Sydney, Australia is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and if you have never had the chance to visit the land down under, there are some excellent discount travel packages available for holiday accommodation.
For 16 days the city played host to competitors competing for gold from 199 nations during the 2000 summer Olympics, also called the Millennium Games. Sydney sold out of tickets for every event and had all of the venues completed before the Olympics began. These days Stadium Australia is still used for the Grand Final Rugby League championship, sporting events and concerts. The games boosted the Australian economy and did much for the city of Sydney. In the year 2010, 2.7 million tourists visited from overseas and an astounding 7 million headed to Sydney from other parts of Australia.
Due to Australia being in the southern hemisphere the summer starts in December and ends in February. During this time you can expect warm summers with a temperate climate. The average for the three months of summer ranges between 18-25 degrees Celsius (65-79 degrees Fahrenheit). Spring and fall are fairly moderate as well, while the winter months are considered quite mild compared to cities like Melbourne which can get quite chilly during June, July, August and September. Although Australia is considered to be warm and sunny all year round, you can actually participate in snow sports like skiing and snowboarding during the winter in the Snowy Mountains which are located in Victoria just south of New South Wales.
Sydney is beautiful all year round, but one of the best times to visit is May through September which is the southern hemisphere’s fall and winter. During this time most of the airlines have excellent deals on flight tickets and holiday accommodation is quite reasonable, especially large holiday homes.
Sydney is known for its beautiful beaches, and if you love to surf, swim or just work on your tan you will not be disappointed. Bondi Beach is in the eastern suburbs and is one of the most well-known Australian beaches in the world. There is an open top bus tour that will take you from the city through Bondi and back. You can hop-on and hop-off as you wish allowing you to spend as much time as you like at any one particular location. Take the Ferry from Circular Quay, travel through the heads and you will end up in Manly. Have a bite to eat at one of the local seafood restaurants or watch the surfers hang ten. Some of the most well-known boarding competitions take place at Manly Beach.
The image above shows Bondi Beach when viewed from the north.
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Of course you cannot travel to Sydney without visiting the oldest part of the city. The Rocks is the birthplace of the capital of New South Wales and today is a thriving rocky peninsula that sits beneath the harbour bridge. Take a walking tour down cobbled stone streets and have a pint at the local pub or take a ghost tour if you dare. Learn more about the history by visiting one of the museums in the area.
Other must see Sydney activities include a tour of the Opera House and a climb to the top of the harbour bridge. Taronga Zoo has got to be on your to do list and if you have the time, take a day trip to the Blue Mountains. It is rare that you will see a koala; kangaroo or wombat in the city, but you may get lucky and spot a native marsupial while you are exploring the caves or taking pictures of The Three Sisters.
A classic image of the Sydney Opera House is shown above.
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What are you waiting for? Book your tickets today and start enjoying Sydney tomorrow.