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Syndey harbour and Opera House

Live the Australian dream in the sun-drenched city of Sydney. Surf the waves, climb the Harbour Bridge, have lunch at The Rocks, study the iconic shapes of the Sydney Opera House, and then tour the world with an array of extraordinary cuisine. However you take your holidays in Sydney, just make sure that you dive headfirst into everything that this vibrant and cosmopolitan city has to offer.

Home to some of the world's most recognisable landmarks, Sydney is the perfect place for those who love to combine buzzing city life with the great outdoors.

Sydney holidays can be filled with culture, with sport, with high-end cuisine, with romantic strolls, with beachside picnics... there really is no end to your adventures in this gem of Australia.

Australia's best-known city can be reached via flights into Sydney Airport (SYD). The sporting world converged here in 2000 for the Olympic Games and Sydney has never looked back. Its popularity has gone from strength to strength and it lures backpackers, families, couples and groups. It's a city with a little something for everyone.

Centred on the magnificent natural harbour, where exclusive homes and parks look over the boat-dotted water, Sydney exudes confidence in buckets. It's not hard to see why. You can spy the unmistakable Harbour Bridge in one direction, the Sydney Opera House in the other. You've got fantastic beaches within minutes, such as surf central Bondi and laidback Manly, plus wine regions and the glorious Blue Mountains with their famous Three Sisters just over an hour away.

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The best bit of Sydney is getting to grips with all of this. Climb the bridge on a special tour, or jostle with the crowds to see fireworks on New Year's Eve. Take in a performance at the Opera House, alongside more than one million other people every year. Get to the top of the Sydney Tower Eye and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the city. Visit Sydney's Taronga Zoo, which enjoys a prime piece of real estate - the zebras and giraffes get views of the Opera House and bridge from their home. Sample the produce at the wineries. Tuck into lunch at one of the outdoor tables in the historic Rocks district.

Other attractions for holidaymakers include the aquarium at Darling Harbour, the historic State Theatre, and the Asian shopping and cuisine to be found in colourful Chinatown.

Explore some of the city's distinct districts including Paddington, or Paddo, with its boutiques and cafés. Then there's Kings Cross, also known as the Cross, which used to be a bit seedy but is emerging as a trendy spot. If your belly is rumbling then take a trip to stylish Surry Hills, which packs a punch due to the sheer number of restaurants trading here.

Sydney offers a very different flavour of Australia compared to fellow cities such as European-flavoured Melbourne or Queensland's Brisbane.

Sydney is a city for living and enjoying. You can create some amazing holiday memories by searching for a holiday to Sydney using the tool on TravelSupermarket. Don't delay; get your Sydney adventure underway today.

Weather

Summer in the southern hemisphere heats up around December and begins to cool around May. You can experience sizzling highs during summer, while the winter months of May to August are still warm, with average temperatures of 14C. Rainfall and sunshine hours are fairly consistent throughout the year.

Events

Darling Harbour Fiesta; September: Latin music and dance is performed over three days at Sydney's Darling Harbour. If you've got no rhythm to feel confident about joining in, you can simply taste the flavours of Latin America by sampling the food and drink.

Hunter Valley Harvest Festival; April: Tour one of Australia's longest established wine regions, the magnificent Hunter Valley. The grapes have been harvested so it's time to celebrate and enjoy music and theatre with your glass of wine.

Sydney Festival; January: Thousands of people attend this hugely popular festival, which is all about celebrating Sydney's bold cultural diversity. See music, dancing, rap, circus, DJs - there's sure to be something to suit everyone's taste.

Sydney Comedy Festival; April: If you love a good belly laugh you'll adore this comedy festival. It attracts some huge names to various venues around the city.

City to Surf; August: Watch as thousands of Sydneysiders run from downtown Sydney to the city's surf spot, Bondi Beach. Many visitors follow the route of the runners; though stop at one or more of Australia's famous watering holes along the way.