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Why fly to Sydney?
Sydney is quietly remarkable. It is a city with much to boast but too classy to do so. Sitting on the Tasman Sea and flanked by the Blue Mountains, Australia's first settled city is sharp and modern but balanced on a giant slab of ruggedly awesome beauty.
The city has numerous galleries and museums, one of the best is the Museum of Contemporary Art, which houses exhibits that truly reflect the country's mosaic. The museum has work by local Aboriginal artists and also provides exhibits artistically detailing the effects of colonialism. Outdoor activities in the city are supreme and aplenty, from biking, hiking to surfing, backroading and hang-gliding. One of the great Sydney trails is located between Bondi Beach and Coogee Bay, the clifftop saunter will leave you breathless, not because of the exertion but the stunning views of clean, glistening water and the beaches that go on for days.
The Sydney Opera House is known worldwide and a must-see on any visitor's list, but beyond that there are the Royal Botanical Gardens and Darling Harbour that also beckon. Sydney was host of the 2000 Summer Olympics and for good reason as it is one athletic city and home to numerous sports teams. Cricket and rugby are hugely popular sports and taking in a game will give you a cool glimpse into city culture as fans show their passionate side in the stands.
Whether it's a day at the beach or a camp out by the fire or even a fancy dinner near one of the many harbors, Sydney promises to be a holiday of glittering aqua, fresh open skies and the land down under at its finest.
Call Sydney, Sunny for short. The sun shines down on the city for a total of 10 months worth of days per year. Summers are hot and tease in the 30s often. The winters can be fairly chilly with numbers hovering around 0, which means an insulated jacket is required if you're planning on being outdoors for any length of time.
When to fly to Sydney
Summers are a busy time in city, the December through February period is when most tourists make their way down under while up above gets a little chilly. January is perfect surfing and tanning weather, and it is also festival season. All of this together means flight prices for the city are very high.
If you're a smart traveller you'll head into the city just before peak summer, scoring some flight savings as well as getting there just slightly before it is very hot, and more akin to just plain pleasant. October and November are good months to book flights as you will find seat sales. April is also a good time to snare some flight deals.
Getting into Sydney
Your flight will land at Kingsford Smith Airport which is located just 10 minutes south of the city. There are several ways to travel from the airport into the city. The city has a great rail service that gets you from the airport to pretty much anywhere you want to be.. You can also take a public bus or airport shuttle. Check with your hotel, they may also have a pick up service. Alternatively, you can take a taxi from outside of the terminal.
Getting around Sydney
The city has many public transportation options for getting around the city. You can take the public buses that travel all over the city. The light rail provides a quick and efficient way to get around the city. In addition, there is also a public ferry service that not only gets you from point A to point B, but the ride in itself is something you have to do to get a wonderful view of Sydney from the harbor.
- For a heart-thudding rush, do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb. The climb will take you to the top of the south arch. If you do plan to do it, make sure you are in shape or get in shape before you go because it certainly is not for the faint of heart.
- For a visit to the Sydney of old but bathed in new, head to The Rocks. The area is art and culture central with numerous galleries and museums hosted within the area. In addition, funky restaurants and chic as well as not-so-chic shops line the major thoroughfare. If you want a learn about the city's checkered past, take a walk to Fort Denison and learn about the city's penal colony beginnings.
- The Taronga Zoo is a great place to go if you are travelling with children. The zoo was opened in the beginning of the 20th century and is home to great exhibits that educate about the country's native animals.
- For a little green time, head to an example of an excellent urban park, Hyde Park is located in the center of the city so you will see suits, ties and heels out for lunch time strolls and afternoon breaks.
- There all sorts of strategic locations you can get a great view of the city, one of the great ones is from the Sydney Tower Eye. The eye looking over the bridge is located on the Westfield building, which is the tallest building in the city. Extreme adventure alert: OK maybe it's not as extreme as going skydiving but head out on the open-air sky walk and even the biggest daredevils will have a few moments contemplation about what the next few minutes may hold.
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