Sydney, the vibrant harbour city renowned for its iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, beautiful beaches and buzzing dining scene, is a captivating destination for travellers to create picture-perfect holiday memories.
But before you post that kangaroo-selfie and start daydreaming about your next great adventure, it’s time to think again.
Discover Sydney’s Illuminating Beauty At Night
The lights never seem to go out in the city, and from May 24 to June 15, 2019, watch them come on in spectacular fashion during Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.
Close to 100 light projections and interactive installations transform Sydney Harbour and major precincts into a free large-scale outdoor art gallery, beckoning to be discovered on a Light Walk, admired from a Vivid Cruise, or even from the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a breathtaking Vivid Bridge Climb experience.
Create Your Own Gourmet Food Trail In The New South Wales Countryside
For lovers of food, wine and a relaxing good time, why not make a short getaway to Hunter Valley? Unwind in Australia’s oldest wine region, a two-hour drive north of Sydney, and explore vineyards at your own pace, savour mouthwatering dishes at award-winning restaurants, and start the morning right with a hot air balloon ride above rolling hills.
The best part is you can experience this even without a car. Hunter Valley Resort offers accommodation packages that include return tickets for a three-hour express train service from Sydney Central to Singleton Railway Station, as well as private limousine transfers to the resort, taking the guesswork out of travel planning.
After you have checked in to wine country, hop-on hop-off bus services, electric bike rentals and local transfers are among the available options to get around.
Upsize Your Wildlife Encounters On Land And Sea
Spot humpback and southern right whales during whale watching season which takes place from late-May to November. Whale watching cruises operate from Sydney, Port Stephens and Jervis Bay, giving you the perfect opportunity to get a closer view of these magnificent creatures as they migrate along the NSW coastline.
In Port Stephens, a three-hour drive north of Sydney, go camel riding along the beach for panoramic views of the pristine shoreline, as well as the largest moving coastal sand dunes in the southern hemisphere.
Go From Amazing Blue Waters To The Breathtaking Blue Mountains
Only a 90-minute drive from Sydney, Blue Mountains National Park is a haven for nature enthusiasts with its stunning lookouts, vast scenery and walking trails through an ancient rainforest. The rugged cliffs and waterfalls also make it a hotspot for the adventurous to try their hand at abseiling or canyoning.
As autumn descends from March to May, be sure to visit the famous cool climate gardens with their splendid displays of red, orange and yellow – truly a sight to behold.