Port Douglas Accommodation Options

Are you thinking of travelling to tropical North Queensland in Australia? If so, you might want to have a look at some of these great Port Douglas accommodation options.  In fact, for tropical adventure, Port Douglas is the ideal place to base yourself.  Being a port village, most accommodation in Port Douglas is within walking distance to the marina. This is so convenient, especially if you’re booked on a dive and snorkelling cruise. Also a great many visitors will be in Port Douglas to explore the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Forest.  So what what can you expect in the way of Port Douglas accommodation options? Firstly, no matter what you’re budget, you’ll find something to suit.

Port Douglas Beach

Port Douglas, Australia

Port Douglas Accommodation Options – where to stay

The following recommendations are based on places I’ve actually seen and can recommend at the time of my visit. As a travel agent, I can tell you that it is often a fine balancing act to match a traveller’s budget with the accommodation they require. Of course, there are also other factors at play. For example, a honeymoon couple probably won’t want to stay at a family resort.  On the other hand, this could be the perfect option for families. By the way, here’s a handy hint:  If you want to stay in Port Douglas, try and pick the eastern side of town. It’s much quieter.

1. Family Options – Port Douglas Accommodation

Cayman Villas Port Douglas

It’s only natural for parents to look at child-friendly accommodation – places with a full kitchen and playground facilities.  One thing we do know about families, is that they love to be in walking distance to facilities. That means being close to shops and places to eat. And everyone wants a bit of tranquility. With the Cayman Villas, you’ll get all these things.

Cayman Villas are a centrally located Port Douglas accommodation options

The Cayman Villas have 2- and 3-bedroom apartments – they are both spacious and stylish. This resort has three main buildings, each with three levels. You’ll need to be aware, especially if you have a lot of luggage,  that there is no elevator. But there is a heated swimming pool right in the middle of the complex. Heated Pools are a great facility for children in the winter months between May and September.

Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas

First impressions are so very important, right? So when it comes to presentation and general maintenance, Peppers ticks all the boxes. In fact, I think most travellers would be impressed by the efforts into maintaining their hotels. And I must say, they do look incredibly inviting as you drive up. The plants are lush and green.

Peppers Beach Club with family apartments close to town centre Port Douglas

The pools are well maintained and beautiful.  In fact, they have been specifically designed to give a beach vibe. I think its fair to say, that couples are more likely to stay here as well.  The Peppers complex has a bar, a grill restaurant and a gym. The good news is that the ground floor rooms give direct access to the pools. Another bonus is their complementary guest parking and 24 hour reception. Peppers is equipped with elevators.

Mandalay & Shalimar Beachfront Apartments

The Mandalay and Shalimar Apartments are sister properties.  In fact, they are managed by the same Company. They have a great location, being only 100 metres from the Port Douglas beach. The resort has two pools, one of which is heated. The 1-, 2-, 3- bedrooms apartments are spacious and modern.

Mandalay Port Douglas accommodation option is a boutique apartment for family travellers

You’ll also be able to enjoy a game of tennis.  And there’s no better way to end the day than by using the guest BBQ. Unfortunately, these properties do not have complimentary wi fi, gym or spa

Mowbray by the Sea Port Douglas

This Port Douglas accommodation is very close to the beach. And its a mere 5-10 walk to the central village. And the good thing is that Mowbray caters for both a family or two couples together. It has 3 levels and a heated lap pool.  Mowbray was formerly managed by a corporate company, but it is now owner-operated. The result of this, is that they offer a far more personalized boutique experience. Actually, when we visited, the facilities had just been updated.  Each apartment has its own balcony. Full kitchen facilities are included and that’s a big plus if you wish to dine-in.

Garrick House Port Douglas

Garrick House is on a very good side of town in a quiet street lined with palms.  The advantage of staying here, is that you’ll only be a few metres from the beautiful Four Mile Beach. If you’re on a limited budget, these apartments would suit you very well.

Garrick House has a great location close to Port Douglas beach

Your options include Studio, 1- and 2-Bedroom apartments. The 2-bedroom apartments are on the third level and accessed by stairs. Garrick House has a small (currently) unheated pool and offers complimentary wifi. The owner is very approachable and helpful.

