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Sydney Tourist City Guide
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About Sydney

If you are a tourist or sightseer, Sydney, the birthplace of Australia is a fascinating place to spend a few days or even longer doing some sightseeing.

Sydney is the site of the first permanent white colonisation of Australia and the city clusters around the famous harbour, sometimes atop towewring sandstone cliffs and at other time reaching down to the harbour's sparkling blue waters.

Take in the sights like the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge arching between North Sydney and the Rocks area. Or travel over to the zoo on a ferry - sun shining on blue sparkling water

Here is some Sydney tourist information.

Sydney's Climate

Sydney enjoys a temperate, semi-humid climate with plentry of sunny days. The sunshine is well spread through the year. In fact, Sydney basks in more blue-sky days in winter than in summer. Given the strong summer sun, this is considered a blessing by many of Sydney’s fair-skinned citizens. Summer temperatures can reach 35C though generally temperatuures are closer to 28, with overnight lows around 19C. Winter temperatures can be as low as 15C, with night temperatures to around 8C. Rain can be expected at any time of the year, with no defined rainy seaon. There is, however, a far greater chance of the day being sunny than not!

Getting to Sydney

Many visitors and tourists fly into Sydney on discount domestic or international airlines after purchasing cheap flights online.We recommend you book your flight to Sydney through Flight Centre as they provide an excellent range of flight options covering all the major domestic and international airlines.

There are two airports in Sydney, the international and domestic airport terminals. All major international airlines service Sydney, including Qantas, Air New Zealand, JAL, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Air China, United Airlines, Freedom Air, Garuda Indonesia, Thai Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

Many tourists and sightseers on vacation and holiday arrive in Sydney via the international or domestic terminals at the airport. Travelling the 10 km into their Sydney city hotel can be made conveniently and cheaply via the Sunbus. Book a Sunbus from the airport to the city or from the city to the airport. Taxis are available from outside both domestic and international terminals Expect a taxi fare to Sydney City $50, North Sydney $65, Manly $103, Parramatta $165, Liverpool $114, Cronulla $89 .

If you are starting a journey from Sydney airport, you can also hire a car from one of the car rental companies.

Sydney major activities

Key events on the Sydney calendar include:
  • Sydney Festival (Jan),
  • Mardi Gras (Feb),
  • The Royal Easter Show (Apr),
  • Sydney Comedy Festival (Apr),
  • City to Surf (Aug),
  • Australian International Motor Show (Oct),
  • Melbourne Comedy Festival
  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

'Must Sees' for tourists and sightseers

Now matter if you are an international tourist or a day tripper to the capital city of NSW, a popular destination for all is Darling Harbour. Featuring dozens of activities for all ages, Darling Harbour also features many fine eateries. It is also home to Australia's largest cinema screen, Sydney Aquarium, Chinese Gardens, and the Powerhouse Museum that has brilliant exhibitions covering science, technology, decorative arts, design and Australian social history. One of the best ways to experience Darling Harbour and its many attractions at big savings is with a Darling Harbour Superticket.

Access to Darling Harbour is via a five to ten minute walk from Sydney’s CBD, an easy trip by train, bus, Metro Monorail and Metro Light Rail Check all public transport timetables and fares or a great excuse to get on the harbour and enter by water taxi, ferry, harbour cruise or jet boat.  If you prefer to drive, you’ll find conveniently located parking stations located all around the Harbour.

A very popular activity for the daredevil is taking a Bridge climb. Bookings are essential.

On the Eastern side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. Circular Quay is the central hub of the ferry services that access most parts of Sydney Harbour, as is also where buskers and street artists can often be found entertaining the crowds. Close by is the Circular Quay railway station. From here you can do the city loop line or access other train stations to take you further a field. The Opera House is the iconic landmark along the the Bridge and attracts thousands of visitors every day.

Close to the CBD is the historic Rocks area. Fortunately saved from redevelopment in the 1970s, this area provides a unique glimpse into early Sydney. Why not take in a  Sydney in a Day Tour that includes seeing all the main attractrions and more that Sydney has to offer, inluding famous Manly and Bondi Beaches!.

A very popular destination is Taronga Zoo. Located on the northern side of the harbour, you need to allow at least a 1/2 day to appreciate all the displays.

If you are on a tight schedule why not see Sydney in a Day!

Sydney top 10

Here we present the top 10 tourist (and local) activities as rated by user experience. if you want to really enjoy Sydney read the Sydney Top 10 Activities.


You can attend some good stage shows in Sydney, many of them are close to your hotel. Try the Sydney Showboats Cabaret Dinner Cruise Don't miss seeing  one of many operas being performed in Sydney

Hotel accommodation in Sydney

Before arriving in Sydney, it is worth booking some Sydney hotel accommodation. At certain times of the year hotel bookings can be hard to get, even when booking online. Accommodation Plus provides you with the ability to book from just a few hours up to 12 months in advance, with the knowledge that you are covered by our lowest price guarantee. By booking with us you also pay no booking fees, generally no deposit (depending on hotel policy) and often very flexible booking change ability (again at no charge from us).

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