Sydney, Australia

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If you are looking for a great winter trip, Australia is the place to be! Sydney’s summer months, December through February, bring beach weather, as well as festivals and harborside celebrations: After the world-renowned New Year’s Eve celebrations comes the Sydney Festival, a month-long celebration of the arts culminating with Australia Day. There are also outdoor movie screenings and concerts, and professional surfing, tennis, cricket, and rugby competitions throughout the season Since prices are also at their peak in their summer, it’s important to book early.

Weather
January is Australia’s hottest month, with an average temperature of 74°F making it the perfect time to visit and explore this beautiful country.

Things To Do
Australia’s most popular city, Sydney, offers an incredible range of landmarks and attractions. From its stunning waterfront buildings to its rock pools and incredible beaches, it’s no wonder this city attracted 9.1 million tourists for the year ending in July 2018. Naturally, The Sydney Opera House is among the top places to see. Designed by Dane Jorn Utzon, it is a beautiful and unique view especially at dawn when the sparkling white tiles reflect the sun. While, the view itself is satisfying, if you are curious to learn more about the Opera House, you can tour the building and have a gourmet three tier tasting plate from the Opera Kitchen. You can also jump into one of Sydney’s Ferries and enjoy all the incredible sights including the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

If you are looking for something more adventurous, you can climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Options include multiple, professionally guided, itineraries for morning, dawn, and even night climbers. You will climb a steady incline and traverse catwalks and ladders to admire the panoramic view and receive a commemorative certificate, cap, and group photo to share with loved ones. If heights are not your preferred idea of fun, you can experience close encounters with humpback whales in a speedboat for a truly memorable experience.

For those who prefer a more scenic approach when traveling, Sydney offers full day tours of the Blue Mountains, which includes lunch, transportation, and activities. You begin your day in the scenic and photo worthy Wentworth Falls and drive up to Lincoln’s Rocks for unique views of the Jamison Valley before you head to Scenic World, where you will ride the Scenic Skyway, Scenic Cableway, and the Scenic Railway, known as the world’s steepest railroad. You can stop at Echo Rock for yet another incredible view of the Three Sisters before you take a delicious, warm lunch and depart to Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you will see native Australian animals including, kangaroos, wombats, many more.

If you prefer a more relaxed vacation, you can always relax at Bondi Beach, Sydney’s most iconic beach. Perfect for families, this beach is filled with surfers, cafés, and shops. Classes are also available for amateur surfers interested in learning. Sydney offers great museums for art lovers. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia for striking art including pieces by Anish Kapoor, Yoko Ono, and Grayson Perry. Unwind by visiting the Royal Botanic Garden which was founded in 1816. The Australian garden offers an exotic mix of native plants including succulents, cacti, and fig trees. Enjoy the beautiful glass houses, shop, and lovely cafés.

Food
Speaking of cafés, a trip would not be complete without delightful food and Sydney has plenty to offer. Named “The Mother of All Cafes,” The Grounds of Alexandria not only offers juicy burgers and other delicious options, its aesthetically pleasing designed mini farm and garden is definitely picture worthy. Tend your appetite with Hurricane’s Grill Darling Harbour, which offers mouthwatering ribs grilled perfectly to taste. A popular pastry favorite is Brewtown Newton with its delicious cronuts. What are cronuts, you ask. A croissant-donut! Locals and visitors rave about this delicious pastry and with vegan and gluten-free options available, it’s worth a try. If you prefer a light and fruity pastry, stop by Blackstar Pastry and enjoy customer favorites, sponge cake and crust parts. If you prefer cold sweets, try N2 Extreme Gelato, known for is laboratory themed location, it offers rich, chocolate-filled syringe on your frozen gelato. It’s no wonder locals and tourists love this place.

Transportation
Sydney’s public transportation is incredibly user friendly. Trains, buses, light rails, and ferries are all available by using a free Opal Smartcard which can be easily obtained online via opal.com.au or at newsstands. Although fares are calculated by distance, on Sundays they are just $2.

Overview
Sydney is a beautiful travel destination for those seeking warm weather in winter. With its wonderful landmarks and delicious food, it’s no wonder it attracts numerous tourists. Plan ahead and book your trip early for a once in a lifetime experience.