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Sydney Holidays

Home to some of the world’s most recognisable icons, holidays to Sydney are sure to impress.

You can’t visit Sydney and not take some time to explore the famous landmarks. With the picture-perfect harbour as a backdrop, gaze at the famous Sydney Opera House or head inside for a tour. Wander the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens with their outstanding collection of exotic plants. Cycle across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Or the more adventurous can also venture up it on a BridgeClimb for panoramic city views – definitely one for the bucket list.

Considered one of the most stunning natural harbours in the world, Sydney Harbour has over 240 kilometres of shore and plenty to see and do. Sydneysiders love to spend their time on the water. You can join them by taking a ferry or chartering your own boat to explore the city’s many and varied suburbs. From Circular Quay hop on a ferry to the popular beach suburb of Manly. Or hop on a bus to explore the eastern beaches of Bondi or Coogee – each with its own style and attractions to discover.

Sydney holidays boast a delightful mix of culture and heritage. Head to The Rocks; a restored historic precinct of cobblestone streets and sandstone terraces, where you can explore the city’s intriguing convict history. Or visit the Museum of Sydney to see artefacts from when the settlers first arrived.

It’s hard to sum up such a vibrant and interesting city. But one thing’s for sure, Sydney is an absolute feast for the eyes.

Walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens to Mrs Macquarie's Chair for one of the best spots in Sydney to take a photo of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
James, Travel Designer

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Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)

    Language: English

    Time difference: GMT +10

    Flying time: approx. 22 hours + 1 stop

    Airport: Sydney Kingsford Smith (code: SYD)

    Departure tax: included in the cost of your airline ticket

    Visa: all visitors to Australia (except New Zealand citizens) require an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor visa. This enables you to stay in the country for up to three months. Your Travel Designer can organise your visa at the time of booking.

    Best time to visit Sydney

    Sydney enjoys a warm, sunny climate with mild winters and hot summers.

    High season: summer (Dec to Feb)

    • Temperatures range from 18-26°C.
    • This is peak time to travel as it’s the Aussie school summer holidays; beaches will be busy.

    Shoulder season: autumn and spring (Mar to May and Sep to Nov)

    • Autumn temperatures range from 15-22°C
    • Spring temperatures range from 11-23°C.

    Low season: winter (Jun to Aug)

    • Temperatures range from 9-17°C.
    • June usually brings the most rainfall whereas July tends to be Sydney’s coldest month.
  • Travellers Guide: 

    Getting there

    As one of the most visited cities in Australia, you’ll find that flights to Sydney Airport are the most frequent and likely to be the most affordable. The airport is located just 10 kilometres south of the city, with a short transfer into the centre. Most travellers will spend at least a few days, or sometimes even their whole holiday, in Sydney. But, with hundreds of domestic flights a day, the city is also an ideal gateway to other Australian cities.

    Also be sure to check out our stopover destinations to add on to your holiday to Sydney.

    Approximate flying times:

    • Melbourne to Sydney = 1 hours 35 minutes
    • Cairns to Sydney = 3 hours 10 minutes
    • Perth to Sydney = 5 hours 10 minutes

    Getting around

    Sydney city centre is an easy place to walk around and it’s one of the best ways to see many of the city’s sights. From Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Royal Botanic Gardens it’s a scenic 15-minute walk through The Rocks and along the waterfront. Then from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour, it’s a 30-minute walk along George Street – the city’s busiest shopping street. Going a little bit further afield? We recommend buying an Opal Card when you first arrive at the airport (also available at most train stations and retailers). Top up your Opal Card and travel on Sydney’s reliable network of buses, trains and ferries.

    Approximate driving times:

    • Sydney to Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley = 2 hours
    • Sydney to Coffs Harbour = 6 hours 30 minutes
    • Sydney to Jervis Bay = 3 hours