Sunny Sydney represents the ideal city for many seasoned travellers. This seductive destination is slick, smart and sophisticated, and its harbours, beaches and parks make it feel more like a playground than a business centre. Also, when you have experienced enough hustle and bustle, it is easy to leave the city behind with a short ferry ride to the North Shore, where you can enjoy a bush walk as your cares drift away.
Just like its iconic Opera House, Sydney seems to sail effortlessly through life. If you are booking business travel to Sydney you’ll know that serious work is undertaken here, but it does so alongside myriad entertainment opportunities, sophisticated shops, memorable museums and a bounty of beautiful beaches.
Sydney’s global stature as a thriving seaport, digital hub and economic powerhouse lies modestly concealed behind attractive pleasure parks, leisure grounds and relaxing residential suburbs. The city has come a long way from its founding as a remote penal colony by the British in 1788.
Today the emphasis is on fun and luxury. Sydney offers an excellent choice of restaurants that draw inspiration from its multicultural population. Effortlessly blending European and pan-Asian styles, Sydney creates sublime taste sensations that are as distinct as they are unexpected. Some areas and streets are dedicated to one type of food, whilst other areas in the city offer a variety of styles. For a treat try any of the award-winning, fine dining restaurants that are situated around the harbour. Other dining areas in the centre of Sydney are The Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and Chinatown.
Even travelling in Sydney can be a pleasure. The best way to get around is by ferry – the main terminal is at Circular Quay. A trip on the Manly ferry will gift you one of the most memorable views of Sydney from the water.
Having enjoyed the sights, it’s time to get up close and personal with the most iconic of all. The Harbour Bridge can be climbed for breathtaking views and a sense of bold achievement. If this isn’t enough of a thrill you can reach even higher and experience the city from the bird’s eye perspective offered by the open-air, glass-floored viewing platform at the top of the 853ft (260m) Sydney Tower.
You will notice that there is plenty of open space to enjoy. Head to Bicentennial Park for a barbecue, stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens or simply grab a towel and trunks and relax at the renowned Bronte, Nielsen Park or Shelley Beaches.
After a hard day chilling out by the water, Sydney's nightlife is not to be missed. Take your pick from a gig at a pub, a jazz bar, a rock venue or a nightclub. The best party areas include Darling Harbour, Oxford Street and The Rocks.
The summer season (November to March) offers attractive average temperatures which peak in January at 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit). Winter days can also be warm, averaging 13 degrees Celsius (55 degrees Fahrenheit) even in the chilliest month of July, though winter nights are likely to be cold.
English is the official language of Australia.
All visitors to Australia must hold a valid passport, and most countries’ nationals will also require a visa. If you are a tourist staying for up to three months, you will require either an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor visa. Please check the rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.
As Australia’s most populous city, Sydney is far from crime free but it is relatively safe, particularly in the main tourist areas. A number of areas associated with late-night revelling have a reputation for drink-related crime, including assault, scuffling and theft, so vigilance is recommended.
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