Who doesn't think of Sydney when it comes to the country of kangaroos and koalas? This coastal and cosmopolitan metropolis has no less than five million urban dwellers, 1 million more than its rival Melbourne. A popular destination for surfers, with the famous Opera House as its emblem overlooking the tranquil bay, it is often confused with the capital of this state-continent, Canberra. The British navigator James Cook was the first settler of this Aboriginal land, and in 1770 he laid the first stones of an Australian city then called Port Jackson, making it a penal colony reserved for English convicts. In more than two centuries of existence, Sydney has changed a lot, and it is a young and modern city that visitors will discover. Sydney's tour guide will take you from the beautiful Harbour Bridge to the steep streets of The Rocks or Paddys Market, from Martin Place to George Street or the heavenly beaches of Bondi, from Chinatown to Kings Cross. Stretching between the Pacific sea spray and the beautiful Blue Mountains, the capital of New South Wales is not limited to its urban planning, escapades to the natural parks and large Australian spaces that surround it are even highly recommended to enjoy the exceptional fauna and flora. Follow the guide!

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When to go to Sydney?

When to go to Sydney? The city can be visited all year round. The tourist pressure is therefore sustained. To save money, it is advisable to avoid the Christmas and New Year period, which includes both end-of-year festivities and summer holidays. It should be borne in mind that while the northern part of Australia has only two seasons (the dry season and the wet season), in the south, the four seasons are reversed compared to our latitudes. The school holiday calendar in New South Wales (the region to which Sydney belongs) is generally divided as follows: 15 days in the second half of April, 15 days in the first half of July, 15 days at the end of September in early October, and one month from Christmas to the end of January. February, which is the end of summer, may be the best time to travel to Sydney. Late spring, November, can also be a good time to consider when to go to Sydney.

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Tourism is not a new phenomenon in Sydney and there are many specialists in the city and its region. Most of them have standard itineraries including flight, accommodation and access to the main tourist sites, but it is also easy to find agencies that can tailor a trip for you, off the beaten track. If you have plenty of time, it is possible to include Sydney in a wider itinerary in Australia.

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The prices of a return flight from France generally range from €850 to €1,350, depending on the season and your anticipation. Living in Sydney is not a problem in itself, but you have to put a price on it because they have gone up in recent years. Youth hostels or guest rooms are the cheapest options. Access to museums, transport and food are not given either, but with a little trickery, we can get by quite well

To travel throughout Sydney, pending the inauguration of the metro in 2019, the bus remains the most popular means of transport, as it is economical and works very well. Taxis are also widely used, and if you want to rent a vehicle, you should know that you have the right to ask for an international driving licence. Don't forget that we drive on the left in Australia! Finally, cycling may be an option to consider.

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    When to travel?

    When to go to Sydney? The city can be visited all year round. The tourist pressure is therefore sustained. To save mo...
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    Weather forecast

    Located on the ocean shore, the city enjoys a temperate climate and has, on average, more than 300 days of sunshine p...
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    Budget

    The cost of living in Australia is higher than in Europe. Even if car rentals remain attractive and there are many fo...
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    Formalities

    To enter Australia, you will need either an e-Visitor visa, an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) or a specific visa.<...
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    Health

    Sydney does not present any major health risks. However, make sure that your vaccinations mandatory in France are up...
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    How to travel by yourself?

    The prices of a return flight from France generally range from €850 to €1,350, depending on the season and your a...
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    How to get organized?

    Tourism is not a new phenomenon in Sydney and there are many specialists in the city and its region. Most of them hav...
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    Getting around

    To travel throughout Sydney, pending the inauguration of the metro in 2019, the bus remains the most popular means of...
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