Sydney/Blue Mtns

Australia's largest city - where all the action is. Host of the 2000 Olympics. The obvious city icons are the Harbour Bridge & the Opera House but for those that like camping, a trip up to the Blue Mountains and surrounding area will be most rewarding.
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Page Updated: 24 Mar 2011

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Sydney has got to be Australia's best city. With the nation's major icons such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, great beaches, harbours, shopping, restaurants and entertainment it is no wonder that it is the country's capital in everything but name (Canberra is the capital).

The city underwent an incredible transformation prior to hosting the Olympics in 2000 to ensure that visitors would get the absolute best of everything when they arrived, from new transport systems, new sporting complexes and plenty of everything - and most of these facilities still remain making Sydney a great tourist-friendly city.

In 1788 Sydney was settled by Governor Phillip after its discovery and recommendation by Captain James Cook. Since those early pioneering days of convicts, farming and federation this city has spread to cover a metropolitan area of more than a day's drive from end to end.

Known by 4 zones, the North, South, East and Western suburbs Sydney is expanding at a rapid rate. The Northern suburbs are typified by leafy gardens, imposing expensive housing, yet family oriented. The western suburb real estate market is considerably cheaper and therefore has seen a great migration of young families, new homes, new expressways, major shopping malls and a strong ethnic and multicultural mix. The Eastern suburbs fringe the shores of the harbour on the southern side of the bridge and include the very exclusive Valcluse, Rose Bay and the excitement hub of Bondi. The Eastern suburbs is trendy with many older homes and terraces being renovated into decorator showpieces. The southern suburbs have also enjoyed massive growth and now Sydney's south stretches almost all the way to Kiama on the south coast past the Royal National Park.

The Blue Mountains region has always been of great fascination to Sydney siders. In the early 1800s early explorers desperately tried to blaze a path across this formidable section of the Great Dividing Range and finally found superb fertile farming lands on the far side that today yields the country's best sheep and grains.

Go to top Treks

Abercrombie River NPAbercrombie River NP
This trek is located in the Central Tablelands region of New South Wales and offers the visitor some moderate four-wheel driving, and picturesque camping sites beside the Abercrombie River and Silent Creek. The area is also known for its trout fishing.
Howes Valley - Yengo NPHowes Valley - Yengo NP
The Howes Valley trek located in the heart of the Yengo National Park can be completed by itself or be incorporated into the Wiseman’s Ferry to Wollombi Trek (see Yengo National Park trek).
Wollemi National ParkWollemi National Park
Less than 100kms from Sydney, the Wollemi National Park is a great weekend destination. Fantastic camping and walking opportunities in NSW's largest wilderness area.[Feature Story]
Yengo National ParkYengo National Park
Situated just 100kms from Sydney, this is a great day or weekend trek. The majority of the tracks in Yengo National Park are 4WD only, so lock in your hubs and discover the great views and scenery.

Go to top sydney/blue mtns Weather & Climate

Closest Weather Station

Sydney - Observatory Hill at 07/08:30am EDT
Distance from Sydney 0.99km NW
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
19.5°C19.1°C86%17.1°C1015.2hPa7.8mmSE15km/hr
8knots
km/hr
knots

Closest Climatic Station

Sydney (Observatory Hill)
Distance from Sydney 0.99km NW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C25.925.824.722.419.416.916.317.820.022.123.625.2
Mean Min. °C18.718.817.614.711.59.38.09.011.113.615.617.5
Mean Rain mm101.7118.3129.8127.2120.5132.498.380.368.677.183.677.6

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