Why visit Sydney?
Sydney is often the landing point for visitors to Australia, as one of the country's largest cities and home to several of Australia's most popular attractions. It can boast some of the most easily recognised landmarks in the world, including Sydney Harbour, where the distinctive Sydney Opera House lies alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Visitors with a head for heights can enjoy a walk to the top of the bridge, fully harnessed for safety, of course. The Opera House hosts performances by artists from a number of musical genres, making it suitable for a broad range of tastes.
A few miles south lies the stunning Botany Bay National Park; the area includes a busy seaport, while opportunities for enjoying the diverse wildlife on land or as part of a diving party are many and varied. Many people choose to eat outdoors at one of Botany Bay's designated picnic areas, but local restaurants provide delicious fresh local produce.
How far is the airport from city centre
Sydney’s airport is Kingsford Smith, at Mascot, six miles from the city centre, approximately thirty minutes by taxi or one hour by bus.
Which major airlines fly to Sydney from UK?
Flights from the UK are offered by most major airlines, including Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Qantas, Etihad and Singapore Airlines.Flights depart from several major UK airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
How to travel to city centre from the airport?
There are several ways to travel into Sydney's city centre, or business district, from Kingsford Smith Airport. A train runs from the airport to several stops in Sydney and is priced competitively, although if there are three or more travelling together, a taxi would be as economical, if not more so, and can be picked up easily from the airport. Travellers can also prearrange shuttle transfers, by minibus or car, and a public transport service bus is available at a very low cost.
What are the visa requirements for UK and non-EU nationals?
UK travellers, not intending to work, must obtain a visitor's visa, either allowing a stay of up to three months via an online application form or for up to twelve months via a physical application form. A visitor's visa must be obtained by those applying from outside the European Union, but for these, an online application process is not available.
How to get around the city?
As well as being a great city in which to walk, both train and monorail services are available, as well as a comprehensive bus system. Crossing or touring the harbour can be accomplished by ferry.
What’s the best time to visit Sydney?
Sydney's summer runs from the start of December to the end of February and temperatures tend to reach around twenty-five degrees, although it has occasionally been higher. Even during the Australian winter of June to August, temperatures rarely drop below eight degrees, although the winds can be strong. For UK travellers, spring through to autumn - September to the end of May - would provide the most pleasant weather and conditions.