The Cultural Hub of Australia's East Coast
Backpacking in Sydney
A backpacking holiday in Sydney offers scope for a fantastic adventure and is also an inexpensive way of experiencing the city’s wealth of man-made and natural beauty. Sydney has numerous cheap and efficient hostels for those on backpacking holidays on a budget and a has one of the highest numbers of hostels out of any city in the world and so there are hundreds of options for accommodation, in a wide choice of location and standards. Kings Cross houses the largest selection of affordable places to stay but others in places like Bondi, Coogee, Glebe and Manly are also recommended. The average price to expect for a reasonable dorm bed is around $20, although this will rise during the peak summer period. For cheap beach locales choose to Bondi or Manly, only a short ferry ride away, while those seeking hostels in the heart of the popular nightspots and close to creature comforts should head for Kings Cross. Excellent transport links make the city a useful starting point for backpackers in Sydney to visit the National Parks, pristine beaches and other wildlife hotspots that litter the east coast.
Beach in Sydney
With some of the world’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, Sydney’s beaches are accessible varied and, although slightly busy in Summer, never packed. From secluded rocky coves to golden sandy beaches and the awe-inspiring views of, beach holidays in Sydney offers something suitable for all families, couples and singles alike looking for a sun, sea, sand and everything in between. The Harbour beaches of Lady Bay and Manly cove offer calm, sheltered relaxation and are best for swimming whilst the string of southern beaches leading to Botany Bay offer crowds, surf and fun.
Bondi is Australia’s most famous beach and is perfect for holidaymakers looking to surf, swim or just hang out and enjoy a beautiful coastline. The more adventurous can enjoy Aboriginal rock engravings are a short walk north and there are numerous walking path travels south to the beaches of Bronte and Coogee. Surfers should head to the nearby cove Tamarama, Maroubra and Bronte, just to the south, is best suited for couples whilst those seeking a more secluded beach should try Coogee, about 4km south of Bondi, also a great spot to snorkel. Meanwhile, sun-soaked Manly boasts a full-scale holiday resort that is the perfect destination for families looking for a beach holiday in Sydney and is also the main focus of the North Shore - visitors should be sure to check out the beautiful Shelly Beach and Manly’s Oceanworld nearby. Pittwater and the encouragingly-titled Broken Bay offer some of great sailing and boating, with many introductory courses available. Beaches are generally safe and there are ’flagged’ areas patrolled by renowned lifesavers, shark patrols also operate during summer.
Camping in Sydney
Sydney enjoys a close proximity to many widely renowned National Parks and nature reserves, many of which are only a short bus journey from the city centre. First for families and couples alike would be the Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world; that has rainforest, creeks, wildflower meadows, sea-sculpted sandstone headlands and majestic stretches of coastal trails. Bonnie Vale is the most accessible and comfortable camping area; with car parking, hot showers and wood-fired barbecues. It is located near Bundeena on Port Hacking, close to a large sand spit that offers good swimming. Bush camping can be found at Uloola Falls, 5km south to the south of Audley, but is intended for serious walkers on the park's two main long-distance walking trails only. As such on both sites, campers are allowed to stay for just one night.
If wild and rugged come high on your wish list for a camping holiday in Sydney, Marramarra National Park is the place to head. Designated camping grounds are located at Gentlemans Halt and at Marramarra Creek, which is accessible by water as well as on foot.
Overlooking the Hawkesbury River on Sydney's northern outskirts, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park loiters on the shores of Pittwater and Broken Bay with sandstone cliffs and edges of rainforest. The park also has an profligate displays of birdlife, and a rich legacy of rock art left by the Garigal people, for whom the park is named. However, camping is only allowed at The Basin; which has toilets, cold showers, gas barbecues and a small shelter shed - but relatively difficult access makes it difficult for campers with cars. The camp site can be reached via a two-kilometre walk along The Basin Track or by ferry from Palm Beach Wharf. If you don’t mind crowds, Cattai National Park is a good choice for family camping trips during the summer holidays.
