When to fly to Sydney
Many tourists prefer booking cheap flights to Sydney for New Year's Eve, which is a huge crowd-puller, followed by the popular Sydney Festival, which runs for three weeks in January. Over summer, weekend surf carnivals and water sports competitions are held on various beaches and yacht races are held around Sydney Harbour. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race starts on Boxing Day. The Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in February-March is one of Sydney's biggest international events.
Sydney is busy and fun any time of year, but is particularly enjoyable in autumn and spring. There is a greater chance of rain in spring, but it usually clears quickly. Spring and autumn are also ideal times to find cheap flights to Sydney.
It's hard to beat Sydney's majestic setting on one of the world's most beautiful natural harbours. Dotted with yachts and ferries plying from one side of Sydney to the other, the harbour makes a stunning backdrop for the city's iconic sail-shaped Opera House, while spectacular fireworks dance off the Harbour Bridge every New Year's Eve.
Australia's oldest, biggest and most recognisable city makes a great first impression on travellers arriving from flights to Sydney, from its parks and gardens and striking bays and inlets to its stately historic buildings and the lively buzz of Darling Harbour's tourist and nightlife precinct.
There are many eclectic neighbourhoods to explore, from Paddington's boutiques, pubs and famous Saturday market, multicultural Newtown, gay Darlinghurst or the antique shops and trendy eateries of Surry Hills.
Sydney basks in its international caché, and its role as the country's dynamic media and financial capital and favourite tourist playground. But for all of Sydney's verve, glitz, brashness and frenetic pace, it is an undeniably liveable city - friendly, relaxed and outgoing, with a perfect climate for an outdoors lifestyle. Taking cheap flights to Sydney is also synonymous with beach culture and its famous surf beaches, which is only natural given there are more than 30 beaches within 30 minutes of the city.
Beyond the city attractions, Sydney is within easy reach of the Hunter Valley wine region, the stunning Blue Mountains, the NSW coastal resorts and the ski slopes and natural drawcards of the Snowy Mountains.