Sydney Tourism Guide

Sydney Tourism Guide

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Tourist Visa required

Cost of a beer
SG $8.11

Cost of a Meal
SG $97

Average Room Rate
SG $195

Exchange Rate – SG $1 = 0.92 Australian Dollar

From the beaches to the restaurants and exciting nature to palaces of the fine arts, an effortless, relaxed coolness sweeps through the atmosphere of Sydney. Visitors to this popular city in Australia have been known to extend their Visas to get even more familiar with this loud, attractive, metropolis.

Sydney is ideal for lazy days exploring beaches and colourful side streets, where you can pop into the nearest bar and are likely to run into some sports fan or a live band. On the other hand, jutting out of this concrete jungle, you will find majestic, modern buildings for the fine arts and botanical gardens. You’ll have the opportunity to dress up, dress down, relax on the beach, climb hills, mountains and stroll through colourful gardens. Sydney really does have it all and it’s just waiting for you to fall in love with it, as many before you have done.

Sydney isn’t just Australia’s largest and most prominent city; it’s a magnet for family vacationers. World-renowned icons like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach are on every traveller’s bucket list. But also check out less conspicuous jewels like Royal Botanic Gardens. Oh, and ensure you stop at Harry’s Café de Wheels for a mouth-watering meat pie.

By Erin Bender, Travel With Bender

The prices in this guide, for activities and things to do in Sydney, will be in Australian Dollars. Read on to find out the recommendations from our trusted travel bloggers, as well as our recommendations on what you should definitely include on your to do list while in Sydney. You’ll also be able to find out interesting facts and tips that you might never have known about places in these areas.

Things to do in Sydney

Top Attractions

 

The unique natural environment of Australia has long been one of the key reasons for tourists’ fascination with the land down under. Home to many strange and deadly creatures, it’s a haven for nature lovers all around the world. There are plenty of places throughout Australia that celebrate this fact but few can match the diversity of animals that can be appreciated at Taronga Zoo, which is home to over 4,000 of mother nature’s children. There’s also educational talks, shows and animal feeding displays, meaning this is more than your average zoo experience.

 

No list of top attractions in Sydney could ever be complete without the inclusion of the stunning Sydney Harbour. There is perhaps no sight that better sums up the unique personality of this fascinating city than looking across the sun-kissed azure seas towards the record breaking Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s also an area as rich in history as it is in beauty, with its many islands being home to aboriginal sites and intriguing tour packages, such as a ferry ride to the “island of convicts”, Cockatoo Island.

 

The iconic Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s premiere music venues. Considering its stature and size, it’s not surprising that you’ll find one of the best selections of performances on its stage. There’s always a diverse selection of shows to see throughout the year to compete against any venue internationally, but here you’ll get to enjoy them in a stunning environment that’s almost worth the price of admission alone. Eight million visitors a year must be onto something.

Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens are the oldest in all of Australia. Established in 1816, there are now approximately 8,900 species of plant located in this area. Over 3.5million people visit these gardens each year to wander among the flora and fauna and take in the dazzling views of nature that surround them. The gardens are open at various times throughout the year. They always open at 07.00 and close between 17.00 and 20.00. No one should ever be excluded from visiting the fairy tale like gardens, so it is free for anyone to visit. There are also eating and drinking facilities onsite, including the Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Café, Pavilion and Piccolo Me (their newest restaurants).

 

Price: Free

Opening Hours: April – September: Daily from 07.00 – 18.00, October: Daily from 07.00 – 19.30, November – February: Daily from 07.00 – 20.00, May – August: Daily from 07.00 – 17.30, June – July: Daily from 07.00 – 17.00, March: Daily from 07.00 – 18.30

Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

The Rocks

The Rocks is the area where the first non-native settlers of Australia once stepped ashore in 1788. Since then, it has changed from a settlement of sailors, convicts and gangs to a now electric, buzzing area full of entertainment and things to do. From markets and bars to many cobbled lanes filled with boutique stores, there’s something for everyone in this unique area.

