Sydney Travel Facts

The Basics

City Name: Sydney

Where is it located?: Sydney is located halfway up the coast of New South Wales. It sits in the southeastern corner of Australia.

Why do people go there?: Sydney is Australia’s largest, and oldest, city. It’s home to the Opera House, the Circle Quay, numerous ferries, and is most traveler’s first introduction to the land down under.

How do travelers get there?: Fly like a bird! Since Sydney is the most popular stop for international arrivals, a majority land at Kingsford Smith and take the train into town. However, Countrylink will bring in passengers as well, with lines to Brisbane and Melbourne.

Currency: Australian Dollar

City Code: 2

Population: 4.3 million

Languages: English

Travel Information

Neighborhoods: Glebe, Kings Cross, Rocks, Circle Quay, Ultimo, Pyrmont, Paddington, Darlinghurst

Attractions: Financial Capital, Nightlife, Shopping, Dining, Kings Cross

Accommodations: Sydney Hostels

Tourist Office: The Rocks Visitor Information Centre,106 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000, Tel: 02-9255 1788, fax: 02-9931 1490, Website:

Off-the-beaten-path: Hawkesbury River, Lion Island, Pearl Beach, Kur-ring-gai National Park

Health Issues: None

Tips for Visiting

When to go: The fall brings pleasant weather, still-warm temps and less rain than the spring. The heat in the summer can be oppressive.

City Specific Events: There is always something going on in Sydney. January is the Sydney Festival, February is the infamous Mardi Gras Festival, and the end of the year always brings a party on Bondi Beach, along with the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race.

How to get around?: Buses, trains and trams are all at your fingertips.

Good to know: Most visitors to Australia arrive in Sydney.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Sydney is the Sydney Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Sydney travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.