Originally the site of a small fishing village, the Singapore we know and love today is prosperous, popular and capable of providing its residents with an enviously high quality of life. Exotic cuisine, a vibrant blend of cultures, stunning skyscrapers and gracious tree-lined avenues attract tourists from around the world while clean streets and plenty of green spaces combine to make visitors feel relaxed and at home. Singapore is a major business destination and a prime holiday spot for both the business and holiday traveller from Australia.
A flight to Singapore from Sydney can range from $444 for economy class to $1,409 for business class. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, British Airways and Cathay Pacific all feature flights from Sydney to Singapore. Changi is the primary airport in this tropical island state and has earned more than 400 different awards for service and efficiency over the last three decades. More than 100 airlines fly into and out of Changi Airport en route to one of several hundred cities in 60 different countries.
Arriving in Singapore from Sydney
Once you arrive at the airport, you will be able to take advantage of numerous public transportation options, which include trains, taxis, coaches, buses, 24-hour airport shuttles, car rentals and free shuttles. Accommodations include a wide variety of hotels and resorts ranging in price from $107 per night to $488 a night. Backpackers’ hostels are also available and start at $18 per night. Serviced apartments and bed-and-breakfasts are other options that can range widely in price according to location and amenities.
Singapore is located just off the equator and features warm, tropical weather. Parks, gardens and the Birkit Timah Nature Reserve offer extensive green space for residents and visitors alike. Strategically located, the island has undergone many transformations over the years. Ancient Chinese transcripts called it Pu-Luo-Chung, or island at the end of the peninsula, but as it was settled, it was renamed Temasek, or sea town. It did not receive the first version of its more modern name until the 14th century, when it was christened Singapura, meaning lion city. A natural stop for several sea routes, ancient Singapura flourished.
Singapore eventually caught the attention of Britain, which negotiated a treaty designating the island state as an official trading station. Free trade attracted even more traders from around the globe, including the U.S., Asia and the Middle East, and Singapore’s global significance grew.
Today, visitors to Singapore can explore museums, national monuments, heritage trails and other landmarks to learn more about the history of the area. Spend your free time in extensive shopping malls, or discover Singapore Zoo, which features more 1,200 animals, 100 different species and a one-of-a-kind night safari that allows you to see many animals in a completely new light.
If rest and relaxation are your yen, then you will be naturally drawn to the lush tropical beaches of the islands, including Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong. Others may find themselves excited by Singapore’s diverse cultural venues, exotic dining options, pampering spas or thrilling sports and outdoor adventures.