Climate: Sydney has a temperate climate, with warm summers and miler winters. The warmest months fall between December and February, where temperatures reach a maximum of 26ºC and the balmy evenings make for great alfresco dining. Thanks to being close to the ocean, hot days are often made more bearable thanks to the cooling sea breezes. June and August are the cooler months in the city, with daytime temperatures rarely falling below 7ºC. Rainfall in the city is spread throughout the year.
Getting There: Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith) is the main international and domestic airport. At only 10kms south west of the business central and Harbour, transfer times into the centre are minimal. The city has a reliable network of buses, trains and ferries, meaning you can move with ease around the city and beyond. Each of the transport systems join together at Circular Quay where you can swap from the trains and buses, onto ferries and tours.
The historic hub of the city, The Rocks, hold a true sense of convict past where the city roots began to grow. Head to the northern end of George Street to experience cobbled side streets, stone heritage buildings, exquisite ironwork and charming pubs that are brimming with character. Order a beer in the Lord Nelson, Sydney’s oldest pub, and if you have time, join one of the regular walking tours that take wind their way through the area with a knowledgeable guide.
Constantly alive with activity, Darling Harbour is a great place to visit and is hugely popular with children. A focus point of attractions, choose between the National Maritime Museum, peaceful Chinese Gardens or the impressive aquarium. In the evening unwind with alfresco dining at one of the many restaurants, and if you time it well enough, you might even catch the free firework display that regularly takes place on the water.
An oasis in the heart of the bustling city, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens offer a moment of peace for those wanting to escape the busy streets. First established in 1816, the gardens wrap around the edge of Sydney Harbour and are home to the city’s most spectacular viewpoints. Make sure you wander around the edge of the gardens to Mrs Macquaries Chair, a carved sandstone rock, to witness jaw-dropping views across the city.