Sydney’s only major airport goes by a variety of names, including Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, Kingsford-Smith Airport and Sydney Airport. The international airport is located in the suburb of Mascot, south of the city centre in Sydney. Situated next to Botany Bay, an open oceanic embayment offering scenic views of the city, Kingsford-Smith consists of three passenger terminals and is the busiest airport in Australia.
There are several ways to travel from the airport into the heart of the city. The Airport Link underground rail line, situated below the international terminal, is fast and convenient, with direct connections to the City Circle line. You can get to the city under 15 minutes with the Airport Link. There are also shuttle buses that offer direct drop-off services. If not, take Sydney Buses, a commuter bus service that will bring you to various destinations, including the eastern suburbs, Inner West and St George areas. To take a taxi, proceed to any sheltered taxi rank outside the terminal.
Sydney’s metropolitan area is generally well- supported by its public transport network, which includes rail, bus, ferry and light rail. If you intend to commute largely by public transport during your stay, it is recommended that you purchase the Opal card, a touch-and-go prepaid card, or a one-day/weekly multi-modal ticket. Both the Opal card and multi-modal ticket are valid on most modes of transport.
Sitting on Australia’s south-east coast, on the Tasman Sea, it is hardly surprising that Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales, is dubbed Harbour City. With its sandy surf beaches, thriving cultural and art scene, as well as a cosmopolitan populace, Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities.
A visit to Sydney would be incomplete without stopping at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, arguably two of the world’s most iconic structures. Situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, the opera house is a multi-venue performing centre. The opera house is also home to four key resident companies: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. It is highly recommended that you catch a performance in this award-winning, world-class venue. However, if time does not permit, there are several tours you can take such as the intimate backstage tour that grants visitors exclusive access to areas closed to most of the public.
Next, walk over to the Sydney Habour, just a stone’s throw away. One of the best ways of seeing the harbour is to hop on a ferry. Alternatively, you could walk across the bridge and go up to the top of the Pylon Tower where you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the city’s skyline, punctuated with landmarks such as the Opera House, The Rocks, and Darling Harbour. For those looking for an adrenaline rush, sign up for a bridge climb that will take you up to the upper, outer arch of the bridge, with the traffic whizzing below you.
When you’re done, don’t forget to capture the distinct silhouette of the Sydney Opera House set against the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the view is spectacular, especially during sunset.
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