Built by convicts in 1821, the beautiful Cattai Homestead is an important part of our colonial heritage. Meanwhile, the Heathcote National Park on Sydney's southern border is a bushwalker's paradise - no roads clutter the park and facilities are limited to a few basic picnic sites and camping is confined to sites at Kingfisher Pool, Mirang Pool and Lake Eckersley. Sydney caters for everything a camping holiday could want, and provides an inexpensive stay close to some of the world’s finest natural beauty.
City Breaks in Sydney
City break holidays in Sydney offer a wide range of hotels and activities, which come in a host of differing standards and styles. Regardless, there is something in Sydney to suit everyone. The city centre has a wealth of fine hotels in around George St and Goulborn St, with the majority of higher end hotels found by the North Shore and the quiet regions of Kirribilli and Circular Quay. Slightly more affordable options are located in Manly, also the most family-friendly area. Entertainment of all varieties is available throughout the year in Sydney; from the famed Sydney Opera House to the numerous theatres scattered through the Wharf and Haymarket, the North Shore is also home to the excellent Ensemble theatre. Pubs and bars are a fundamental part of Sydney’s social scene, and the best of these can be located near the Rocks and Circular Quay, with a rollercoaster of styles and standards be found across Kings Cross and Oxford St. The Sydney Harbour Casino is the perfect place if you fancy a flutter and, should you find yourself consequentially short of cash, on summer weekends there is free music in many of the parks and throughout many Sydney’s flea markets, the best being Paddington Bazaar on Oxford St. Transport links are excellent and there are a plethora of different guides for those wishing to see a structured and informed tour of the city. Sydney boasts great shopping districts, such as the Queen Victoria Building, Strand Arcade and the Imperial Arcade. Near to these are the Centrepoint shopping mall and the seven-storey Skygarden, both worth checking out for the complete city break in Sydney experience. The biggest mall in North Sydney is Greenwood Plaza and scores of major department stores can be found on George St and Market St.
In terms of food, Sydney is brimming with great restaurants and superb cafes, making eating out one of the highlights of Sydney culture. George St has an eatery for every kind of holidaymaker and is also home to many reputable pubs and bars. The Harbour is where those with a taste for the finer things should attempt to find themselves, Circular Quay and Harbourside two of the best locations for those city breaks without budgetary constraints.
Corporate Weekend in Sydney
Bosses looking to top up staff morale and improve teamwork would do well to plan a corporate weekend in Sydney. A short corporate break in Sydney provides the perfect backdrop for a fun-filled, camaraderie and teambuilding setting. Kick off with a host of adrenaline-rush activities like abseiling, rock climbing and canyoning in the nearby Blue Mountains, sailing in one of the many harbours or lighter activities such as surfing, fishing or simply enjoying Sydney’s numerous pristine beaches. For those who aren’t keen on sporting activities, there are also many historical sites, museums and national parks that are well worth a visit. Corporate weekends in Sydney offer the space and activities that will meet any budget and the ably provides expertise for creating an first-rate teambuilding experience - with a huge variety of hotels in the city centre alone able to offer excellent corporate hospitality. Overall, Sydney is an ideal destination for a corporate weekend of sun, sea and sand. The only drawback for a weekend - the 21 hour flight!
Cruises in Sydney
Sydney is a city set on many miles of sun-drenched coastline, and a cruise holiday in Sydney is a breathtaking and ideal way to see its many harbours and beaches that stretch along the coast while also enjoy sights that cannot be viewed inland. Choose from a range of offers covering afternoon trips for full-blown weekend cruises and sail past the magnificent Sydney Harbour attractions, going further onto the upper reaches of the Parramatta and Lane Cove Rivers. There are numerous cruise operators in Sydney offering coastal cruises around the harbours and wider bay with live commentary. Check out the tide and weather conditions with a Sydney cruise operator for the best day and time to set sail.
