Sydney: a global capital

Sydney is famous for its golden beaches, but there's more to the city than just sun, sand and surf. You can visit iconic landmarks, relax in lush parklands or join friendly locals at buzzing cafes, bars and restaurants. One of Australia's most cosmopolitan and cultured cities, Sydney hosts vibrant festivals all year round and is home to a rich arts and entertainment scene.

Sydney's climate

Sydney is known the world over for its warm climate and sunshine. Located on the southeast coast of Australia, parts of the city enjoy a year-round sea breeze. The summer months bring hot days and balmy nights, while winters are comparatively mild. The city is blessed with blue skies; in fact, there are only 23 days a year on average when the sun doesn't shine.

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Attractions in Sydney

Vivid Sydney, Opera House and Opera barSydney houses world-class museums, galleries and shopping districts, though visitors are often lured outside by the city's major attractions. The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge – two of the world's most recognisable icons – are situated in the heart of the city and are surrounded by top attractions in Sydney Harbour and further inland.

Sydney also has a rich arts, cultural and entertainment scene. It is home to lively shopping districts, cafes, restaurants and bars as well as cinemas, theatres and live performance venues.

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Recreation in Sydney

Many recreational activities in Sydney are underpinned by the city's stunning natural scenery. Sydney's spectacular coastline and sparkling harbour give rise to countless water activities and a buzzing beach culture, while the city's lush parks and bushland offer picturesque picnic spots, hiking and alfresco activities.

Sydney also boasts an enthusiastic sporting scene with local clubs, university squads and corporate teams. Whether you are a serious or social player or prefer the view from the spectator seats, you can enjoy a diverse range of live games and sporting matches.Find more information about Sydney's recreation options.