If you’re planning a trip to Australia, Sydney is most likely on the top of your list of must-visit cities—and with good reason. Known for its mostly glorious weather, spectacular harbour-side location, iconic attractions, beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan lifestyle, there’s plenty on offer in the city that attracts around four million visitors each year.
A trip to Sydney is one that won’t be forgotten quickly, but to help you make the most of it, here are a few tips to help you on your way.
There’s plenty to see and do
Sydney hasn’t reached world-famous tourist status for nothing. There really is so much to see and experience while you’re there, so it’s worth doing some prior research so you don’t miss out on the real show-stoppers.
While every Sydney trip should at a minimum take in the iconic sights of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, there are plenty of other options to choose from. Some favourite places would have to include The Rocks, Hyde Park and Darling Harbour.
Then you’ll also have to pay a visit to one of Sydney’s many beaches—Bondi Beach is by far the most well-known, but it’s also worth visiting some of Sydney’s not-so-well-known beaches if you can.
Finally, a day trip to The Blue Mountains (around an hour west of Sydney) is also well-worth the visit, offering some of the most breathtaking and picturesque scenery of one of the country’s most beautiful natural attractions.
It can be pricey
If you’re travelling on a tight budget, Sydney can be pricey so it’s a good idea to plan a few aspects of your trip in advance to save a few dollars where you can.
When looking for accommodation, check out some of the hostels in areas like Bondi which have a really cool vibe and offer loads of opportunities to meet other like-minded travellers. Otherwise, you can also look for some budget hotels in the CBD or use sites like AirBNB if you’re travelling in a group and want something a little different.
When it’s time to eat, Sydney enjoys a wide selection of multicultural cuisines so you can find pretty much anything you want. While there are plenty of high-end dining options on offer, you can also find some really delicious cheap eats if you know where to look.
Plan how you’ll get around
When you first arrive in Sydney (assuming you’re flying in), the easiest and most affordable way to get to the city is by using the Airport Link train, which will take you from the airport to the city centre.
Because Sydney is based around its beautiful world-famous harbour, the local ferries are often the best way to get around and can offer some spectacular views of the city and surrounds in the process. Most ferries depart from Circular Quay in the city, so that’s a good place to start.
If you’re travelling in a group, it’s also worth researching van hire in Sydney as it’s likely to work out to be a lot easier and cheaper than relying on transport and taxis and can get you pretty much anywhere you want to go.