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How to get around Sydney?

Sydney’s public transport network makes navigating the city simple. The service encompasses buses, trains, ferries and more, making the city’s CBD and its outlying suburbs readily accessible. If you plan to travel across Sydney’s public transport network after arriving on last-minute flights from New York to Sydney, you’ll need to purchase an Opal single ticket, pick up a reloadable Opal card or have a credit card or device that supports contactless payments. Opal cards may be used on buses, trains, the metro, the light rail and on ferry services. Fares are calculated based on your chosen mode of transport and the distance you cover. Opal cards are available from select retailers and require a minimum load value of $20 AUD for standard adult fares. If you are planning to top up your Opal card at Sydney Airport (SYD), a minimum top up value of $35 AUD is required.

Wanting to visit Sydney’s outer suburbs or set out on a coastal road trip after your last-minute flights from New York to Sydney? If you’re thinking of exploring more of New South Wales’ diverse regions at your own pace or are looking to visit areas without public transport, it may be a good idea to hire a car. However, keep in mind that if you plan to spend most of your time in the city’s CBD, you’ll find that parking is expensive and quite limited. Hire cars are available to book on Webjet.

How to get to Sydney from Sydney Airport?

There are several ways to travel into the city after your last-minute flights from New York to Sydney touch down on the tarmac at Sydney Airport. One of the fastest ways is to catch a train from the international terminal to the city. Travelling along the City Circle line, you’ll have the option to alight at several stops along the way, including Central Station, Circular Quay and the centrally located Town Hall. Services run approximately every 10 minutes. To use this service, you will need to purchase an Opal card or tap on using a contactless payment method. Taxi ranks are also situated outside each of Sydney Airport’s terminals, with the drive to the city’s centre taking around 20 minutes and costing between $45 and $55 AUD one way.

What is the history of Sydney?

The traditional home of the Eora people, Sydney was settled by the British in the late 18th century. Originally slated as a place to transport a portion of Britain’s large prison population, Sydney, after many years of hardship, began to flourish. From the mid-19th century, some of Sydney’s much-loved buildings, including the Sydney Observatory, Sydney Town Hall and the Queen Victoria building, were constructed, building the bones of this modern settlement.

The 20th century saw Sydney develop at a rapid rate, with some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, built during this time. The city’s footprint also continued to expand, with suburbs emerging to the north, south, east and west of the CBD, particularly in the period following World War II. The city became a multicultural melting pot during the mid-to-late 20th century, now boasting a population that can trace its roots to all corners of the globe. Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympic Games, and rang in the new millennium with style. Today, Sydney retains its crown as one of the world’s leading cities, welcoming thousands visitors to its shores every year.

What is the cost of visiting Sydney?

However large or small your holiday budget may be, across Sydney you’ll find a great range of accommodation to meet your needs. For those travelling on a tight budget, a hostel might be a good option, with beds typically available for less than $100 AUD a night. A standard 3-star hotel in the heart of the city generally costs between $150 and $250 AUD per night, with prices varying based on the hotel’s location and amenities. If you’re considering splashing out on your accommodation after saving on great last-minute flights from New York to Sydney, plenty of 4- and 5-star options are also available. You might even opt for a truly lavish stay by booking a room that has a view of the Sydney Harbour or one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

A truly cosmopolitan city, Sydney’s dining scene delights the senses with flavours originating from all corners of the globe. From food courts and cafes, to local hole-in-the-walls and fine dining institutions, it’s easy to find an option that matches your preferences and your holiday budget. Cafe breakfasts will set you back around $20 AUD, as will food court and pub lunches. Those looking to explore the city’s mid-tier restaurants can look to pay $30 AUD and up for a main meal, while fine dining dishes are typically $50 AUD and upwards.

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