Sydney

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Blessed with more than 100 beaches and buzzing with youthful vitality, when it comes to the good life it’s hard to beat the Harbour City.

The capital of New South Wales, and home to more than four million people, Sydney is one of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth. This relatively young city is endowed with a brash, infectious optimism and sun-tanned residents who are as comfortable on surfboards as they are at the ballet. From the golden sands and sparkling water of Bondi Beach to the instantly recognizable curves of the Sydney Opera House, this city is a photographer’s dream.Start your Harbour City adventure with a Skywalk at Sydney Tower. Then, explore the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens and the majestic sails of the Sydney Opera House. Just a short stroll away is Sydney’s outdoor answer to New York's Grand Central Station, Circular Quay. From this bustling transport hub, jump aboard a famous Sydney ferry to just about anywhere in Sydney Harbour. Nearby Darling Harbour has the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum. Follow the restaurant- and park-lined waterfront to The Rocks where you’ll almost feel the ghosts of the city’s convict and seafaring past. Thrill-seekers can ride the Wild Mouse roller coaster at Luna Park. If heights don’t phase you, stretch your legs on the Sydney Harbour Bridge BridgeClimb for a truly breath-taking experience. Say “G’day” to kangaroos, koalas and platypus at Taronga Zoo. Be sure to catch the free-flight bird show set against the spectacular backdrop of the harbor. A short walk from downtown, you’ll find village-like suburbs such as Paddington, Surry Hills and Newtown. These charming neighborhoods are studded with quirky cafés, boutiques and galleries. Darlinghurst and Potts Point are top spots for foodies. Major shopping destinations include Bondi Junction and a sprawling Westfield mall in the heart of downtown. Sydney is a paradise for nature-lovers the bush and the beaches are never far away. See the harbor’s rugged coastline on the 30-minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, one of the city’s most beautiful beaches. Getting around Sydney is simple, with an excellent network of trains, buses and ferries. The climate is temperate, with hot summers and pleasantly cool winters, making the Harbour City an ideal Australian destination year-round.

Where to stay in Sydney

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
4.5 out of 5
289 King Street, Mascot, NSW, 2020
The price is $89 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 6
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,105 reviews)
"Very nice relaxing hotel. A little walk from the main town of Mascot."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
The price is $182 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,600 reviews)
"Wonderful from Start to Finish!"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

Shangri-La Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $169 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (972 reviews)
"Modern, clean, well appointed hotel on the edge of Darling Harbour, so conveniently located walking distance to the main shopping area in CBD. This hotel has excellent dinning options, and a rooftop bar with a unedited view of Darling Harbour, Highly recommend this hotel"

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

Hyatt Regency Sydney
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YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $97 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (274 reviews)
"The property is a bit worn and not snazzy but very clean. The people are what makes this place so great. They are so so helpful , friendly and accommodating. They went out of their way to meet our needs. The location is great and close to many things. Our rooms had a kitchen area which was so helpful ..."

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2022

YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $114 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 4
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,324 reviews)
"Meriton is getting a bit tired. The room is old, and the carpet and grouting is dirty. Having said that its still in a good location. The lifts at peak time are slow"

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
5 out of 5
234 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is $114 per night from Jul 31 to Aug 1
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (485 reviews)
"The staff at the concierge desk were all amazing. Very helpful, very friendly and enthusiastic. Definitely would return"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Sydney

In Sydney itself, you can get around very easily on the public transportation network, which covers all the most important areas of the city. Buy yourself a reloadable Opal card to pay for all your trips on the bus, train, ferry and light rail networks. Taxis can be hailed on the street or booked in advance. Rent a car to explore the beautiful national parks that lie beyond the city boundaries. Visit the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) website. Browse Sydney rental cars.

Best time to visit

Aim to visit Sydney in shoulder season for the best prices and the most pleasant weather. Shoulder season is in spring, which is between September and November in Australia, and in fall, which is between March and May. You are also likely to find that the city’s most popular attractions are less busy at these times of year than they are in the far hotter summer months of December to February.

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