2. Couples Retreats – Port Douglas

Shantara Resort Port Douglas

We stayed at Shantara Resort Port Douglas for 4 nights and loved it.  Shantara is a privately owned dedicated couples-only apartment resort.  It is within a short walking distance from the village, yet in a serene area. Shantara has three levels and 2 pools.  However, it does not have a restaurant or bar. There is a separately owned award-winning Health and Spa in a separate part of the complex.

Shantara Port Douglas is a couples only boutique apartment

This is the apartment we stayed in and it was so incredibly private.  I think the Italian owners have chosen the perfect configuration for each apartment. The bedroom is a lovely space and promotes intimacy. In fact, Shantara is ideal for honeymooners.

Shantara Interior Port Douglas is great for couples

Mai Tai Resort Mossman

Now some travellers are seeking a totally different experience away from the town vibe.  The Mai Tai Resort ticks the box. It is surrounded by native bush and sits within a rural area. It is without a word of doubt, a lovely retreat. At the time of my visit, Anthony Roxburgh and Andre de Walsche were the owners – and their personal touches were everywhere.

Mai Tai Resort Mossman is a couples retreat lodge

This property has a strong Asian influence. There are four individual rooms, each with their own spacious courtyard. Breakfast is served in a delightful setting on the veranda overlooking the bush. At the top level of the Resort is a self-contained apartment with a full kitchen, wifi and two bedrooms. This is definitely an adult-only retreat with tranquility at a premium.

3. Port Douglas Boutique hotels

Peninsula Boutique Hotel Port Douglas

While I was talking to local tour operators, I found out about this place – the Port Douglas Boutique Hotel. Yet again, another hotel that is located next to the beautiful Port Douglas beach.

Port Douglas Accommodation options

One thing to bear in mind is that not many Port Douglas Accommodation Options include breakfast or restaurant facilities.  The ones that do, are further out of town. The Peninsula has a breakfast buffet actually included in the daily rate.  We felt this was value for money and a pretty good deal! The majority of studio rooms at the Peninsula face the beach (except 4 pool view units). The studios are spacious and very comfortable.

4. Eco Retreat – Port Douglas

Thala Beach Nature Reserve Lodge

If you’re looking for ‘knock-out’ views on a private headland between Cairns and Port Douglas, you might want to consider the tree chalets at Thala Beach Resort.

Thala Beach Chalet with lots of privacy for honeymoon travellers

However, we would definitely recommend that you book a bungalow overlooking the shimmering Coral Sea:

stunning views from cottage number 2 at Thala Beach resort

The buffet breakfast at Thala Beach is top notch and had every conceivable option. However at the time of our stay, the night dining proved to be a bitter disappointment. We took a 15-minute drive to Port Douglas – there are some great dining choices to be had there. (I voiced my concern to Management about the dinner and hopefully by now, this ‘glitch’ has well and truly been resolved.) Although wi-fi is not provided in the chalets, there is complimentary wi-fi access throughout the main lodge.

5. Luxury Port Douglas Accommodation Options

Silky Oaks Lodge Mossman

Silky Oaks is a luxury retreat set in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest, adjoining the Mossman River. Mossman is a 20- minute drive from Port Douglas or around 1.5 hours from Cairns. What you can expect from Silky Oaks is more of the premium and honeymoon experience. Silky Oaks a the perfect blend of native bush. Each individual chalet sits in a private setting.

Silky Oaks Lodge near Mossman is a true luxury retreat lodge

Silky Oaks definitely gives the ‘wow’ factor. The chalets are just gorgeous with polished wooden floors, stylish interiors and all the mod-cons. There are hammocks on the verandah for each chalet – such a nice touch. The restaurant dinner restaurant is only available for in-house guests. This lodge provides a top-notch spa and health retreat. You can also get a guided tour of the rainforest. A Complementary cycle hire is provided.

We enjoyed our stay in Port Douglas during the month of July. At that time temperatures are usually between 25-27 degrees. It is not as busy either. By the way, our favourite place for excellent coffee was the Bookshop Cafe! I hope its still going strong when you get there!

