Sydney

Brought to life by the rolling Pacific Ocean, Sydney is home to well over 4 million people who are called Sydneysiders. The compact central structure of the CBD radiates out to the sprawling suburbs, all coming together to form a vast and diverse metropolitan area.

Even though the national language is Australian – English, Sydney’s intriguing multicultural culture over 250 languages, mostly Asian, are spoken.

Bathed with year round sunshine and no shortage of beaches, Sydney is a summer lover’s paradise. The magnificent harbour bridge stands as a symbolic as well as a physical gateway to the heart of Sydney.

What began as a penal colony long ago, soon flourished into a beautiful city bringing natural beauty to the glamorous beaches, vibrant culture gardens and, architecture new and old.

Explore the charming inner city suburbs like Paddington, Rozelle or check out the bright and lively beachside communities.

To see Sydney from its most beautiful perspective climb to the top of Sydney Tower where you appreciate the splendour of Sydney.

With over 250 Days of  Sun a year, accompanied over 100 beaches Sydney is truly a paradise. Head over to circular quay, the soul of Sydney. From here you go everywhere by ferry, bus, road taxi, water taxi and trains.

Your eyes are sure not to miss the instantly recognisable Sydney opera house. Jørn Utzon was the mastermind behind the masterpiece that celebratorily opened on the 20th October 1973. Why not catch a performance?

Behind the Opera House is the leafy Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney, where you will come across the grand government house which stands as an 1800s mansion for the governor of New South Wales.

Further down the gardens, there is the Art Gallery of NSW. It is the most important public gallery in Sydney and one of the largest in Australia.

Scattered around are some of Sydney’s iconic buildings including Powerhouse Museum celebrating our feats in science, St Mary’s Cathedral with its Gothic architecture or the Archibald fountains filled with sculpture nestled in Hyde Park.

Other Sydney gems include Sydney Observatory which began as a windmill; the Museum of contemporary art displaying a collection of over 4000 pieces of modern art or the Sydney mint and its rich history.

Sydney is a city for wildlife lovers. Featherdale Wildlife Park is an Australian zoo that specialises in the unique wildlife. As the story goes many early British settlers wrote letters back to Britain describing these animals and nobody believed them. Wildlife Sydney is also another hotspot for animal lovers. However, some may say Taronga Zoo outshines them all with its extensive enclosures for animals of all colours, shapes, and sizes.

If you are into the world under the sea, check out the Sea life Sydney Aquarium, containing a huge assortment of Australian aquatic life. For another Sea life venture visits the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary.

Overall, Sydney is a labyrinth of beaches, architecture, parks and much more to fall in love with.

  • From Sydney Tower
  • Sydney Townhall
  • St. Mary's Cathedral
  • Jenolan caves
  • The Blue Mountains
  • The Three Sisters
  • Sydney Skyline
  • Sydney Darling Harbour
  • Sydney Harbour View
  • Sunny Sydney
  • Balmoral Beach
  • Harbour Bridge magnified
  • Fo Guag Shan Nan Tien Temple
  • Sri Venkateswara Temple
  • Colorful Sydney
  • From Mrs.Macqueries Point
  • Action-packed coastal activities
  • Birds eye view
  • Jet Boating - Circular Quay
  • Opera house from the waters

Airport Information

Australia is far from rest of the world, flying into Australian cities take long hours, and most international flights stop in major cities like Sydney and Melbourne.

It is also considered flying is the best option for quick city-hopping unless you are on a Caravan holiday.

The main domestic airlines are Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger Airways, Regional Express Airlines (REX). These serve main state capitals and some regional cities.

Coaches run from all major cities. Most coaches have air-conditioning, adjustable seats, videos and toilets.

Sydney Airport, the oldest commercial international airport in the world is located in the suburb of Mascot, which is 8km south of Sydney City centre.

Sydney airport has a curfew from 11 pm to 6 am that limits most aircraft movements at night. Out of the three terminals, Terminal One operates internationally.

Ballina, Coffs Harbour, and Albury are the domestic airports located approximately an hour flying time from Sydney.

T-Bus is a shuttle bus service between Terminal 1 to Terminal 2/3 at a cost, with the travel time of 10min operating from 6 am to 9 pm. Bus stops are at the arrival levels in T1(Bus Bay 1 near McDonald’s) and at T2 on the first roadway in the centre of the terminal.

Catching a Sydney Trains is the easiest and the fastest way to get to Sydney CBD. T2 the Green train line takes you from the airport to the city. Services are to both international(13mins) and domestic(10min).

There are buses, shuttle services, taxis available too, check out at the arrival hall. Alternatively, you can use our recommended Airport Shuttle services and Private transfer for a more convenient way to get to the hotel.

 

Transport

Opal is a pay as you go smart card is a ticket to Sydney’s trains, buses, most ferries and light rail in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra and Southern Highlands except regional NSW.

Simply tap on at the beginning of your trip and tap off at the end to be charged the correct fare and you can keep and reuse by topping it up. Your Opal card calculates your fare including any transfers or breaks in your journey.

You can purchase Opal cards online, or from transport customer service centres or Opal retailers like news agency, super markets, service stations, etc., if you are at the airport, you can buy from newslink, Relay or WH Smith.

On the Opal network, you can use an Opal card for an Opal single trip ticket or Opal single bus ticket. Opal single trip tickets are available at selected stations and wharves for the train, ferry and light rail. For bus, you can purchase an Opal single bus ticket from the driver on board from the bus service you wish to travel on (excluding PrePay buses).

Sydney has an efficient train network with seven lines from T1 to T7 on Sydney train network; the intercity train has five lines and four lines on regional trains and coaches network. To plan your journey and to find out a timetable, stations, fares, etc. visit Transport for NSW.

