Sydney. A city with a rich, aboriginal legacy; a colonial past; and a multicultural future — a place where sacred, sprawling land meets swirling sea. It’s a hub for anthropologists, hikers, surfers, divers, adventurers, storytellers, and photographers alike. The city is both a gateway into Australia and a destination in and of itself. Whatever you chase — sun, surf, or stories — you’ll find it in Sydney.
Australian Dollar | AUD | $
Australian English; Aboriginal
When to go
September – November; March – May
Plan Your Trip
Because Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere, seasonal weather occurs in the months opposite to what most travelers are used to (i.e. summer spans from December to February, and winter from June to August).
If you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand, you will need a valid Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), Electronic Visitor Visa (EVV) or Visitor Visa before you enter Australia.
Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with up to 32 percent of its population born overseas and over half being first- or second-generation immigrants from all corners of the globe.
Although Sydney is known for its good weather, the Australian sun has rays that can be extremely harmful. Since the 1960s, Australia’s ozone layer has depleted between 5–9%. That means you’ll burn, even on a cloudy day.
Note: We recognize and celebrate the histories, diversity, creativity, resourcefulness, and endurance of the First Peoples of Australia – the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples — and encourage all who visit to learn more about the land’s original ancestors.