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Sydney Tourism And Travel Guide
12.9° C / 55.2° F
December to February
3 to 5 Days
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (9 kms)
Central Railway Station, Sydney
Sydney is the most populous metropolitan in Australia. That does not mean it is not an ideal place for tourism; the opposite in fact. Australia’s oldest harbour city of Sydney attracts tourists all year round with its multicultural environment and the many thrilling activities it offers. Tourism in Sydney is characterised by the diversity of the city. From Beaches to tall skyscrapers, from historic pubs in the Rocks to chic lounges in Darling Harbour, Sydney has it all. Here’s your travel guide to Sydney which gives you a sneak peak into the delights that are in store for you.
How to Reach Sydney
Sydney being a major travel destination enjoys excellent connectivity to all parts of the world via air and sea. It also has excellent road connectivity.
Sydney’s Kingsford Smith International Airport is the busiest Airport of Australia with flights coming in from all parts of the world. The airport caters to over 35 international and domestic carriers. India alone has over 7 flights connecting it to Sydney, with one direct flight by Air India as well. Situated 9 km from the city centre, there are shuttles and taxis available right outside the airport to take you to the main city.
Many cruises also terminate in Sydney and dock at the Circular Quay or the White Bay Cruise Terminal. Passengers coming in from other countries will have to get off at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay.
With an excellent connection of roadways, travelling to Sydney from within Australia will be a breeze. Luxury buses ply regularly connecting all major cities of Australia to Sydney. For those who like to drive, an International Driving Licence and a Credit Card as a guarantee is all you need to rent your own car in Sydney.
Sydney does not have a road connection to any other country as Australia is an island nation.
Australia’s extensive Rail network connects Sydney to all parts of the country via different train links and long-haul trains. The NSW Trainlink Regional, NSW Trainlink Intercity and the Indian Pacific Rails connect Sydney to other parts of Australia. However, this is not a preferred option because driving or flying is faster, more convenient and even cheaper.
Weather and Best Time to Visit Sydney
Sydney is a beautiful city to visit all year round, however, it is at its peak during the season of summer. With various activities to keep you occupied all year round, you could make your choice depending upon the activities you want to do.
Spring (September to November):
Warm sunny days and relatively less humidity, Spring is ideal to explore the outdoor activities Sydney has to offer. Temperatures range between 14°C to 22°C. Spring in Sydney hosts the Sydney International Food Festival and Sculpture by the Sea, both of which you should visit.
Summer (December to February):
The warm sun makes this the ideal time to indulge in water sports and enjoy a relaxed sunbath. With temperatures going above the 30°C mark, we suggest carrying light and airy cotton clothes. Indulge in some kayaking and surfing, or enjoy a cruise ride. An experience not to be missed during this time is the spectacular New Year's Eve party.
Autumn (March to May):
Characterised by warm days and mild nights, the temperatures during autumn range from 10°C to 17°C. You might need some warm clothes in the late evenings and nights. Celebrate Mardi Gras and the Royal Easter Show during your visit in Autumn and take back some colourful memories.
Winter (June to August):
The coolest and least crowded months of the year, you’re bound to find some crazy deals on activities and accommodation during this time. Temperatures range between 10°C to 17°C and the winds are generally chilly. Outdoor water parks remain closed during winters. However, the celebration of Christmas on Sydney’s beach is something you shouldn’t miss. They usher Christmas against time to enjoy the festival in winter, just like their northern counterparts. The Sydney Film Festival and the Winter Festival also happen during this time.
Things to Do in Sydney
A multi-cultural city, Sydney attracts all type of tourists with its myriad offerings for each traveller to choose from.
Sydney Opera House:
The iconic landmark on the Sydney Harbour-front, The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts centre with multiple venues. Hosting over 15,000 shows a year, the Opera House attracts over 8 million viewers each year. A guided walking tour of the Sydney Opera house is recommended in everyone’s itinerary.
Darling Harbour and Luna Park:
This vast area is completely dedicated to family entertainment. With its Oceanarium, Madame Tussauds and multiple restaurants and lounges, kids and adults alike are going to enjoy their day here.
Inaugurated in 1935, Luna Park still is the most thrilling place for families to spend their time in. Thrilling rides, fun games and various food options will keep everyone happily occupied all through the day.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb:
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, as most say, is best experienced on foot. A climb up the Bridge with experts will let you see the entire cityscape with all its finery from a new perspective. With experts accompanying groups of not more than 14 people, this is an exhausting yet exhilarating experience.
Surfing on Bondi Beach:
A surfer’s paradise, Bondi has the best waves in the region. Favourable for amateurs and pros alike, feel on the top of the world as you conquer giant waves. Group surfing lessons are available for beginners and one-on-one coaching is also an option for the more experienced.
Wine Tasting at Hunter Valley:
A day’s outing from Sydney, Hunter Valley is known to produce some of the regions best wines. Visitors get to explore the vineyards and sample wines from a number of wineries in the area. For children, on the way back there is always a stop at the delicious Hunter Valley Chocolate Company.
Places to Eat in Sydney
For a rustic and local feel, we suggest heading to The Rocks and grabbing a local brew at one of the old world pubs there. Another great dining experience is aboard the Sydney Sunset Cruise where you can dine on the deck viewing the scenic harbour.
Farmhouse Kings Cross at Bayswater Road is the place for local cuisine and if you’re craving some vegetarian Indian-fare, there is always Flavour of India in Edgecliff. You should also enjoy one splendid splurge meal at Quay and end it with the delectable Snow Egg Dessert.
Places to Shop in Sydney
Sydney being one of the Fashion Capitals of Australia, you’d find the latest trends in all the branded stores of high rise malls. For souvenir shopping, you are sure to find small shops near your hotel or in other tourist areas. Be sure to scour around a few stores for the best deal on the same item. We also suggest purchasing a pair of Uggs if you come from a cold place.