Instantly recognisable, Sydney is a masterpiece of iconic sights from the many-sailed Opera House to the huge sweep of majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge on which keen tourists can walk, abseil or even propose on!
Energetic and bohemian, Sydney is a maze of markets and galleries, cafes and parks. Sydney even has its own beaches, including the dazzling white sands of bold brash Bondi to quieter, smaller Manly, Coogee, Balmoral, Tamarama and Palm. Take the ferry to the island suburb of Manly where beautiful walks, galleries, museums and many fantastic eateries lie in wait.
Stroll around the historic quarter of Macquarie Street, built largely by convict labour; the fashionable, preserved colonial area known as ‘The Rocks’ with its local market stalls, quirky shops and bohemian cafes; spend an afternoon perusing the delights of Darling Harbour, or Circular Quay to see the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Sydney, or perhaps famous Oxford and William Streets in Paddington for first class boutique shopping. Perhaps you would like to find a hotel in this charming neighbourhood? Find a great hotel in Sydney, to make your visit perfect. For a free dose of post-shopping tranquillity and greenery, the Botanic Gardens are the perfect place for a bike ride or family picnic while Royal National Park is an idyll with forests, gullies and picturesque waterfalls.
Take children to amazing Taronga Zoo, which thousands of exotic and native Australian animals call home. A ride in the Taronga Cable Car is an unforgettable experience as is camping overnight on one of the zoo’s magical ‘after-hours’ safaris.
Just beyond Sydney lie the breath-taking peaks of the Blue Mountains; the rolling hills of the Hunter Valley vineyards envelope the landscape and elicit some of the country’s finest wines, while the Snowy Mountain range are where anyone who’s anyone go to ski and snow-board. Why not head out on a road trip or day trip? You have amble chances of finding a good deal on car hire in Sydney.
With some of the best local produce in the world, eating out in Sydney is a joy. From fabulous street food to fine dining, Sydney has it all. Not to mention live music venues belting out jazz and blues, clubs that open until the small hours.
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Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney is the largest and closest airport at just 6 miles from Sydney city centre. A train link connects the airport to the city in just 13 minutes while local buses and taxis take between 20 and 40 minutes.The airport is busy, giving you many flights to choose from, check out the arrivals and departures in Sydney.
What you need to know
Currency: The Australian Dollar (AUD) $
Visas: British Passport holders require a valid passport and a visa to visit Sydney. The visa is the Australian ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) Tourist Visa which is valid for up to 3 months.
Laws: If driving in Sydney an internationally accepted driving licence must be carried at all times. If riding a motorcycle it is illegal not to wear a helmet. Smoking is banned in all public indoor spaces and some outdoor such as beaches. The legal age for consuming alcohol is 18 years.
Best Time to Visit
The busiest and most expensive time of year to visit Sydney is undoubtedly from December to February where the sun is at its warmest. However, even in an Australian winter i.e. from June to August, temperatures rarely go below 8 degrees making it a perfectly nice time to wander Sydney’s quirky streets in solitude.
There are also plenty of great annual festivals and events in Sydney running throughout the year. Sydney Cellar Door is a popular one where locals sample the best wines and cheeses and local produce across the city. Mardi Gras in March fills the streets with floats, parades and music while the Harbour Regatta shows off over 300 sparkling yachts as they bob in the blue waters of Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Running Festival is a fun day out for runners, while for foodies the Crave International Food Festival in October is the highlight of the year. New Year’s Eve sees some of the most spectacular fireworks this side of the equator. Whatever time of year you go, it is always time to find the best deal on your flight, get smarter with these 7 secrets of finding the best cheap flights.
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