Discover Sydney

There’s so much to see and do in Sydney!

Here is just a glimpse of what you can experience during your stay. 

Free to visit City Attractions

Explore the classic tourist attractions below for the perfect day of sightseeing in Sydney.

The Bondi to Coogee Walk

A spectacular walk and incredible coastline, this route takes in some of Sydney’s most iconic beaches.

North Head Lookout

Enjoy sweeping views from the mouth of the harbour to Sydney’s skyscrapers, and if you’re lucky you may spot a whale or two.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Sydney’s Royal Botanical Gardens are beautifully kept featuring everything from succulents to herbs, as well as a tropical greenhouse. This is a perfect spot in the heart of the city.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales

This is one of Australia’s leading art museums attracting over one million visitors a year. Entry to Sydney’s premier art institution is free, allowing you to see most temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries. It is recommended to visit on a Wednesday night which includes bonus free talks and films.

Royal National Park

The Royal National Park is the second oldest park in the world. It is home to over 100km of walking tracks through littoral rainforest gullies, overdramatic windswept cliffs and down to pristine beaches.

Discounted Opera tickets for Forum attendees

There is a 20% discount offered by Opera Australia, for their two musicals Fiddler on the Roof and The Secret Garden which will be playing from September to October.

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Bar and Restaurant Recommendations

Cohibar 

A vibrant cocktail bar with snacks, DJs and a harbour-facing terrace, only a 6 minute walk away from the ICC.

https://www.cohibar.com.au/

Waterfront Grill

A relaxed bistro with barstools, serving steaks, seafood, and steins of beer plus a gluten-free menu. This is only an 8-minute walk from the ICC.

https://www.waterfrontgrill.com.au/

Planar

A contemporary waterfront restaurant serving a wide range of food and a creative drink menu, located on the ground level of the ICC.

https://www.planarrestaurant.com.au/

Olivo Harborside

Enjoy looking out over Cockle Bay and enjoy fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Olivo serves Italian food and has an extensive drink menu. This is only a 7-minute walk from the ICC.

http://olivoharbourside.com.au/

Blackbird Cafe

A quaint cafe and restaurant that has both indoor and outdoor seating, overlooking the Darling Bay Marina. They serve a wide array of food and are only a 10-minute walk from the ICC.

https://www.blackbirdcafe.com.au/

Top tips for saving money in Sydney

– Pick up a copy of Time Out or Friday’s edition of The Sydney Morning Herald to lookup free shows and events.

– For cheap movies, search online for Event Cinemas, Palace Cinemas, Dendy or Hoyts.

– For cheap theatre tickets, try the terrific Griffin Theatre Company in Kings Cross, which has $20 Monday Rush tickets.

– Booking launches and gallery openings are good ways to soak up the local culture, and there is usually complimentary wine. Try Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and Gleebooks.

– For cheap eats, pubs and clubs try the Norfolk and the Shakespeare in Surry Hills, or the North Bondi RSL for a cheap burger with a million-dollar view.

Practical Information

Weather

Sydney is one of Australia’s largest cities and the capital of New South Wales. The climate in Sydney is subtropical with mild, sunny weather all year-round.

September is the beginning of spring in Sydney, which means increasing temperatures and sunshine.

Temperature

The average daytime temperatures in Sydney in September are around 16°C while high temperatures can hit peaks of 20°C on warmer days. Although the weather is warming in September, Sydney can experience some chilly westerly winds this month.

While the city is generally sheltered from these winds, it gets very chilly near the waters when they blow. Temperatures do drop on an evening too, so make sure to pack a jacket if you’re visiting Sydney in September.

The average minimum temperatures generally tend to hover around 12°C.

Sunshine
As with most of the months, September is generally a sunny month in Sydney. Travellers can usually expect an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day with a 33% chance of a sunny day.

Rain
Spring in the city does mean more rain than at other times of the year, but it usually clears up quickly. The average rainfall expected throughout the month is 65mm which is usually spread over 11 wet days, for a 32% chance of a rainy day.

Currency
Australian dollars (AUD)

ATMS are widespread.

EFTPOS, Australia’s electronic payment system, is also widely available in most Australian shops, restaurants, and hotels, allowing you to pay for purchases with your credit/debit card.

Tipping
Hotels and restaurants do not generally add service charges to your bill, and tipping is always your choice. In some upmarket restaurants, it is typical to tip waiters 10%t of your bill for good service.

Emergency Services
The emergency number for police, ambulance, and the fire brigade is 000.

Electricity and conversions
You may need an adapter in order to plug your appliances into the power sockets in Australia: the adapter required for Australia is Type 1 Australia plug. The plugs in Australia have two flat metal pins, forming an inverted ‘V’ shape, and occasionally a third pin in the centre.

The electrical current in Australia is 220-240 volts, AC 50Hz.

The sun in Australia
The sun is extremely strong in Australia, so it’s important to protect your skin during the day. It is recommended that you use SPF 50+ sunscreen, and wear a hat and sunglasses where possible.

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