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Sydney's - Let's do something different.!

27 May 2009  Local
4.0 of 5 stars based on 10 votes

Top - Off the Beaten Path.Let's do something different.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Sydney, Palm Beach, Brooklyn, Cottage Point, Blue Mountains, Morning Bay, Cockatoo Island, Manly
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Fall
  • 1. Hire a kayak at Balmoral Beach
    Sydney, New South Wales

    Have some fun and hire a kayak from the Boathouse located next to the netted swimming pool at Balmoral Beach. You can paddle over to Chinamans Beach , Clontarf Beach and Castle Rock Beach. Its a cool way to see Middle Harbour and the Spit Bridge.

    Sydney most famous walks can also be found in Mosman, leading you along the foreshores of Sydney harbour. Balmoral Beach is well-known for its "Shakespeare-by-the sea" plays in summer at the famous landmark the Rotunda, next door to another landmark Bathers Pavilion.

    Walk along the promenade and explore the "island" that separates Hunter Beach and Edward beach by a stone foot bridge but don't forget to get your fish and chips to eat, whilst watching the yachts cruise pass the heads.

    Buses run from Wyndard CBD to Balmoral Beach or you can catch a ferry from Circular Quat to Mosman Wharf and take a bus up the hill to Balmoral.

  • 2. Learn to surf at Palm Beach
    Palm Beach, Pittwater

    Palm Beach is 3km long with a superb surfing beach; it also has a delightful 50 metre ocean swimming pool where you will find many recognized locals having their morning swim. Palm Beach is an exclusive suburb saturated in an abundance of natural beauty; it is well worth a day trip to experience this tranquil peaceful and casual beachside village, or a better option is to have a weekend away.

    Palm Beach is uncomplicated to get to by Public Transport , just hop on the L90 from Wynyard Station

    All equipment is supplied…just make a booking ...

  • 3. Catch the Hawkesbury River Riverboat Postman
    The Riverboat Postman, Brooklyn, Hornsby

    Another great way to see the river is to catch the Riverboat Postman, this is a service that delivers mail to isolated houses it takes approx 3 hours and runs Monday to Friday. Catch a train from Central Railway Station in the city at 8.16am to Hawkesbury River Railway Station in time to catch the mailman. (02 9985 7566) for more details.

  • 4. Catch a seaplane to Cottage Point Inn.
    Cottage Point Inn, Cottage Point, Warringah

    Enjoy the spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and Northern Beaches on your way to Cottage Point Inn; a waterfront restaurant in the heart of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park on the edge of Coal and Candle Creek. A three course à la carte lunch is offered, you can either return on the seaplane or stay overnight at the Inn.

    Total tour duration 4 hours, total flying time 40 minutes.

  • 5. Walk the Harbour Trust Walks.
    Sydney, New South Wales

    The Harbour Trust walks are stunning and offer another way to take in the beauty of Sydney. Along the way you will see beautiful views of the city and Sydney Harbour. You will discover the maritime and military history of Sydney. At Middle Head wander through the Barracks , tunnels, gun emplacements and heritage buildings.

    For all information regarding the numerous walking tracks and routes


  • 6. Palm Beach Ferries and Hawkesbury River Cruises.
    Sydney, New South Wales

    Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Cruises - From Palm Beach wharf: Ferry to Patonga, daily scenic cruise up the Hawkesbury River, and twilight cruises on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during school holidays.

    www.sydneyscenic cruises.com

    Palm Beach ferries also offers an unique way to see Pittwater which operates from Palm Beach Wharf (02 99182747) you can catch a ferry to Ettalong, The Basin, Patagona, Pearl Beach and Woy Woy.

    Palm Beach Ferries: Operate from Palm Beach Wharf.

  • 7. Manly to Spit Walk.
    Sydney, New South Wales

    The walk takes approx 3.5hrs of coastal walking, start by taking the bus from Wynyard Carrington St. bus stand C and return to the city (via Manly ferry). Catch the bus from Wynyard to the Spit Bridge, make sure you hop off at the reserve and cross the road at the lights, and proceed to walk north along the promenade and across the bridge. Just off the Spit Bridge you will see a path that leads down to Clontarf Beach, this is the start of the walk.

    This walk is for the fit and healthy as there are a few steep steps along the way. Its a fabulous way to experience the beauty of Sydney foreshores.

    . The ferry site may well say to do the walk from Manly to the Spit, but its certainly easier to do the walk from the Spit rather than starting at Manly. At least you have heaps of coffee shops and restaurants to provide you with some welcome refreshments.

