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Sydney has a temperate climate with more than 300 sunny days a year. Winters are more cool than cold. June to August are the coolest, and the daytime temperature can drop to 7 degrees Celsius. Sea breezes cool the hot days, and evenings are balmy. Sydney's summer runs from the start of December to the end of February and are humid with occasional downpours. Temperatures are usually in the upper 20s but can go over 37Autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) are delightful with clear, warm days and mild nights and provide the most pleasant weather conditions.Even during the winter of June to August, temperatures rarely drop below 8 degrees, although the winds can be strong.Getting from the Airport to the CityThe Airport Rail Link from Sydney Airport (SYD) is the fastest and most convenient way to reach the city centre and the suburbs. Trains run every ten minutes and the journey to the centre takes 13 minutes from where connections can be made for all suburban services. A taxi rank is located outside the Arrivals hall in both International and Domestic Terminals; passengers must pay airport toll if taking a taxi from any of the airport taxi ranks. Public bus runs between the airport and Bondi Junction. Shuttle bus companies provide direct transport to and from the airport and must be pre-booked; hotel buses are also available.
Getting around Sydney
Sydney is a city built around its harbour, and that’s where you will find some of the best sightseeing. The public passenger ferries are run by Sydney Ferries and you can board a monorail down to Darling Harbour. There are plenty of ways to get around the city. The By Sydney Explorer and By Bondi Explorer buses stop almost anywhere you’d want to go in the city and around the harbour and beaches. Take the light-rail tram line to Chinatown, Paddy’s Markets or Darling Harbour. You don’t need to drive, and the one-way streets and lack of parking will eat up your time. Taxis are plentiful and easy to hail on the street. Adventurous travellers who don’t fear heights can join the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb, which walks across catwalks and ladders across the arch of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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- Lots of tourist activities in Sydney are all about the views such as climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are panoramic views from Mrs Maquarie’s (wife of Governor Macquarie) Chair, in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Open Air Cinema is close to the Chair. The big screen has the Sydney City Skyline, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop.
- Taronga Zoo was opened in 1916 and sits on high land along the waterfront overlooking the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Cove and the Opera House. The zoo is just 12 minutes by ferry from the central business district. The Sky Safari cable car runs between the zoo wharf and the top of the zoo.
- The Rocks is Sydney's oldest preserved colonial area. It is where the first settlers from England landed in 1788. Today, having undergone a makeover, it is a thriving area of galleries, museums, restaurants, cafes and shops. Staying with settlements, Fort Denison was an unhappy place of punishment and confinement for the convicts. It’s part of Sydney Harbour National Park and is open for guided tours.
- Take the Manly Ferry. Hop on at Circular Quay and cruise the seven nautical miles (takes about 30 minutes each way) to Manly, the suburb by the sea. There’s a lot to do there apart from going to the beach: several heritage walks, galleries and museums, regular festivals and more than 80 restaurants.
- For a view of the city and beyond, visit The Sydney Tower, 820 ft above the streets. High-speed double-decker lifts rocket up to the observation desk in just 40 seconds.
- Don’t forget the beaches especially Bondi, Manly, Coogee, Balmoral, Tamarama and Palm.
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- Grab a ferry from the main Sydney ferry terminal at Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo, an amazing zoological garden
- Make the most of Sydney’s arts and museums such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales or the Australia Museum
- Travel north from Sydney up along Australia’s scenic Gold Coast to explore the best surfing beaches in Oz
- Go sunbathing on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach and enjoy the warm Tasman Sea in average temperatures of 25 degrees
- Shop at Darling Harbour’s 120 retail outlets and then relax in the area’s great cosmopolitan bars and restaurants
- Climb up Sydney Harbour Bridge and get a fantastic view over the city and all its sights – a must-do experience
- Take a tour around Hunter Valley and sample some of Sydney’s fantastic local wines and champagnes