Culture and Arts in Sydney
Sydney is a major cultural centre. It has several museums, including the Australian Museum, with exhibits devoted to Australia's natural history, and the Power House Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Sydney is home to the Australian Opera, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and several theater companies. Among other attractions are the Taronga Zoo, the Royal Botanic Garden, and the Sydney Aquarium. The city's many parks offer a variety of recreational activities. Some of the nation's finest beaches fringe Port Jackson and the Pacific Ocean nearby.
Disabled Needs in Sydney
There should be no reservations for disabled people considering a holiday in Sydney. Most, if not all, of the visitor attractions, hotels and transport on offer is wheelchair friendly with additional facilities for the hard of hearing and visually impaired. Similarly, with a few exceptions in some of the older areas, most buildings are equipped with automatic entrances, wide aisle, ramps and disabled toilets. Every effort is made to ensure that holidays for disabled people in Sydney are safe and enjoyable. Wheelchair hire as well as sightseeing and shopping tours for disabled holidaymakers are numerous and easy to arrange. Sydney is a safe, welcoming and helpful holiday destination for disabled people.
Family Holiday in Sydney
Sydney is a wonderful family holiday destination. From its miles of golden beaches to walks in Sydney’s many beautiful parks, there are also a multitude of attractions and activities to appeal to all ages. It is easy to access to different activities in this compact city and you are never far from amenities. There is a vast array of things to do on a family holiday in Sydney. From sand castles on Bondi Beach for the little ones to water skiing and abseiling for the older kids, there are many activities in Sydney that will keep the children happy and occupied. There are also activities that families can do together such as an educational trip to the harbour’s maritime museum or a fun day out at Luna Park funfair near Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are many types of holiday accommodation available for a stress-free family holiday in Sydney and some of the better accommodation on the north shore has facilities like swimming pools and rooms with TV and internet. Food is plentiful and very varied in Sydney with many restaurants, cafes and ice cream bars scattered around the city. A family break to Sydney makes for a great holiday, and one that your family will not forget.
Gay and Lesbian in Sydney
Sydney is a perfect destination for a fun-packed Gay and Lesbian getaway in the sun. A welcoming, cosmopolitan city, all of Sydney is geared up for tourism and Gay and Lesbian holidaymakers should have no worries about their trip. No Gay and Lesbian holiday to Sydney would be complete without checking out month-long The Mardi Gras throughout February. Possibility the world's most glamorous civil rights demonstration, this event is a tribal celebration staged by the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The Mardi Gras begins in a party atmosphere with speakers, music, previews of events and refreshments in Hyde Park on College Street before the Parade snakes its way across the city. The festival runs for around four weeks in locations throughout Sydney.
Hen Destination in Sydney
Sydney is a party capital and its glittering nightlife and sun-drenched location mean it’s a great destination for hen party holiday. There are a wide assortment of bars and pubs in King’s Cross as well as fine restaurants throughout the Harbours and Chinatown. In addition, smart wine bars, live music venues and clubs for all night dancing are within close range of the city centre. Guest Houses, Hotels and Apartments are all easily available in a scope of prices that will suit any budget and many are situated nearby the best night spots. During the day, hen party holidaymakers in Sydney can feast on some great seafood, try activities like sailing and sightseeing or simply relax in one of the many beautiful parks. No doubt some hen party members will want to shop at some stage and Sydney has a plethora of malls and shopping districts around the city centre, enough to sate even the most style-conscious.
Stag Destination in Sydney
Sydney is a party city and its glittering nightlife and sun-drenched location mean it’s a great destination for stag party holiday. There are a wide assortment of bars and pubs in King’s Cross as well as fine restaurants throughout the Harbours and Chinatown. In addition, smart wine bars, live music venues and clubs for all night dancing are within close range of the city centre. Guest Houses, Hotels and Apartments are all easily available in a scope of prices that will suit any budget and many are situated nearby the best night spots. During the day, stag party holidaymakers in Sydney can feast on some great seafood, try sightsee by bus or ferry or try energetic activities such as abseiling, rock climbing, surfing or sailing.