  • 8. Horse Riding in Centennial Park Paddington.
    Sydney, New South Wales

    Take a guided tour on a horse back around Centennial Park for one hour. The Park is a glorious enormous 220hectare park , watch how Aussies spend their weekends. It is filled with beautiful exotic trees, ponds and a large lake, you will see people rolling-blading, cycling, kite flying, jogging and not to mention the beautiful gardens.

    Its a real fun thing to do and afterwards wander down to Paddington Markets if you are horse riding on a Saturday.

    Getting there : Buses leave Circular Quay (380, 378, and 389) and takes approx 10mins.

    For more information : www.centennial parklands.com.au/

  • 9. Open Air Cinema.
    Sydney, New South Wales

    OpenAir Cinema is located at Mrs Macquaries Point , adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens. This area is located just to the south of Mrs Macquaries Chair. The openair cinema is opened during summer months, its a fabulous way to enjoy a movie whilst taking in most stunning views in Sydney.

    For more details : www.stgeorge.com.au /openair.

  • 10. Rollerblading at Manly Beach.
    Sydney, New South Wales

    Manly is everything Australian, it is part of the culture. A lively Sydney beach resort with excellent accommodation, restaurants, cafes and pubs. Its alive with screeching seagulls, long sandy beaches, small coves , inlets, swaying Norfolk Pines, bikinis, cold icy beer, surfboards, festivals, music, flip flops, pink zinc, fish and chips, yachts, boats, divers, fishermen, lifeguards, and an National Trust Oceanfront Promenade which was listed for the introduction of daylight swimming, surf lifesaving and board riding into Australian culture. Manly is easily accessible by ferry or jetcat operating from Circular Quay(city)to Manly Wharf, the short walk up the Corso leads to the ocean beach.

    The Rolling Blade Hire Shop can be located at 2/49 North Steyne Manly just opposite the beach and along from the Corso.

  • 11. Bundeena. - Ferry Cruise.
    Sydney, New South Wales

    Discover the gorgeous village of Bundeena, situated in Port Hacking opposite the suburb of Cronulla. It is surrounded totally by National Parks and is on the outskirts of Sydney. Bundeena is easy to get to by jumping into a car, take the road through The Royal National Park and keep driving until you see the sign for Bundeena.

    Or take a 20-minute scenic ferry ride across the Hacking River from Cronulla aboard the "Curranulla"; a beaut little ferry.The ferry leaves Cronulla on the half hour starting at 8.30am and returns from Bundeena on the hour with the last departure at 6.00pm.

  • 12. Horse Riding in the Blue Mountains.
    Blue Mountains, New South Wales

    If you feel like getting some fresh air and seeing some of our beautiful countryside then hop onto a train to Katoomba. Located in the Metalong Valley there are different rides available to suit different rangers of experience riders.

    For more information : http://www.megalongcc.com /horseriding/default.htm

  • 13. Stay at Pittwater YHA - Youth hostel.
    Pittwater YHA, Morning Bay, New South Wales

    This unique Youth Hostel overlooks the gorgeous Morning Bay in Ku-ring-gai National Park. Its a great place to stay if you are a keen bushwalker where you will see some of our Australian wildlife such as goannas, possums, native birds, and wallabies, not to mention the array of Australian native plants.

    How to get there : via the ferry or water taxi which departs from Church Point to Halls Wharf, then its a 15min walk to hostel. Catch the bus E86 to Church Point from Wynyard. (city).

  • 14. Stay Cockatoo Island Historic Cottages
    Cockatoo Island Heritage Houses, Cockatoo Island

    Stay in one the unquie Federation Houses on Cockatoo Island and chill overlooking Sydney Harbour at sunset or walk amongst the beautiful gardens..

    Catch a public ferry to Cockatoo Island from Circular Quay. Or, if preferred, you can hire your own water taxi to the island.

    All information regarding booking the historic houses can be made by telephoning the Cockatoo Island Camping office on 02) 8898 9774.

    The houses can also be booked online through www.stayz.com.au.

    www.cockatooisland. gov.au /camping/houses.html

    or you can camp in one of newest 30 Second Tent which all have harbourviews and can be hired with all equipment from the office.

  • 15. Stay Q Station
    Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park Hotel, Manly, Greater Sydney

    The Q Station used to be the former Quarantine Station (1830-1984) Any migrant ships arriving in Sydney would be stopped and passenger's would be placed in quarantine if there was any disease to protect local residents from the spread of disease. So its full of interesting and vital information regarding Sydney's history.

    The Station is perched overlooking the spectacular and stunning views of Sydney Harbour. There are numerous rooms available or you can rent a cottage which has prime waterviews.

    Getting there : Take the ferry to Manly Wharf - there is a free shuttle bus departs from the kiss & ride collection point opposite Manly Wharf. or take the Q Staion Ferry from Circular Quay on the MV Reef Goddess, with complimentary tea and coffee available.