What's Sydney like?
Sydney is Australia's biggest city and one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Many of the nation's iconic structures are found here, such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The people of Sydney enjoy their coastal location, with plenty of beaches to go to relax or enjoy the waves. Bondi and Manly are two of the most well-known, but there are plenty of other seaside nooks to discover.
What airlines operate flights to Sydney?
Best time to book
Skyscanner New Zealand research has found that the cheapest time to book a flight to Sydney is 26 weeks (roughly 6 months) before you intend to fly.
Do you need a visa to visit Sydney?
Because of the Trans-Tasman Agreement, New Zealand citizens are able to travel to Australia without a visa.
How long is the flight to Sydney?
From Auckland: 3 hours 35 minutes (direct)
From Christchurch: 3 hours 20 minutes (direct)
From Queenstown: 3 hours 15 minutes (direct)
From Wellington: 3 hours 45 minutes (direct)
When is the best time to visit Sydney?
Sydney has a pleasant winter (dropping to a mild 13°C in July) and a warm summer. January is the hottest time of the year with a 23°C average, although recently it's not been unusual to see a 40°C day.
Its wettest months are February to June, which are followed by the 4 driest months of the year.
Accommodation around Christmas, New Year and the Test match in early January tends to sell out well in advance.
How expensive is Sydney?
Sydney is more expensive than any city in New Zealand. Remember too that the New Zealand dollar doesn't tend to trade well against the Australian dollar.
Currently, Sydney only has 1 airport (Sydney Kingsford Smith), but there are talks of another one being built.
Flights from New Zealand land at a dedicated International Terminal which is connected to the CBD by train. To use public transport in Sydney you need to get an Opal card. These can be picked up for free from many stations and newsagents, where you can also add credit to use on trains, buses and ferries.
How to get from Sydney's airport to the city centre
There are various ways to get to Sydney CBD from the airport.
Taxi: Expect to pay between AU$45 and AU$55 to the city centre. This takes around 20 minutes in good traffic, but during peak hours it will take a lot longer.
Train: The train takes 13 minutes to get from the International Terminal to Central Station. With an Opal card, this costs $17.26 during peak hours and $16.22 at other times of the day.
Airport shuttle: A seat in a shuttle bus is available from AU$22. This may take an hour to get to your hotel.
Like with any coastal city, many of Sydney's highlights are found on the water. From the icons at Circular Quay and the dining options around Darling Harbour to the string of beaches facing back to New Zealand, there's a lot to be said for Sydney's shoreline.
There are plenty of places to eat around the city, but if you have the time, be sure to check out the eclectic options around Newtown and Surry Hills.
For day trips, consider heading out to the Blue Mountains, up to Newcastle and the Hunter Valley or south along the Grand Pacific Drive.
Get in the mood for your Sydney trip with this aerial tour of the city and surrounds:
Fares for all public transport in Sydney are paid using an Opal card.
Sydney prices tend to be noticeably higher than in New Zealand cities.
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Please note: all information is correct as of August, 2017.
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