Honeymoon in Sydney
Sydney provides the ideal setting for a romantic and unforgettable honeymoon. The natural beauty of the coastline; the national parks, the harbours and pristine beaches all add up to the perfect getaway for honeymooners. Alongside the fantastic food and drink, there are many activities for honeymoon couples in Sydney; from adrenaline-rush activities like abseiling, sightseeing, sailing and cycling to visiting the picturesque harbours or simply walking on miles of golden sands into the sunset. With many guest houses, hotels and apartments in Sydney you’re sure to find something to suit your budget and most of these places provide romantic suites for couples on honeymoon.
Naturism in Sydney
Since 1984, local naturists have ensured that nude sunbathing is possible at carefully chosen beaches around Sydney and there are several societies you can contact in order to find out more about naturism in Sydney and when special events are being held. Secluded retreats are available at short distances from the city but two of the most popular nudist beaches in Sydney are Cobblers Beach and Lady Jane. Sydney is a great spot with many possible for beaches and retreats for naturism holidays; all set in a clean ,clear and sun-kissed location.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Sydney
Sydney has some wonderful nightlife and no end of activities for the daytime so is an excellent choice for a party holiday or singles destination. Sightseeing through Sydney’s plethora of harbours and beaches is great for singles and there is a vast array of entertainment on offer ranging from wine bars, pubs, live music venues and nightclubs for holidaymakers who like to party. Some of the best night spots in Sydney are by the beaches and harbours like Circular Quay but most of the clubs and bars are dotted throughout King’s Cross. Singles and partiers alike can enjoy Sydney’s sun-drenched beaches and awe-inspiring sights; activities such as sailing, abseiling and rock-climbing more ideas if you are looking for some adventure.
Couples Holiday in Sydney
Whether you are planning a week-long break or a short vacation for you and your partner, Sydney is an ideal holiday destination for couples. On a couples holiday in Sydney, expect plenty of holiday activities: sights to see, wonderful beaches, romantic parks and lots of great food. Couples can choose from adrenaline-rush activities like abseiling, skydiving or rock-climbing to more relaxing activities like sailing, cycling or taking a leisurely cruise around the harbours. For those interested in nature and history, there are some beautiful places and historical landmarks such as the national parks and string of museums found in Darling Harbour. Alternatively, couples can choose to relax and sunbath on the golden beaches of Bondi, Coogee or indeed any of the fine selection of beaches in Sydney. Overall, a great destination for any couple’s holiday.
Golf Activity Holiday in Sydney
There are many golf courses in Sydney and, although some are only available to members, you will still find a clutch of great courses that make for a great golf holiday. The most central of Sydney’s forty or so golf courses is Moore Park, with other terrific courses to be found in Bondi and Five Dock. In the city centre, there is also a driving range on Pitt St to help sharpen your swing before out head out to one of the courses. All in all, Sydney is a fantastic destination for anyone looking for a golf holiday in the sun.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Sydney
Sydney is the perfect destination for a sailing holiday. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sailor, there are many opportunities to do a variety of sailing in Sydney. Beginners can learn to sail in dinghies in the enchanting beach surroundings whilst experienced sailors can sail round the bay, explore Sydney’s fabulous coastline and drink in all the fantastic scenery. Organised tours also allow you to experience the thrill of real sailing; stopping over at secluded areas along the coast where you can swim and snorkel. Sailing holidays in Sydney are available all year round and the prices vary depending on the time of year and the length of time you wish to sail.