Price: Free

Opening Hours: Varies depending on venue

Address: The Rocks, NSW, 2000, Australia

For an active visit to Sydney, start with a Sydney Bridge climb. Later, explore history on a walking tour of The Rocks. Jogging the trails of the Royal Botanic Garden is another way to stay active in Sydney. Or take the ferry to Manly for a coastal journey along the Manly Scenic Walkway. And don’t forget a tour of the Sydney Opera House

By Donna, My Itchy Travel Feet

Taronga Zoo

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Jump on a ferry from the harbour and head to Taronga Zoo. Not only are there many exciting experiences to be had with animals but you’ll also see stunning views of the Sydney Harbour. There are over 4,000 creatures to be found at this zoo, some native to Australia (kangaroos, koala bears etc.) and some from lands across the oceans. There are also animal feeding displays, daily shows and talks from zoo keepers throughout the day. This is the perfect place to visit if you’re an animal lover or are travelling as a family, as the kids will be entertained all day (and so will you). A number of events are held at this zoo each year, so visit their website to find out more about what you can expect during your trip.

Price: Admission for adults is $46 on the gate, with concessions costing $36, children from 4-15 years costing $26 and infants under 4 entering for free. Discounts are available if you buy online or purchase a family ticket.

Opening Hours: Daily (except Christmas day) from 09.30, with closing times varying from 16.00 to 17.00 during the year

Address: Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, NSW, 2088, Australia

Other Areas of Sydney

Besides the beaches and Sydney Harbour, another two areas we would recommend exploring are Darling Harbour and Woolloomooloo. Darling Harbour (Sydney, 2000, Australia) is home to a number of fun things to do, including visiting the Australian National Maritime Museum, Chinese Garden of Friendship and exploring the bars, coastal area, shops and restaurants.

Woolloomooloo (Sydney, 20111, Australia) is a smaller suburb in Sydney and things to do around there tend to cost a little less than they do at the harbours. There’s a real melting pot of restaurants in this area, so if you’re looking for a little food inspiration, we recommend going here.

Blue Mountains

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If you’re looking for an excursion out of Sydney for a day or two, then head to the Blue Mountains (Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia). This area is a World Heritage Site and can be reached in less than two hours from Sydney (either by car or train). There are a huge amount of activities to enjoy here, including guided bush walks, exploration of the ancient Jenolan Caves and simply taking in the beautiful waterfalls, valleys and wildlife.

Visitors are likely to learn more about the Aboriginal culture here, as a wealth of reminders in the forms of rock art and cave dwellings still remain. There are a number of guided tours that will take you on walks that last several hours and will teach you more about the environment you will be navigating. (Blue Mountains Walkabout Tour is a very sophisticated and popular option.)

Beaches in Sydney

There are a number of beaches in Sydney but the two most famous have to be Bondi Beach and Manly Beach.

 

Bondi Beach

Learn to surf, stroll along the delicate white sands, swim in the ocean or simply relax on the shores. There’s nothing not to love about this famous Sydney beach. Nearby attractions include farmers’ markets and bars where you can sip on a tasty cocktail whilst soaking in the sun.

Another popular thing to do nearby is to walk the Bondi to Coogee Coastline. The walk only takes 1-2 hours (when walking along in a leisurely manner) and it is one of the most picturesque walks in all of Sydney. Between May and November, this is also one of the top spots to start whale watching. Besides these incredible creatures, you will also walk by cliffs and prime snorkelling spots, so pack your goggles just in case.

Manly Beach

The relaxed, playful atmosphere that surrounds Manly Beach is one of many reasons as to why it is so popular with locals and travellers. The area provides everything you’ll need for a day (or night), including a beautiful coastline, waves for surfing and water ideal for swimming. There are a number of bars and shops in the area too, so if you want to break up your day on the beach with something a little different, the options are endless. To get to Manly Beach, you will need to hop on a ferry from the harbour.

Other things to do in the area include exploring the North Head Sanctuary. Starting at Shelley Beach, you will have over 10km of dense bushland and astounding views to discover. You can book a tour (on Sundays) onsite or explore the area for yourself. Try and catch the sunset over the cliffs, as this view is highly romantic and quite sensational.

Alternatively, try the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk, where you will be able to branch off and see Aboriginal rock engravings at the Grotto Point Lighthouse. There are a number of other beaches along your walk so if you need a cool down, you can take a dip in the sea at Reef Beach or one of the many other sandy stretches.

With its stunning harbour and incredible beaches, there is so much on offer for families to experience in Sydney. Our favourites are: the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach, a day at Palm Beach, a play at Darling Harbour, and a walk around Circular Quay and across the Harbour Bridge for an afternoon of fun at Luna Park

By Caz and Craig, Y Travel

Shopping in Sydney

Sydney has everything to offer when it comes to shopping. From trendy markets to high quality malls, we’re sure you’ll find what you’re looking for and more. The following are just a few destinations we think you’ll want to try:

The Queen Victoria Building

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This is an architecturally astounding building housing over 180 of the finest shops for fashion, jewellery and homewares. There are also a number of restaurants and cafés located onsite, so you won’t have to go far for a pick me up.

