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Enjoy Your Opal Sunday

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by Ben Conolly (subscribe)
An inner city urbanite.
Published August 3rd 2014
The Opal Card's gift
The TLDR: You can get to Katoomba, The Hawkesbury River, or Wollongong on Sunday for just $2.50.

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Your ticket to an exotic Sunday

The Opal card has been a hot topic in Sydney recently. Despite a rollout that has been smooth and efficient (as far as these things go), the pricing mechanism has been attacked again and again.

I'm not here to consider the intricacies of commuter fares, but instead one of the gems of the Opal card that has been oft overlooked. On Sunday, all your travel is $2.50.

Think on that. For $2.50 you can go anywhere the Opal gets you and back. And you might be surprised how far Sydney Trains goes. And to help out, here are 3 amazing places, and 3 that are still just out of reach.


Leave Central - Almost hourly from 7am
Travel Time - 2 hours
Last Train Back - 10:08pm, central at 1:01am
What To Do Here - bush walks, cute cafes, picnics
Verdict - Well worth the money

Hawkesbury River
Leave Central - Every half hour from 6:45am
Travel Time - 1 hour
Last Train Back - 11:20pm, central at 12:55am
What To Do Here - Walk, admire the water, romantic picnic, swim, sail
Verdict - A fantastic place to go, and considering it takes barely an hour, possibly the best place to go.

North Wollongong
Leave Central - Every hour from 6:35
Travel Time - 2 hours (including changing trains at Thirroul)
Last Train Back - 11:34pm, central at 1:19am
What To Do Here - One of the best beaches in NSW
Verdict - Not a winter destination, otherwise fantastic

Leave Central - 8:54am
Reach Goulbourn - 1pm
Last Train (bus) out - 2:20
Home time - 6:37
Verdict - Nearly 8 hours of travel for 2 hours? This place, like

Leave Central - Every hour from 6:45
Travel Time - 3ish hours (depending on where it stops)
Last Train Back - 8:07pm, central at 11:10
What To Do here - Get annoyed at local public transport
Verdict - Sadly Newcastle is too big for its station to be convenient for anything you want to do in Newcastle. So close but not quite for the public transport user.

One train all day, and at 3 in the afternoon. Out of reach of the public transport traveller unless they're planning on a longer holiday and can take advantage of the single day of cheap transport. A disappointment that we cannot yet get here.

But this list is just a start. Even more than before, Sydney is your Oyster. What Sydney train station is right next to a hidden gem that every Sydneysider should experience?

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Where will you go?
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Why? Explore the greater Sydney area
When: Sundays
Where: All over
Cost: $2.50
Your Comment
I'm assuming the Opal card for Sundays is for everyone. The Family Sunday Funday, you need to have children with you to access the $2.50 fare.
by Vivie (score: 2|116) 1985 days ago
You don't need to have an opal card to use this fare. It is available to everyone, every Sunday. You can purchase the Sunday Funday fare and use Sydney Buses , trains & ferries.
by caron (score: 0|2) 1990 days ago
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