G’day Kiwis! Now is one of the best times to travel to Sydney, with plenty of great flight deals from Auckland and Wellington. If you’re about to make your way to the “social capital” of Australia, read through our city guide for the latest events, attractions and dining options that you can’t miss while you’re in this lively city.
Upcoming Sydney events
If you’re used to the pace of Auckland you’ll love the 24/7 energy of Sydney. By arriving in April, May or June you’ll get here just in time for the brilliant Vivid Sydney festival of lights, ideas and music with plenty of events and attractions placed around the city – many of which are free. May also brings on Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Sydney Writers Festival and a number of markets to make the most of the great weather.
Must-see Sydney icons
Of course, if you’ve come from the land of the long white cloud you’ll be looking to get out and about to see the infamous Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Circular Quay and the historic streets of The Rocks. We’d also recommend putting some time aside to relax in the Royal Botanic Gardens and to visit Taronga Zoo, where you’ll get close to the weirdest and most wonderful of Australian native animals. Sydney also has some of Australia’s best beaches and perfect weather for sun-loving Kiwis, so check out Bondi Beach, Manly and Coogee too.
The best new restaurants in Sydney
Automata in Chippendale has a lot of people talking right now. This restaurant is the first solo endeavour by Head Chef Clayton Wells and it happens to be one of the best new restaurants in Sydney. Feast on a set five course menu that changes with the seasons and presents plenty of epicurean delights, from fermented mushrooms to perfectly cooked seafood.
If you’re after a truly Australian dining experience while you’re staying in Sydney, head to one of the most iconic Australian structures. Bennelong is nestled within the Sydney Opera House itself and is headed by renowned executive chef Peter Gilmore. Take in a stunning panorama of Sydney Harbour as you sup on a flawless menu created using the best in Australian produce. It’s perfect for dinner before a music or theatre show.
Central Sydney apartment accommodation
If you haven’t been to Sydney before, you might be wondering where to stay that’s central and convenient to reach all the best places in town. Our tip is to find a serviced apartment in the CBD. In one of our Meriton Serviced Apartments you’ll find wonderful views, full kitchen and laundry facilities and state-of-the-art facilities with modern styling. These spacious suites make the perfect short term or weekly accommodation in Sydney’s CBD.