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Best Things in Perth

It can be quite a challenge to pick out the best things in Perth to do. For a cosmopolitan vibe, this Western Australia city has so much to offer. If it is shopping and great suburban restaurants you love, then I guarantee you will be happy here. One of the many jewels in Perth’s crown, would be the sparkling Swan River. The Swan River is perfect for day cruises to Fremantle. There is also much to love about Kings Park which is centrally located – but don’t expect to cover it in just the one day. It is massive!

best things in perth - city skyline
Perth CBD skyline

Perth Great Outdoors

But perhaps more importantly, Perth really lends itself to the great outdoors. The beaches here are beautiful, as are their sunsets. In fact, even in the early winter months, you can still go for a swim or walk along the beach in just a t-shirt.

best things in perth with walking dog on the beach
Perth is famous for its lifestyle & beaches.

Important travel tips for Perth

Day tours in Perth

  • Perth & Fremantle: Starting in Perth, you can join a tour that will take you to all the major attractions of the Perth CBD. Not to be missed is the famous Western Australian Cricket Ground (WACA). Then you get to travel on to enjoy a nature extravaganza, Kings Park Botanical Gardens. While you are here, don’t forget to take in the stunning views from the war memorial looking over the city skyline.
best things in perth gardens walking
  • Your tour will then continue through the affluent Western Suburbs, known as ‘Millionaire’s Row’. Cottesloe Beach will be your next stop. And it is here, that you can view view the Indian Ocean.
  • Of course, no trip to Perth is complete without a visit to the Port town of Fremantle. You can drive yourself to Fremantle by car, but if you want a rest from driving, why not take a coach ride or a leisurely boat cruise down the Swan River. Fremantle is famous for its maritime history and Italian influence. Just wait until you see the impressive shop facades! Fremantle is a Heritage Listed city and a great place to spend the day. When it is time to return to the city, you just board the coach or boat boat back to Perth.
  • Experience Rottnest by Bike: The locals just love Rottnest Island for its laidback vibe. Plus, you are guaranteed to meet the friendliest animal on earth – the happy Quokka. And there is more good news – you can take a hosted day tour there. Your day will begin the day with a spectacular cruise down the Swan River. Just kick back and relax to explore the beauty of this very special island. In fact, you can even cycle around the island at your own pace. Included in this tour, is the island cruise, your bicycle hire and lunch at Karma Rottnest. Departs: The tour starts daily from Pier 2 Barrack Street Jetty, Perth at 8.30amReturns: 6.45pm.
Swan River Cruise
Happy Quokkas on Rottnest Island
  • Find another day tour – explore Margaret River: The Margaret River region is only about 3 and a half hours from Perth. Now some people have an odd perception of Australia. They tend to think of an arid dessert land.  But many parts of Australia, especially Western Australia are incredibly lush and green.  You will see this especially around the Margaret River area. And the boutique nature of this area is full of enchantment. There are so many small galleries and artisan products around. And let us not forget what this region is very famous for – wine! In fact, some of Australia’s premium wines come out of the Margaret River area.
Margaret River Winery

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Must see and do in Perth

  • Enjoy the city sights and take a walk through Kings Park and Botanic Gardens.
  • Swim, surf or watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean at Cottesloe Beach.
  • Explore Perth on foot as you take on one of the walking trails.
  • Admire Perth at a distance as you experience the picturesque upper Swan River or head to Fremantle on a cruise.
  • Head to Rottnest Island to see underground tunnels or swim, snorkel and scuba dive to discover shipwrecks.
  • Take a day trip to the wine regions of Margaret River or Swan Valley and take part in a tasting tour to find your perfect wine or discover award winning restaurant.
Round House Fremantle

