18 July 2011
The oldest and biggest Australian city, Sydney, is home to over 4.5 million people.
Sydney’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle, vibrant nightlife, world-class restaurants and cafes, stylish shopping and spectacular sightseeing are the reasons over 2 million people visit the ‘gateway to Australia’ every year.
Travelling to Sydney
International flights arrive at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport.
Generally, travellers from Europe and the Middle East tend to come to Sydney via Asia, while those from South America fly via North America or New Zealand.
Kingsford Smith Airport is approximately a 20 minute car trip to the city center.
By car, Sydney is located about nine hours from Melbourne and 11 hours from Brisbane.
Trains also link Sydney to the major cities in the country. CountryLink links Brisbane to Sydney daily, while the Indian Pacific links Perth to Sydney.
Sydney is most famous amongst tourists for its twin landmarks: Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, although the Sydney Tower is another worthwhile attraction that combines minor thrills with excellent views of the city.
There’s plenty to see and do in Sydney at any time of the year and prioritising is always a difficult task, so here’s a bucket list of some of the more popular things to do and see.
Sydney has an almost endless variety of activities and attractions to entertain. You can take to the harbour, come face-to-face with Australia’s diverse wildlife, go behind the scenes at art galleries and at the Sydney Opera House, or climb a city icon.
• Slip under the sails of the Sydney Opera House for a tour and performance.
• Sydney Art Tours run regular tours of some of Sydney’s best galleries, as well as specialised programs.
• At Sydney Wildlife World, visit the butterfly nursery before getting up close to these gorgeous creatures in their steamy Flutterbys butterfly habitat. The ‘Shark Explorer’ glass-bottom boat at Sydney Aquarium floats above the Great Barrier Reef oceanarium. You’ll see shark feeding in perfect safety.
• One of the most exhilarating ways to enjoy Sydney Harbour is on a Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb, a trek that takes you to the summit of the Harbour Bridge. Climb at dawn, day, twilight or night, or take the Discovery Climb, which takes you for a closer look at the inside workings of the Bridge.
2. Sydney Restaurants, food & wine
Sydney serves up some of the best restaurant and café experiences in the country. From breakfast in The Rocks while overlooking the Harbour Bridge, to lunch on Glebe Point. Dining has never been so enjoyable.
Cosmopolitan and stylish wine bars line the streets in and around Sydney.
Need some suggestions?
It’s all about the taste, so sit back, relax and enjoy Sydney’s top rated food and wine scene.
Stylish and vibrant are just two words that describe the Sydney shopping scene. You can spend days visiting a plethora of vast shopping malls, hip boutiques, vintage shops, buzzing markets and antiques.
4. Sydney by the sea
You don’t have to travel far in Sydney to discover a city in love with water activities. In addition to Sydney Harbour being one of the world’s finest harbours, Sydney has some world-class beaches that complement the saltwater rock pools, rivers and natural arteries that burrow deep into areas of outstanding natural wilderness.
Experience Sydney by the sea with these memorable adventures.
At any time of the year you can enjoy a uniquely Sydney stay by the beach in a swish hotel, a funky B&B or apartment. On the other hand, perhaps a little bit of luxury in The Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour or Woolloomooloo Wharf will be more to your taste.
In Sydney you’ll find a wide range of accommodation with something to suit everyone.
Sydney has a temperate climate, with mild winters and a warm summer.
The warmest month is January, with temperatures averaging 25.9 degrees, with the coldest month being July, which averages 8 degrees.