Advice: Sydney beyond the usual

Last updated 09:46 18/03/2014

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Q. My husband and I have two days in Sydney in April. We've been there quite a few times so have done all the real touristy things so we're looking for new places to explore in and around Sydney that are easily accessible by public transport (or possibly part of a small tour group). 

A. Once you have explored the central city's main attractions, Sydney's public transport system will let you experience a whole other side to the city.

Take the train out to Bondi and spend an afternoon wandering the coastal walks of the Eastern Beaches. he Bondi to Bronte walk combines beaches, parks and spectacular views all within an hour's walk.

The ferries are a great way to get out on to the harbour, and make it easy to get to the famous Northern beaches like Manly. Also a short ferry ride from the city is Balmain, with its village atmosphere. Locally made art is a specialty, with art galleries and stylish cafes lining the main streets.

There is a growing range of small group tours that cover all sorts of interests, from gourmet tours of the Inner Southern and Eastern suburbs, to crime-related tours of Kings Cross or being picked up by a Sydney-sider and introduced to their favourite cafe´and local beach.

Jon Gwin, Assistant Destination Product Manager, Australia

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