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Sydney is home to two of the world’s most famous landmarks – the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, both perfectly situated on the magnificent harbour.
It was at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788, not too far from where your ship docks, that the Union Flag of Great Britain was hoisted by a weary group of settlers, consisting mainly of convicts, marines and sailors led by Captain Arthur Phillip. They had just completed an epic journey from England in eleven small ships collectively known as the First Fleet. Before European settlement, Sydney was home to the indigenous Eora, Dharug, Tharawal and Kuring-gai peoples. Engravings by these original inhabitants can still be found on rocky outcrops in the bush around the city and in its suburbs. Sydney has a wildness and uniqueness that derives from its convict beginnings. It also has a rich cultural and artistic vibrancy that constantly rivals other cities.
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For a glimpse into the 1800’s, take a short stroll from your ship to an area known as “The Rocks”. It’s a vibrant village within a bustling city. Its maze-like streets and lanes radiate from beneath the southern approaches to the Harbour Bridge. It is an area filled with galleries, historic pubs, cafes and restaurants.
There are some wonderful bush walks just minutes from Circular Quay, along the northern harbour foreshore. Ferries and water taxis can take you to starting points of several of these walks. Or for a real taste of wilderness, head out to the stunning Blue Mountains.
A ferry trip on the harbour really is an essential Sydney experience. Why not make a trip over to beautiful Manly?
Famous Bondi Beach is just one of the magnificent beaches along Sydney’s coast. Watsons Bay and Nielsen Park are other spectacular sheltered harbour beaches, easy to get to from downtown Sydney.
Your ship will dock at one of the terminals in the heart of Sydney. Clothing and souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes and supermarkets are all within close walking distance.
Taxis are widely available throughout the city. Water taxis are also available from various harbour-side jetties. The city’s ferries, trains and buses provide an excellent public transport system.
Sydney offers cuisine from every corner of the planet. Around the harbour and through the inner city are some of the best upmarket restaurants you’ll ever experience. There are also hundreds of less expensive alternatives.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Start your shopping experience in Sydney’s downtown area. The gracious Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade were both constructed in the late 19th century and are full of stores, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Connected to these are other arcades and major department stores. Every tourist precinct (such as Darling Harbour and The Rocks) features shops and galleries, as well as stores selling aboriginal arts and crafts. In Sydney’s inner suburbs such as Newtown and Surry Hills you’ll find fascinating, one-of-a-kind shops and galleries.
Sydney enjoys a temperate climate that sometimes verges on sub-tropical. In summer it can get quite hot and humid, particularly from January to March. Winters are cool, while autumn and spring are just delightful.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones and internet access are widely available. Mobile coverage is generally available.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, layered clothing (to allow for changes in temperature) and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water, an umbrella on overcast days and a warm jacket in winter.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Sydney. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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