Sydney is Australia’s most populated and most metropolitan city with such a variety of sights and things to do on holiday. The climate is moderate year round. The summer is the most popular time for a holiday in Sydney when the temps range from 19 to 26 degrees Celsius (66 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit). Even in the winter time, the temperatures never dip too low. Average winter temps in Sydney range from 8 to 18 degrees Celsius (45 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit). No matter which season it is sun protection should be used. Whenever you are planning an outdoor activity, bring plenty of sunscreen, remember to reapply it and also bring protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses. The Australian sun is harsh all year long.

Sydney Skyline at Dusk

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Sydney Map

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Hiring a Car for a Holiday in and Around Sydney

Sydney Car Hire Map

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When planning a holiday in and around Sydney, you can hire a car in Sydney from one of the many different convenient locations based on where you are coming from. If you are already south of Sydney , you can also hire a car at the Sydney Airport, the Sydney east location in Alexandria, or the Sydney southwest location in Ravensby. Be sure to tell your car rental agent where you are planning to go on your holiday so that they can ensure you have the best vehicle for your trip and the terrain you will encounter. Our helpful car rental agents can also assist you with local maps, holiday tips and pointers, and travel safety information. Click the links and get a rate quote so you can find the best car hire rates in Sydney, Australia.

Things to do in and around Sydney

Sydney Harbour

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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There are so many things to do in Sydney, so you have so many choices and are sure to find plenty of things that will suit your holiday desires. Sydney’s Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in the world and provides a plethora of amazing attractions and things to do. Sydney is on the coast with the Tasman Sea on the east and mountains, valleys, and historic riverside towns. Of course, since Sydney is one of the most popular destinations in all of Australia, so we have featured quite a lot of Sydney holiday ideas before including: 5 Day Trips from Sydney, a Sydney to Melbourne road trip, a Sydney to Brisbane road trip, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, Royal National Park, the Blue Mountains, the Glass House Mountains, Wollemi National Park, and Sydney’s Famous Beaches including a feature all about Bondi Beach. Since New South Wales has so many different regions, there is a huge variety of different types of holiday vacations you can take in this diverse state.

Shark Island

Shark Island

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Shark Island Skyline

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Shark Island is a great place for a unique picnic or a special event. The island is located just about 1 km off of Rose Bay and is 1.5 hectares. The views of the harbour and some of the most iconic sights in Sydney including the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are nothing short of amazing. Don’t let the name of the island scare you off, it was named Shark Island for its shape, not because of sharks in the water.

Cronulla Ferries

Cronulla Ferries

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The Cronulla Ferries include the oldest operating commuter ferry in Australia. However, the ferries are not just for commuters. Tourists are welcome to explore the Hacking River and the journey from Cronulla to Bundeena. Bundeena is the gateway to Royal National Park. Highlights along the way of this three hour cruise include some of the most unspoilt waterways in Sydney, historical settlements, Aboriginal sites, and sight-seeing some of Sydney’s gorgeous waterfront properties. Each cruise features morning tea and narration from your expert guide.

Kamay Botany Bay National Park


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Botany Bay - National Park

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About an hour drive from Sydney’s city centre around Botany Bay will take you to Kamay Botany Bay National Park. The national park status protects the beautiful native plants and host of birds that make this area home. While there, enjoy some of the most amazing coastal views in the Sydney area, go on bushwalks, have fun in the surf and sand of the beaches there, bring a picnic lunch, and marvel at the historic buildings, forts, and monuments that make up the rich cultural history here. You can also visit La Perouse Museum and Bare Island.

Featherdale Wildlife Park – Doonside

Featherdale Croc

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Featherdale - Koala

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Featherdale Wildlife Park is about 45 km west of Sydney in Doonside. It is on the way to the Blue Mountains. The wildlife park is home to a very large collection of Australian wildlife. When you visit this place, you can see the 280 species of wildlife here, making up the 2200 different animals here. You can get up close and personal with the koalas, kangaroos, emus and wallabies. There are also 40 specias of reptiles in the special Reptile Pavilion.

Fort Denison

Fort Denison

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Fort Denison Restaurant

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Fort Denison is a historic Sydney landmark located in Sydney Harbour. It has a long and colourful history. When the first explorers arrived to Sydney in 1788, this was a rocky island the Aboriginal people called Mat-te-wan-ye. It was a popular fishing place for the local tribes. It is now also known as “Pinchgut”, the small island got that name when it was used to confine secondary criminals there in leg irons. The tower was constructed in 1857. Today it is the Harbour Navigation Facility, the automated tide gauge, forhorn, beacon, channel markers, and it is a modern museum complete with a restaurant with a beautiful view of Sydney’s skyline and the harbour.

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island

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Cockatoo Island Camping

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From Sydney’s city centre, you can take the ferry over to Cockatoo Island in the Sydney Harbour. It is the largest island in Sydney’s Harbour. Accommodations are available here, it is the only island in the harbour that you can stay overnight in the luxury houses, apartments, or in the campsites with an amazing view. The island has come a long way from its history as a convict island and shipbuilding hub. Now, it houses the Societé Overboard cafe, the Cockatoo Island Marine Centre or The Island Bar. Make a day of it and play a round of tennis or hire a boat from the Marine Centre.

Western Sydney Parklands – Abbotsbury

Western Sydney Parklands

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The Western Sydney Parklands are in the heart of Western Sydney. Take a break from the cosmopolitan city and enjoy the great outdoors in the 5,280 hectares stretching for 27 km from Blacktown to Leppington. There is a very large dog park where your furry friends can run off the leash, Warrigul Run, playgrounds, and a picnic areas for BBQs. There are several sections of the parklands.