- Wednesday, 25 October 2017 12:00
Do you have family coming to visit you in Sydney this Christmas? Here is a list of things to do in, Manly and greater Sydney that will occupy them whilst you are at work. We’ve got you covered at Hello Manly Booking and Information centre right off Manly Wharf with deals and specials for various Sydney attractions and tours.
Only a 30 minute scenic ferry ride from Sydney CBD, and you will have arrived at one of Sydney’s best beaches. Renowned for the beautiful scenery, sunsets, scenic walkways and restaurants, it is the perfect place to escape Sydney’s hustle and bustle. If you are coming to Manly on a budget look at our guide for some advice on the free things to do in Manly. Every weekend we have an arts and craft markets in our Manly Market place that are well worth checking out. Our local aquarium, Manly Sealife Santuary, is a great place to spend morning learning about our sea life and the local Fairy penguin colony. Pop in to see us for a discounted rate– adults at children’s prices!
Most of Sydney’s main tourist attractions were built along the water and the best way to explore is by ferry. Purchasing a hop-on hop-off ferry combo pass is the best way to save money and see the most of Sydney.
Captain Cook travels to Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Manly, Barangaroo, Circular Quay, Fort Denison, Luna Park, Garden and Shark Island. The prices start from $49 for a 48 hour pass or $55 with the entry for the zoo and a 24 hour pass.
Bass and Flinders also have a similar ferry services that travels to North Sydney, Darling Harbour, Taronga zoo, Fort Denison, Rose Bay, Watsons Bay, Manly and the Q station. Their prices start at $45 for an eco hopper price and have zoo and ferry combo passes.
Another way to discover Sydney is to try the Big Bus, which is a hop on off Bus that explores Sydney’s CBD and Bondi. This will give you commentary of the sights in a variety of different languages and allow you to get off and explore Sydney wherever you chose.
Darling Harbour is a great hub for restaurants, Cafes and bars overlooking the harbour. It is also home to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds Sydney. You can purchase discounted tickets at Hello Manly or purchase a pass for all three attractions including the Manly SEA LIFE and Sydney tower pass for $70.
Climbing the Harbour Bridge is a once in a life time experience and is an amazing way to view Sydney Harbour. The prices differ depending on the time of day, with nights being the least expensive. Pop into Hello Manly for all the prices and availability.
If your family wants to spend the day shopping, Birkenhead point outlet Mall has the biggest variety of fashion outlet shops in Sydney. You can jump on the shopper hopper from either Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and be at the doorstep within 20 minutes.
The Blue Mountains, which is 2 hours from Sydney’s CBD has some beautiful walks and scenic viewpoints. You have a variety of tours to choose from starting at $89 or you can catch a train to Katoomba from Central Station.
The Hunter Valleyis New South Wales wine region with multiple wineries and tours to choose from leaving from Sydney or the Hunter Valley region starting from $125.
Travelling to Sydney and looking for things to do? Manly is ranked as Sydney’s best beach by tripadvisor and offers experiences and tours for kids, couples and solo holiday makers. Located 20 minutes across Sydney harbour by ferry, visitors can hit the both surfing ocean beaches, and quiet harbourside beach coves. Over 150 bars add restaurants, is complemented with plenty to see with tours, activities, outdoor markets and shopping malls.
Photos: James Pipino, Destination NSW