December 2008 issue, they ran a great article, “Sydney: One City, 72 Hours, $1,000.” It gives some great ideas on what you can do, relatively inexpensively, in a short period of time in Sydney, one of the world’s more expensive cities.
For getting around, you may want to look into the Daytripper ticket, which for $16, lets you ride buses, trains and ferries until 4 in the morning.
Here’s some of the suggestions, that you may want to give a hot on a layover of at least 5 hours:
RestaurantsOpera Bar – Located at the Opera House, this restaurant offers great views of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Skyline. (Sydney OPera House, 61-2-9247-1666, email: [email protected], entrees $16-$26)
The Opera House is pretty stunning from inside and the tour that covers its construction is worth the $25. Pre-book tours online.