About the City
Sydney is the oldest city of Australia and is considered as a rare jewel that sparkles day and night reflecting Australia’s truly rich personality. It’s the country’s capital and nation’s economic powerhouse too. With an estimated population of more than 4 million open minded and outgoing people, Sydney is a paradise for all travelers. With warm, friendly and vibrant environment, Sydney offers something for everyone whether its first class hotels, sight seeing, nightlife, long stretched beaches or 300 sunny days around the year.
From Christmas through the month of January is the most festive time in Sydney featuring theatres, concerts, opera etc. February is the time when long Mardi Gras Festival is celebrated here and the Sydney Film Festival takes place during the first two week of June. October hosts Manly jazz festival whereas from mid-September to early November, contemporary art exhibitions begin all around city. Each traveler is welcome in this city by its warm hospitality and wonderful list of things to do and see around this part of the world.
Sydney experiences four seasons in a very distinct manner with summer time usually running from December to February and winters from June to August. Being close to the ocean, city gets its lowest rainfall in spring at 74 mm and highest during the autumn time with 126mm per month. Average temperature during the winters is 12 degree Celsius and could be around 24 degree Celsius during summers.
Sydney is a paradise for those who love to indulge in sun and sand as with many beaches all over the city, travelers coming here truly enjoy a taste of this wonderful beach haven. Bondi Beach is one of the best beaches in Australia that offers various options for sun tanning; swimming and surfing, and Coogee Beach, Whale Beach, Shelly Beach are other beaches for enjoying a perfect day under the sun-shade.
Another way of basking in Australian sunlight is visiting beautiful islands located in Sydney like Shark Island that is known for its lovely beaches, body boarding, wind surfing, fishing and proves to be a perfect place for relaxing family picnics. There are many museums too for history buffs like Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Jewish Museum etc.
Evenings can be made perfectly pleasant by visiting Sydney Harbor, which is considered as world’s most beautiful site with secluded beaches, quite coves and soaring headlands all over the harbor. Sydney Opera House opened since 1973 is again one of the most frequented performing arts center in the world that’s a must visit for all travelers.
Though Sydney is flooded with varied attractions to keep travelers busy but then there are many places situated close to Sydney too that should be visited when a person is visiting Australia. Brisbane also referred to, as “The Sunshine State” is the capital of Queensland is though liveliest and most vibrant city of Australia is also the most relaxed with sun, surf and beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Gold Coast is just an hour’s flight from Sydney and it is considered as a haven on earth with golden beaches, wildlife sanctuaries, Theme parks and vibrant nightlife. It has numerous quality resorts and serviced apartments offering comfortable accommodations for couples and families. Other destinations near to Sydney are the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne, and hunter valley etc.
Ferries and buses offer cheapest and rewarding way of sightseeing and moving around Sydney. Sydney is also well connected by train network and traveling in the city’s underground train loop proves to be the fastest way of getting around. Tickets, easily available to travelers allow them to use all mode of transport like the Sydney pass allow unlimited travel for seven days on CityRail Trains, ferries and buses.
Accommodation in and around Sydney is available in every style, taste and price, suiting all the tourist’s demand and abilities. Hotels starting from one to five stars are available and selection of them, depending on their location, can be ideal for staying.
Recent accommodation availability with in the city can be checked and booked in well advance over the Internet. Various websites offer detailed listings of all hotels, motels, B&B’s and resorts located in Sydney and around it along with the services offered by each one of them and the fares too.
One such trustworthy website is hotel-listings-online.com that also provides map of the city to choose the desired location for stay, where you can grab the best deals on cheapest rates and discounts with amazing complimentary services. The process of booking is so simple and easy that you have to fill only a reservation form and now, relax! Other than availability and booking, travelers can also browse through the photos of hotels and their rooms and can even book rental cars online too for more convenient.
Hotel Rates and Charges
Hotels ranging from two to five stars are available providing different class of services; hence, a choice can be made according to the preferred location and one’s pocket size or budget. A two-three star accommodation in Sydney could cost around AUD 30 to AUD 170, whereas a four star stay can cost in the range of AUD 159-300 and a luxurious stay at five star hotel cost in the range of AUD 250-700.
Comfortable and relaxed stay warmly welcomes the travelers at all accommodations in Sydney as all hotels provide various hospitable and impeccable services and facilities like providing valet services, laundry services, safe deposit boxes, spas with various beauty and body treatments, heated indoor pools, fitness center with hi-tech equipments, sauna and steam rooms etc.
Guest rooms are also well equipped with amenities like iron and ironing boards, spacious beds with cupboards, large bath tubs and Jacuzzi, hair dyers, cable TV etc making it really comfortable for all visitors to get the maximum out of their trip to Sydney.
Amusing and Interesting Facts
Sydney Harbor is the defining characteristic of the city and with its multiple sandstone headlands and stunning bays and beaches is one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world. There are some 2000 Aboriginal rock engraving sites in Sydney and many of its suburbs have Aboriginal names too.
Sydney truly knows how to party and is the most preferred holiday destination among the travelers who come to enjoy its overall vibrancy and to replace their stress with a sense of adventure and fun.