We have a Canadian exchange student staying with us for some five weeks and I took the boys up to Sydney sightseeing on the Melbourne Cup "long weekend" - how great is it that you can make a 4-day weekend out of a horse race ...?
We stayed at the Sydney Rocks Youth Hostel that Geoff and I discovered while walking round on our lovely weekend earlier in the year. Brand new, modern, great location and amenities, even views of the Harbour from the spacious terrace! We had a family room with ensuite and all linens and towels supplied. How easy is that!? I would recommend it to anyone. The ferries and buses are a breeze to get around on too.
We visited Circular Quay, Opera House, Manly, Watsons Bay, Darling Harbour Aquarium and Wildlife Centre, caught up with my nephew for dinner, went to a play - Julius Caesar - at the Opera House, did some shopping, and even had a swim at Bondi Beach (well the boys did, I had to mind our valuables ...) where the water was reported to be "not cold at all". The boys tried kangaroo and crocodile for dinner and pancakes were a treat one morning.