Things To Do In Sydney When Your Family Visit

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If you are currently working or studying in Sydney and are expecting a family visit then it is completely understandable that you will want to pack in as much as possible! To ensure that you can enjoy a relaxing catch-up with your family whilst also showcasing the many things to do in Sydney, listed below are some helpful hints on how to plan a thoroughly entertaining family visit that neither you nor your relatives will ever forget!

Travel advice for your family

In addition to planning fun activities for you and your family to enjoy whilst in Sydney, it is also important that you advise your relatives about the various entry requirements to which they will need to adhere to in order to be granted access into Australia. As matters stand, if your family wish to visit you here then they will need to consider the following factors;

● Visitor’s visa: Your family can either arrange an eVisitor visa from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, or arrange an Electronic Travel Authority(ETA) visa via their travel agent or airline. You can offer your family more targeted information regarding visas by directing them to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection website.

● Passport: All of your relatives will be required to travel with an adult or child passport that will need to have full validity for the duration of their stay. Although no additional period of validity is required, if your family intend to travel via another country on their way to Australia you should advise them that some of these countries will only permit them entry if they have at least 6 months validity remaining on their passports.

● Travel vaccinations: You should advise your family to consult with their doctor prior to travelling to Sydney in order to ensure they have received all the relevant vaccinations necessary for travel. During this time you may also wish to advise your family to arrange sufficient healthcare cover for their stay so that they can avoid incurring any costly medical bills whilst in Sydney.

● Customs regulations: Australia operates strict customs regulations regarding certain types of produce and prohibited items. As such, you should advise your family to check the Australian quarantine requirements and customs regulations online before travelling. In this manner, if any of your family members currently take prescription medication then you should advise them to meet with their doctor to arrange documentary proof which grants them permission to bring this medication with them to Sydney. As this guide quotes; “Make sure you’ve got your essential medicines and vitamins packed in your case, rather than relying on local pharmacies”.

By discussing these travel requirements with your family before they leave for Sydney, you can avoid them from incurring any unfortunate fines and complications upon arrival!

Popular tourist sites and local attractions

Once your family have arrived in Sydney you can begin to introduce them to all of the cultural sites and natural wonders that this great city has to offer! First and foremost, if your family have never visited Sydney before then a trip to Sydney Harbour is a must. After all, no trip to Sydney would be complete without glancing upon the breathtaking Sydney Opera House with your own eyes. By taking your family for a walk along Sydney Harbour Bridge they will be able to experience breathtaking views of Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and the Rocks at their leisure.

From this awe-inspiring location you will also be able to book a family ferry trip to one of the region’s many islands, peninsulas and bays. Depending upon your family’s particular preferences, there are a wide range of ferries that will transport you to Manly, Cockatoo Island, Watsons Bay or Mrs Macquarie’s Point; the choice is yours!

Alternatively, if there will be several children of varying ages accompanying you on this family visit then it is highly recommended that you plan a visit to one of Sydney’s entertaining yet educational aquariums, museums or exhibitions. From the Royal Botanical Gardens and Madame Tussauds wax museum to Sydney Wildlife Park, Illawarra Treetops and Centre Point Tower, there is no shortage of engaging activities for adults and children of all ages to explore and enjoy!

After a long day of sightseeing you and your family will no doubt by hungry! Fortunately, the city of Sydney offers an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants and bars which provide a smorgasbord of international cuisine. If you have spent the day at Sydney Harbour then you could choose to dine in one of the Circular Quay’s illustrious restaurants; such as Aria Sydney, Opera Kitchen or Neptune Palace.
Alternatively, you could treat your family to a unique Sydney Tower Buffet dining experience from atop the Sydney Tower Eye. Not only does the Sydney Tower Buffet offer a wide range of local delicacies, international dishes and ‘kids eat free’ deals on certain days, but you will also be able to marvel at 360 degree views of the city of Sydney, the Pacific Ocean and the Blue Mountains whilst you dine!

At the end of the day, there are so many sites and spectacles to see and do whilst in Sydney that you and your family will most likely struggle to find the time to fit them all in! Fortunately, by taking some time before your family arrive to prioritise the particular tourist attractions and local hotspots that you intend to visit, you can ensure that your family enjoy an unforgettable stay whilst visiting you in Sydney.

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