Sydney Travel Guide & Information

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales. It is the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and livable cities. Founded over 200 years ago as a British penal settlement, Sydney has grown rapidly to become a glamorous international city; offering the best sightseeing, attractions, eateries, outdoor adventures, gardens, monuments, museums and more for travelers and locals.

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Travel to Sydney, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, owning its reputation as a "melting pot" of different cultures. Book flights to Sydney and visit a city packed with historical sightseeing, nature, culture, art, fashion, fine cuisine, design, and nestled along miles of ocean coastline and sandy beaches. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, two of the most iconic structures in the world.

Sydney is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend into the suburbs and right to the shores of the harbor. Sydney’s laidback, outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world’s easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. With miles of coastline, a breathtaking harbor and mountainous parklands, Sydney is, hands down, a perfect vacation spot for any traveler.

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Things to do in Sydney

Museums:

Sydney has several museums with collections on various topics depicting Sydney and Australia’s rich history.

Australian Museum: The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, with an international reputation in natural history and anthropology. It features collections of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, as well as mineralogy, paleontology and anthropology. The Australian museum is also involved in indigenous studies research and community programs.

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Powerhouse Museum: The Powerhouse Museum is the major branch of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. Although the majorly of locals describe this museum as "the science museum", the Powerhouse offers a diverse collection encompassing a wide assortment of technology, including decorative arts, science, communication, transportation, costumes, furniture, media, new media, computer technology, space technology and steam engines, to name a few.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales: is located in “The Domain” in Sydney and is the most important public gallery in Sydney, as well as the fourth largest in Australia. The permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales holds some of the best Australian impressionist and post-impressionist art in the world by famous artists such as, Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Elioth Gruner, Hugh Ramsey and many others.

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Looking beyond world class museums, Sydney is home to varied attractions that illustrate its claim as a world class destination.

Sydney Harbor Bridge: is a steel arch bridge across Sydney Harbor for trains, vehicles and pedestrians between Sydney’s central business district and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor and the nearby Sydney Opera House are iconic images of Sydney and Australia. According to the Guinness World Records, it is the world's widest long-span bridge and is the tallest steel arch bridge.

Sydney Opera House: is a multi venue performing arts center on Bennelong Point in Sydney. The Sydney Opera House is a major venue for Opera in Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Symphony, as well as hosting many touring productions in a variety of performance genres. Not to mention the fact that it’s a major tourist attraction. The opera house has become an acclaimed symbol for the city, the country and the world.

Hyde Park: is a large park in Sydney. The centerpiece of Hyde Park is the majestic Archibald Fountain. The fountain was designed by Francois Sicard and donated by J.F. Archibald in 1932. The tranquil setting is popular among locals seeking fresh air, a quick siesta or an outdoor lunch. During the summer months, the Park is buzzing with activity, particularly during the Festival of Sydney when there is plenty of free entertainment.

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Where to Stay in Sydney:

Filled with world class attractions, long stretches of sandy beaches, lush green parks and a vibrant nightlife, of course Sydney offers top notch hotels, ranging from cheap hotels, to 4-Star Hotels Under $99, Bed and Breakfast Inns, Resort and Spa Hotels, as well as Youth Hostels.

Darling Harbor: is a large recreational area situated on the western outskirts of the Sydney central business district. The Darling Harbor district is filled with choice hotels. Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel, from 2-star to 5-star, or a family oriented budget hotel, you will have a myriad of choices. Darling Harbor is one of Sydney's prime hotel locations, with its entertainment areas, museums, restaurants and bars, the harbor, as well as its proximity to the bustling heart of Sydney.

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City Center: is the commercial center of Sydney replete with thousands of locals and tourists. It is the site of Sydney's grandest structures, ranging from the modern Opera House and Sydney Tower, to name a few. Visitors looking to stay at renowned hotel chains will definitely find them in this area.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information available for Sydney, here are the following passport and visa guidelines.

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* U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport to enter Australia and must enter with an Australian visa or, if eligible, through the Electronic Travel Authority or ETA.

* The ETA replaces a visa and allows tourists a stay of up to three months. It may be obtained for a small service fee. * For detailed information on the ETA, visit the Web site of the Australian Electronic Travel Authority.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit Australia. The passport must be valid for at least the duration of your stay in the country.

* Canadians must also be in possession of a visa or an Electronic Travel Authority.

* The ETA has replaced the visa stamp for most tourists or business travelers making a short-term visit to Australia and can be obtained directly from any participating travel agent or from an airline reservation office.

For more information on ETA please visit the Australian ETA Website.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Sydney

With a temperate climate and more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Sydney is an ideal place to visit year-round.

Summer is the most popular time to visit; when the weather is warm, outdoor activities are in full swing and huge events like the Sydney Festival.

Budget travelers might want to consider traveling during the winter months. There is a considerable drop in the cost of flights to Sydney and hotel deals in Sydney.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (Mid-January to Mid-April, October to Mid-December)

Low season: (Mid-May to Mid-August)

Sydney Weather

Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers and cool winters. Rainfall is spread throughout the year. The weather is affected by its close proximity to the ocean. As you get inland, towards the western suburbs, travelers will experience more extreme temperatures.

* Summer is the warmest time of the year. Because Sydney's coastal suburbs are surrounded by seawater, temperature conditions are cooled by sea breezes.

* During the winter, the wind chill factor can reach freezing temperatures further inland.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

ATMs are available throughout Sydney. However, before departing, contact your bank and let them know your dates of travel. Additionally, find out what the cost is for cash withdraws.

Languages:

* English is the official language of Australia.