Travel tips for best things in Perth

  • Northbridge – located adjacent to the city. Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, dozens of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightclubs.
  • Leederville – this is a lovely suburb with so many eating options and quirky shops. It is only 5 minutes north west of the city and offers a very hip, bohemian vibe.
  • Subiaco – only 5 minutes west of the city. Known for its many boutiques, markets, restaurants and jewellery outlets.
  • East Perth – located only 5 minutes from the city. This riverside setting boasts popular eateries and gardens.
  • South Perth – is a mere 5-min ferry trip from Barrack St Jetty. From here, you will get million dollar views of the Swan River. Plus, you can dine at one of the many culinary icons of Perth.
Weather Chart Perth Western Australia – More Info here.
  • Getting around in Perth is incredibly easy. They have a get-on and get-off central bus service. All you need to do is to purchase a day ticket and you an pretty much explore as much as you like. A lot of Perth’s icons, such as the Perth Mint, is easy to see, if you use this bus.
use local transport for the best things in perth to discover
  • Dining options in Perth:
  • Rooftop Bars are a big thing in Perth and they are sprouting up everywhere. They offer beautiful views and a great atmosphere.
  • Fraser’s Restaurant: Enjoy the inspiring river and city views as you indulge in a sensational contemporary cuisine made from local produce.
  • Jamie’s Italian: Treat yourself to an Italian food, Jamie Oliver style, matched with your favourite cocktails, wine or nonalcoholic drink in an al fresco dining area.
  • Wildflower: A rooftop restaurant overlooking the city and the Swan River offering contemporary cuisines showcasing the best produce of West Australia.
Wildflower Restaurant

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Summary on best things in Perth

Perth is often seen as the gateway to some of Australia’s beautiful outback. Plus it is a great place to begin well travelled routes to Denmark, Albany and beyond. You will be so close to the Margaret River area – you might even fit in a day trip there, rather than staying overnight. But perhaps best of all, you will get to relax with no pretension.

Happy travelling to Perth!

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tours

If you’re looking for Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling tours, you’ll get options galore!  Now you could spend literally hours researching your options. But if you want to save yourself time and you are looking for something more personalized with a higher level of comfort level, then we’d suggest you look at a great family-owned company called Sailaway.

What you will find with this company is pretty much a one-stop shop. They do give you a lot of options – and in fact, covers a lot of options.  Tropical Journeys is a great family-owned company in Port Douglas – and in fact, snorkeling tours and diving trips, is just one of their tours.

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tours – The Calypso

If you don’t mind a larger boat, say with 65 plus passengers, the Calypso would probably suit the more budget focused traveller.  It’s important to note that the Calypso boat tour, includes both snorkeling and diving. In fact, the Calypso’s crew like to compare it to an “underwater bush walk”. Considering its size, it is easy to find your way around the Calypso.

And the crew are very accessible. To board this vessel, you only have to stroll down to the marina.  The marina is well within walking distance from a lot of the central Port Douglas accommodations. Like most of these tours, the boarding process is pretty straightforward.

Great Barrier Reef – Sailaway – catamaran

From my experience of tours throughout Australia and New Zealand, the smaller the boat, the better the experience. However, there are other tours with smaller numbers still.  The luxurious Sailaway Catamaran is by far the more indepth and comfortable option. With no more than 25 passengers, I’d definitely recommend this boutique experience.

The Calypso  – Safety procedures – what to expect

Back to the Calypso: You can’t help but be impressed with the professionalism of the crew. These guys are pretty serious about the safety of their passengers. Taking frequent head counts are the norm – just in case someone has decided to take a closer look at the water!  How comforting to know, that in an emergency, you have a capable crew to take charge. Having said that, we think it would have been helpful if the crew had used microphones. We sometimes missed out hearing their instructions.

Calypso crew

Don’t be alarmed when you are asked to remove your shoes as you’re boarding the boat.  This is standard procedure.  They go into a box and can be easily collected at the end of the journey. After settling in, you can chill out for a while. By the way, Tropical Port Douglas is perfect in the winter months between June and August. Check out Australia seasons. At this time, the days are still warm and balmy – perfect for the more active traveller.

The Calypso – Dive experience – what to expect

As I mentioned before, with the larger Calypso, you will get the option of snorkeling and diving. We decided to do both. I have to confess, I was a little nervous about this but the diving instructor was amazing. He gave every one the individual attention they needed. He was quite a big guy too – that certainly gave us confidence. By the way, all wet suits and other equipment are provided on-board. But of course, you can bring and use your own.

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tours

Here’s Michael getting some well needed instruction.

Calypso diving Michael

First of all the diving instructor will work with you one-on-one. This first requires getting each person to get used to being underwater.  Novice divers need to get used to a different way of breathing the oxygen that’s been keeping him alive all their life. Maybe this is the definitive way of exploring the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a mysterious, beautiful world where you’re no longer a spectator.

