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Sydney's Monorail Route

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Published July 21st 2011
Update July 17th 2019
Sydney Monorail opened in July 1988 and closed in June 2013.

A trip on board the monorail is an essential for any sightseer in Sydney. Favoured by visitors and snubbed by locals, the monorail connects some of the city's most popular tourist destinations.

The Sydney Monorail.

A ticket on the monorail costs $4.90, with the same cost applying to adult and concessions fares. This makes the monorail one of the most expensive forms of travel per kilometre, according to this sardonic article published in the Sydney Morning Herald. But, in my experience, it was worth it for the novelty of riding the only Australian monorail outside of Queensland.

As you hand your fare to the customer service attendant, you will be handed a coin-like token, further adding to the novelty of a monorail adventure. You keep the token for all of a few seconds, between purchasing it and feeding it into the slot which opens a gate to admit you to the platform. Once on the platform, you can buy a souvenir token to help you remember your monorail trip. There is also a selection of cheap postcards available for purchase on the platform.

The monorail stations have a rounded, futuristic look. The only enclosed parts of the track, they each consist of a brief tunnel connected to the platform. The carriages are cosy and rather private, with each having a capacity of about six people.

An adorably futuristic monorail station.

Unfortunately the windows of the carriages are in poor condition, covered in scratches and grime. This limits your photography opportunities whilst on the monorail. The view of Sydney from your elevated position on the monorail is quite impressive, particularly at night.

Running only in one direction, the monorail track is held five or more metres in the air by sturdy concrete stilts. With four trains running on the short track, each five minutes apart, you will often see monorail cars snaking their way through the city. The monorail runs until 10:00pm every day of the year except Christmas Day, with the first trains departing at 7:00am weekdays and 8:00am on weekends. In order, the stops are:

The first station, Harbourside is near the Maritime Museum, and very little else.

As the name suggests, Convention stops right outside Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, which has over a hundred different events per year. Harbourside Shopping Centre is also close by.

Paddy's Markets
The famed Paddy's Market is a wealth of souvenirs, clothing and gifts.

World Square
Alight here for the glamorous World Square Shopping Centre.

Galeries Victoria
The Galeries shopping centre is a cultural hotspot boasting unique boutique shopping.

City Centre
Being so close to the Galeries station, there is not much reason to alight at City Centre.

Darling Park
Beside the shores of Cockle Bay, Darling Park touts itself as a unique urban development with plenty of upmarket eateries, trendy bars and office blocks.

Of course, any trip on the monorail is incomplete without a cheery rendition of The Monorail Song from The Simpsons:

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Why? Because it's one of the most novel attractions in Sydney.
When: 7:00am - 10:00pm weekdays, 8:00am - 10:00pm weekends.
Where: At any of the stations as mentioned above.
Cost: $4.90
Isn't the monorail closing down soon?
By lisac - reader
Thursday, 27th of June @ 10:23 pm
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