Buses in Sydney travel through the city and beyond almost 24 hours a day.  There are ticket outlets all over the city, and you can usually find an outlet near bus stops.

If you are planning to commute by car in Sydney, you can use Live Traffic Updates, traveller information and personalised alerts on NSW roads.

Hop on Hop off bus is a great way to way to get around, as they allow you to see the best part of the city without the hassle of using public transport. The buses are fitted with language friendly earphone system. The loop takes 100mins, and it is valid from 24 to 48hours.

Sydney is a City made to explore on water. To get to see all the best sights at your own pace with the Sydney Hop on Hop off Harbour Cruise. Simply disembark at any destination around the city.

Planning to drive? You can instantly rent a car suited to your personal needs filtered by price, availability, time and pickup/dropoff locations, by major car service providers.

Prepaid Phone SIM

Sim cards and accessories can be purchased at Terminal 1 in the Arrivals hall near Exit A from Vodafone outlet (opening hours from 6 am to 10 pm) and/or any news agency in the city or suburbs.

Get the SIM activated and use your WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, etc. to make calls. You can use your phone to navigate you throughout the city using Googlemaps.

For your convenience and ease, you can source an International SIM card that will work for over 190 countries with no contract, well before you land in Sydney.

If you are a frequent traveller, you can go for an International mobile phone plus phone number for life with no contract for use over 190 countries

Lockers and Luggage Storage

Luggage storage is also available at both the domestic and international airports.

Passengers travelling on NSW trains can usually check luggage in early (free) in the morning for a later departure that day.

Sydney’s luggage storage facilities are located at its main city and intercity train station, Central Station.

The cheapest long term storage in the CBD is at World Square Shopping Centre.

Visitor Information Center

Sydney Visitor Centre The Rocks: 24 Playfair St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Phone: Phone: (02) 8273 0000, Corner of Argyle and Playfair streets. Open daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm (except Good Friday and Christmas Day; opening hours may vary on some public holidays).

Sydney Visitor Centre – Darling Harbour 33 Wheat Road (Behind IMAX): Phone no. 1800 067 676  Open daily: 9.30am – 5.30pm (except Good Friday and Christmas Day; opening hours may vary on some public holidays).

Manly Visitor information centre: Address: Wharf Forecourt, E Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095, Phone: (02) 9976 1430.

Plan your holiday well ahead to book our recommended tours and save time and money to start your thrills of action packed holiday. 

Get access to the best deals and top experiences right at your fingertips with the Sydney Unlimited Attractions Pass. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, offers and big discounts on premium experiences  to enjoy at a faster pace. Need some kind of planning in advance to make the best use of the deals and freebies.

Weather

Due to its ideal location Sydney enjoys a sunny, temperate climate, blessed with over 250 days free of clouds.

It is important to note that unlike the northern hemisphere Sydney enjoys summer from December to February and endures winter from June to August.

January is the hottest month in Sydney where the mercury could soar up to 40°C, and the coldest is July, luckily the temperature doesn’t hit below 0°C.

The beauty in summer months are the daily sunshine hours are longer, and the sun sets almost at 9 pm in December.

The best month to swim in the numerous beaches lining the coasts is in January when the sea temperature is nice.

Rain is slightly higher during the first half of the year when easterly winds dominate (February–June).

Sydney’s driest month is September.

Best Time to Travel

During December through to February, Sydney has its warmer season quite the contrary to Europe and the US.

The warm weather brings crowds into the city for the beaches and outdoor activities. Hotel prices peak, but you can enjoy several summer events and festivities.

Autumn in Sydney enjoys lower airfares, cheaper hotels, and slightly fewer crowds but still has its fair share of fun.

Remember to pack a raincoat if you’re visiting in Mar-Apr as it is the wettest month.

The winter season means fewer daylight hours, but the weather is not as cold as European winters. Prices drop, and so do crowds.

Arguably spring is the best time to visit as you can catch decent weather, fewer crowds, and reasonable prices with all the best events.

Food

Sydney is famous for its food culture. Some of the top rated best restaurants in Sydney are Tetsuya’s (Japanese), Est (Australian)  Sepia(Japanese), Quay(Australian), The Malaya (Southeast Asian), Pendolino (Italian), Aria Restaurant(Australian).

If you after any food of all cuisines at various prices, your best bet is to use the app Zomato which will narrow down your choices and find restaurants near you. Download the app on Google play for Android and app store for IOS.

Dangers, Warnings, Safety Tips & theft

  • In general, Sydney has very low crime rates easily beating other major tourist destinations in the world. The following areas have earned questionable reputation, notably Liverpool, Potts point, Redfern, Chippendale, Auburn, Mount Druitt.
  • In the CBD especially at night try to avoid the backstreet alleyways particularly near Kings Cross, George St. in Chinatown, Liverpool st., Hay Street, Bathurst st., Glebe point road, Oxford, In Newtown try to be cautious in Kings St, Oxford st., Darlinghurst.
  • Avoid parks and reserves after dark especially Hyde Park.
  • Theft is not too often, but pickpocketing and bag snatching still occurs during rush hours especially in the underground rail stations and crowded streets in the CBD.
  • Occasional shark attacks are recorded in Sydney beaches, like once a year.
  • Beware of bluebottle jellyfish; it has a deep blue colour you will find it washed up on the shore, it stings where the tentacles wrap around you, causes severe burning pain, the ice pack will help. You find it after a heavy wind or storm in summer months.
  • Always look for the red & yellow flags and swim between them, these dedicated areas are safe from strong undercurrents and rip tides.
  • Always wear SPF50+ sunscreen in Australia due to the thin ozone layer.

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