Sydney Airport serves more than 35 million people annually.
Number of terminals: 3
Miles from downtown: 5
One of the oldest continuously operating commercial airports in the world, Sydney Airport, also known as Kingsford-Smith Airport, is the continent’s busiest, serving more than 35 million people annually. Plus, you can fly there direct from Los Angeles.
Adventurous Eating // Don’t get sidestepped by Hungary Jack’s (aka Australian Burger King). Instead, check out casual fare at an outpost of Australia’s 40-year-old roast-chicken-purveyor Red Rooster. Or try Australian beers and wine at Bondi Bar, gelato at Rossini or locally sourced fare at The Terrace Bar and Brasserie.
Sweater Weather // Australia is known for its Merino sheep, and their versatile wool is used to make chic sweaters as well as SmartWool athletic wear. Forget to pack a few items? The airport’s Purely Merino outpost has you covered from the golf course to the boardroom.
Tax Return // The Tourist Refund Scheme adds a little incentive to shopping in Australia. When you purchase goods or wine, you can get a refund on the Goods and Services Tax and the Wine Equalization Tax at a station right after security and customs. Savvy shoppers can get as much as 10 percent back on purchases. Find a list of items that qualify at customs.gov.au.