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Sydney Opera House, Australia

Sydney Opera House, (c) Can Stock Photo Inc. / RuthBlack

Sydney is the largest city in Australia with a population of about 5 million.  Captain Cook sailed into Botany Bay in 1770 and the city was founded in 1778 with the establishment of a penal colony.  The city is centered around Port Jackson and Botany Bay in the state of New South Wales.  The Blue Mountains are to the west and Royal National Park is south of the city.


Sydney is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so its seasons are reversed as compared to Europe or North America.  Temperatures in the winter months of May to September average highs of about 19 C (67 F) and lows of 10 C (50 F), while the summer months around December average 27 C (80 F) for highs and 18 C (65 F) for lows.  Summer months can experience periods of very hot weather and high humidity.  Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, but the months of January to June do see slightly higher amounts of precipitation.  December is a popular month to visit and spend Christmas at the beach.  



For information on transportation from the airport, visit Sydney Airport .com.au


Attractions along the Sydney waterfront:

Things to see and do in the Hyde Park area:

Things to see and do in the ANZAC Bridge area:


Things to see and do in urban Sydney:

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge, (c) Can Stock Photo Inc. / mroz

Things to see and do near Sydney:

  • Manly Beach - the suburb of Manly is a about a half hour from downtown Sydney.  It is a popular beach and community with many restaurants and shops along the waterfront.  Manly Beach is on the open ocean, outside the bays that shelter Sydney.  You will find Manly Sealife Sanctuary in a nearby cove.  There is regular ferry service between Manly and Circular Quay in Sydney.  Walk between Manly Beach and the ferry landing at manly wharf on the Corso.

  • Palm Beach - an excellent beach an hour north of Sydney.

  • The Entrance, Pelican Feeding - on the Central Coast, north of Palm Beach.

Sydney Tours:

  • Royal National Park - known as Nasho or the Royal.  It's located an hour south of Sydney on the way to Wollongong Beaches.

  • Wollongong Beaches - two hours south of Sydney with 17 beaches to choose from, including North and South Wollongong Beaches.

  • The Blue Mountains National Park - a World Heritage area about 1.5 hours west of Sydney at Katoomba.  It includes the Three Sisters Viewpoint, Wentworth Falls and Mount Tomah Botanic Garden.

  • Jenolan Caves - another hour west of Katoomba takes you to the best cave site in Australia.

  • Travel the continent on Rail Australia.  Take the Great Southern Railway's India Pacific to Adelaide and then catch the famous Ghan for a trip across Australia from south (Adelaide) to north (Darwin) with a stop in Alice Springs for a visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock).

Hotels in Sydney:

Take That Vacation Recommendations for Sydney:

Kingsford Smith (Sydney) International Airport - SYD (Booking.com) - including a list of hotels with a shuttle.

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