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Sydney is a really well-planned city. There are buses, trains, trams (in some parts of the city), ferries and taxis to take tourists around town.
For tourists, there is a free shuttle that does a loop of the city, starting from Circular Quay till Central station, starting from 9am till 5pm. It's a popular one amidst city workers too, as it's treated like a 'hop on, hop off' bus. Hitch a ride from anywhere on George and Elizabeth Street.
The buses are really well distributed, so whether you're going to the Eastern Suburb beaches like Bondi, Coogee, Bronte, Vauclause or Rose Bay, there are buses that will take you directly from the city to the beach. Even the northern beaches and suburbs (acoss the bridge) are well connected with city center.
If you want to make a day trip to Manly, get on the ferry for a $7 return ferry, and go across the harbour from Circular Quay. The views are fantastic, the ferry boat is massive and you get to see the famous open heads where the harbour meets the ocean. Ferries are less frequent than buses and trains, but it's a must-do, even if you just make a round trip back to Circular Quay.
Check the bus, train and ferry times on www.131500.com.
However, if you're staying in the city and want to discover your surroundings, put on your sneakers and walk around. The pedestrian pathway is beautiful and you'll spot more things on foot than on a bus or taxi.