Calling Sydneysiders

Calling all Sydneysiders, or people who know someone living in Sydney……..
I will be arriving from NZ at 17.05 on Monday 25th. Any tips on getting from the airport to the city centre by bike, and a good economical place to stay near the centre, most welcome.
I’ll be there for just 2 nights.

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Posted on February 21, 2013, in New Zealand End-to-End 3000kms. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Frank. I’ve posted your request on FB as I have several contacts in Australia. One person has already re-posted, so watch this space! I’m sure lots of people will be doing the same – oh the joys of modern technology.
    I’m sure you’ll have mixed feelings as you come to the end of your long journey, but what a great adventure it’s been and what tales to tell when you come home!

  2. Arriving in Sydney? Awesome. Not able to give you any current tips….but if you end up at Circular Quay, you can take the ferry to Manly – there is some nice riding out that way. We rode out through the Northern Beaches and took the ferry to Ettalong. Gorgeous riding up there and at this time of year, room rates shouldn’t be too bad! Wish I could hop a plane and join you…I miss riding out that way.

  3. Hi,

    Im a friend of Tom Smith. You can catch a train directly from the airport to Central station with your bike – Im sorry I wont be in Sydney at the time otherwise would have been happy to pick you up – I will investigate some options of where to stay and get back to you

  4. Sorry, can you please tell me in which direction you will be heading out of sydney or where you are heading to

  5. Hi Frank

    I ride from Maroubra Beach to the city every day. I love going along the Bourke St bike way in Surry Hills, it is quite a funky part of town. Try the Bourke St Bakery for coffee and buns. I don’t know how to link up from the airport to the pathway but I know there are plenty of early morning lycra men who ride out there and back. If I were you I would look for a place around Surry HIlls or Potts Point to stay. Enjoy our beautiful city…so many places to ride in just two days. not to mention the rest of the country. You can ride across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and get a ferry back from Milsons Point I think.

  6. Fairly straight forward, O’Riordan Street Mascot takes you in towards the city. And near Central Station there are a number of back packer places. You could get the train to Central from the airport, 10 minutes $10. And only tip, watch out for those crazy Sydney drivers!

    • Baz is right in terms of the direct route, but at this time of day in Sydney I would completely avoid O’Riordan Street and Botany Road. My wife works down near the airport and peak hour coming back into the city is like an episode of wacky races. Think Birmingham with Italian or Greek drivers. Jokes aside it is quite dangerous mixing with cars on Sydney roads in heavy traffic.

      There is a separated bike lane along Bourke Street that starts from the intersection of Bourke St and Garderner’s Rd. It is briefly interrupted at the suburb of Green Square and Waterloo and then kicks back in again at the intersection of Cresent St and Bourke St all the way into the suburbs of Darlinghurst and Woolloomooloo. Check out the Sydney City Council website ( ).

      I am going to miss you in Sydney. I have been working down in Melbourne for the last 7 weeks (and for the next 4-5 weeks) Mondays to Wednesdays (fly back in the evening) down there. I will keep following you blog trails and if you arrive mid-week in Melbourne then we will ride.

  7. Found your email address, Frank. Have sent contact details – check it out!

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