Tag Archives: Darling Harbour New South Wales

Best of Sydney – Ellie and Katti’s Adventures

On Saturday Katti and I met up at Circular Quay to go on Captain Cooks Main and Middle Harbour Coffee Cruise. The boat was older but the staff where lovely and the views were spectacular! They served Tea Coffee and muffins and biscuits on board which kept your tummy full for the 2 hour cruise. It was a great way to see the harbour and a real treat to see North and South Head from the boat.

When disembarking the boat we picked up the free Sydney Morning Herald on our way out that they offer as well so we could keep up with the news of Sydney.

After a short break we then jumped on the City Sightseeing hop on hop off explorer bus. This was again fantastic! With the open top double decker bus and beautiful clear blue skies we took to the streets of Sydney learning about historical facts and little bits of funny trivia. We used both the Bondi and Sydney busses and explored until our heart was content and of course we needed a drink.

We ventured up the Sydney Tower to take in the beautiful sights once more but from the air and went to the 360 Bar and ordered a cocktail each to finish off the day watching the sunset from our revolving bar, definitely an experience for anyone visiting Sydney! And the best bit is it didn’t break the bank too much!

Cruise $49
Bus $35
Sydney Tower Entry $25

Total $109

Experience of Sydney by Sky Land and Sea in a day Priceless!


HOOPLA HOOPLA! Roll on Down to the Best of Darling Harbour!

It’s on again ladies and gentleman!

Hoopla Festival

Hoopla Daytime Hoopla Nights Hoopla Event Program Hoopla Performers Hoopla Event Map

 Look up, look down, look all around – the circus is in town!

Go cir-crazy at Australia’s annual circus and street theatre festival as some of the world’s best acrobats, jugglers, stunt performers, sideshow and street theatre acts are let loose in Darling Harbour this Easter long weekend.
Now in its 14th year, Hoopla is Australia’s annual circus and street theatre festival featuring a world-class mix of Australian and international performers.

For five days and four nights, Darling Harbour hosts everything from large scale performances in the Big Top to intimate side shows in the Carnival of Dreams, plus brilliant buskers throughout the precinct.

Hoopla Festival
12 noon – 5pm (except Monday 25 April, 1pm – 5pm)
22-26 April 2011 FREE

There’s more to Hoopla than you think!
Hoopla Nights
6pm – 10pm
22–25 April 2011
Tickets from $5 to $15

For More information please go to www.darlingharbour.com.au

Come on DOWN

Gray Line Grand Sydney Tour – From Sarah

This tour explored the city centre, passing most of the notable city sights including Darling Harbour, Town Hall, QVB, Hyde Park, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay.  We stopped for photo opportunities underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge with magnificent views of the Harbour and it’s icons including Luna Park.  Leaving the city we continued on to the Eastern suburbs filled with mega mansions including some of Sydney’s most expensive houses.  From this area we were also treated to more magnificent views of Sydney and the Harbour.  Please note that some vantage points involved uneven terrain and walking over rocky areas – may not be suitable for young children or disabled persons.  Continuing on to Bondi Beach we stopped for a break with time to enjoy a “SeJuiced” Juice Bar juice on the beach.



We then returned to the city to commenced the second part of our tour – starting with a sumptuous buffet lunch onboard the Magistic Cruise.  During lunch we heard a commentary as each notable point was passed complete with interactive map to track our journey.  The buffet offered a range of different options from chicken, meats, seafood, noodles, salads and desert.  Alcoholic beverages including Beer and Wine were available along with soft drinks, juices and water.  The boat was quite large, comfortable and clean with centre tables as well as booth seating as well as an outdoor area upstairs with sitting and standing room.


At the conclusion of the lunch cruise we returned to Circular Quay and rejoined the bus to continue our tour on to the North Shore/Northern beaches and Manly where the afternoon was spent strolling the Corso, buying ice cream and wandering the beach.  Before reaching Manly however we toured Mosman and Neutral Bay on the North Shore as well as Seaforth and Balgowlah on the Northern Beaches with a stop at a popular lookout featuring some Aboriginal history (Arabanoo).




  • Photo opportunity from underneath Bridge;
  • Lookout spots at Eastern suburbs – Watsons Bay etc;
  • Lunch cruise;
  • Juice at Bondi;
  • Walk at Manly;
  • Knowledge of driver.


Best Of Taronga Zoo, Luna Park and Captain Cook

Ok so some of you may know I went and played Sydney Tourist on my day off and I thought I would share the experience with all of you!
We left the house at 08:30am and got home about 11pm at night!
Firstly I took a friend of mine on Captain Cooks Zoo Express and went out to Taronga Zoo.
For those of you who havent been out there or not in a long time we were there for 5 hours and we didn’t even go into the Australian Section. The boat ride on the way out was nice and quick. It stopped at Fort Denison and let a few off then continued onto the Zoo. It was part of the Harbour Highlights cruise so there was a woman on board giving a little commentary. You can’t hear her very well from outside but it was a bonus bit of information about the Harbour for those who wanted to listen.
The Zoo: Get out there early so you can see which “performances” you want to go and see and plan your day around that. Otherwise take lots of water and a picnic lunch!
Water $3.80
Soft Drink/Powerades $4.80
Lunch Meal $15 pp
Kids Meal $10pp
*Microwave in food court for bottles
Sunscreen: Min $13
All performances and the animal were absolutely fantastic but they end with the theatrical music and conservation message. I get the idea but by the 4th performance its a bit unoriginal and ineffective.
Otherwise great day Seals and Elephants were a highlight.

It was very hot and we got a tad burnt. Take SUNSCREEN IN SUMMER!! Not many undercover areas that have good viewing spots.
Captain Cooks boat was a little late to pick up but the woman did apologise for the inconvenience and explained they were trying a new timetable that day, It wouldn’t otherwise happen.
2nd part of the Day was Luna Park! $40 set us up with an unlimited pass. All rides unlimited all day. $30 will set you up with an unlimited 5 ride pass. The 5 rides are Carousel, Ferris Wheel, Dodgem Cars, Wild Mouse rollercoaster and Coney Island. $10 gets you one go on one ride.
We stayed there and then caught the ferry to Darling Harbour and back to Circular Quay.

Much fun for all ages and suitable for just about everyone!

Book your ZOO EXPRESS PASS @ Best of New South Wales Now or contact us to book online or over the phone.


Travel Consultant
Best of NSW
02 8273 0000

%d bloggers like this: