Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 18 miles from Los Angeles city center. It is the second busiest airport in the United States and the fourth busiest in the entire world. Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD) is located five miles (eight km) North of Sydney’s city center. It is the busiest airport in Australia.
There are over 15 airlines offering flights from Los Angeles to Sydney. The most popular airlines offering most of the flights include Qantas, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, United Airlines, and Air New Zealand. The flight distance between Los Angeles and Sydney is 7,500 miles, but for connecting flights, the distance increases. Common connecting cities are Melbourne, San Francisco, Honolulu, Auckland, and Brisbane. Direct flights offered by Qantas, American, United, and Virgin Australia airlines and take approximately 15 hours. The duration of connecting flights depend largely on the time of the stopover. Connecting flights often take between 17 hours and 20 hours.
There are over 40 flights that depart Los Angeles (LAX) for Sydney (SYD) weekly. There are usually more than four flights traversing the route daily, so travelers have tonnes of choice when planning their trip.
At LAX, both visitors and locals can park their cars for days or hours at the expansive parking lot at the airport. Public and shuttle buses ferry passengers to the airport from different parts of the city. Also, passengers can choose to use ride-share apps to get rides to the city.
Sydney International Airport has ample parking space for its visitors. Parking fees are charged either hourly or daily. From both domestic and international terminals, visitors can access the T8 Airport South Line train or catch a bus to downtown. Visitors can also hire a taxi from any terminal at the airport. Travelers can also use a ride-sharing app to find a car.
Travelers flying to Sydney must provide a passport to the customs officials once they arrive at the airport. The passports must be valid for not less than six months for a visitor to get admission into the city. Besides, a return ticket or documents showing when you are scheduled to leave are required.
Visitors willing to drive themselves around the city can do so using their driving licenses. Australian authorities recognize licenses from English speaking countries.
Sydney is 17 hours ahead of Los Angeles. It is important to note that the seasons in Australia are opposite to those in America. Australia is in the Southern hemisphere, while America is in the northern hemisphere, so winter in LA will be cooler, whilst the same months in Sydney will be the hottest of the entire year, and vice versa.
The peak season suitable for traveling to Sydney is usually from the second week of December to the end of January. Australia is in the southern hemisphere and experiences summer when America has winter. The low season starts from May 1st all through to the third week of September. This is the fall and winter period, where only a few visitors come here due to the cold weather.
The de facto language of Sydney is Australian English. Visitors from the United States do not need an interpreter while visiting Sydney.
The currency used in Australia is the Australian dollar. As of October 2019, 1 Australian Dollar (AUD) was equivalent to 0.67 USD. Passengers will need to exchange their USD into AUD.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera house is one of the top tourist destinations in Australia. It is also among the most popular performing arts centers in the world. In the opera house, tourists get the opportunity to watch rehearsals and see the breathtaking design of the building. Having a guided tour allows tourists to learn about the elegant design, architecture, and the history of the opera house. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Sydney whale watching cruise
A whale watching tour allows tourists to watch humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales, and a wide variety of birds. The whale watching trips are available in both morning and afternoon. The journey cruises past the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney opera house, Shark Island, and Fort Denison.
Taronga zoo is located on the shores of Sydney Harbor. Taronga zoo allows tourists to see over 4,000 species of animals. Animals that are native to Australia and exotic species are available in the zoo. While at the zoo, a tourist can have different views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor, Bridge, and Sydney Harbor from the numerous trails.