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Sydney: Xsighting Sydney

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Tons of things to do in Xsighting Sydney!

With daily flights to Sydney on AirAsia X, you can now enjoy a truly Xsighting experience!

From 22 May – 8 June 2015, catch the must-see event of the year - Vivid Sydney, festival of light, music & ideas. This event transforms the entire city into a canvas of vibrant lights with large scale installations after dark daily – and it’s absolutely free!

Sydney city offers a diverse range of activities for every budget. Take selfies with world famous icons such as Sydney Opera House, shop for great bargains at buzzing weekend markets, taste fresh seafood and local produce at markets, dine at world class restaurants along a dazzling harbour, catch major events or simply relax at beautiful beaches, Sydney is an unforgettable place to discover.

Just outside Sydney you’ll find amazing places to explore – from breathtaking nature in the Blue Mountains, fine dining and boutique wine in the Hunter Valley, dolphins and sand dune adventures in Port Stephens to the picturesque South Coast where you’ll witness the spectacular Grand Pacific Drive, white sandy beaches, charming villages and seaside towns.

Sydney: Event

Sydney Events

Sydney boasts a lively calendar of events. Whether it’s an international contemporary arts festival, acclaimed musical or neighbourhood street festival, the vibrant harbour city will put on a show that will leave you feeling inspired.

  • 19 March – 28 June 2015: Les Miserables
  • 27 March – 26 April 2015: Aida, Verdi
  • 22 May – 8 June 2015: Vivid Sydney (more info)
Sydney: Adventure


Sydney offers a whole world of adventure that provides a lifetime of memories. These activities are guaranteed to make your heart race.

Highlight: Get your adrenaline pumping with some of these activities
  • Quad biking at the largest coastal sand dunes of Port Stephens
  • Sky diving at Wollongong
  • Caving at the award-winning Jenolan Caves at Blue Mountains
  • Wind surfing at Bondi
  • Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney: Food and wine

Food & Wine

Sydney’s dining scene is a fusion of flavours and cultures, amidst amazing landscapes. Diners are spoilt for choice with the best restaurants in the country, stunning views, and abundance of the freshest produce prepared by a breed of young, dynamic chefs. It is this combination that ensures Sydney is a haven for food lovers and is one of the world’s favourite food capitals.

Highlight: Sydney’s thriving cafes serve some of the best coffee in the world. Check out these coffee hotspots sprinkled around the city

  • Bell Jar Coffee in Newtown
  • Sample Coffee Bar in Surry Hills
  • Barefoot Coffee Traders in Manly
  • Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville
  • The Grounds of Alexandria
  • Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills
  • BlackStar Pastry in Newtown
  • Three Blue Ducks near Bronte Beach
  • Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie in Balmain
Sydney: Fashion and shopping

Fashion & Shopping

Sydney offers visitors unsurpassed shopping experience. You'll have fun stocking up on the latest boots, party frocks or jewelleries in stylish shopping centres and boutiques across the city. Shopping at an outdoor market is where you'll pick up great vintage or the next hot fashion name.

Highlight: Take the time to discover Sydney’s market such as:

  • Paddy’s Markets
  • The Rocks Markets
  • Paddington Markets
  • Bondi Markets
  • Eveleigh Markets
  • Sydney Fish Market


Sydney: Beach lifestyle

Beach Lifestyle

Some of Sydney's best beaches are within a 10 km radius from the city centre. Explore the popular city beaches of Bondi or Manly, go further afield to Sydney’s Northern Beaches or discover some hidden beach gems. No matter where you choose to visit, you’re sure to find cosy waterside dining, stunning coastal scenery, great shopping and a vibrant nightlife.

Highlight: Go for a surf or swim in some of these famous Sydney beaches:

  • Bondi Beach
  • Palm Beach
  • Manly Beach
  • Coogee Beach
  • Cronulla Beach
Sydney: Family Holidays

Harbours of Sydney

Languish in bliss while you soak up the sun aboard the relaxing harbour cruise or on a luxurious yacht along one of the most stunning waterways of the world. It’s a great way to see magnificent sights of Sydney. Harbour Bridge Climb offers the ultimate experience of Sydney with 3 1/2 hour guided climbs to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, day and night.

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Circular Quay
  • The Rocks
  • Darling Harbour
Sydney: Quadbike

Sydney’s Surrounds

From pristine beaches to wineries and awe-inspiring natural landscape, New South Wales is one of the most unique places in the world. Venture out of the city and discover Sydney’s beautiful surrounds.

  • Hunter Valley: Being the oldest wine regions in Australia, it’s not surprising that many of the world famous wines are produced from here, including the popular dry semilion and shiraz. You can even play golf and go hot air ballooning!
  • Blue Mountains: Less than 2 hours drive from downtown Sydney, this world heritage site houses millions years old limestone caves and countless eucalyptus trees that give off the blue-ish tinge in the mountains. Ride the skyway, cableway and railway to best explore the region.
  • Port Stephens: Fondly known as the dolphin capital of Australia, find over 150 bottlenose dolphins in this seaside town and you might even catch whales from May to November! For the adventurous souls, quad bike and sand board down massive sand dunes over 50metres tall right beside the sea.
  • Grand Pacific Drive: This delightful drive meanders through coastal rainforest, seaside towns and along a string of uncrowded beaches. At Jervis Bay, find the world’s whitest sand at Hyams Beach or join a dolphin watch cruise to see wild dolphins at play.

To find out more about what you can do in Sydney and New South Wales, visit   Destination NSW