DARLING HARBOUR, SYDNEY
Darling Harbour is one of the world’s great waterfront destination. With its spectacular harbour setting, it has many of Australia’s key tourist attractions and is also a favourite spot for locals to spend their time relaxing and celebrating. Have a walk around the Harbourside shops right next to ICC Sydney, or take a break at the many restaurants and bars.
Just a short walk along the harbour will land you at the newly reopened Barangaroo precinct with a specially curated dining and shopping precinct. Barangaroo Reserve is Sydney’s newest Harbour Foreshore Park with never-seen-before views of the city’s iconic Harbour, featuring breathtaking lookouts, extensive walking and cycling trails, idyllic coves, picnic spots and places for quiet contemplation.
Sydney is a mecca for shoppers with a range from shops, from souvenir stores to high street as well as designer. Shopping hours operate between 9:00-5:30pm (some staying open until 9:00pm) on Monday to Friday, with late night trading on Thursday to 9:00pm. Some popular shopping complexes are:
- Pitt St Mall
- The Strand Arcade
- Queen Victoria Building
- Market City
- Additionally, markets and boutiques can be found along the foreshores of Sydney’s famous beaches.
THINGS TO DO
Sydney is known for its relaxed lifestyle, fantastic beaches and great weather. There are an abundance of activities to partake in whilst in Sydney, whether staying within the city or going for day trips to experience the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley wine region.
- See the city from the top by taking place on the Bridge Climb or viewing from the observation deck of Sydney Tower Eye.
- Take a tour inside the iconic Opera House or take a stroll outside for The Rocks Walking tour and experience the history of Sydney.
- Experience the most famous beach in Sydney whilst taking a surf lesson.
- There are also a number of interesting museums to visit such as: Australian Museum, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory, Hyde Park Barracks, Vaucluse House, MCA, Art Gallery of NSW and the Australian Maritime Museum.
WEATHER / CLIMATE
The average temperature in Sydney in the winter months of June through to August range from 8 to 18°C.
GETTING AROUND SYDNEY
Transport is easily accessible in Sydney. Trains, buses and ferries operate very frequently on a daily basis and can be used with an Opal Card. The Opal Card can be picked up at any train station and can be loaded at newsagencies, train stations and supermarkets. The City Sightseeing “hop on hop off” (The Sydney and Bondi Explorer Hop On Hop Off tourist bus) visits the famous sights of the city.
For more information, please visit www.city-sightseeing.com and choose Sydney.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a broad-based ten percent tax included in the shelf price of most Australian goods and services. The Tourist Refund Scheme allows international travellers to claim a GST refund (subject to certain conditions) on goods purchased in Australia. The refund only applies to items worn or goods taken onboard as hand luggage when leaving the country.
For more information, please visit www.customs.gov.au.
Travellers to Australia need a valid passport or similar certificate of identification. Everyone, except travellers with Australian and New Zealand passports, requires a visa.
The Special Category visa (SCV) is a temporary visa introduced for New Zealand citizens. A New Zealand citizen wanting to enter Australia needs to present a valid New Zealand passport and incoming passenger card for immigration clearance. By doing so, New Zealand citizens are considered to have applied for a visa and, subject to health or character considerations, will be granted an SCV.
You may ask your travel agent for advice or to have them organise your visa.
For more information, visit www.immi.gov.au.