campbeltown to Circular Quay Station
1700 — Ferry to Watsons Bay (Original Plan -Was to have done this on the first day we arrived but lack time)
1730 — Arrived at Watsons Bay / Dinner
1830 — Ferry back to Circular Quay
1915 — Back to Mercure Hotel at Central / Rest & Pack

Day 5 – 05 May (Mon) [ Katoomba / Scenic World ]

0710 — Breakfast at Hotel
0750 — Walk to Central Station
0818 — Train to Katoomba Station in Blue Mountains
1020 — Arrived Katoomba Station / Bought Tickets at Blue Mountains Explorer Bus Company
1040 — Took Blue Mountains Explorer Bus
1055 — Arrived at Shuttle Stop
1056 — Short Walk to 3 Sisters Motel
1105 — Arrival and Check into 3 Sisters Motel
1210 — Walked to Katoomba Town for Lunch
1240 Lunch in Katoomba Town
1357 — Walked to Skyway East Station for Skyway
1420 Took Skyway Across Jamison Valley
1435 — Took Scenic World Cableway Down
1445 — Walked Scenic Walkway, experience Rainforest
1540 Took Scenic Railway, World’s Steepest Railway
1545 — Buy Souvenirs at Souvenir Shop
1610 — Take Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to Echo Point
1630 — Sunset at Echo Point
1700 — Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to Katoomba Town
1750 — Dinner at Unique Patissiere (Malaysian Cuisine)
1920 — Back to 3 Sisters Motel / Rest

Day 6 – 06 May (Tue) [ Bush Walks / Museum / Village ]

0840 — Breakfast at 3 Sisters Motel
0925 — Walk to Echo Point
0945 — Take Bush Walk – Three Sisters Track to Three Sisters Lookout
0955 — Reached Three Sisters Lookout (Standing on one of the Three Sisters’ Rock)
1010 — Walk back to Echo Point
1020 — Reached Echo Point
1027 — Took Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to Leura Cascades
1030 — Starting Walk down to Leura Cascades / Bridal Veil Falls
1126 — Back at Bus Stop
1130 — Took Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum
1133 — Arrived at Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum
1135 — Explored Toy Museum
1205 — Took a walk in Leuralla Beautiful Gardens
1230 — Watched the Trains move at Outdoor Railway Museum
1310 — Took Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to Leura Village
1320 — Lunch at LilyPad’s Cafe
1440 — Shopping at Leura Village
1610 — Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to Chocolate Gallery
1620 — Playground fun at Chocolate Gallery
1640 — Back to 3 Sisters Motel to put down our purchases
1730 — Blue Mountains Explorer Bus to Katoomba Town
1745 — Dinner in Sawyne (Korean Cafe)
1810 — Back to 3 Sisters Motel / Rest

Day 7 – 07 May (Wed) [ Departure ]

0700 — Breakfast at Hotel
0720 — Taxi to Katoomba Station
0740 — Train from Katoomba to Central Station in Sydney
0925 — Arrived at Central Station
0950 — Transfer to Airport Link
1000 — Arrival at Sydney International Airport
1220 — Back to Singapore
1840 — Arrived at Singapore

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Cat,

    Thanks for mentioning our blog!

    Great work for the comprehensive information compiled, it will certainly be helpful, especially for first time travellers! :)

    • says

      Hi Tommy,
      You are welcome! Your blog was so helpful to me when I was planning the trip! Am only returning the favor. :)

  2. Claire says

    Thank you for posting this Sydney itinery. It’s very detailed and informative, i appreciate it! Am heading to Sydney this coming Aug with my family so these are really useful in helping me plan my own itinery. Thank you once again!

    • Vin says

      Hi Claire,

      We are glad that you have enjoyed reading our itinerary and find it useful! Have a wonderful trip ahead! ^^

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