Accommodation & places to visit in Sydney

Sydney, located on the south coast of Australia, is a thriving metropolis of around 4.4 million residents, making it the most populous city in Australia. Sydney is best known for its large, natural harbor; its iconic opera house and its diverse mixture of cultures, cuisines, languages and sights. Founded in 1788, Sydney has developed into one of Australia's leading commercial and tourist centers. Nearly 10 million visitors come to Sydney each year, from around Australia and abroad.

  • When to visit
    Ask five frequent visitors to Sydney when is the best time to travel to the city and you'll likely get five separate answers. The good news is that there's really no bad time to visit Sydney. Summer (which is January through April--the opposite of the season in the northern hemisphere) is popular as are spring and fall. The most popular event in Sydney is the annual Sydney Festival, a three-week celebration of music, art and drama, held in January. Visit from March through August if you want to attend a performance of Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House.
  • Weather
    One of the best things about Sydney is that it boasts an average of 340 days of sunshine each year. Although Sydney experiences a change of seasons, it never really gets too cold in the city. The average temperature in January is 75 F (24 C), 61 F (16 C) in May and 62 F (16 C) in September.
  • To Do
    There's always something going on in Sydney. In addition to the Sydney Festival in January, the city hosts the Royal Easter Show in March/April, the Sydney Film Festival in June, the Sydney Comedy Festival in April and May and fashion week in April.
    Popular tours in and around Sydney include a day trip to the spectacular Blue Mountain just outside of Sydney, a chance to explore the wine country of Hunter Valley and a day trip down to Australia's capital city, Canberra.
  • To See
    The most famous landmarks in Sydney are the Sydney Harbor Bridge and the dramatic Sydney Opera House at the edge of the Harbor. However, these aren't the only sights worth seeing in Sydney. Other popular attractions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Tower (the tallest building in Australia) and Bondi Beach.
    Shopping enthusiasts won't want to miss a visit to the Queen Victoria Building, a four-story Victorian era arcade that houses more than 100 upscale stores, restaurants and art galleries. Sydney also offers a number of outdoor weekend markets, such as those at Paddington and Surry Hills. Some of the best things to shop for in Sydney are fashion, art work by local artists, craft items and, of course, a boomerang.
  • Tips & Recommendations

    • All visitors need a valid passport to enter the country. Visitors from countries other than New Zealand are required to get a visa also. This may be obtained by mail or in person at any Australian embassy or consulate.

    • It's easy to get around Sydney. There is an extensive public bus system and the ferry network across Sydney Harbor is one of the largest in the world.

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