Calypso Snorkel and bird

After the instruction session, all participants must read through a very important information sheet which they then must sign. Everyone needs to be able to communicate with the diving instructor.  And that means, being able to understand written English and being able to speak it.

The Calypso – Lunch

Believe me, diving makes you very hungry – it’s buffet time!

Calypso buffet

The buffet does provide plenty of variety. So that means plenty of meat and the salad and bread to go with it. While the food is nothing startling, it is tasty and fresh. The morning and afternoon tea consists of delicious little home-cooked slices and freshly sliced tropical fruit. You may think this brave and fearless man is quietly reflecting on life. Don’t be fooled, he’s only thinking about the next bread roll.

Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tours

Remember when I mentioned about all the passengers having to remove their shoes? They were all placed in large crates and I was a little concerned about having to sort through them to find mine. No worries. At the end of the journey, they were all laid out in perfect matching pairs on a large platform. It was a pleasant surprise. And just to round it all off, the crew line up in their uniforms to say goodbye to each passenger. That’s a pretty nice touch.

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Daintree Rainforest Tours from Port Douglas

It can be a bit of a pain having to get up and ready for an early morning start. But so many day tours offer so much in one day, that you really do need to start early. The Daintree Rainforest Tours from Port Douglas is one of those tours.  You will discover so much of the Daintree Rainforest, as it is  is the oldest living rainforest in the world. And of  course, it really does help if you have a local as your Tour Guide.

Daintree Rainforest Tours from Port Douglas

The Daintree Rainforest Tours from Port Douglas (one of the Top 7 holiday suggestions), provides excellent local guides. Our guide, Kerry had great people skills and knew exactly how to deal with all personality types. You will find that most great guides are very well travelled themselves.  And because they have travelled extensively, they are more likely to have a great sense of humour.  We loved Kerry’s on-board commentary – there were so many laughs.

First, we drove onto the ferry that would take us across the Daintree River into the Daintree National Park.

The Daintree Rainforest Tours from Port Douglas - getting across on the ferry

Cape Tribulation

We took off from the ferry to Cape Tribulation where Kerry parked close to a beautiful little beach.  Further up the beach, there was a great lookout from where we were able to take so many photos. Time goes quite quickly when you are engrossed with new sights.  So, by the time we headed back down we were all quite hungry. I must say we were very happy to see that Kerry had laid out quite a ‘spread’. It was hard to choose so some of us decided to sample the home-made muffins, chocolate biscuits and the fresh tropical fruit. Those muffins disappeared very quickly.

Daintree Rainforest Tours from Port Douglas

River Cruise

Next up, we headed off for our leisurely river cruise. For me, the cruise was definitely a highlight. It was such a gentle and peaceful ride gliding along the river. Yet again, what really made it special, was the on-board commentary. You felt better for knowing so much more about the importance of the Daintree’s ecosystem. But I guess, what really got our attention, was those famous Aussie crocodiles.  Man, they were so huge!

The Daintree Rainforest Tours from Port Douglas - Daintree River Cruise

Crocodiles

As we floated upstream towards these giant reptiles, we all became rather quiet. Call it anticipation if you like, but I honestly think some of the group were a little nervous. It really is incredible that these creatures actually survived the Dinosaur Age. Some of them were sunning themselves on the banks of the river, so they were quite easy to spot.

Daintree River Cruise2

Two large crocodiles, one female and a much larger male, came into sight.  Luckily for us, they were accustomed to our boat and barely gave us a glance. As passengers, we were not so dignified.  We all squealed like kids. This was such a thrill. Let’s get closer..

Daintree Crocodile

Daintree Rainforest Walk

The rainforest walk was a great way to get in a bit of exercise. Kerry explained how the different plants and trees of the forest have adapted to flourish in the Daintree Forest. With all those vines trailing down, you got a sense of being in a lost world from another age.

The Daintree Rainforest Tours from Port Douglas - Daintree Forest Walk

For all you romantics out there, don’t forget the all-important loved-up shot. The Daintree is the perfect place for it.

Forest Walk with Pam and Michael

Lunch in the middle of a rainforest

As if we needed more to eat, we stopped for lunch. And it was a longer and more relaxing stop at a restaurant called “On the Turps”. Being right smack bang in the middle of a rainforest, was such a highlight. The staff were well organised, as our lunches had been pre-ordered for us.  My grilled Barramundi was delicious and it was a pretty generous portion. This was the ideal time to have great conversations with our fellow travellers.

