So what do Australians want to do for their holidays this summer? A survey by The Daily Telegraph discovered some interesting holiday plans.
Some popular holiday plans included:
One of Sydney’s most popular tourist attractions is also a popular destination for locals. Taronga Zoo has become such a draw that it has been named a major tourist attraction at the recent NSW Tourism Awards.
The presenters noted that the Zoo has gone out of its way to cater to tourists with a vartity of experiences. The facility’s scenic harbour-side location and commitment to environmental awareness were also singled out.
While the concept of hiking may call to mind off-road journeys far from any urban landscape, this is not always the case. Some of the most beautiful, inspirational, and enjoyable hikes in the world can be found near the world’s most exciting cities.
Tijuca Forest is located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. Not many cities can lay claim to having a forest within its borders. The winding trails allow travellers to explore waterfalls, tall peaks, and the dense jungle of Brazil.
Travellers looking for Sydney’s cultural side will find a plethora of tours designed to show off the city’s rich history. Check out these top five cultural tours from aluxurytravelblog.com:
- The Rocks Walking Tour is a two kilometre walk around the oldest neighbourhood in the city. The Rocks has a colourful history, which you’ll delve into as your guide shows you round the cobblestone alley ways and local landmarks.
- Uncover the secrets of the Sydney Opera House with a guided tour. The backstage tour grants you entry into the world of the performers, with sights including the dressing rooms and the view from the stage itself.
- Find out more about Australia’s indigenous culture with the Aboriginal Heritage Harbour Walk. This guided tour takes in elements of the country’s indigenous history, food, music and medicine.
- See the work of Australian and international artists in a new light by taking one of the many tours available at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
- With a 16 million piece strong collection, you’ll need to go behind the scenes of the Australian Museum to see even a fraction of its vast archive.
Sydney’s iconic Opera House celebrates its 40th anniversary with the knowledge that it is viewed more highly as a brand than Australia itself.
Deloitte said that the Sydney Opera House is the main reason for visiting Sydney for tourists from New Zealand, China, the US and UK.
Summer in Sydney means school holidays, Christmas, festivals and lots of sun.
At this time of year, prices are higher than normal, so try to plan and book ahead. The school holidays mean that popular spots such as theme parks, resorts and beaches are likely to be packed with people, according to GoAustralia.
The Gold Coast is known for its sandy beaches and great waves, but it is also famous for its music festivals and events. The Gold Coast hosts some major music events throughout the year, making it a highly sought after destination for a weekend getaway during these times. During the festival period, top accommodation can be difficult to find, so if you are travelling to the area for an event, book your Gold Coast apartment or hotels in advance.
Summafieldayze is a popular music festival held every January on the Gold Coast, as well as in other cities such as Perth and Melbourne. Attracting major international and local artists, the festival has been labelled Australia’s most iconic festival, and often attracts as many as 30,000 people. The festival usually lasts for just one day, and it is a ticketed event. In 2013, the festival features acts such as The Chemical Brothers, M.I.A., and Mark Ronson.
Sydney is just the right kind of city for enjoying the outdoors and major events. This is also true in winter, when light shows, food fairs, and music festivals keep the city alive with sound and energy. These are some of the top Sydney events held during the winter months. Accommodation in the Sydney CBD can be hard to find during the busiest times of the year, so book in advance if you are visiting Sydney during a major festival.
Vivid Sydney is probably one of Sydney’s best-known winter events. The event, which runs for around two weeks in late May through to June, transforms the city into a spectacular display of art and light. It features large light installations on various buildings include the Opera House, public talks from international and local thinkers, and musical performances.
Sydney’s harbour plays host to countless events every year and given the spectacular beauty of the area, it is easy to see why many organisers choose this venue for their events. Whether you are looking for a place to welcome in the New Year or a spectacular sporting event, these are some of the big events held every year in and around Sydney’s harbour.
1. Sydney’s New Year’s Eve
Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, which feature the Harbour Bridge, are one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Australia. Those staying by the water can even enjoy these fireworks from the comfort of their hotel or serviced apartment.
Regardless of what time of year you are in Sydney there is always something big going on, and the following is a brief look at a few of Sydney’s best annual events.
For those who like their big events to be as glamorous as they are fabulous, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is easily one of the city’s best annual events. Mardi Gras consists of over a week of partying, with two of the major highlights being the wildly popular Dykes on Bikes event and the epic Mardi Gras Parade. You will not find a more outrageous, colourful, good spirited and entertaining celebration anywhere in the world, so book your Sydney accommodation ASAP and celebrate freedom, diversity and style at Mardi Gras in 2013.