When to Fly
The Sydney Festival starts just after New Year’s and runs through January and is an unforgettable event if you're looking for an exceptional artistic experience; a great time to fly to Sydney. The Sydney Festival brings together over 100 events, performed by over 1000 artists, in over 30 venues, including Hyde Park, The Domain, Riverside Theatres and the iconic Sydney Opera House.
The summer Surfing Carnivals bring crowds on Sydney flights to watch the surfing and other water-sport competitions. There is yacht racing on summer weekends, and the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is on Boxing Day.
Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras attracts over 20,000 visitors, both Aussies and international visitors every year. Expect lots of glitz and glamour during the various exciting events over three weeks during February and March. The iconic celebration of gay pride, diversity, equality, love and acceptance, culminates in the Mardi Gras parade.
For some patriotic celebrations, join the locals in celebrating Australia Day on the 26th of January. Enjoy a variety of events around Sydney Harbour, Hyde Park and throughout the city centre. Then head to Darling Harbour to continue the party while the sun goes down.
Comfortable to visit any time of year, Sydney is particularly enjoyable in autumn and spring. There is a greater chance of rain in spring, but it usually clears quickly. Flights are usually cheaper around this time as well.
From the orange-segments shaped Opera House, the Harbour Bridge off which fireworks dance on New Year's Eve, and, of course, Bondi Beach, Sydney is Australia's most instantly recognisable city.
It's not the capital, but it's the top city in the Asia Pacific region for quality of life. With its climate, beaches, parks and gardens, shopping and world-class dining, not to mention the underpinning of any great city, an efficient transport system, Sydneysiders know how to live well.
Sydney is Australia's oldest city. Most of the historic buildings stand in Macquarie Street including Hyde Park Barracks (constructed by convict labour), the Mint Building, Parliament House and Sydney Hospital. At the northeast end of the botanic gardens is Mrs Macquarie's Chair, a ledge carved out of sandstone so that Mrs Macquarie, a former governor's wife, could enjoy the views.
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.
Beyond the city, Sydney is within easy reach of the Hunter Valley vineyards, the Blue Mountains, the beaches and resorts of the east coast, and, for those visiting during the winter months, the ski slopes of the Snowy Mountains, Australia's winter playground. As Sydney is a city with plenty to offer it’s no wonder many travellers look for cheap flights there