Address: 455 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday & Friday: 09.00 – 18.00, Thursday: 09.00 – 21.00, Saturday: 10.00 – 16.00, Sunday: 11.00 – 16.00

The Pitt Street Mall

Located right in the heart of the city, this is the main shopping district in Sydney. It is spread over two city blocks and is home to approximately 600 stores. As one of the most cosmopolitan retail precincts in all of Australia, it’s no wonder that Pitt Street Mall attracts flocks of shopping fanatics from across the globe. No matter what you are looking for, you’re sure to find it here.

Address: Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

Opening Hours: Daily: 09.00 – 20.00

The Rocks Markets

These characterful weekend markets come in all different shapes and sizes. Boasting a cool and relaxed environment, you’ll be able to explore a stunning array of stalls selling everything from fashion and photography to jewellery, arts, crafts and more. On Fridays, there’s also a delectable Foodies Market that is guaranteed to delight all your senses.

Address: Playfair and George Streets, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

Opening Hours: Friday: 09.00 – 15.00, Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

The Strand Arcade

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This little slice of shopping heaven was built in 1892 and the stunning Victorian-style venue has remained open ever since in its original form. It was influenced by the famous street in London and includes an array of different designer boutiques and sophisticated stores. If you’ve got some cash to splash, this is the place to spend it in style.

Address: 412-414 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday & Friday: 09.00 – 17.30, Thursday: 09.00 – 21.00, Saturday: 09.00 – 16.00, Sunday: 11.00 – 16.00

Fun Facts About Sydney

  • Dangerous critters: The city is home to one of the most dangerous spiders on earth, known as the Sydney Funnel Web Spider. This arachnid is so dangerous, it can kill a human being in just 15 minutes.
  • As seen on TV: You may recognise some parts of Sydney without realising why. If that’s the case, then it may be that you’ve caught an episode or two of popular Australian soap opera Home and Away, as the exterior shots are often taken from Palm Beach in Sydney.
  • On the silver screen: It’s a hub of film and celebrity, with famous actors such as Russell Crowe and Rebel Wilson being Sydney natives. The iconic city has also provided the backdrop for major Hollywood blockbusters, like Planet of the Apes and The Matrix.
  • An Easter celebration like no other: Every Easter, Sydney hosts the largest annual event in the country: the Sydney Royal Easter Show. A little under a million people attend each year and it is well worth checking out if you are in the city during this time.

Food in Sydney

Sydney’s brunches are magical, and if there’s only one cafe you’ve got to visit in this city, it’s Devon. Located within the dynamic cultural hub of Surry Hills, Devon is often buzzing with locals and discerning tourists. Tickle your tastebuds with some of their moreish offerings: The Little Lost Bread and Breakfast with Sakuma’s. They absolutely aced brunch!

By Amie Hu, http://www.amiehu.com/

A city of leisurely long lunches and diverse, delicious cuisine, you’ll find it hard not to find a place to eat in Sydney that is aligned to your tastes. There are fine dining options or places to get cheap eats that will leave you surprised at how little you had to pay for such a treat. We’re always on the lookout for new dining spots worthy of a strong recommendation, so to help you tuck into something tasty during your trip, here are some of our favourite and very different dining destinations.

Chur Burger

For the best burger in town, head to Chur Burger. A boutique burger and shake shack, you’ll be able to sample an all time favourite with mouth-watering modern twists, thanks to the expertly crafted menu created by award-winning chef Warren Turnbull. It’s guaranteed to leave you highly satisfied and coming back for more.

Address: 48 Albion Street, Surry Hills, 2010

Opening Hours: Monday: 11.30 – 21.00, Tuesday – Saturday: 11.30 – 22.00, Sunday: Closed

Sepia

If you’re on the hunt for a fine dining experience that will require you to have a bigger budget, you won’t be disappointed with Sepia. Unlike other fine dining restaurants that can be a little pretentious, this restaurant’s atmosphere is warming and welcoming. The food is cooked to perfection but the best part is its truly experimental nature and astounding presentation.

Address: Darling Park, Ground Floor, 201 Sussex Street, 2000

Opening Hours: Sunday – Monday: Closed, Tuesday – Thursday: 18.30 – 22.00, Friday – Saturday: 12.00 – 16.00, 18.30 – 22.00

The Mandoo

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For one of the best cheap eats you’ll ever experience, visit The Mandoo. This Korean restaurant is truly authentic, with everything you eat being made in house, from scratch by their exceptionally talented chefs. This restaurant serves an array of dumplings and some of the best kimchi soup you will ever try.

