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$3 Sunday trips in Sydney
My name is Axel and I am an engineering student who has recently completed my study abroad semester at UTS. Do you know that you can travel as much as you want with the public transport in Sydney for only $2.70 every Sunday?
In this post I will share my experiences from some of my best Sunday trips and I hope you get inspiration to gather a couple of friends for exploring Sydney. Blue Mountains
It is beautiful to see how the landscape constantly changes during the train ride from Central towards Blue Mountains. When arriving in Katoomba, the largest village in the region, the weather is chilly and we decide to have coffee in the sun before starting our hike. Just a few minutes after leaving Scenic World we spotted the first waterfall for the day, Katoomba Falls. The view is stunning and more falls are coming up.
After eating our prepared lunchboxes, the walk continues along Prince Henry Cliff Walk, passing Three Sisters before entering the Dardanelles Pass Walking Track via the Giant Stairway. The sun is about to set and we pass the amazing Leura Falls before settling down for dinner sandwiches with an amazing view in the sunset at Copeland Lookout. When visiting the Blue Mountains don’t forget to dress warm and bring a lot of water and food.
Sydney Harbour is rated as one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and there are plenty of ferry trips where you can enjoy the stunning views from the sea. Public transport ferries enable you to cruise along Parramatta River, get the best view of both Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as well as taking you to beautiful suburbs, for example Manly, Watsons Bay and Balmain.
I really recommend you to catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay in the afternoon and enjoy a picnic in the sunset at the lighthouse. From there you get an amazing view of the skyline when the sun is setting.
Royal National Park
Royal National Park is the world’s second oldest national park and the coast track offer breathtaking views of the ocean and the sandstone creatures formed during the history. There are many different hikes to explore and tourist attractions like the Wedding Cake Rock, Figure 8 Pools and Wattamolla Falls are all in the park. During our visit we took the train to Cronulla, from here we took the ferry over to Bundeena where the coast track starts. Make sure to plan your hike depending on how much time you have and don’t forget to bring food and water.
Note: The ferry between Cronulla and Bundeena is not included in the public transport but offers a discount for students.
I also really recommend spending a Sunday hopping on and off a couple of buses and visit beautiful suburbs like Paddington, Surry Hills, Newton and Balmain. There are so many beautiful Sunday trips to do, so why not make it a weekly routine?
Hopefully these can help you plan your next weekend getaway!