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Sydney Holidays

Home to some of the world’s most recognisable icons, stunning stretches of beaches and a truly breathtaking waterside harbour, Sydney holidays are sure to impress. As the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, with holidays to sydney you will be instantly swept away by the city's mix of a trendy metropolitan city culture with a laid-back beachy vibe, where you can both unwind and explore, and make the most of the adventures surrounding you.

                                   Things To Do on a Sydney Holiday

It is unthinkable to go on a Sydney holiday 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. Let your tastbuds come alive at one of the many fine dining restaurants on offer, have a pint at Fortune of War, Sydney's oldest pub, and sample coffee and flakey croissants at one of the alfresco cafés in the warm Sydney sun. Hire a bike and cycle around the city and across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For the more adventurous, you can also venture up the iconic monument on a BridgeClimb for panoramic city views – definitely one to tick off your travel wish-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. Catch a bus to explore the famous Bondi Beach and watch the surfers and lifeguards in action while you enjoy a fish & chips. Take a stroll along the Bondi to Coogee walk or the Manly to Spit Walk for stunning coastal views and access to secret beaches.

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.

                                          Sydney Holiday Ideas

After your Sydney holiday, the options are endless to where you travel to next. Why not explore the rest of the state of New South Wales and discover the sun drenched beaches of Jervis Bay and Byron Bay, sample fine wine in Hunter Valley and hike to waterfalls in the Blue Mountains, see the Sydney, Wine & Mountains Discovery for inspiration? Head north on the East Coast Adventure escorted tour with APT and experience beach after stunning beach, and experiences that will last a lifetime. Alternatively fly over to New Zealand to explore dramatic landscapes and lively cities, or fly to the South Pacific for unbelievable underwater discoveries and total island paradise.

See below for more inspiration for your Sydney holiday, or call one of our Travel Designers to discuss your travel plans, and for help putting together your perfect Australia adventure.

What to do in Sydney

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Sydney.

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Places to stay in Sydney

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There are 16 itineraries to choose from below. Use the filters to refine your options.

Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania Adventure

17 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £3,199 per person

Discover the city sights of iconic Sydney, vibrant Melbourne and stunning Hobart, combined with the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Mountains, Great Ocean Road and Tasmania.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • City sights
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature

Coast to Coast - Indian Pacific Rail and Hamilton Island

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £3,999 per person

Journey from coast to coast on this trip of a lifetime; travel from Perth to Sydney on the Indian Pacific, and then onto the white sand beaches of Hamilton Island.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Rail journeys
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APT East Coast Adventure

12 Day Guided Tour
From £4,399 per person

This luxurious holiday takes you to Sydney, the Gold Coast and Cairns - iconic Australian holiday destinations.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Escorted tours
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Vivid Sydney & Beyond

14 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,299 per person

Immerse yourself in the world's largest light, music and ideas festival in sparkling Sydney, before exploring the city's picturesque surroundings.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Self-drives

Other places to go in New South Wales

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Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

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Byron Bay

Byron Bay

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Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley

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Jervis Bay

Jervis Bay

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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

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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) with a British passport 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.

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    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 to Sydney

    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

    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