My partner and I are going down to Sydney in February for the Iron Maiden concert on the 24th (well, I am, she's going to visit friends) and are making a four-day weekend of it. We've often had mini-staycations around greater Brisbane, as a way of discovering new and interesting things in our region over the weekends, and are interested in similar places and experiences in Sydney during our time down there, as opposed to the touristy things.
Our adventures have been up in the 'hill country', down back alleyways and so on. Would any Sydneysider Lifehacker readers be able to provide suggestions on what to do in Sydney?
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Technically speaking, a staycation involves staying in your home town to save money, but we'll accept the principal that you want to do less obvious (and less expensive things) on a brief weekend somewhere else.
I'm sure Lifehacker readers will have plenty of specific suggestions, but I'll offer one general bit of advice: buy yourself a week-long rail pass (a MyMetro if you want to be technical). Even though you're only staying for four days, that single $41 pass is cheaper than the $20 a day alternative once you buy more than two of them, and lets you jump from buses to trains to ferries without thinking about it. The passes won't cover the airport rail line, but for two of you a taxi might well be cheaper anyway.
As for what you should do, I'll leave that to our readers to suggest. What's worth doing in Sydney, apart from the Manly Ferry and a trek round the Botanic Gardens? Share your ideas in the comments.
Enjoy your staycation.