Daintree Forest Restaurant

Homemade Ice-cream – so many flavours!

After lunch we visited the Daintree home-made Ice-cream shop. Now, here is a very handy hint:  the Daintree Icecream Shop only takes cash –  so make sure you have plenty in your wallet.  Can I fit more in? Yes I can. These ice-cream flavours were uniquely tropical. Do try the Wattle Seed ice-cream – it maybe an acquired taste but it is an interesting one!

Daintree Ice-cream

Mossman Gorge

We continued on to Mossman Gorge which is home to the Kuku Yalanji people. In fact, they were the original inhabitants of this area. I must admit there was a bit of a hassle trying to park the van. At this stage, you will need to vacate the tour van and and transfer to a large bus. Be prepared for the fact that you will be sharing this bus with other tour parties. The reason for this transfer, is that the Kuku Yalanji people are employed as the bus drivers here.  However, the bus ride only lasts for a very short  time, after which you will transfer back to your tour van with your guide.

Mossman Gorge

We loved the panoramic view we enjoyed from the Alexandria Lookout. From here, you will actually see the whole spectrum of the Daintree Forest as far out as the Coral Sea.

Daintree Forest to Coral Sea

On the way back, I am pleased to say that our small tour group had become one big happy family. Before I close my eyes tonight, I’ll be thinking of this untouched and magnificent world.

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Happy Travelling in the Port Douglas region!

Best Things in Sydney

Sydney will tempt you. And that is because it has so many attractions. The best things in Sydney are very often found in the great outdoors. I am referring particularly to Sydney’s world-class surfing beaches. But let us not forget that famous Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge! What visitors love about Sydney is its cosmopolitan personality.

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge (with Opera House on left).

If you are looking for a blend of the old and the new, you will find it in Sydney. Visitors especially love this city’s gorgeous cobblestone lane ways and then touring the historic precinct of The Rocks. Then add some shopping therapy to your day. Look for those designer clothes and lovely boutiques in the grand Queen Victoria Building If you head down to Darling Harbour, you will find an entertainment for your whole family to enjoy.

Let’s be clear, Sydney’s famous Manly and Bondi Beach, not only cater for surfers. Those beaches are surrounding by unique shops and markets. The pulsing nightlife in Sydney is another big plus for visitors. Sydney is renowned for is its culinary delights – actually, some of the best restaurants in the world are found in Sydney!

Important travel tips for Sydney

Day tours in Sydney

  • Sunset Dinner: There can be no better time of the day to cruise Sydney’s harbour – just as the sun is going down. All you need to do on this gentle cruise, is kick back and relax for 90 minutes. This is such a tranquil way of settling into your evening. I like to think of this cruise as a pre-theatre dining experience. You will be served food in a contemporary dining style. And by that, I mean mezze plates and your choice of mains and desserts. You will also get a range of drinks to choose from. Departs: Daily from Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No. 1 at 5pm. Duration: 1 Hour and 30 minute.
best things in sydney - the harbour cruise
A Sydney harbour cruise is a popular option to explore the bays.
  • Bondi Beach & Sydney Sights: What a perfect of getting a snapshot of Sydney’s historical and modern feel – and you can do this just one afternoon. You will be driven through bustling city precincts to the lively Kings Cross district. Then as a complete contrast, you can admire the white sands of Bondi Beach. There is nothing quite like a day tour with a local. Your driver will take you through some beautiful harbourside suburbs. Departs: Daily from King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour at 2pmDuration: 3 hours 45 minutes.
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Visit Kangaroos during your Blue Mountain day tour ex Sydney
  • Blue Mountains Day tour: only about 2.5 hours drive away from central Sydney, is the Blue Mountains National Park. Now this really is a complete contrast to Sydney city life. Go roaming the area to seek out the wild kangaroos and birdlife that live in this National Park. Stop at Kings Tableland where you will get an awesome view over the Jamison Valley. See firsthand for yourself, the ruggedness and beauty that the Blue Mountains are famous for. More details with Australia Lux Escape.
best things in sydney - bondi beach restaurant and pool

