Sydney, Australia's only global city, is a teeming bastion of multicultural diversity, historical beauty and natural phenomena that entices and delights millions of visitors each year. It is situated on the central coast of New South Wales, and is the gateway to many wondrous destinations. In addition, the city itself is one of the more remarkable and beautiful metropolises on the planet, with a host of world-renowned landmarks.
Sydney is home to many magnificent attractions, from the golden shores of Bondi Beach, to the elegant grandeur of the iconic Opera House. There are also are plenty of sites to explore within a few hours drive of Sydney. Head to the west and you will be greeted by the soaring peaks of the Blue Mountains, which are beautifully blanketed by unspoilt temperate rainforests. To the northwest lies the Hunter Valley Region, the most visited wine valley in New South Wales. Touring both the northern and southern coastlines from Sydney is also recommended, especially by campervan hire. A seemingly endless number of beaches, towns and national parks welcome visitors here.
Sydney tourism is a major financial player for the city. Of course, the CBD is where much of the action happens. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the wee hours of the morning for an unbeatable view, and afterwards, enjoy a stroll through Circular Quay or The Rocks, which are among Australia's most historic areas. Taking a photograph of the Sydney Opera House can be done from almost any spot in this part of town, but tourists should also take the time to visit this architectural masterpiece. There is a spectacular restaurant beneath the building which provides majestic views over the harbour.
There is so much to see outside the city centre. Bondi Beach, only three kilometres from the heart of Sydney, is Australia'ss most famous beach, and for good reason. The fine sand, great surf and local restaurants make this the ideal swimming spot for locals and tourists. On the northern coastline, Manly Beach is another fantastic spot to take a dip. Not far from this beach, back towards North Sydney, is the ever-fascinating Taronga Zoo, a park that is home to hundreds of exotic and local wildlife.
In Sydney's western region, Parramatta's historic and cultural streets will surely delight travellers. Its traditional architecture, including sites like Old Government House, take tourists back into Australia's short but fascinating past. Couple these with excellent dining and shopping facilities, and Parramatta is one of the must-visit parts of Sydney.
It's easy when travelling by campervan to reach Botany Bay and the southern shires of Sydney also. Too often overlooked by traditional travellers, this majestic corner of the city boasts the first settlement site at Botany Bay National Park, which also offers grand walking tracks. While in this area of Sydney, tourists should also take some time to explore the Royal National Park, Sydney's oldest and most famous nature reserve.
Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park is an award-winning camping spot located on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. A dining area, laundry, and awesome playground make this site convenient for travellers.
The Sydney Tourist Park is recommended for an overnight or short stay. It rests just a few minutes from the Royal National Park in southern Sydney.
Situated near North Era Beach in the Royal National Park, Bonnie Vale Campground is an ideal site for families. Bushwalks, great facilities and beach access make this a popular camp site.
Numerous large highways help make travelling by campervan easy in New South Wales. Always drive on the left, and when travelling on a single carriageway road, be cautious when overtaking someone. The area around Goulburn, which is between Canberra and Sydney, is notorious for the high number of speed traps on its roads.
- Speed limits in the city: 50kph.
- Speed limits on national roads: 100-110kph.
- Help number: 000.