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Cheap Holidays to Sydney
Holidays to Sydney
If Australia had just one iconic city it would have to be Sydney, the country’s largest and most identifiable city. It’s famed status a combination of world-stage showcases like the Australian Olympic Games in 2000 to word-of-mouth praise from travellers in awe of it’s beauty and buzz. As the capital of the state of New South Wales, many locals are drawn to live in Sydney for various reasons. Some come to experience big city living combined with beaches on their door-step, while others are attracted to the energy of it all, from a thriving dining scene and nightlife to a forward thinking creative scene, perfectly epitomised in the iconically abstract Sydney Opera House.
And then of course there’s the weather, where there’s more blue skies than not and a perfect sunny day spent at the Tamarama Cliffs with an ice-cream will see even the most seasoned Sydney-sider fall in love with the city all over again. Yes, Sydney locals are a proud bunch but experience a sunny day at Bondi Beach and it’s perfectly understandable as to why. Falling in love with the city is the easy part - leaving is when it gets harder.
Currency: Australian Dollar
Population: 4.5 Million
Main International Airport: Sydney Airport
As Australia’s main international entry point, Sydney has it’s fair share of world renowned tourist attractions, the most famed being the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. While many will happily just snap a picture of the landmarks and move on, it is possible to get a closer look of each with a bridge climb or intimate tour of the Opera House. If you haven’t got the time nor the funds, a ride on one of the city’s ferries is a great way to take in the city’s million dollar Sydney Harbour views - and the million dollar houses that surround. If admiring the water isn’t enough, you can of course take a dip at one of the city’s many beaches, the most famous being Bondi Beach. For the ultimate beach experience, don’t miss a post-swim drink at the city’s famed Bondi Icebergs where you can enjoy an ice-cold beer by the restaurant’s pool while overlooking the beach. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Where to stay
As a large city, much of Sydney’s accommodation is spread out around the city’s various attractions. If you’re after something centrally located and nearby transport, there are plenty of hotels in the inner CBD while the luxury hotels located near Circular Quay and the heritage area The Rocks offer harbour views. Another accommodation hotspot is at the popular Darling Harbour, home to the city’s popular casino The Star. If it’s a taste of local life you seek though complete with trendy cafes, shopping and nightlife nearby, the apartments and hotels of Paddington and Potts Point are a great base for exploring each day. Then of course there are the beach side resorts. For many anywhere near Bondi is the ultimate but if you’d prefer to get away from the crowds, accommodation near Coogee Beach and Tamarama Beach are ideal too.
When to go
With over 300 days of sunshine each year, chances are a holiday in Sydney will be a sunny one as well. While you can experience great weather at pretty much any time of year, the best beach-side weather hits Sydney in summer from December to February. During this time days can measure from anywhere between 30 to 40 degrees Celsius and while storms are common, particularly on humid days, they usually hit in the afternoon and pass over quickly. While summer is often considered Sydney’s best time weather wise, it’s also its most crowded. If you’d prefer to travel in an off-peak time, the city is still relatively sunny and warm in late spring and early autumn.
Captain's Travel Tips
While Sydney has a great public transport system, hiring a car in the city has it’s advantages, particularly if you wish to get around to the outer suburbs quickly or even explore outside of the city altogether. Some great drives to consider from Sydney include the Grand Pacific Drive along the coastline to Wollongong or the Great Blue Mountains drive which only takes around 50 minutes to reach one of the state’s most popular attractions. While driving outside the city to experience greater New South Wales is recommended, keep in mind that parking in Sydney’s city centre is renowned for being notoriously busy and expensive.