Sydney Holidays

Seductively draped around its harbour and beaches, Sydney has a striking waterfront setting. Graced by the impressive steel arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the pearly sails of the Sydney Opera House, the sparkling harbour is one of the world’s most photographed sites. Hop aboard a ferry or harbour cruise to best see these iconic landmarks or, if you have a head for heights, book a heart-pounding BridgeClimb.

Bustling Circular Quay, which is the launch pad for harbour ferries and sightseeing boats, throngs with visitors and locals alike who are drawn to the fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars. Adjacent to Circular Quay is The Rocks, once home to the Gadigal Aboriginals and then the first colonial settlers in 1788. Today this trendy area has over 100 heritage sites and buildings, many now housing a great selection of eateries, galleries and shops.

Cross the pedestrianised Pyrmont Bridge to lively Darling Harbour, a waterfront precinct packed with shops, restaurants, museums and entertainment venues.

Further city attractions include the Royal Botanic Gardens, a true oasis in the heart of the city, home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas; Hyde Park, which is Australia's oldest park and contains the ANZAC Memorial building and visitor centre along with nearly 600 mature exotic and native trees; Barrangaroo Reserve; Macquarie Street; the Sydney Tower Eye and its Skywalk, an alfresco glass-floored moving platform; and the award-winning Taronga Zoo, where admission includes daily keeper talks and shows and access to Sky Safari, Sydney's only cable car.

Also not to be missed is Bondi Beach and Manly for the chance to sink your toes into the soft sand, admire the bronzed lifesavers or sign up for a surf lesson. Further beach fun is up for grabs at Cronulla, Bronte, Coogee, Tamarama and Maroubra.

Why visit Sydney?
  • Historic architectural landmarks
  • Vibrant culture
  • Parks and gardens
  • Museums and galleries
  • Superb shopping
  • Award-winning restaurants
  • Bondi & Manly beaches
Essential facts about Sydney
Local Time

GMT +10 hour

Currency

Australian Dollar

Travel information

Sydney is approximately 21 hours from the UK (including a stopover).

Best time to go

Sydney enjoys a sunny climate with mild winters and warm summers, perfect for making the most of the outdoors. Spring (September to November) brings warm days and low humidity; Summer (December to February) is a great time to enjoy the beaches; Autumn (March to May) is the mildest time of year and Winter (June to August) is the coolest time, with rainfall generally highest in June.

Visa information

British Passport Holders require a visa to enter Australia. This is called an eVisitor and is an authority to visit Australia for tourism purposes for a maximum of 3 months. eVisitor can only be processed online.

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Unmissable Experiences in Sydney
The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming excursion
The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming

Join an Aboriginal guide for 90 minute leisurely walk around the Rocks to uncover the authentic history of the Aboriginal’s saltwater heritage within Sydney Harbour. Intimate, enlightening and informative. Available daily from Sydney (excludes selected dates).

From £27

Sydney Opera House excursion
Sydney Opera House

A one hour tour to see what goes on inside Australia’s most famous building. Explore theatres and foyers, marvel at the vaulted ceilings and visit off-limits areas to capture photos from rare vantage points. Available daily from Sydney (excludes selected dates).

From £27

Harbour Story Cruise excursion
Harbour Story Cruise

This two hour cruise combines the old and the new, the fun and the amazing, the sights and characters, all through a series of stories and insightful commentary. A great way to see the city’s iconic sights. Available daily from Sydney (excluding selected dates).

From £30

4 Hour Whale Watching Cruise excursion
4 Hour Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a BBQ lunch onboard whilst cruising along Sydney Harbour and then pass through the magnificent Sydney Heads to observe whales in their natural environment (sightings not guaranteed). Available Tue-Sun between mid-May-mid Nov from Sydney.

From £56

Panoramic Sydney Sights excursion
Panoramic Sydney Sights

A half day tour which visits the historic Rocks area, takes in views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, visits trendy Oxford Street, travels through Paddington and visits Bondi Beach. Available daily from Sydney (except 25 & 31 Dec).

From £75

Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park excursion
Blue Mountains & Wildlife Park

During this full day tour of the spectacular Blue Mountains visit the famous Three Sisters up close from Echo Point. Later, visit Scenic World (optional rides at own expense), explore leafy Leura village where you have free time for lunch (own expense) and enjoy an animal encounter at Sydney Zoo. Available daily from Sydney.

From £95

Boutique Gourmet Wine Tour excursion
Boutique Gourmet Wine Tour

This flexible tour is adapted to suit the interests and preferences of small groups. Tour includes wine tastings at 3-4 boutique wineries, the chance to meet wine makers and gourmet two course lunch. Available daily from Sydney (excludes selected dates).

From £129

BridgeClimb Summit Express excursion
BridgeClimb Summit Express

This energetic 2¼ hour tour is the fastest trip to the top of the Bridge. Ascend through the heart of the Bridge, a cathedral of steel, and burst through to the summit from below. Truly memorable. Min 8 years. Available daily except 30-31 Dec).

From £195