Farewell Sydney Monorail

30 June 2013 marks the end of Sydney’s monorail services. For 25 years, the monorail has served as a quick and convenient way to visit the main attractions within Sydney city, picking up passengers at intervals of 3 to 5 minutes.

踏入悉尼市中心,不难注意到悉尼上空着的“小列车”,贴着“Farewell Sydney Monorail”的标语。到过悉尼的人,不少都曾见过它,或乘列车从空中俯瞰这座城市。

1987年开始服务悉尼市民与游客的单轨列车,由于载客量不足,将于今年6月30日结束服务,正式走入历史。喜欢乘搭公共交通工具探索城市的我,也赶搭“末班车”,做一日的悉尼流浪客。

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The monorail network is a 20 minute circuit loop that links the city’s major shopping spots, hotels with the Darling Harbour as well as the Chinatown.

单轨列车停靠旅游景点达令港、唐人街等与悉尼商圈等7站,以三至五分钟间距乘载搭客,全程20分钟。由于列车行驶速度并不快,在拥挤的悉尼市区街道,乘着单轨列车悠闲探索各个景点,在车厢里细品繁忙中那一丝写意。

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Here’s the monorail map which shows the list of attractions at each stop, as well as the network.

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Purchase a day pass at 9.80AUD and get unlimited rides on the monorail. Station hop during the peak hours where roads are usually congested and monorail rides are such a pleasure to do.

当局增设了一日优惠卡, 搭客以9.80澳币就能无限次数乘搭列车游悉尼市中心。

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Drop at Paddy’s Market stop, visit Chinatown and it’s precinct.

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Shopaholics must visit factory outlets by Supre, Dotti, Cotton On, Oroton etc within the second level of Market City.

喜欢澳洲服饰品牌的朋友门,到维多利亚女皇大厦购物长廊或Market City二楼的factory outlets (Supre, Dotti, Cotton On, Oroton 等) 血拼一番是一定要的。

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Grab some souvenirs or local specialties such as Macadamia nuts at the Paddy’s Market within Market City. I was truly surprised by the loads of fresh fruits for sale too!

到Market City里的Paddy’s Market, 可以停一停,看看市场里琳琅满目的纪念品与澳洲特产夏威夷果仁. 附近的唐人街,也是游客必经之处。

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Drop by Darling Harbour in the evening and chill with the seagulls. Enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant and the sun sets behind the Australia National Maritime Museum.

傍晚时分,不妨乘列车到达令港与成群的海鸥玩耍。走在桥上观赏夕阳西下,夜幕低垂后在两旁的餐馆享用晚餐,别有一番风味。
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My thoughts

For 9.80 AUD, I was a happy day pass holder, station hopping to places that I would have to walk 20 – 30 minutes to. This was after a day of hiking at the Blue Mountains and I was glad to see the city center via the monorail.

Friends who are visiting Sydney before the end of June, catch a piece of history before it’s gone for good! Souvenirs can be bought at most monorail stations. For more information, please visit the official website http://www.monorail.com.au.

结束一天的悉尼市区游,别忘了添购个纪念币或其它列车商品,珍藏这“末班车”的回忆。

A part of this article, in Chinese, was published in My Paper on 19 June 2013.

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