Scuba Diving Activity Holiday in Sydney
The clear, warm waters surrounding Sydney make it an ideal home for a wide range of marine life as well as a great Scuba Diving holiday for you. The best location in Sydney for diving is Gordon’s Bay, north of nearby Coogee, as well as Clovelly and Cronulla. Popular boat dives can also be found in Coogee and Shelly Beach, near to Manly. Plenty of businesses found around George St and Alfreda St offer cheap hire and introductory courses, so even beginners can discover and enjoy the abundant marine life on a Scuba Diving Holiday in Sydney.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Sydney
If you enjoy walking and love the great outdoors, Sydney presents an amazing variety of opportunities to make a success of any hiking holiday. In fact, hiking in Sydney is a great way to experience the cities wealth of natural beauty, agricultural diversity, architectural heritage and history. There are numerous leisurely and informative walks throughout the city, parks and surrounding countryside that are designed to appeal to walkers and hikers of all abilities. Most of these guided walks last for about one afternoon, although longer treks around the national parks and nearby Blue Mountains are also available. Indeed, the Blue Mountains offer many tough hiking trails, rough terrains, dramatic cliffs and rocky coves to challenge the most experienced hikers. Such hiking tours usually last for a few days, but food and accommodation are always included in the package. Overall, Sydney is a great location for a hiking holiday, regardless of your ability.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Sydney
With stunning beaches and the Blues Mountains nearby, Sydney is a cycling and Mountain Biking paradise with its unspoilt terrains, breathtaking views and astounding array of beautiful parks and beaches waiting around every corner. However, Sydney’s steep hills, narrow streets and high volumes of traffic mean that beginners would be best heading out into the less demanding parks and or cycle paths near Bondi and Manly. Note that cycling is prohibited in Darling Harbour and Martin Place. Maps with clearly marked cycle routes are readily available in Sydney and will help navigate you safely round the city. If you fancy some company, join one of the many guided cycle tours at Circular Quay and meet fellow visitors as you explore Sydney. There are plenty of bicycle hire shops to be found along Clarence St with a choice of mountain bikes, tandems, hybrid bikes, tag a longs and baby carriages. Sydney is a safe and largely hassle-free destination when it comes to a cycling or mountain biking holiday and is ideal for the whole family.
Shopping Holiday in Sydney
Due to Sydney’s stunning location and weather, shopping is perhaps not its biggest attraction but there are nevertheless some excellent stores and commercial districts to tempt those considering a shopping holiday in Sydney. The main area for shopping in the city centre is around areas such as Martin Place, Pitt St Mall and the beautifully restored Strand Arcade. Each feature a good selection of popular high street retailers as well as speciality shops selling designer clothing, designer watches, arts, jewellery and everything a shopping holidaymaker could want besides. For vintage finds and bargains, head to the multitude of boutique and unique shops around Kings Cross as well as the regular markets across the city, Haymarket being one of the best for all manner of odds and curios. People looking for a planned speeding spree should join one of the many tours which take in the best shopping districts across the city. While not having quite the shopping holiday lure of some of the world’s other major cities, Sydney is still a great place to shop in the sun.
Wine Tasting Holiday in Sydney
The warm climate and the temperate winds make Sydney an attractive setting for wine production. A wine tasting holiday in Sydney is good option for vine lovers looking to include this as part of their holiday, and they should head to nearby Hunter Valley as soon as possible. A short drive from Sydney, guided wine tours are operated bye several companies and it is easy to book such wine tasting breaks online. Most tours include a stroll around the beautiful vineyards, cider orchards, a chance to see how wine is produced and also tasting sessions. Visit and taste award winning wines from at the Hungerford Hill Winery before heading on to Audrey Wilkinson Winery and its incredible views of the Hunter Valley. Next, the Pepper Tree Winery, a small boutique winery - their 1996 Merlot was voted best in the world. The final stop, and for something different is the Hunter Valley Chocolate Factory, for great Belgium style chocolates. Also be sure to check out the Hunter Valley Harvest Festival that takes place throughout May. Overall, Sydney’s remarkable blend of fine vineyards makes it an excellent destination for any wine tasting holiday.
Winter Sun in Sydney
Sydney enjoys a temperate climate year-round and is a perfect destination for holidaymakers who fancy a spot of winter sun. Australian summer runs from December to February while their winter extends from June into August. Sydney’s sub-tropical climate gives an average temperature of 20°C during December, meaning plenty of winter sun so you won’t have to bring scarves and sweaters if you are looking to spend a Christmas in Sydney. Also be sure to stick out the winter sun and enjoy the spectacular New Year ’s Eve celebrations and fireworks around Sydney Harbour.