A multicultural city, Sydney is filled with art, history and beauty from many different walks of life. There is something to please just about everyone - the stunning white sands and azure waters of Bondi and Palm Beach, the vibrant nightlife on Kings Cross, the riveting performances at the Sydney Opera House and the spectacularly natural beauty of Royal Botanic Gardens.
Although this city is known to be kind to the budget traveller, flights to Sydney are often expensive unless you book well in advance or do not mind taking economy-class seats.
Best time to travel to Sydney
From December through to March, tourists flock to this city in order to enjoy the warmth and play in the Sydney Harbour, visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park, or view the stone carvings at the Royal National Park.
Visitors also come to take part in the many celebrations that occur during these months, like the Sydney Festival, the acclaimed Tropfest short film festival, and Mardi Gras.
The price of accommodation and flights to Sydney lower from mid-April to mid-May, mid-August to September, and mid-December to mid-January. Although there are still many tourists around, visitors typically thin out during these periods, leaving plenty of room to enjoy the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, skate at the Macquarie Ice Rink, or canoe the Sydney waterways in peace.
Flights are at their cheapest from June to August. Although tourists flee the city during this period, it is still a great time to visit, as both indoor and outdoor activities are still in full swing. For instance, you can take a tour through the Powerhouse Museum, or take in a rugby league game at ANZ Stadium.
Sydney Airport and transfer information
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD)
Distance: 8km south of Sydney's centre
The cheapest transport is the shuttle bus. Many hotels offer complimentary shuttles to their guests, while other shuttle services may require a small fee. Local buses and trains are also available from this airport. If you require more flexibility in your trip, you can rent a car or limousine for a higher rate.
Online resources for your travel to Sydney
The official City of Sydney website provides details on attractions, events, dining, and accommodation.
The Safetravel website offers information on safety and health issues, as well as important local contacts.
The Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport website gives details on flights, ground transport, and in-airport facilities and service.