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Sydney is Australia's largest city and the nation's number one destination for visitors.
Home to unique and historic landmarks, world renowned beaches and some of Australia's most vibrant cultural events, Sydney has something to offer every visitor. Whether it is a quick stop over in Australia, or an extended visit, here are some of 'must-visit' destinations, along with some helpful hints to help you make the most of your stay.
After your arrival into Sydney's Kingsford Smith airport, you can make your way to the Central Business District by a number of means. Taxis are readily available, though prices may vary. A typical trip from the airport to downtown Sydney may cost you up to $50. There are reliable trains that run between the Domestic and International Terminals to the city, operating between 5am and midnight. Sydney Buses operate a bus service between the Sydney suburbs of Burwood and Bondi Junction (route 400), stopping at both the Domestic and International terminals.
Many hotels offer complimentary transfers to the airport, though you should check for these services when making reservations.
While in Sydney, a free shuttle bus (route 555) operates in the city centre.
Sydney is famous for its natural harbour and this should be one of the first destinations on any visitor's itinerary. The harbour and water front is one giant playground, with visitors able to walk with ease from Circular Quay to the iconic Sydney Opera House.
With Climb Leaders as your guide, you will suit-up in our specially designed outdoor gear and ascend. From its fascinating underbelly to its summit, 134m above the Harbour, the Bridge is the pride of Sydney.From dawn until dusk, the view from the top is always different. Climbs are available at dawn (limited departures), during the day, twilight or night. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable, and uniquely “Sydney” experience.
History and culture buffs may want to visit historic site of The Rocks, home to the Museum of Contemporary Art and some of the oldest settlements in Australia. A visit to the harbour wouldn't be complete without a ride on a ferry, with Fort Dennison and Cockatoo Island offering a unique insight into the colonial history of Sydney.
Taronga Zoo is also a quick ferry trip across the harbour, offering family fun and some great views of the city.
Bondi Beach is famous the world-over. With its bustling promenade, golden sands and energetic residents, Bondi is the epitome of Australia's sun-drenched allure - all less than 30 minutes from the city centre. Be sure to test out the water and book a surfing lesson if you have the chance.
If you have the opportunity, there are more gems to uncover just a little beyond the reaches of Sydney (please also refer to our Pre- and Post Tours).
The Blue Mountains offers a look into Australia's diverse wildlife and rugged terrain. Offering some of the best bush-tracks for a gentle walk or an intense trek, it is also home to excellent restaurants. The trip up the mountain is approximately 2 hours by train, but it is well worth a visit.
Two hours north of city lies the Hunter Valley, one of Australia's premier wine regions. Home to more than 150 wineries, the Hunter Valley also boasts some of Australia's best produce. Many tourists devote weeks to sampling all the yummy food and drink the region has to offer.
Events in Sydney in October
Sunday 27 October 2013 - the Seven Bridges Walk
Now into its eighteenth year, the Seven Bridges Walk will be held in Sydney on Sunday, October 27. This charity event, organised by the Cancer Council of NSW involves a 27 kilometre walk around the Sydney waterways taking in the harbour that includes seven bridges (hence the name).
The past six years has seen a total of 53,500 walkers take part in the Seven Bridges Walk and over A$653,000 raised for charity. The event is a great way to see Sydney, benefit your health, join in a great community activity and raise money for charity.
You do not have to take part in the whole walk - you can do as much as you wish, and the majority of the course is an easy level walk. Free event buses are provided to take you back to your starting point.
To participate in the event you can register online prior to the day or pay on the day. There is a participation fee of $25 (incl GST) for adults and children under 12 years can participate free.
It is recommended registration is done online prior to the event to avoid queues on the day. If you decide to walk on the day a registration fee of $35 (incl GST). Payments can be made by cash or major credit card.
To register or to find out more information visit the website: www.7bridgeswalk.com.au
Good Food Month - Australia's largest Food Festival
Restaurants, bars and leading food businesses will show off what they do best with Let's Do Lunch, Hats Off Dinners and Pop-ups & Parties along with signature events like the Night Noodle Market (last day October 26, 2013). And Shoot the Chef, the annual food photography competition has also launched nationally for the first time, inviting everyone to pick up their cameras for the chance to win $2,500.
SYDNEY HELICOPTER FLIGHTS
At Sydney Helitours we offer the best scenic helicopter flights and tours. We are the largest scenic helicopter company in Sydney and fly more passengers around Sydney Harbour and its surrounds than any other helicopter company. Our personalised service will ensure your helicopter charter flights and passenger transfers are completed in style. Our tailored flights showcase famous Sydney attractions, including Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and further afield to the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley. All flights include free return transfers from the Sydney CBD. Your Sydney sightseeing will not be complete without a scenic helicopter flight.
Money and Banking
You can easily exchange money into Australian Dollars, though these services usually take hefty commissions and have less than favourable exchange rates. A number of international banks allow users to use automatic tellers with little or no charges, though you should check with your banking institution
Australia operates on 220V single-phase. Australian plugs have three pins and an adaptor is required for UK/European plugs and US plugs.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Sydney. For more information, visit Sydney.com.