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Sydney to welcome 15 million summer visitors

As summer begins so does the peak for travel to Sydney, with 15 million visitors due to holiday in the city. Aerial photographs and footage, some of which has never before been seen, reveal crystal clear waters, secluded beaches, dramatic coastline, cobalt blue skies and endless summer fun – proving why Sydney remains one of international and domestic holiday makers’ favourite destinations.

According to Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, summer visitors will make the most of the city’s most famous assets and attractions. Sydney’s amazing dining scene, dynamic shopping precincts and iconic beaches top the most popular warm weather activities for holidaymakers. 4.3 million visitors will dine out, another 2.1 million will shop in Sydney’s boutiques and shopping precincts, and 1.6 million will take a dip at one of Sydney’s world-famous beaches.

More than 1.8 million visitors undertake self-drive holidays during the period, and day trips increase by 11 per cent. International overnight visitors are likely to enjoy Sydney’s waterfront locations with 82 per cent visiting the Sydney Opera House, 75 per cent taking in the Sydney Harbour Bridge and 72 per cent stopping by Darling Harbour. Australian visitors to Sydney will put a trip to Darling Harbour at the top of their itinerary with 38 per cent of visitors planning a trip to see the waterfront precinct.

A further 25 per cent will visit The Rocks and 22 per cent will head to Bondi. Getting back to nature is also a priority for holidaymakers with 424,000 heading into the bush to go bushwalking. The most popular national parks for visitors include the Blue Mountains, Kuring-gai Chase, Lane Cove and, of course, Sydney Harbour. Destination NSW CEO, Sandra Chipchase recommends that holidaymakers visit Sydney.com to plan their trip.