Sydney Explorer » Review by Francesca
Accommodation was *fabulous*! Really clean and nice looking rooms, really nice lobby and courtyard! Had a fab time in Sydney, a must-do is the Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour, it was awesome! Bondi Beach is great, but warning harsh sun! I put about four loads of sunscreen on and still got burnt! Another great place to go is the Darling Harbour/Darling Quarter/Chinese Gardens area of Sydney, fabulous place to just hang out, highly recommended. The Darling Harbour Sydney Aquarium is great, the Wildlife World not so much, save your money for Taronga Zoo where it's far better/interactive. Hint if you go to Bondi get the Bondi Beach pass from the train station return for only $8.80. (train and bus return)
* The reason I don't give this 5 stars is because
1) the hotel is right above Kings Cross train station. This is absolutely fine in the daytime and very convenient, however if you go out at night I would get a taxi back as it's the, um, "seedy area" of Sydney. You'll be fine walking around buying dinner or something across the road, they have lots of nice places to eat (I would recommend the mexican place Guzman Y Gomez, very nice and pretty cheap too) but I would stay away from the train station after dark.
2) if you're doing a Contiki by yourself and you aren't into going out at night and you just want to see the sights, I recommend paying the extra for a single room, roomates were very friendly but they came in late night/early morning and when I wanted to get up and go out early they were still half asleep so if you don't like being disturbed or having to sneak around in the dark get a single room. Note I guess this would only apply to the self guided tours like sydney explorer, la explorer etc, as with a proper guided tour you all have to get up the same time.
Overall, great time!
Review written Jan 2012event 0.3