Sydney will tempt you. And that is because it has so many attractions. The best things in Sydney are very often found in the great outdoors. I am referring particularly to Sydney’s world-class surfing beaches. But let us not forget that famous Opera House or the Sydney Harbour Bridge! What visitors love about Sydney is its cosmopolitan personality.
If you are looking for a blend of the old and the new, you will find it in Sydney. Visitors especially love this city’s gorgeous cobblestone lane ways and then touring the historic precinct of The Rocks. Then add some shopping therapy to your day. Look for those designer clothes and lovely boutiques in the grand Queen Victoria Building If you head down to Darling Harbour, you will find an entertainment for your whole family to enjoy.
Let’s be clear, Sydney’s famous Manly and Bondi Beach, not only cater for surfers. Those beaches are surrounding by unique shops and markets. The pulsing nightlife in Sydney is another big plus for visitors. Sydney is renowned for is its culinary delights – actually, some of the best restaurants in the world are found in Sydney!
Important travel tips for Sydney
Day tours in Sydney
- Sunset Dinner: There can be no better time of the day to cruise Sydney’s harbour – just as the sun is going down. All you need to do on this gentle cruise, is kick back and relax for 90 minutes. This is such a tranquil way of settling into your evening. I like to think of this cruise as a pre-theatre dining experience. You will be served food in a contemporary dining style. And by that, I mean mezze plates and your choice of mains and desserts. You will also get a range of drinks to choose from. Departs: Daily from Darling Harbour King Street Wharf No. 1 at 5pm. Duration: 1 Hour and 30 minute.
- Bondi Beach & Sydney Sights: What a perfect of getting a snapshot of Sydney’s historical and modern feel – and you can do this just one afternoon. You will be driven through bustling city precincts to the lively Kings Cross district. Then as a complete contrast, you can admire the white sands of Bondi Beach. There is nothing quite like a day tour with a local. Your driver will take you through some beautiful harbourside suburbs. Departs: Daily from King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour at 2pmDuration: 3 hours 45 minutes.
- Blue Mountains Day tour: only about 2.5 hours drive away from central Sydney, is the Blue Mountains National Park. Now this really is a complete contrast to Sydney city life. Go roaming the area to seek out the wild kangaroos and birdlife that live in this National Park. Stop at Kings Tableland where you will get an awesome view over the Jamison Valley. See firsthand for yourself, the ruggedness and beauty that the Blue Mountains are famous for. More details with Australia Lux Escape.
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Must see and do in Sydney
- Captain Cook Cruise – The Captain Cook Cruise offers you a choice of lunch, high tea, cocktail or dinner a cruise. Whichever cruise you choose, you will be inspired. Cruising along the Sydney Harbour is an unforgettable experience.
- Take a stroll along the broadwalk and see the sparkling jewel of the harbour or explore the city at your own pace.
- Sydney Tower – be warned, you will be going to great heights. But I can guarantee you that you will be awed by the views from the Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck. Believe me, you will see this amazing city from every angle!
- Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship, which is a faithful version of a traditional Chinese garden. Every exotic plant you can think of, will be on show. Take a walk along hidden pathways. Along the way, absorb the sight of lakes, waterfalls and pavilions. In fact, you can even stop for at the Teahouse there for dim sum and Chinese tea.
- Test your bargaining skills at Paddy’s market or visit the department stores and boutique shops.
- Take a day trip to discover the spectacular landscapes of the Blue Mountains’ World Heritage listed wilderness. Make sure you get to sample an Australian Shiraz at a winery in the Hunter Valley.
Travel tips for Sydney
- Climate – Read about how Sydney enjoys the following seasons:
Summer (December – February) – During summer, average temperatures range from 18.6 – 25.8°C (65.5 – 78.4°F), and average humidity spikes to 65%.
Autumn (March – May) – Autumn is the mildest time of year in Sydney. At this lovely time of year, the humidity drops and the average temperatures falls between 14.6 – 22.2°C (58.3 – 72°F).
Winter (June – August) – Sydney’s coolest months are June to August. In winter, you will get a drop in the average temperatures which fall between 8.8 – 17°C (47.8 – 62.6°F). Sydney’s rainfall is generally highest in June, while July is the coolest month when average daytime temperatures reach just 13°C (55°F).
Spring (September – November) – If you are travelling in Spring, you will enjoy much warmer days. And the good things is, that the humidity is not as high as summer. The Average daily temperatures range from 11 – 23°C (51.8 – 73.4°F).
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- Getting around – Just like the locals, you can use public transport quite widely across Australia. However, you will need to purchase an Opal card if you are going to use these services. By purchasing an Opal Card, you will get access to buses, trains, ferries and light rail. It is easy to purchase purchase an Opal card from newsagents, post offices, convenience stores and supermarkets. Just look for the Opal symbol.
- Dining – Sydneysiders take their food seriously. You should not be surprised to hear that many of Australia’s most awarded and innovative restaurants are found in Sydney. Looking for Australia on a plate? You will find it at Quay where you can sample beautiful, natural produce. Book at table at Aria and get the best of fine dining and amazing views. Cafe Sydney is another harbour side venue that has delicious and modern Australian fare. For a more casual vibe, you might like to head off to Mr. Wong. Mr Wong serves modern Cantonese cuisine (its Peking duck is legendary) at its French colonial space on Bridge Street. Surry Hills has some great hip restaurants and it is only a 10-minute drive from the city. Surry Hills is home to the famous Chin Chin and Firedoor. For wholesome, fresh food in leafy surrounds, don’t miss The Grounds of Alexandria.
Summary on best things in Sydney
Sydney offers an amazing array of fresh produce, great seafood and multicultural influences. You will have your pick of restaurants and cafés – they will cater for all tastes and budgets. The same goes for your choice of accommodation. Shopping will be an delight, with international brands offered in modern shopping malls, stylish boutiques and markets.
There is such a temperate climate in Sydney. And that makes Sydney spectacular city at any time of the year. Take an easy walk in some of the prettiest parks and gardens, stroll along beaches, and marvel at Australia’s unique native animals. See the marine life at Taronga Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium all year round. View Top 5 day tours in Sydney.
Sydney is Australia’s largest and most famous city. Think of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House and its billowing white sails and you will get a pretty fair idea of its unique makeup. Think of the impressive steel arch of the Harbour Bridge. All you need do is to add the blue waters of the harbour and the white sands of Bondi Beach What’s there not to love!
Happy travelling to Sydney!