Address: 12A, The Boulevarde, Strathfield, 2135

Opening Hours: Daily: 11.00 – 21.00

The Bourke Street Bakery

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Bourke Street Bakery. For dessert lovers and pastry fans, this should definitely be one of the places you visit in Sydney for a spot of culinary indulgence. This bakery stays true to its name and does not try and outwit you with complex ingredients. The smell of chocolate, pastry or sausage rolls floats down the street, to all of those eagerly waiting in line to try some of these delights.

Address: 633 Bourke St., Surry Hills, 2010

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 07.00 – 18.00, Saturday – Sunday: 07.00 – 17.00

The Sydney cafe scene is largely urban, creative and chefs play a large focus on using local produce in its many wholesome, nutrition-driven dishes. A Sydney institution you must visit is Bourke Street Bakery – this cafe has evolved from a dodgy operation out of a beaten old car to the wildly successful cafe/bakery chain it is today.”

By Seth Lui, sethlui.com

Nightlife in Sydney

Like any modern metropolitan city, the nightlife in Sydney has plenty to offer to all different kinds of travellers. Whether you’re looking for a bar where you can hang out with the locals or a nightclub to dance the night away, Sydney has it all.

The Rocks and King Street Wharf are known for being a little classier and upmarket, but all other areas of Sydney still offer an exciting experience. Explore the list below to get started on your journey through the night time economy of Sydney.

Café Sydney

This charming venue treats customers with one of the most breath-taking views of the Sydney Harbour area, including the Opera House. It’s located at the top of Customs House, so you can enjoy the fading sun whilst sipping on a cocktail or wine from their extensive and accomplished list. If you feel like staying for dinner, the fine dining experience will not disappoint.

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 12.00 – 22.00, Saturday: 17.00 – 22.00, Sunday: 12.00 – 16.00

Address: 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

The Grasshopper

Decked out with retro furniture and bustling with a vibrant atmosphere, it’s not hard to see why this unique venue was once voted the Best Small Bar of the Year. It has since maintained the honour it was bestowed and, with its wonderful selection of inventive jam jar cocktails and flavourful Asian food, it brings you a relaxed, entertaining nightlife experience in Sydney.

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday & Saturday: 16.00 – 00.00, Friday: 12.00 – 01.00, Sunday: Closed

Address: 1 Temperance Lane, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

The Blu Bar on 36

Rivalling Café Sydney, this quirky named establishment also offers some of the best panoramic views across the city. This upmarket bar has mixologists who have created a unique style of cocktail called Liquid Physics. Its talented staff will make sure any drink you have is perfectly suited to your tastes.

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 17.00 – 00.00, Friday – Saturday: 16.00 – 01.00, Sunday: 15.00 – 23.00

Address: Level 36 Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

The Marble Bar

Be transported back into a beautifully designed art deco drinking establishment, where the cocktails are equally as beautiful as your environment. This Victorian-styled venue also boasts a sophisticated drinks menu and gourmet bar snacks, which wonderfully complement those handsome mahogany interiors. Its style may hark back to an older age, but the Marble Bar has all the ingredients you need for a modern night out on the town.

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 15.30 – 00.00, Friday: 15.30 – 02.00, Saturday: 15.30 – 03.00

Address: Level B1, Hilton Sydney Hotel, 488 George Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia

For an alternative experience and to really feel like a local, we recommend trying one of the Sydney Pub Tours. There are many companies offering tours around charismatic, charming and historically significant pubs of Sydney. Much like the English, pubs are an inherent part of Sydney’s culture and these tours are an alternative way of discovering and learning more about the heritage of the city.

