To catch trains, buses, ferries and light rail in Sydney and surrounding areas you will need an Opal card or Opal single ticket. The Opal network covers all of Sydney, north to Newcastle, west to the Blue Mountains and south to Wollongong and the Southern Highlands. If you are taking more than one trip on public transport, using an Opal Card is the most convenient and affordable way to pay for your fares. Simply tap on and off as you go.
Beyond Sydney By Rail Many visitors to Sydney use the city as the stepping off point to other destinations either around Sydney, within the State of New South Wales, and even other states and territories of Australia. Some destinations can be reached by train in little more than an hour, making them ideal places to see and explore on day trips. Many destinations in regional New South Wales are just a few hours away, and all interstate capitals apart from Hobart, Perth and Darwin can be reached by train from Sydney on the same day or at the most, overnight. Rail travel is easy, relaxing and allows travellers to enjoy regional Australia as they pass through it.