A cosmopolitan harbour city which offers so much, Sydney is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest destinations for luxury holidays. The attractive waterfront is the focal point, with its twin icons of Opera House and HarbourBridge commanding the skyline from all angles and providing a constant reminder that there’s simply nowhere else in the world that you could be.
The outdoor lifestyle is seductive in and around Sydney, with beaches galore, parks and gardens, and numerous opportunities to get out on the water and enjoy the harbour up close and personal. The Rocks area is steeped in the history of the first settlers but is now also home to boutique shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants perfect for a gentle meander.
Yet there’s more to New South Wales than her shining capital and the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park is a breathtaking panorama of eucalyptus clad canyons, sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and forests; perfect for bush walking, bird watching or simply taking in the views. For wine and food connoisseurs there’s the HunterValley, home to over 100 wineries and with dozens of restaurants showcasing the finest regional produce.
There’s no bad time to visit Sydney, although you should be aware that the British summer months will be cooler and the British winter months hotter with slightly more rainfall. Whenever you choose to visit you’re unlikely to feel temperatures under 15°C, although you should be aware that if you’re venturing into the Blue Mountains then temperatures can be much cooler than on the coast.
When heading to Sydney for the first time it’s always best to leave yourself more time than you think to explore the many wondrous sights you’ll want to visit when you get there. The SydneyHarbourBridge and Opera House are definite ‘musts’, while the botanic gardens and zoos should also be high on your list of things to see. Taking a boat trip around the harbour is a relaxing way to spend the afternoon, as well as creating a true sense of the vast scale of Sydney. Head to iconic BondiBeach for an ice cream or a surf lesson, or into the main city for shopping and exceptional dining.
A short journey from Sydney and you can be in the picturesque rolling green Blue Mountains, wine tasting in HunterValley or exploring the facilities at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium. The Blue Mountains are a wilderness made for discovery, with the Three Sisters rock formation at Katoomba a brilliant look out for photos. Nature walks and horse riding are great ways to truly see the landscape, with rock climbing and abseiling for the brave.
Sydney is a superb beginning and/or end to your Australian tour. Twin your stay with the WhitsundayIslands for a very special luxury holiday
Park Hyatt Sydney is located on the edge of SydneyHarbour, overlooking the Opera House and the historic The Rocks - a superb area where vintage old Sydney meets the excitement of the new. All 158 guest rooms have every conceivable luxury with numerous private balconies offering spectacular views, elegant living areas and beautifully designed bedrooms.
The unique liquid glass windows, which flick from clear to opaque, mean when you want to relax in total privacy you can press the button and block the world out! Spend your days sightseeing and winding down at the spa.
A luxurious, environmentally sensitive resort and spa, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is built around a fully restored homestead in a private conservation and nature reserve in the picturesque Greater Blue Mountains area. The resort has 40 free-standing luxury suites, each boasting its own private terrace and swimming pool, which blend seamlessly with the vastness and dramatic beauty of the Australian bush.
For pure escapism stay in one of Capella Lodge’s nine suites on World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island, enjoying mountain walks, white sand beaches and the riot of marine colour in the world’s southernmost coral reef. The boutique accommodation has stunning views across the blue lagoon and rugged volcanic peaks, with the horizon pool one of the many other perfect spots from which to survey the scenery. Spend the afternoon in the Lodge’s spa following a morning’s exploration of the island’s flora and fauna.
The award-winning Byron at Byron Resort & Spa is set within a subtropical rainforest - 45 acres of it in fact - offering a unique sense of luxury with views of the canopy. A
short stroll along the boardwalks and you can be at nearby TallowBeach, or take the free shuttle bus to ByronBay - perfect for beach, shopping, markets and more. The resort comprises 92 one-bedroom suites, as well as a 25m infinity pool, poolside sauna and luxurious spa.