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Perisher Snow Tour from Sydney

Perisher Snow Tour from Sydney
1 day
USD 75.78
If you want to ski or snowboard in Australia, enjoy this convenient round-trip transfer service from Sydney to Perisher, one of the country's top snow resorts. For one day, you can enjoy the wintertime setting however you like; any skiing, snowboarding, toboggan riding, or other activities are at your own expense. You'll leave Sydney just before midnight and spend the night on the comfortable coach; when you wake up the next morning, you'll be in the mountains. A guide rides with you, and a morning snack with coffee is included.

Hot air balloon - Sydney region

Hot air balloon - Sydney region
4 hours
USD 212.91
The Hawkesbury, nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains only 45km from Sydney centre is a beautiful rural landscape perfect for ballooning.<br>As you lift into the skies you will be greeted with view of a patchwork quilt of farmlands with the great Hawkesbury river meandering through it centre past the old historical townships of Windsor & Richmond.<br>There is no need travel any further to enjoy such beautiful scenery and experience an adventure ride in a hot air balloon.<br>All our balloon tours include: Flight, breakfast & souvenir photos

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Things to do in Sydney if you have a Sydney Airport Layover or Extended Sydney Airport Stopover

If you have an extended layover at the Sydney Airport or staying in town, why not consider getting out with some fun activities? We list a few here and there are many more on Sydney.LayoverIdeas.com.

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From the Airport Sydney to the city centre by airport train takes about 15-25 minutes. So if you are keen to leave the Airport Sydney while you are in transit, there are any number of things you can experience. Sidney is a city that is alive with culture, architecture and atmosphere and has so much to offer while you wait for your connecting flight.

Getting there

The same-day return rail ticket is the way to go if your time in Sydney is limited. Although other "shuttle" options might be less expensive, the dependability and frequency of the train service will allow you to get the most out of your Sydney transit experience. If you think you might want to visit more than one attraction in the city, make sure that your same-day return ticket includes the "city hopper" feature, which allows you to get on and off the train at several stops in the Sydney CBD.

Left Luggage

SYD Sydney International Airport International terminal has an attended baggage-keeper service that is a bit pricey, but better than lugging a large rolling suitcase along a beach promenade or through a museum. It is conveniently located on the way to the AirportLink train, on your left, as you walk toward the train from the baggage carousels. It is up to your discretion if you are comfortable leaving your computer bag or camera there, but it seems to be a safe and reliable service.

Rocks Market and Circular Quay

If the weather is nice and you are there on a weekend day, consider going to The Rocks Market, which is a craft market with lots of stalls that pops up on weekends a few blocks to the left of Circular Quay after you snap the obligatory photos of the Harbour Bridge. Or if you're not the market type, a couple blocks to the right of Circular Quay are the Royal Botanic Gardens which, during the warm months, offer picturesque natural beauty within the city. If you have around 6-7 hours, consider taking the train to Circular Quay and then a ferry to Manly beach for lunch and some time near the water. Less well known than Bondi, it is where many locals go to enjoy a day at the beach.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

This remarkable piece of architecture offers first class views of Sydney Harbour. If you think you are fit enough, you can take a guided tour to the top at sunrise, sunset, during the day or even at night. This tour takes about three and a half hours so make sure you will have time to make it back to the airport before your connecting flight.

Sydney Waterfront

If you feel like stretching your legs and getting some fresh air, a walk along the Sydney waterfront and The Rocks will give you the perfect opportunity. You can wander down to Cadman’s Cottage, Sydney’s oldest building dating back to circa 1816, or you can stop at one of many restaurants and pubs for a great meal or a few refreshments before heading back to the airport.

Sydney Opera House

A guided tour of Sydney Opera House takes about an hour and offers the opportunity to enjoy this city’s most popular tourist attraction even when you only have a few hours to spare. A Sydney Harbour boat cruise takes around 35 minutes and gives a different perspective of Sydney as seen from off shore. With buses, trains and taxis available to take you to the harbour, this is a great way to see Sydney when you only have a couple of hours before take off.


If none of this interests you, Sydney's two big downtown department stores, Myer and David Jones, can be reached via the Town Hall or St. James stations. If it is raining or freezing cold (and you have packed for that tropical vacation in the Cook Islands rather than a Sydney winter day), you can alight at Town Hall and use the underground shopping mall corridors to reach Myer without even getting too cold or wet. The QVB, a multi-floor indoor shopping promenade with smaller shops selling clothing, shoes, jewelry and other items, is also reachable via those corridors.

Or would you rather shop til you drop with a professional shopper showing you the way? Then a guided shopping tour of Sydney’s warehouses and factory outlets will have your suitcases brimming over as you head for your onward flight. A Shop and Save Tours fully trained shopping tour hostess will take you in an air conditioned luxury coach or luxury coaster to show you all of Sydney's best kept shopping secrets.

Half Day Retail Therapy Shopping Tour:

Adult AUD 54
Child (5-11 years) AUD 21.60
Family AUD 140.40
Students and Seniors AUD 49
Children under 5 free

Full-Day Shop till you Drop Shopping Tour:

Adult AUD 88.50
Child (5-11 years) AUD 43.20
Family AUD 237.60
Students and Seniors AUD 83.50
Children under 5 free.

As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the Airport Sydney in time for your connecting flight. Enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.

