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Sydney Holidays

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Sydney – Australia’s coastal icon

Holidays to Sydney are your ticket to one of the world’s most thrilling cities. The capital of New South Wales boasts stellar sights, vibrant nightlife, superb shopping and an abundance of soft, sandy beaches ready to sink your toes into.

The perfect Sydney holiday combines the great outdoors with the city’s best attractions, as well as some of the finest dining on the planet. Starting at the historic quarter of The Rocks, take a walk around the harbour and get up close with the iconic Sydney Opera House.

End your day with a climb across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, soaking up some of the best views in the city, if not the world.

Nearby, the Coogee to Bondi Beach walk offers unparalleled vistas of the glittering Pacific, while a little further out lie the boundless Blue Mountains, the rolling dunes of Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley. Sydney is a grand city cocooned in beauty.

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The weather in Sydney

Sydney enjoys warm, sunny weather year-round. Even in winter, temperatures scarcely dip below an average of 12°C. Visit from September to November to make the most of the warmer, drier months, or in March when the sea is at its warmest.

Daytime temperatures can climb into the high 30°Cs during the summer months – though it can get quite a bit cooler at night – and there is little rainfall. It’s perfect for days on the beach – just be sure to use proper sun protection.

Things to do in Sydney

This magnificent city delivers enough history, culture and natural scenery to appeal to any traveller. Sydney holiday packages are your gateway to this perennially popular destination.

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Explore Sydney’s newest precinct

Take in the buzz of Barangaroo, Sydney’s newest harbourside precinct and a great place to base yourself for a city stay. Sandwiched between Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, here you’ll find tempting cafes, a delicious range of restaurants and world-class hotels offering stunning harbour views. Connect with Aboriginal culture in Barangaroo Reserve or hop on a ferry to explore Sydney from the water. Tour with an Aboriginal guide and learn about the First Nations people that first inhabited the city and discover their fascinating culture.

Where to stay in Sydney

On the coast

Sydney is synonymous with its beaches, their laid-back atmosphere seeping into the city’s day-to-day vibe.

Make the most of a beach holiday in Sydney with a stay at the spacious Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee, just a five-minute walk down to the pristine waters of picturesque Thompson’s Bay (also known as Gordon’s Bay). It’s a snorkelling hotspot with gorgeous coral to explore.

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Experience the old town

All luxury holidays in Sydney should start at The Langham in The Rocks, its ornate chandelier capturing your attention as you enter. There are sumptuous suites, many with terraces, and a divine spa offering a range of treatments. It's also perfectly located for dining, shopping and sight-seeing, while there’s an indoor pool if you want to start your day with a splash.

Discover Sydney's creative side 

A central location is ideal for a cultural honeymoon in Sydney as there's a dedicated arts scene waiting to be discovered. With the creative neighbourhood of Newtown, the varied galleries of Darlinghurst and the new Modern Wing of the Art Gallery of NSW, there’s plenty to unearth in this bustling city centre area.

Visit from late May to mid-June each year to experience Vivid Sydney, a huge festival of lights, music and ideas that sees creative light installations transform the city into a vibrant canvas.

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All you need to know about Sydney

Local currency

The local currency used in Sydney is the Australian dollar (AUD). One dollar is made up of 100 cents. Credit cards are widely accepted in shops and hotels.

Languages spoken

The main language spoken in Sydney is English, but this is a vibrant, multicultural city and many other languages are spoken too.

Sun protection

As Sydney has sunshine for most of the year, it’s advisable to take high factor sun protection with you – preferably with UV protection too.

Getting around 

Public transport in Sydney means the city is incredibly well-connected whether it’s by bus, train, ferry or water taxi. Car hire is also available on arrival.

Discover more of New South Wales

Hunter Valley

Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, is just a two-hour drive from Sydney. There are more than 150 cellar doors to visit, from long-established wine-making names to smaller, boutique operations. Plus, it’s a region rich in local cuisine, so excite your taste buds with a chocolate or cheese-tasting or head to one of the many acclaimed restaurants for delicious farm to plate dining. For something special, soar above the vines in a hot air balloon before touching down for a luxurious picnic breakfast.

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Byron Bay

On the north coast of New South Wales, discover bohemian Byron Bay. This beautiful coastal town has a thriving surf culture, so it’s a great place to kick back and soak up the Australian lifestyle on its golden sands. Relax and rejuvenate with luxurious spas, or explore boutique shops, independent cafes and small art galleries. For the best vantage point in town, head to the Cape Byron Lighthouse, situated on the most easterly point of mainland Australia, a great place to see the sunrise or spot migrating humpback whales from May through to November.

Port Stephens

A three-hour drive north up the coast from Sydney is the beautiful bay area of Port Stephens. Renowned for its golden beaches, shifting sand dunes and resident bottle-nose dolphins, it’s a place to get outdoors and immerse yourself in nature. Hike to the top of Mt Tomaree at Tomaree National Park or explore from the water with a stand-up paddleboard. You can even get up close to cute koalas at the Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary.

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Why we love Sydney

“There are so many reasons to love Sydney – its amazing beaches and laid-back attitude make it the perfect place to escape to. But it’s the cityscape that gives Sydney its real wow factor. The Opera House and Bridge are not to be missed.” 

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