In a couple of weeks I will be going to Sydney, Australia to visit my sister and her wife for a few weeks. As it happens, my availability for travel (being a law student, this sliver between summer and the start of fall quarter was the only place I could see fitting a trip in) doesn't line up well with either of their available vacation time, so for a good chunk of my time there I will be on my own devices by day. Does anyone who knows the area have any recommendations for interesting things I should check out?
Sydneysiders -- what not to miss on a visit to the area?
I have stayed in the Rocks area (by the base of the Grey Lady, the iconic bridge whose non-nickname name I am forgetting) the last few times in Sydney.
Sailor's Thai has a cheaper Canteen upstairs, and a white linen restaurant downstairs
The Lord Nelson Brewery is a solid brewpub in the area.
The Sydney Opera House tour is interesting.
Manly has some nice walks you can do, although I don't know if the weather will be decent enough.
Manly and the Taronga Zoo are accessible by ferry, which is a nice way to get out on the water. The Zoo isn't a bad idea if you aren't going elsewhere too see some of the animals.
Doing the Blue Mountains as a day trip might not be viable due to the weather.
Ferry from Circular quay to Manly, drinks on the water in Manly and a fast ferry back
Trip to the blue mountains to see the three sisters - try and go on the cable cars too
Fetherdale wildlife park, feed kangaroos and touch a koala
Royal national park, have a BBQ and drive around the park see wotamolla bay and Gary beach
Check out darling harbour on a weekend day/night something is usually on
Bondi beach is pretty iconic
Harry's cafe de wheels in wollomolloo is pretty iconic
Check our Kings cross (can be dangerous, it's our red light district)
Check out Oxford street (can be strange it's where they gay clubs are)
China town on a Friday night as street markets (good for food)
The rocks on a Friday night also has street markets (good for food)
Go to the Shan gri lah and head up to level 36 for drinks, put your name on the waiting list for the blu bar
Go to Australia square and head up to level 46 for drinks/food
Alot of tourists like to climb the harbour bridge it's around $300
Opera bar on a sunny day / warm night has a fantastic view of the water
Some pubs clubs include Ivy, Argyle, Uncle Mings,
Some places to eat include hurricanes, ucello, China town noodle king, din tai fung, Charlies burgers
More info, are you holidaying / working / what industry?