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Sydney, a stunning harbour city famous for its relaxing coastal walks, trendy restaurants, boutique bars and over 100 picture-perfect beaches. Offering a place to both unwind and explore, you can make the most of outdoor adventures, indulgent evenings and relaxing quality time on Sydney holidays.

Voted one of the best cities in the world, it really isn’t hard to see why. With a huge variety of things to do in Sydney, from the sweeping sails of the world-famous Opera House to surfers chasing waves on Bondi Beach, Sydney holidays offer a unique balance between trendy metropolitan city culture, classic beach days and untouched nature trails. Spend time taking in the incredible views from the top of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge on a harbour bridge climb; take a stroll through the lush, verdant grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens or wander through the cobbled laneways of ‘The Rocks’ to learn of Sydney’s Aboriginal past.

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The white sands of Bondi Beach take centre stage when it comes to Sydney’s beaches, however, hidden gems such as Parsley bay and Collins Flat offer an idyllic setting off the usual tourist tracks. For brunch, head to Watsons Bay for fresh-off-the-boat prawns and a crisp glass of prosecco and enjoy views of the glittering city-skyline from across the beach. Those who enjoy exploring nature trails will love weaving through a mix of lush bushland and stunning harbourside views on the Manly to Spit Bridge coastal walk.

Why not compliment your Sydney holiday with a stopover in Thailand for some shopping and island hopping? When it comes to your holiday wishlist, we can bring it to life. Call our Destination Specialists today to plan your dream Sydney holiday package.

Destination Highlights

  • Drift across the harbour on a cruise and admire iconic landmarks such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge
  • Enjoy incredible coastal walks such as the world-famous Bondi to Coogee walk or the lesser-known Hermitage Foreshore Walk
  • Take your pick from over 100 beautiful beaches including the world-famous Bondi Beach
  • Embark on a day tour to the Blue Mountains and enjoy an exhilarating walk on one of the many hiking trails

Great sample itineraries

We’ve created an inspiring selection of itineraries that can be included in your Sydney holiday package. Almost anything is possible so please give us a call to discuss all your options.

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Tour Of Australia And New Zealand And Fiji

  • 24 Days
  • Guide Price £13,399 PP
Our tour of Australia, New Zealand and Fiji will take you to the top sights in these wonderful destinations. The...
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Adventure holidays
Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia

Australia Multi Centre Holidays

  • 20 Days
  • Guide Price £6,195 PP
Discover the most iconic places and spectacular experiences in Australia at a relaxed pace on our Australian Signature Highlights tour....
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Iconic journeys
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Pacific Coast Highway Tour

  • 18 Days
  • Guide Price £2,795 PP
Our Pacific Coast tour of Australia will take you to some of the top sights along Australia’s most populated stretch...
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City holidays
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Australasia Encompassed

  • 26 Days
  • Guide Price £7,699 PP
Our Australasia Encompassed tour is ideal for first-time visitors or those wanting to experience the highlights of Singapore, New Zealand...
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Adventure holidays

Explore Sydney

Time Zone

+10 hours (GMT)

Flight Time

London Heathrow to Sydney is approx. 22 hours with 1 stop at Doha or other destination. Flight times vary dependent on stop-over destination and onward connection


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Visa Information

All tourists require an Australian Tourist Visa, you can apply for an instant tourist visa, this is also known as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa



Health Info

No mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations

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Explore the Blue Mountains

Take a short trip into the Blue Mountains for a day of hiking amongst blue hued Eucalyptus trees. An array of routes is available – catering to those who like something challenging, as well as those who want something a little easier. Wander through dense forest and stumble across secret coves, caves and waterfalls.

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Sydney Harbour

It may seem like a cliché to visit Sydney’s Harbour, but as one of the most famous in the world it’s a must on your trip. Take in the views of the city and admire the iconic Sydney Opera House before relaxing with a drink at one of the trendy bars. There are also some excellent restaurants in the area, where you can choose from fantastic menus as you take in the views.

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See New South Wales

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and journey into the surrounding region of New South Wales. Home to some of the whitest beaches, World Heritage-listed rainforests and exquisite wine regions, a wealth of natural treasures are just waiting to be discovered here. Each will be a very welcome addition to your city getaway.

Best time to visit Sydney

The best time to go to Sydney is between September to November or March to May. During these times, there are fewer tourists and the weather offers comfortable temperatures for exploring and relaxing. The busiest period is between December and February, at the peak of summer, weather can be stiflingly hot and tourist spots will be busy. In winter, between June and August, the weather turns colder and wetter, however, this is a great time to see whales and dolphins and there are still pleasant spells.

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Charlie, Destination Manager

“Make sure you buy a Sydney Harbour Hop on hop off ferry pass, one of the best ways to see all the major attractions. This 2-day flexible pass offers a choice of 11 stops allowing you to make the most of your time in the city.”

Destination Manager
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“Catch the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay, look out for dolphins surfing the waves of the boat and take in views of neighbouring beaches and towns. When you get to Manly, the coastal walk to Shelley Beach will lead you to a great spot for a traditional Aussie BBQ.”

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Events & Festivals

The city of Sydney offers a huge selection of fun events held throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here are a few of our top suggestions.

Sydney New Years Fireworks

Sydney Harbour is renowned for its new year's fireworks. There are many vantage points in the city so you can welcome the new year in style.

Vivid Sydney

The yearly festival of light is a celebration of music and ideas. Picture immersive light installations and modern art combined with creative performances and global musicians.

Mardis Gras

A colourful event with two weeks of theatre, music and art, as well as incredible parties and a parade. Sydney's Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is an event like you've never seen before.

Local Cuisine

Sydney ranks as one of the best cities for food in the world. With fresh and flavoursome home-grown ingredients used in many dishes and its multicultural background inviting a melting pot of influence, there is no doubt, Sydney’s local cuisine will be a major highlight of your Sydney holiday.

Chicken Parmagiana

This is a classic Aussie dish you’ll find in most pubs and restaurants. Inspired by Italian-American cooking, chicken parmigiana is breaded chicken, topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella. The Aussies often refer to this as a ‘parmy’ and you’ll find the Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills does one of the best in Sydney.


Get together for a picnic and head to the beach to use the many public BBQ spots. Fish (in particular shrimp) can make a succulent and juicy meal along with other cuts of meat.


Sydney has a reputation for having some of the best seafood in Australia. Visit Sydney’s fish market, which is the biggest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere.


Messina offers some of the best gelato in Australia and even has flavours such as  ‘Tim Tam’ and ‘Milk chocolate with peanut fudge’. You can also sample each of the flavours before you buy.

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