The Australian capital is a true heavyweight, blessed with perfect beaches, perfect weather and the perfect lifestyle, from surfing lunch breaks to the world’s best barbecues. Fly to Sydney from Glasgow Airport and unleash your inner Australian.
With its clamshell silhouette, the Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most recognisable landmarks, overlooking another iconic landmark, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the launch pad for Sydney's New Year’s Eve firework display. For an even bigger rush, don a safety harness and climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge for panoramic views over the yachts, islands and inlets. Equally vertiginous views await at Sydney Heads, where towering sea cliffs gaze out over the open waters of the Tasman Sea.
From Bondi to Manly, Sydney’s beaches are legendary, and a favourite hangout for ordinary Sydneysiders. Surf schools abound on the big city beaches, promising to get novices standing from the very first wave. Manly, North Narrabeen, Cronulla and Maroubra get the best breaks, though bodyboarders will find enough surf to get moving on any of Sydney’s beaches. From one extreme sport to another: Australians need little persuasion to don a parachute and skydive over the Sydney skyline, or scuba-dive with the sharks in the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary (West Esplanade).
Sydneysiders love to party, from hedonistic nights out in the bars of King’s Cross, Oxford Street and the Rocks, to the rainbow colours of the Sydney Mardi Gras (February/March), the biggest gay and lesbian event in the southern hemisphere. There’s always something going on in Sydney, from exhibitions at the city's fascinating small museums to the champagne chic of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (December) and the supersized kites that fill the skies over Bondi Beach for the Festival of the Winds (September).