My family and I are taking an Apollo RV one-way from Brisbane to Melbourne.
To make a long story short, my wife has her heart set on showing the kids Sydney on a day-trip while we pass through there.
My idea is to park the RV somewhere close to public transportation for the whole day (I'd prefer the parking be close to a train station as opposed to a bus route as we don't have Opal cards and anyway, a train ride is nicer and takes you right to the docks).
We'd take the train in to Circular Quay, take a ferry to Manly, basically focus our time around the harbour, then return to our RV before sunset and drive to a powered site no more than an hour away from the city along the Hume.
The night before we get into Sydney we will be at a holiday park in Port Stevens, so at least 2.5 hours of the morning will already be spent driving by the time we get to Sydney. This doesn't leave me a lot of room for error about finding a parking spot. I want to be able to plan everything now so that I can put my anxieties to rest.
THE PARKING DOESN'T HAVE TO BE FREE but I don't want it to be exorbitantly expensive either.
But wherever it is needs to have plenty of vertical clearance (the RV is 3.3 meters tall, so many parking garages are ruled out) and accommodate wide and long vehicles. If it's street parking, it would need to be somewhere with wide streets and not crowded. The idea of parallel parking this rig makes me nauseous. Squeezing into a crowded mall-style parking lot with a tight spot between two cars would also be a recipe for disaster. This thing will stick out of most regular sized parking spots.
Can anyone help me be the hero to my family? I was literally losing sleep about this last night. I don't know Sydney well enough to know what to do.
P.S. I looked into staying at the Lane Cove Caravan Park, which everyone says is a great option for exploring the city, and they have no room. I'm open to other ideas.