mid feb 2008 trip to sidney via quantas @ staying at the sidney marriott for 7 days. went with no set agenda other than the opry house. used the 1 of 2 state tourist offices. elected to purchase the 5 day sidney pass which allowed unlimited travel on the buses, trains & ferry. took a seperate trip to the blue mountains via train. recommend the sidney marriott 36 college street if you are staying longer than 3 days due to location. it is a business hiotel but the location is convient to transportation & walking distance to many local sights. has a pool & exercise area on the top floor. great place early evening. also close to lttle italy for great eating establishments. if 3 days or less recommend the marriott at the harbour circle quay. at the central tourist area & transportation hub. only negative is the cost on the economy due to their current inflation & the depressed u.s. dollar. recommend exchanging at a bank not at the airport exchange centers. ended up their 1 for 1 after the surcharge. great place to visit & locals are most gracious. we enjoyed it very much.