Sydney International Airport – also called Kingsford Smith airport – is Australia’s busiest airport, as well as one of the busiest airports in the world. Serving more than 30 million passengers yearly, the airport has 3 terminals and flies to dozens of international, domestic and regional destinations. It was once voted one of the Top 10 International Airports by Condé Nast Traveller.
To get from the airport to the city, the most convenient and cost-effective mode of transport is the Airport Link train, which takes only 13 minutes to arrive at the city centre. Multiple types of buses – both shuttles and public buses – are also available, but do figure out your bus number, route and timetable beforehand as it may get a little confusing. For passengers wanting more comfort and flexibility, taxis are also readily available but note that fares for a ride to the city may not be cheap.
For a look outside Sydney, take a short flight to Melbourne, the second most populous city in Australia. Vibrant, colourful and exciting, Melbourne offers everything from high-end cuisine, lush parks and gardens, chic fashion boutiques, hip cafes and bars to historic architecture and a bustling arts scene.
For a more nature-attuned vacation you can also grab a direct flight to Perth, Australia’s sunniest capital city. Go for a swim in the sparkling waters of Cottesloe Beach, sandboard in the dunes of Lancelin or swim with wild dolphins at Rockingham.
For a bit more gloss, sophisticated Brisbane is less than 2 hours away from Sydney Airport. Shop to your heart’s content at Queen Street, watch the Queensland Ballet perform in the city theatre and visit the city’s countless art galleries and museums. To get your adrenaline pumping you can even scale up the glittering iconic Story Bridge for some adventure and unrivalled panoramic views.
If you want to leave Australia, one of the most popular destinations from Sydney Airport is Auckland, the most populous city of New Zealand. Less than 4 hours away, Auckland is truly a melting pot of different cultures; it is the home of the Māori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, as well as the settling place of many different people from Europe, China and India. Today, the genetic makeup of its people is really diverse: about 50% of its residents are of European descent, 10-11% are Māori, about 13% are of Pacific Island descent and there is a growing Asian population of more than 10%. Learn about the country’s native inhabitants at the Auckland Museum that is full of Māori taonga (treasures), visit Te Hana Te Ao Marama (a 17th century Māori village replica), or have a guide from a local tribe take you on a tour of Auckland’s volcanoes.
For a bit of Asian flavour, there are also direct flights from Sydney Airport to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. The capital city of Japan, Tokyo sports clean, well-organised streets and perhaps the most polite population in the world. See the imposing Tokyo tower, have some authentic sushi and ramen noodles, and be awed by the beautiful manners of almost every Japanese person you meet.
If you don’t mind a long-haul flight, Abu Dhabi – capital of the UAE – is about 13 hours away, but worth the long wait. Visit the lavish and stunning Emirates Palace, which has more than 100 domes and 1,000 chandeliers made of precious materials such as gold, mother-of-pearl and crystals. Admire the exotic wildlife in the Arabian Wildlife Park, full of magnificent free-roaming beasts such as giraffes, hyenas, gazelles and cheetahs.
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