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City Breaks to Sydney

For sunny days on the beach and relaxing walks in the city’s gardens and museums, Sydney offers the perfect balance of fun, adventure and relaxation. From a couple planning a romantic getaway with magnificent sights, to a family that wants to explore the city and its surroundings, Sydney has something special for everyone.

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Best time to visit: Average daily highs during summer are around 26°C. Winter highs average 17-20°C


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Sydney Airport (SYD) is approximately 8km from the city centre

Sightseeing in Sydney reaches a whole new level with the stunning views of the city from iconic landmarks like the Harbour Bridge. Families are sure to have fun together, whether it’s on a beach, at an amusement park or in a museum about Australian history and culture. The weather is certain to play along on most days, which means a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens or the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area is in order.

An icon of Australian architecture, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most beautiful and interesting places to visit in Sydney. The unique, shell-shaped building isn’t just pretty to look at: it is home to a 2,690-seat concert hall hosting music and art performances.

A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without climbing to the top or walking across the magnificent Harbour Bridge. From there you’ll see some of the best sights in Sydney, including endless views of the harbour and ocean.

Whether it’s to relax and unwind or to learn about the island’s flower species, a visit to the Royal Botanic Garden is a must-see in Sydney. It’s the oldest botanic garden and scientific institution in Australia and is located on Sydney Harbour, next to the Opera House.

The Blue Mountains are known for their unique blue haze, a combination of sunlight and drops of oil released by the eucalyptus plants  that grow in the area. Less than two hours from the city, a trip to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area definitely tops the list of unique places to visit close to Sydney.

Because of Sydney’s moderate climate, you can visit its beaches in summer and winter – with favourable conditions for swimming and sunbathing. Bondi Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sydney, but you can travel further to discover lesser-known beaches, like Lady Martins and Milk Beach, that are just as beautiful.


Beach enthusiasts:  From the city beaches of Bondi and Manly to hidden gems along the coast, the white-sandy beaches are some of Sydney’s best places to visit.

Families: The list of things for kids to do in Sydney is endless. Children will have tons of fun at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, the Australian Museum and in the city’s parks.

Landmark lovers: From the majestic Harbour Bridge - for a perfect bird’s-eye view of the city - to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the capital is filled with famous landmarks.


Language: The language spoken in Sydney is English

Currency: The currency used in Sydney is the Australian Dollar (AUD)

Local time: Sydney is 9 hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Sydney Airport (SYD) is approximately 8km from the city centre

Flight time from UK: 22 hours

Tourist Information: Further Sydney tourist information can be found at

Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Sydney, visit for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


Temperature:  Average daily highs during summer are around 26°C. Winter highs average 17-20°C.

Best time to visit: Sydney's warmest weather occurs from late December to early February.

Summers in Sydney are hot, and winters are mild and rarely cold – an all-round pleasant weather experience.


By train: One of the fastest, most inexpensive and efficient ways to travel around Sydney.

By bus: Taking a bus is cost-effective and a good way to see all the major sights.

By ferry: This is the ultimate way to visit the sights around the harbour and along the coast.


Sydney Festival: Every January , the city gears up for one of the world’s biggest and best performing and visual arts festivals.

Australia Day: From music to picnics to fireworks, the capital celebrates Australia in true Aussie style, with most of the action happening in and around Sydney Harbour.

Chinese New Year Festival: This vibrant arts festival is packed with fun. From cultural events to exhibits, entertainment and markets, it’s a party from start to finish.

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