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Iconic Sydney

Book flights to Sydney and discover a city of blue skies, glistening waters, sun-kissed beaches and instantly recognisable landmarks.

At the heart of it all is the dazzling harbour, home to the world-famous Opera House and its unmistakeable sail-shaped roof.

aerial view of sydney central business district

Sydney is justly famed for its beaches – and with more than 100 to choose from, there’s one for every mood. Soak up the sights at Bondi, hop on the ferry to Manly, or escape the crowds at Clovelly.

This is a city where life revolves around these golden stretches of sand. Every summer sees a packed calendar of events – learn to surf, enjoy a lazy family day or browse a farmer’s market.

Sydneysiders love a good party, as evidenced in the city’s lively nightlife. Make a beeline for Surry Hills or Newtown to hop between eclectic restaurants and buzzy venues. Sydney has made New Year’s Eve its own and watching the spectacular fireworks light up the harbour is an experience you will never forget.

Fly to Sydney with Etihad and enjoy everything that this stunning city has to offer.

What’s the weather like in Sydney?

What’s the weather like in Sydney?

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Sydney is a year-round destination, enjoying warm summers and mild winters. Book your Sydney flights for spring (September to November) or autumn (March to May) and you’ll find pleasant temperatures, averaging around 23°C, along with fewer crowds.

Summertime in Sydney lasts from early December to February. January is usually the hottest month, with average highs of around 26°C. Just be sure to use plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat to protect yourself from the strong sun.

Reasons to visit Sydney

view of the historic rocks district in sydney with harbour in the background

Hit The Rocks

Standing in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge, roam the cobblestone lanes of The Rocks to discover many of Sydney’s best-loved independent restaurants.

Enjoy a light lunch or pick up some street food and trinkets at one of the open-air Rocks Markets. Afterwards, stroll to Circular Quay to watch the buskers in action and explore the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.

Be sure to pay a visit to Sydney’s most famous vantage point, Mrs Macquarie’s Point, to take in breathtaking views of the harbour.

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Beautiful Blue Mountains

Just a couple of hours away from Sydney are the Blue Mountains. This stunning national park is home to a host of walking trails and dramatic rock formations including the famed Three Sisters.

There’s a rainforest area to explore, via cable car or the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest passenger train. If you have time, join a tour to the nearby Jenolan Caves – where the limestone formations date back more than 300 million years.

The charming town of Katoomba, with its cosy cafes and quirky bookshops, is also worth spending a few hours exploring.

aerial view of bondi beach coast and city sydney

Discover stunning beaches

Bondi is one of the world’s most famous beaches – filled with surfers, coffee spots and boutique shops. This sweeping crescent of white sand is only a short bus or train ride from the heart of the city.

While Bondi is the best-known, there are plenty more Sydney beaches worth seeking out. Take the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee to enjoy amazing clifftop views. Popular Manly is a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, while at Bronte you can take a dip in its invigorating ocean pool.

Things to know before you fly to Sydney

plane Transfers from the airport

Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD) is located a short distance outside the CBD. Pre-book your airport transfer with Etihad for a smooth start to your trip.

You can also rent a car, take a taxi, or catch an Airport Link train which will take you to the centre in about 15 minutes.

holiday Public and school holidays

Accommodation and travel may be more expensive between the middle of December and end of January during Australia’s school summer holiday.

Most shops and businesses close on 25 December, while public transport may also be reduced for about a week during the festive period.

bus Getting around

A prepaid Opal card makes getting around Sydney’s public transport system cheap and easy. These can be bought and topped up at many city outlets. Opal cards work for buses, trains and ferries in Sydney. The regular ferries are a leisurely and enjoyable way to travel between sights.

meals Local cuisine

You’ll find every type of global cuisine in Sydney, ranging from traditional fine dining experiences to laidback pizzerias and cafes. There’s a strong Asian influence – pad Thai is a Sydney staple – while for fresh seafood head to one of the restaurants at Sydney Fish Market, one of the largest of its kind in the world.

Flying to Sydney: FAQs

Where should I stay in Sydney?

If you’re flying to Sydney for a holiday, then it’s a good idea to book accommodation near Circular Quay. That way you’ll be close to most of the main city landmarks.

Darling Harbour is slightly quieter but still nice and central, while Manly and Coogee are worth considering if you want to make the most of beach life, Sydney-style.

How many days should I spend in Sydney?

There’s more than enough in and around Sydney to keep you busy for at least two weeks, although three to five days is enough to cover the key highlights if you’re seeing other parts of Australia.

Where should I go for New Year in Sydney?

Sydney is one of the first cities to celebrate New Year and every year the festivities are watched around the globe. The Sydney Harbour fireworks are legendary. Viewing is free from some vantage points, while others are sectioned off for ticket holders. Tickets and accommodation get booked up fast, so be sure to plan and book early.

What attractions should I visit in Sydney?

There is so much to see in Sydney. Don’t miss Circular Quay, Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks, Darling Harbour and the ornate Queen Victoria Building, packed with fashion boutiques. If you’re feeling brave, book a spot on a Sydney Bridge Climb to enjoy epic 360-degree views of the harbour.

Why we love Sydney

“Sydney is somewhere people dream of visiting and once you get there, it’s even better than you imagined. The whole city has a laidback atmosphere, with welcoming locals and a culture shaped around the beach lifestyle. With the Blue Mountains nearby, it’s a little slice of all Australia has to offer.”

Why fly to Sydney with Etihad?

When you book flight tickets to Sydney with Etihad Airways you can shape your travel experience, choosing how you want to check in, adding extra baggage and booking your airport transfers before you fly.

All guests can sit back and relax in reclining seats featuring fully adjustable headrests. Upgrade options are also available for Economy guests looking for extra legroom or more space to stretch out.

There is plenty of inflight entertainment to enjoy during your flight to Sydney. Choose from hours of the latest movies, music and TV shows to help your journey fly by.

Our complimentary meals are inspired by your destination and created using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Pair your selection with a beverage of your choice.

Business and First guests can enjoy complimentary access to our airport lounges, while Economy guests often have the option to pay to use the lounge facilities.

*Aircraft, cabins and services may vary by route and flight. You can check this when you search for your flight. This page was last updated Sept 2019.

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Weather in Sydney

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