Climate: Sydney's climate is in its favour - the warmest months of December to February have an average maximum terperature of 26C. Being close to the ocean, hot days are often tempered by cooling sea breezes and evening temperatures are balmy - perfect for relaxed outdoor dining. June to August are the coolest months, with daytime temperatures rarely falling below 7C.
Getting There: Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith) is the main international and domestic airport. It is about 10 kilometres south-west of the central business district and Sydney Harbour. Sydney has a comprehensive network of buses, trains and ferries for efficient transport around the city and beyond. It all comes together at Circular Quay where trains and buses connect with ferries and tours.
Find out where it all began and head to The Rocks along the northern end of George Street to get a real sense of convict history. The cobbled side streets, stone heritage buildings and charming pubs are full of life. Don't forget to have a beer at the Lord Nelson, Sydney's oldest pub, with its own boutique brewery, and go on a Rocks Walking Tour.
Alive with activity day and night, Darling Harbour is hugely popular especially with children. Visit the National Maritime Museum and Chinese Gardens, take in a movie at the IMAX cinema, or recharge at either Cockle Bay or King Street wharfs. Close by is the Powerhouse Museum, in the district of Ultimo, and Sydney’s bustling Chinatown.
An oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city, the Royal Botanic Gardens wrap around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, occupying one of Sydney's most spectacular positions. The gardens, established in 1816, are the oldest scientific institution in the country. Rich in history, they form a living link with the beginnings of European settlement in eastern Australia and have an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas