With its glittering harbour, sun-soaked beaches, photogenic landmarks and world-class dining and entertainment, Sydney is undoubtedly one of the world’s most visually stunning cities and a hive of cultural richness. The capital of New South Wales has long been a popular tourist destination for travellers from every corner of the globe, boasting a diverse range of attractions that appeal to all ages and interests. While many people choose to visit Sydney on a quick weekend trip with a jam-packed itinerary, spending up to a month or even more in Australia’s biggest city is a fantastic way to explore its treasures at a more relaxed place and truly embrace the lifestyle. Once you check in to your private apartment at Fraser Suites Sydney, here’s our guide to experiencing the best of Sydney during a month-long visit.
Since you’re staying a while, visit major attractions on weekdays instead of weekends to avoid the biggest crowds.
Always wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Australia has dangerous UV levels and skin protection is a must all year round.
At the beach, swimming between the flags is a must.
Despite what the locals say, Sydney has a pretty amazing public transport system and is usually preferable to driving, particularly in the CBD where traffic can be a nightmare. Grab an Opal card at any convenience store and top up whenever you need to.
There’s always something happening. Keep an eye on the events and entertainment calendar for fun ideas every day of the week.
Sydney boasts a sunny climate with hot summers, mild winters and low to moderate humidity, with plenty of blue skies throughout the year. The weather is mostly ideal for enjoying the outdoors, but the subtropical climate lends itself to the occasional storm; even if the skies look clear in the morning, double check the forecast to make sure you don’t get caught in torrential rain later in the day. The warmest weather comes between late October and early April; those wishing to avoid the hottest months and biggest crowds should aim for October, November, March and April.
Sydney has sprawling train, bus and ferry networks as well as a small light rail service. A tap-and-go Opal card is an essential purchase and can be found at many supermarkets, newsagents, convenience stores and Sydney Airport – it will give you access to all trains, buses, ferries and light rail services in Sydney and can be topped up online, by phone or at one of the many self-service machines throughout the city. Taxis and ride-shares are readily available at all times, just be aware that traffic can be a bit of a nightmare – something to keep in mind if you’re renting a car, too.
Sydney isn’t the cheapest city, and you’re likely to find yourself spending a little more than you’re used to for food, entertainment and other activities. However, its size and infrastructure ultimately make it possible to visit on any budget with everything from free attractions to fine dining.
Sydney has an ever-growing list of major attractions that prove to be evergreen draw cards for visitors throughout the year. While these are the places you’re most likely to experience throngs of tourists, they’re all well worth visiting at least once.