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Must see and do in Sydney

  • Captain Cook Cruise – The Captain Cook Cruise offers you a choice of lunch, high tea, cocktail or dinner a cruise. Whichever cruise you choose, you will be inspired. Cruising along the Sydney Harbour is an unforgettable experience.
  • Take a stroll along the broadwalk and see the sparkling jewel of the harbour or explore the city at your own pace.
  • Sydney Tower – be warned, you will be going to great heights. But I can guarantee you that you will be awed by the views from the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Believe me, you will see this amazing city from every angle!
  • Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship, which is a faithful version of a traditional Chinese garden. Every exotic plant you can think of, will be on show. Take a walk along hidden pathways. Along the way, absorb the sight of lakes, waterfalls and pavilions. In fact, you can even stop for at the Teahouse there for dim sum and Chinese tea.
  • Test your bargaining skills at Paddy’s market or visit the department stores and boutique shops.
  • Take a day trip to discover the spectacular landscapes of the Blue Mountains’ World Heritage listed wilderness. Make sure you get to sample an Australian Shiraz at a winery in the Hunter Valley.
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Visit the Blue Mountains for a day trip ex Sydney.

Travel tips for Sydney

  • Climate –  Read about how Sydney enjoys the following seasons:
    Summer (December – February) – During summer, average temperatures range from 18.6 – 25.8°C (65.5 – 78.4°F), and average humidity spikes to 65%.
    Autumn (March – May) – Autumn is the mildest time of year in Sydney. At this lovely time of year, the humidity drops and the average temperatures falls between 14.6 – 22.2°C (58.3 – 72°F).
    Winter (June – August) – Sydney’s coolest months are June to August. In winter, you will get a drop in the average temperatures which fall between 8.8 – 17°C (47.8 – 62.6°F).  Sydney’s rainfall is generally highest in June, while July is the coolest month when average daytime temperatures reach just 13°C (55°F).
    Spring (September – November) – If you are travelling in Spring, you will enjoy much warmer days. And the good things is, that the humidity is not as high as summer. The Average daily temperatures range from 11 – 23°C (51.8 – 73.4°F). 
    Also, read blog about best time to visit Australia.
Weather Chart for Sydney, Australia. Average temperatures.
  • Getting around – Just like the locals, you can use public transport quite widely across Australia. However, you will need to purchase an Opal card if you are going to use these services. By purchasing an Opal Card, you will get access to buses, trains, ferries and light rail. It is easy to purchase purchase an Opal card from newsagents, post offices, convenience stores and supermarkets. Just look for the Opal symbol.
Sydney has a good local transport system.
  • Dining – Sydneysiders take their food seriously. You should not be surprised to hear that many of Australia’s most awarded and innovative restaurants are found in Sydney. Looking for Australia on a plate? You will find it at Quay where you can sample beautiful, natural produce. Book at table at Aria and get the best of fine dining and amazing views. Cafe Sydney is another harbour side venue that has delicious and modern Australian fare. For a more casual vibe, you might like to head off to Mr. Wong. Mr Wong serves modern Cantonese cuisine (its Peking duck is legendary) at its French colonial space on Bridge Street. Surry Hills has some great hip restaurants and it is only a 10-minute drive from the city. Surry Hills is home to the famous Chin Chin and Firedoor. For wholesome, fresh food in leafy surrounds, don’t miss The Grounds of Alexandria.
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Summary on best things in Sydney

Sydney offers an amazing array of fresh produce, great seafood and multicultural influences. You will have your pick of restaurants and cafés – they will cater for all tastes and budgets. The same goes for your choice of accommodation. Shopping will be an delight, with international brands offered in modern shopping malls, stylish boutiques and markets.

There is such a temperate climate in Sydney. And that makes Sydney spectacular city at any time of the year. Take an easy walk in some of the prettiest parks and gardens, stroll along beaches, and marvel at Australia’s unique native animals. See the marine life at Taronga Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium all year round. View Top 5 day tours in Sydney.

Sydney is Australia’s largest and most famous city. Think of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House and its billowing white sails and you will get a pretty fair idea of its unique makeup. Think of the impressive steel arch of the Harbour Bridge. All you need do is to add the blue waters of the harbour and the white sands of Bondi Beach What’s there not to love!

Happy travelling to Sydney!

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