1. Family from Malaysia with 12 year kid.
2 Please advise best area to stay in Sydney/Melbourne
3. Affordable place, affordable food and easy access to transport for sightseeing.
4. Do not mind walking a bit to areas.
5. Would appreciate suggestions for surrounding area visits.
Thank you very much
For some things to do try this answer: http://answers.worldnomads.com/questions/australia/13818/5-places-to-go-to-while-visting-sydney
For best places to stay, particularly with a family, I'd suggest you search http://www.airbnb.com or http://www.booking.com
Coast is nice but expensive in summer. Manly, Bronte, Bondi, Coogee
Alternatively, try Paddington, Surrey Hills, rose Bay.
Welcome to my city almost 5 years ago
If you are looking for really well priced hotel style accommodation, I can recommend The Victoria hotel in Melbourne http://www.victoriahotel.com.au/ - great location and easy to get around - no need for a car at all. There are heaps of restaurants around the hotel too. The hotel helped me with tours but we kept local as kids were a bit younger. In Sydney, Ibis hotels are really good too. I would stay in Darling Harbour or the city because then you are central to everything. Hope that helps!
Melboure almost 5 years agoAnswered by Kate via WorldNomads.com