Book flights to Sydney and say g’day to sun, sea and surf down under.
The capital of New South Wales is the perfect base for an Aussie adventure. Fantastic dining and nightlife scenes infuse the city with life, while a packed cultural calendar ensure there’s never a dull moment. Culture vultures will find plenty to keep themselves entertained in terms of museums and art galleries, while shopaholics will adore the city’s designer stores and quirky boutiques. Surrounded by iconic beaches, world heritage sites and vineyards, there’s plenty to discover if you want to escape the hustle and bustle too.
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Delve into Australia’s past at The Rocks, Sydney’s old town. The colonial buildings and cobblestone streets provide plenty of Instagram material. During the weekend the streets come to life with markets and buskers. By night the streets fill with shrieks as ghost tours wind their way through the narrow alleyways, and last orders are called at the city’s oldest pubs.
If you’re bored of Bondi, take a walk along the coastal trail to Coogee Beach. Another option is the ferry to Manly Beach, a favourite with local surfers. Another fab Sydney beach is Shelly Beach: great for snorkelling and well sheltered.
Like all cosmopolitan cities, Sydney has a great range of museums. There’s the Art Gallery of New South Wales, featuring contemporary pieces as well as fine art, and the moving Sydney Jewish Museum. The Australian National Maritime Museum charts Australia’s seafaring history while Hyde Park Barracks Museum is a great place to learn about Sydney’s history.
Get out on the open road. . The Blue Mountains are a short hop away by car, and once there you can enjoy fantastic hiking. Remember to bring plenty of water. The Hunter Valley, one of the country’s best known wine regions, is also nearby. Sorry, designated driver, no wine tasting for you.
Whether you’re in the mood for spicy Asian food, a decadent brunch or a towering burger there’s something to suit everyone in Sydney. The dining scene is not only international, it’s also very trendy. You can expect plenty of quirky food trucks alongside traditional Thai shophouses and elegant rooftop restaurants. You’ll find the posh ones down by the harbour, ideal for any romantic occasion. For the rest of the week there are plenty of places to tempt your tastebuds in the neighbourhoods of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills.
Sydney is warm throughout the year. The ocean keeps the temperatures moderate, although it can get very hot in the suburbs. The coldest month is July, when the temperature drops to 13°C. January and February are the warmest months, with an average temperature of 23°C.
Sydney is a year round destination. As it’s in the southern hemisphere the seasons are opposite to the UK: summer falls from December to February while winter is June to August. Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are the best times to visit. Not only will you avoid the high season crowds, you’re also more likely to find the best deals on hotels. December and early January are the most expensive times to go. No-one can resist the allure of Christmas day beach barbecue, and Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks are legendary.
Flight from the UK usually include a layover in Southeast Asia. If you’re planning to leave the airport, check whether you need a visa first.