Top Tips for Travelling to Sydney

  • Know how much to tip: Tipping in Sydney is expected in restaurants, with a reasonable amount considered to be between 10- 15%. If you would like to reward exceptional service, you can add a little extra gratuity onto your bill though.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather: Although Sydney is relatively mild for the most part, it can get very hot in summer. With that in mind, make sure you dress in light, airy clothes and bring plenty of sunscreen. Rainfall is also fairly common so pack accordingly, just in case
  • You don’t need to carry too much cash: Sydney is a modern city and as such, cash is usually not needed for most transactions, with credit cards accepted at most stores and restaurant. The exception to this would mainly be very small, local or independent retailers. If you do need cash, there’s plenty of places to exchange your holiday money for the local currency.
  • Make note of dress codes: Sydney may be well known for the laid back attitudes of its locals, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t the odd dress code here and there. So if you’re planning on heading somewhere particularly fancy, we recommend checking on expected dress before rocking up in shorts and sandals

Hotels in Sydney

The best things to do in Sydney are to enjoy the nature and soak up the atmosphere. For the coolest cafes and bars, head to Crown St in Surry Hills or King St in Newtown. Bondi Beach is a must – but walk along the cliffs towards Coogee for the best views. Another great walk is from the Spit Bridge to Manly. A drink on the roof at the Glenmore Hotel in the Rocks is a perfect way to finish the day.

By Michael Turtle, Time Travel Turtle

Luxury Hotels in Sydney

Luxury is in abundance in this modern, coastal metropolis and it extends beyond its streets, restaurants and attractions into the accommodation on offer. The Swissotel Sydney is highly recommended by our guests and conveniently located in the heart of Sydney on Market Street. It can be found within the historic Grace Bros. building and includes a health club (with spa services), a coffee shop and a bar where you will have access to wine from their cellar, which is filled with over 3,000 bottles.

Alternatively, highly chic and utterly sophisticated, is the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour Sydney hotel. Located nearby to Darling Harbour, The SeaLife Aquarium, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour, this hotel also adds convenience to its long list of outstanding qualities. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi and guests have access to the two onsite restaurants, fitness centre, bar/lounge, coffee shop and more.

For the ultimate luxury experience, a stay at The Langham will not fail to impress. For those on a honeymoon or just looking for a memorable and lavish stay, we recommend this Sydney hotel and all of its amenities. This hotel’s décor pays tribute to the classic lines and curves of the 19th century, but incorporates a modern twist to achieve a decadent style. Guests will have access to the hotel’s two restaurants, swimming pool, spa, gym, cocktail bar and more. You will also be located within The Rocks, close by to popular sightseeing destinations such as The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour.

For a memorable experience with outstanding views from your bedroom, we would recommend the Park Hyatt Sydney. This hotel is at the upper end of the luxury traveller’s budget (on average a night’s stay can cost over SG$800) but is well worth every penny. It is in a perfect location, nearby to some of the main sights in Sydney and situated on the water, so you’ll have that soothing feeling only the sound of lapping waves can provide. If you’re on your honeymoon, the way the water lights up at night is highly romantic and the ideal way to spend this special time of your life.

All luxury hotels in Sydney cost, on average, at least SG$150 per night stay. These costs are subject to change based on the time of your trip and how long you plan on staying.

Mid-Range Hotels in Sydney

The Radisson Hotel & Suites is an ideal location for those looking for a mid-range hotel in Sydney. This accommodation delivers on all things quality and has been highly recommended by previous Expedia customers. The hotel is a short distance from top sights to see in Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House and is situated at the crossroads of Chinatown and the Darling Quarter (a cultural epicentre). The hotel has an indoor pool and spa facilities, including a spa tub, sauna and fitness room.

There are a number of mid-range hotel options in Sydney if you’re willing to find yourself a little further away from the key sights, such as The Sydney Harbour Bridge and neighbouring areas. The Sebel Sydney Chatswood is approximately 10km away, but nearby you will find the luxury Chatswood Golf Club and Killara Golf Club. So if you’re looking to practice your swing whilst on holiday, this could be the accommodation option for you. The apartments include an outdoor pool, spa tub, sauna and fitness centre for when you just want to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing.

If you’re looking for accommodation closer to the beaches in Sydney, then perhaps try staying at the Coogee Bay Hotel Pub Style. This accommodation is less luxurious than some of the other options, but provides a lot of entertainment to make up for it. Onsite is a casino, restaurant and nightclub, with a delightful outside area where you can soak up the Sydney sun. The best part is that the hotel is located on Coogee Beach, so you won’t have to travel far to enjoy the Australian surf.

All of these hotels will cost on average between SG$100-150 per night stay, but as always, these prices are subject to change.

Budget Hotels in Sydney

For accommodation that costs less than SG$100 per night’s stay (on average), we recommend the following Sydney hotels.

Firstly, The Mercantile is an adult only hotel located within The Rocks, only a short 14-minute walk from the Circular Quays and Sydney Harbour Bridge. In addition to the convenient location, the hotel also has two onsite restaurants and provides free breakfast on weekdays.

