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Tiny Travel Story: Australia

What's Sydney Like?

Sydney, Australia's harbor-side city with the world's friendliest people has been voted as the best city in the world for visitors six times. With 240 days of warm sunshine and blue sky each year, Sydney is Australia's favorite city with the world's most beautiful harbor. The harbor provides a playground for jet boating, sailing, swimming, scenic harbor flights, dining, fishing, climbing the Harbor Bridge and sightseeing at the Sydney Opera House or nature walks. It is also the perfect backdrop to many other of your city experiences.

The city surrounds the harbor and offers access to hundreds of world-class beaches. As Australia's oldest and largest metropolis, Sydney is internationally acknowledged as an ultra sophisticated and dynamic city. Sydney itself is very international, with an array of ethnic groups contributing to the city's social life. Between the museums, shops, dinning, harbor cruises, botanic gardens, beaches, and historic sites, Sydney is endlessly discoverable.

Region and Population

The capital of the Australian state of New South Wales, Sydney is undoubtedly Australia's most recognized city with more than 4.3 million people calling the Greater Sydney area home.


Sydney residents enjoy a mild climate year round with warm temperatures during the summer months of December, January, and February. Winters can be cool with average low temperatures in the mid-40's. Fall is the rainiest time of year (March, April, and May), with around 5 inches per month, but overall, precipitation is relatively even throughout the year.
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