SYDNEY & NEW SOUTH WALES
Sydney enjoys a sunny, Mediterranean-style climate all year round with more than 340 sunny days per year. Summers are warm to hot and winters are mild, with rainfall spread fairly evenly throughout the year. In summer (December-February), average maximum temperatures are around 26°C/79°F It can also be humid at this time with an average humidity of 65 per cent. Average maximum temperatures in the winter months (June-August) are around 16°C/61°F. Sydney’s rainfall is highest between March and June.
Experience fine dining, opera, coastal walks and history on this Top 10 list of things to do in Sydney.
Sydney's combination of surf beaches, a sparkling natural harbour and the Sydney Opera House is irresistible. In addition to its man-made wonders, Sydney is blessed with many natural assets, such as beautiful public gardens, harbour islands and unspoilt foreshores. An excellent transport system and tailor-made tours make Sydney a joy to explore.
Visit the animals of Taronga Zoo at their incredible waterside address. The zoo houses 2,900 exotic and native species including gorillas, tigers, leopards, chimpanzees, giraffes, kangaroos and koalas and is a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. For the ultimate sleepover, book the Roar & Snore package, where guests camp overnight at the zoo.
Sydney Opera House
Walk around Circular Quay and see why the Sydney Opera House continues to dazzle. With a varied and full program, the Opera House is one of the city’s busiest music, arts and performance venues. To learn about the inner workings of this icon, take a Backstage Tour. These tours are highly informative and available in several languages, including Japanese, Mandarin and French.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Nicknamed “The Coathanger”, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a great engineering feat, originally opened in 1932. Visitors are free to walk or cycle across this vast structure that spans Sydney Harbour. Better yet, book one of the many BridgeClimb expeditions which will take you high into the superstructure. No special climbing skills are required – twilight and dawn climbs are available.
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
There are several beaches near Bondi that are just as beautiful, including Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee. To appreciate this amazing piece of coastline, join the Bondi to Coogee Walk which links all these beaches and showcases Sydney’s finest ocean views. There are also plenty of cafés en route, interesting landmarks and naturally, some great swimming spots.
Sydney’s Finest Restaurants
Dine at Quay – with stunning views of Sydney Harbour, it’s renowned as one of the best restaurants in the world. In the heart of the city, Australian Restaurant of the Year winner Sepia features Japanese-inspired contemporary food and wine. Don’t miss Rockpool, a fine-dining gem that blends sophisticated classics with Asian flavours.
Delve under the glossy exterior and you’ll find a colourful history. The Rocks is an historic reminder of the colonial era. While visitors can wander the cobbled laneways, The Rocks Walking Tours provide an entertaining portrait of Australia’s first European settlement. Complete your history lesson by visiting Fort Denison, an island with its own mini fort and canons.
Sail Sydney Harbour
Taking a ferry ride to Manly remains one of Sydney’s signature travel experiences, but sailing your own yacht on the harbour is even better. A number of companies, including Sydney By Sail, offer yacht charters. Why not sign up for a sailing lesson on one of the world’s most dazzling waterways?
Royal Botanic Gardens
The beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens are extensive and a place of scientific research, running many educational programs. There are walking paths and scenic train rides for kids. Learn about the gardens through free-guided walks through the 30-hectare site, plus special Aboriginal Heritage Tours and sample tasty bush foods.
Learn to Surf
With its postcard-perfect sweep of golden sand and sparkling water, Sydney's Bondi Beach attracts visitors from all over the world, and many hope to make Bondi the first place they ride a surfboard. The good news is that it's easy to surf Bondi's waves, thanks to Lets Go Surfing's range of lessons. Visitors can sign up for a two-hour beginner's lesson or a private lesson for one-on-one instruction and experience the thrill of surfing in an iconic location.
Famous for its blue-tinged escarpment and Three Sisters rock formation — along with graceful hotels and quaint townships — the Blue Mountains National Park is just a few hours from Sydney. The mountains have been a popular spot for walkers, climbers and outdoor types for 100 years so get active and try a spot of mountain biking or abseiling.
Sydney is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities on earth. Its sparkling harbor, dazzling beaches, beach culture and sunny Mediterranean-style climate are matched by an array of world-class museums and art galleries, a 24-hour nightlife, relaxed lifestyle, and rich architectural heritage.
Less than a two-hour drive from Sydney lies the World-Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, perfect for walking, camping, and canyoning on a short break. South of Sydney, starting at the Grand Pacific Drive, enjoy the beaches and small towns of the South Coast.
Heading north, on the Legendary Pacific Coast, discover stunning beaches, national parks, and the world-famous Byron Bay. Off the north coast, explore one of the state’s most spectacular World Heritage-listed sites, Lord Howe Island, a pristine patch of paradise with secluded beaches and palm forests.
Surrounded by hundreds of kilometers of shoreline, national parks, and historic sites, the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour are synonymous with the NSW capital city. Alive with the movement of ferries, yachts, and kayaks.
Experience the beauty of the harbour on an iconic Sydney ferry. Passing by some of the harbour’s famed landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a ferry ride offers plenty of scenic vantage points. Follow the Manly, Watsons Bay or Taronga Zoo ferry routes to enjoy panoramic harbour views.
During Vivid Sydney admire some of the city’s popular waterside icons illuminated at night. On New Year’s Eve enjoy a mesmerising fireworks display over the harbour.
Swim at harbour beaches such as Neilsen Park or Balmoral
Enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner cruising Sydney Harbour with Captain Cook Cruises, Sydney Showboats or Magistic Cruises
Sail with Eastsail or cruise with Sensational Sydney for exceptional experiences
Walk the trails around Sydney’s coastline including Royal Botanic Gardens to Mrs Macquaries Chair; Manly to Spit Bridge; Bondi to Bronte coastal walk