Alternatively, the Aspire Hotel Sydney is a located approximately 5km away from Sydney Harbour, nearby to the Darling Quarter in an area called Ultimo. The hotel provides room service, in-room refrigerators and coffee makers. The Hotel Challis is located a little closer to the coast (3km from Sydney Opera House) and includes all of the amenities you will need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. It’s located in an area called Potts Point, which is nearby to the famously named Woolloomooloo Wharf.

For more hotels in Sydney, explore the Expedia Singapore website and find the best accommodation for your stay.

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Getting Around In Sydney

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Despite its huge size and large population, getting around Sydney is a lot easier than you might actually think. The public transport services offer a high quality experience and areas are very well connected. There are trams, ferries, trains, buses and more, and owing to popular attractions being very close together, walking around is also very easy to do.

Sydney Opal Card

This card is an integrated smartcard that you can use on most public transport systems. You will be able to purchase one of these at a number of newsagents, convenience stores or supermarkets in Sydney. Once you have purchased your card, you can top it up and just touch the card reader at the designated spots when using the transport systems.

Buses in Sydney

Sydney has a large bus network operating around the city, which usually runs from 05.00 in the morning until midnight. After midnight, the night bus system starts but these are less frequent than the day time buses.

Bus tickets are available from the drivers for AU$2.40-4.70. However, there are some services that are prepay only: in which case, you’ll have to use an Opal Card. There is also a free shuttle bus (the 555) that runs between Central Station, George Street, Circular Quay and Elizabeth Street from 09.30 to 15.30 on weekdays, except for Thursday when it runs until 21.00. During the weekend, it is operational from 09.30 to 18.00.

Ferries

The ferries in Sydney are usually operational from 06.00 to midnight and fares are quite cheap for harbour destinations (usually less than AU$8.00).

Trams in Sydney

The tram system in Sydney runs between Central Station, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, The Star Casino, Sydney Fish Market and Glebe. You can purchase your ticket from the tram conductor and prices range from AU$3.80-4.80.

Cars in Sydney

Along with a number of taxi companies, you can also hire your own car and drive around Sydney. However, we would recommend using the public transport system as Sydney has a number of one way driving systems that can be quite confusing. Furthermore, finding a parking spot can prove to be difficult. Ask your concierge for more help when trying to acquire a taxi.

Best Time to Visit Sydney

Sydney is there to be enjoyed all year round. There is something to do whatever the weather or occasion. To indulge in the beach lifestyle and practice your surfing skills, enjoy picnics in the parks or sunshine filled cruises around the harbour, we would recommend visiting during their summer months, from December to February. Another reason to visit in the summer is to experience Christmas and New Year in Sydney. This includes fireworks over the Sydney Opera House and streets filled with entertainment.

However, if you’re looking for a reprieve from the Singaporean heat, then we would not suggest going during summer. Alternatively, the autumn months (March to May) will allow you to experience comfortably warm days and pleasantly mild nights, which are perfect for strolling around. All of the attractions in this guide are just as enjoyable, if not more so, during this time. You’re also likely to avoid the crowds if you can manage to visit outside of the school holiday times.

For a much cheaper deal, head to Sydney during their winter months, which take place between June to August. This is the best time to visit Sydney, not only for cheaper prices, but to also avoid any overcrowding. During these months, it may not be quite a good idea to head to the beach to have fun in the ocean, but it is great for walking and exploring without getting too hot (there’s nothing a good jumper and coat cannot fix).

Finally, springtime in Sydney (September to November) is beautiful and probably the best time to visit in terms of weather. You’ll experience the least amount of rain and it will be the most enjoyable time to be active in the city. Whether this is picking up a bike and cycling around, going on a hike or simply exploring the sights, you’re not likely to find an issue with the weather.

Flights to Sydney

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When arriving in Sydney, you will land in the Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport. The primary hub for tourists and locals entering the city, this international airport is conveniently located in the suburb of Mascot, just 8km south of the city centre. This means it is easy to travel onto your destination by hired vehicle or public transport once you arrive.

With nearly 42 million passengers each year, Sydney Airport is the busiest in the whole of Australia, so it should come as no surprise that there are plenty of flight services to choose from. There are around 65 flights every week from Singapore Changi airport, with seven airlines offering direct flights between the two airports. The average flight time between the two destinations is 7 hours and 35 minutes.

You’ll be pleased to know that Expedia Singapore have a huge selection of airlines that fly to this sunshine city. Explore the website further to find out which flight to Sydney is perfect for your trip.