Located on Australia’s sunny east coast, Sydney is one of the most visited cities in the world. With glorious weather most of the year and tremendous golden beaches at Bondi and Bronte, Sydney is a cheerful place with a fun-loving vibe. Perfect for the party crowd, surfers and explorers, it’s also ideal for those wanting to relax and soak up the cosmopolitan culture.
You’re likely to save money by flying to Sydney in late autumn or early winter (April and June). As a general rule, it is better to book flights in advance. This is especially true if you’re considering a longer stopover in a connecting country along the way.
While it is not always easy to find cheap flights to Australia, there are some things you can do while searching to improve your chances of grabbing a great deal.
First of all, after running your initial search, be sure to select ‘Nearby Airports’. You will find this option under the departure location. Selecting it will allow you to easily compare flights departing from locations close by.
All international flights land at Sydney Airport. The airport has three terminals, two domestic (T2 and T3) and one international (T1). Train stations serve both the domestic and international terminals, providing direct transfers into the city centre.
The airport is very modern, with several airline lounges to choose from, free WiFi in T1 and T2, plenty of shops and eateries, and even free shower facilities.
Airlines landing here from the UK include:
Fortunately, Sydney Airport is less than five miles from the city centre. Thanks to the city’s extensive rail, bus and taxi network, you’ll soon be immersed in the sun, sea, sand and culture of this remarkable metropolis.
You could also hire a car. What better way to access Sydney’s stunning surrounds, including the mysterious Blue Mountains?
It’s not hard to stay busy in Sydney. Many visitors come simply to relax on one of the city’s fabulous beaches. Bondi Beach is the most famous, but for a more secluded coastal experience and some quality surf, be sure to try nearby Tamarama Beach.
There’s also the Sydney Opera House, one of the most iconic landmarks in Australia, if not the world. Lit up at night, it makes a great backdrop to a romantic harbourside dinner.
An important thing to aware of when visiting Australia is the country’s stringent rules regarding the import and export of plants and foodstuffs. If you have any food with you – particularly natural items such as fruit, vegetables or animal products – you will need to declare these at the airport, or face a hefty fine.
Additionally, many Brits can be tempted to strip down in Sydney’s heat, but this is not recommended. Australians are very conscious about the risks of sun-related skin damage, so you should follow their example.