Sydney Attractions

Chinese Garden General Admission Ticket

Chinese Garden General Admission TicketDuration:
1 hour
USD 4.33
You'll spend a day exploring secluded garden—Darling Harbour's Chinese Garden of Friendship . Join our team and feed the magnificent koi at 11.30am daily or join one of three daily tours and learn about the history, landscape and cultural heritage of the Chinese Garden.<br>Chinese Garden Highlights Tour - 10.30am daily (duration: 35 mins)<br>Plants in a Living Landscape Tour - 11.45am daily (duration: 45 mins)<br>Rocks in a Living Landscape Tour - 2.30pm daily (duration: 35 mins)<br>

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WiFi Rental in Australia - Free delivery and return anywhere in the US

WiFi Rental in Australia - Free delivery and return anywhere in the USDuration:
1 to 90 days
USD 6.00
<p>Our WiFi hotspot uses the local carrier, providing you with fast and reliable internet wherever you travel in the county.&nbsp;<br><strong>This device can only be delivered in the US&nbsp;<br><br></strong>A WiFi hotspot provides portable WiFi whenever you need it for your smart phone, PC and tablet device.</p> <ul> <li>Multiple people can connect to a single device&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Multiple devices can be used at the same time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Up to 5 different devices can connect&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Why choose us’&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Up to 4G-LTE connection</li> <li>One low flat price that includes the rental of the hotspot which includes the data plan&nbsp;</li> <li>No hidden fees</li> <li>Free delivery and returns via FedEx anywhere in the US&nbsp;</li> <li>No worries of incurring expensive roaming fees with your carrier&nbsp;</li> </ul>

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Sydney Observatory Astronomy Daytime Tour

Sydney Observatory Astronomy Daytime TourDuration:
30 minutes
USD 7.22
Visit the Sydney Observatory to explore space and astronomy in the Planetarium and a telescope viewing of the sun or a city landmark, depending on weather. The Planetarium session also provides a taste of what will be visible in the sky later that night. All ages are welcome during this family-friendly experience. Select a tour time when booking.

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4G LTE Pocket WiFi Rental, Internet Connection in Sydney- pick up at LAX

4G LTE Pocket WiFi Rental, Internet Connection in Sydney- pick up at LAXDuration:
1 to 90 days
USD 7.50
<p>Our WiFi hotspot uses the local carrier, providing you with fast and reliable internet wherever you travel in the county.&nbsp;<br> A WiFi hotspot provides portable WiFi whenever you need it for your smart phone, PC and tablet device.</p> <ul> <li>Multiple people can connect to a single device.</li> <li>Multiple devices can be used at the same time.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Up to 5 different devices can connect.</li> </ul> <p>Why choose us’&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Up to 4G-LTE connection.</li> <li>One low flat price that includes the rental of the hotspot and the data plan.</li> <li>No hidden fees.</li> <li>Free pick up and return at LAX.</li> <li>No worries of incurring expensive roaming fees with your carrier.</li> </ul>

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Powerhouse Museum General Entry Ticket

Powerhouse Museum General Entry TicketDuration:
8 hours
USD 10.83
Powerhouse Museum is one of Museum Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) venues. It is uniquely placed to demonstrate how technology, engineering, science and design impact Australia and the world.<br> It is also home to the material heritage and stories of Australian culture, history and lifestyle, providing a comprehensive insight into this rich and diverse country. There is estimated to be well over 500,000 separate items in the MAAS collection, some of which are on display at the Powerhouse Museum.<br>

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Sydney Jewish Museum General Entry Ticket

Sydney Jewish Museum General Entry TicketDuration:
2 to 3 hours
USD 10.83
Be inspired by this world-class history Museum that combines soundscapes, interactive media, audio visuals and objects. The Museum challenges visitors' perceptions of democracy, morality, social justice and human rights and places the Holocaust in its historical and contemporary context. There is a newly renovated Holocaust exhibition as well as a number of temporary exhibitions. <br>The Holocaust and Human Rights is the newest permanent exhibition that outlines human rights achievements and challenges, and uses digital technologies to explore local issues pertaining to the rights of Refugees and Asylum Seekers; People with Disabilities; Indigenous People; and the LGBTIQ+ Community.<br>There are guided tours which are included in the Museum's entry fee. The Museum now offers Cantonese-language guided tours. Please visit the website for more information and to enquire about a tour in Cantonese.

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Walkabout Creek Adventures Mountain Bike Hire

Walkabout Creek Adventures Mountain Bike HireDuration:
1 to 2 hours
USD 14.43
Hit the trails with our specialized mountain bikes, or take on the fun skills course at Walkabout Creek! Surrounded by nature, you will have the opportunity to bike at your own pace for 1-4 hours of adventure. All hires include safety equipment, details on where to go (if needed) and a briefing prior to departure.<br>Our mountain bikes are also able to be taken off-site if you wish to mountain bike in another area of your choosing.

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Mayfield Garden Entry

Mayfield Garden EntryDuration:
1.5 to 3 hrs
USD 14.43
<p>Mayfield is one of the world's largest, privately owned cool climate gardens. Mayfield Garden opens 363 days of the year (excluding 25 &amp; 26 December). The Mayfield Garden experience extends over 15 hectares with amazing vistas all year round.&nbsp;Surrounded by a 2020 hectare working farm, Mayfield offers the finest farm to table menu at the Mayfield Cafe and Produce store located within the garden centre.</p>

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Last Updated: 13 Apr 2022