Perfectly Landscaped Parks
Sydney has a stunning coastline with dozens of amazing beaches (some of them are known world-wide) and various pristine natural reserves on the doorstep of the city. Even the CBD is dressed in perfectly landscaped Parks and green areas that will make you feel like you are in a tropical paradise.
Amazing Food and Bar Scenes
Sydney’s food and drink scene is something that you cannot miss. Sydney offers a broad range of multicultural options depending on whether you decide to have a chilled night with good food and a great view, or you want to dance the night away in a stunning bar by the water with a great range of cocktails and drinks.
Famous Bondi-Bronte Coast
For the early risers, the city offers an amazing range of options. If you decide to stay close to the city centre, you can go for a walk along the Bondi-Bronte coastal track or stroll the calmer sands of Coogee followed by a nutritious breakfast at one of the many cafes that the city has to offer.
Explore Greater Sydney
On the other hand, if you decide that you want to get out of the city area, you can find stunning places that you would never expect to find only 90 minutes away from a major city. You can go to the Blue Mountains, or get lost in the Royal National Park (but please don’t get really lost) or if you are a bit more adventurous, you can find the jaw-dropping Jervis Bay, a bit further than 2 hours from Sydney CBD. The blue waters and white sands of Hyams beach will make you the envy of Instagram.
Whatever your preference is, Sydney is a city that will definitely exceed your expectations!!
Find out further details about Sydney
Sydney has the so-called Mediterranean climate, with warm – hot summers, humidity with an average maximum temperature of 27° C, while winters are mild, with an average maximum temperature of 18° C. Rain is spread evenly across the year, with June being the wettest month and September the driest.
- 1 Private room: $200 – $350/ week
- Shared room: $150 – $270/ week
- Bread: $2.50 – $4.50
- Milk: $2.00 – $4.50
- Pasta/Rice: $1.00 – $3.00
- Chicken breast: $10 per kilo approx.
- Standard meal: from $10.00 – $20.00 or higher depending on the meal
- Fast Food: $10.00 – $15.00
- Cup of Coffee: from $3.50 (But you can get it cheaper at the petrol station)
- Movies: $15.00 – $30.00
- Haircut: $20.00 – $30.00
- Petrol: from $1.20/ L
Public transport (Opal)
Sydney has many transport options such as; buses, trains, trams and ferries to get around the city and surroundings. These are affordable and comparably very safe.
To use public transport in Sydney you will need an Opal Card (Similar transport cards are used in the rest of Australia) or a single ticket. Both require you to tap on at the beginning of your trip and tap off when you get off at your destination (www.opal.com.au).
This Opal Card can be recharged as many times as you need at the machines which you will find at every train station, or you can simply download the app on your phone and recharge directly using your debit/credit card.
*Bear in mind that travelling without an Opal Card/Ticket is considered an offence and you are subject to be fined by a police officer.
Sydney has a broad range of accommodation options whether you are here for a long period of time or just for a short holiday. If you are going to live here for a while we recommend that you visit the following websites:
If you decide that you want to get accommodation sorted before your arrival in Australia, we can help by finding you a homestay in an area that suits your needs. Contact one of our experienced consultants to find out more about accommodation options in Sydney.
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Things to do
Harbour Bridge Climb: This is probably one of the most iconic activities you can experience in Sydney. You will enjoy a stunning view of the city while you get an adrenaline rush. You can enjoy this climb in the daylight, evening or night. Either way the experience is amazing!
Taronga Zoo: 30 minutes from the Opera House by ferry you can visit one of the most famous Zoos in Australia. At Taronga Zoo you will experience Australian wildlife first-hand while you enjoy the amazing views of the city skyline in the background.
Walk along Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour: Sydney is a city built literally on the water. You can start walking at the Sydney Opera House, stop to buy some souvenirs at one of the many cosy shops in The Rocks (The oldest neighbourhood in Sydney CBD), keep walking under the Harbour Bridge through Barangaroo to end up in the breath-taking Darling Harbour. All this with a stunning water view!!
Markets and Museums: Sydney has plenty of themed museums, theatres, markets and outdoor activities to visit. We recommend the Maritime Museum, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo, the Powerhouse Museum, the Rocks Markets, just to name a few.
Hike into the Blue Mountains: Located no more than two hours train trip from the city, the Blue Mountains National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a 5 hours hike track through Wentworth Falls, up the highest outdoor staircase in Australia, and then then through Jamison Valley.
Figure 8 Pools and Royal National Park hike: 90 minutes from Sydney CBD, The Royal National Park is located just south of Sydney. The stunning beaches, sea cliffs, and bushland you will find along the way will make this experience more like an adventure. You will be able to look for whales and dolphins along the coast from scenic lookouts such as Bald Hill and Providential Point or take a swim in the amazing Figure 8 Pools.
Northern Beaches: Located just north of the city and starting on the stunning seaside town of Manly and finishing on Palm Beach, you can find the famous Sydney Northern Beaches. Well known for being one of most famous Australian Surf Reserves and with plenty of spots to soak up sunshine and fresh ocean air, this area is full of wonderful experiences; unwind at the sheltered Shelly Beach in Cabbage Tree Bay, hike up to the Palm Beach lighthouse, enjoy a delicious meal in one of the broad range of restaurants at Manly Beach or just go for a beach tour at the beautiful Whale Beach.
Facts about Sydney
- Sydney has over 100 beaches ranging from small to few kilometres long
- George Street is the oldest Street in Sydney
- The Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s 3rd largest fish market.
- Sydney’s postcode is 2000, the same number as the year it hosted the Olympics
- The endless beautiful blue water that makes Sydney so superb is the world’s deepest natural harbour. It holds a colossal 504,000 megalitres of water
- Sydney suburb of Point Piper is the city’s most exclusive and expensive area. With some of the most exclusive and expensive houses in the world
- Blue Mountains get their name from the eucalyptus forests whose leaves discharge a fine mist of eucalyptus oil which creates a blue haze. This region was made a UNESCO World Heritage Area in 2000.
- The biggest national holiday in Sydney is celebrated on the 26th of January because it marks the day of the very first landing of British convicts in the Australian city.
- Sydney’s Funnel web spider is one of the most poisonous spiders in the world.
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