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.

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Shopping, Dining and Museums

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Where to stay in Sydney

Sydney Central Business District
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Sydney Central Business District

Ports, Shopping, Opera Houses

Sydney Central Business District is a vibrant neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its architecture. Other highlights include the local shopping and opera houses, as well as the natural splendor of the gardens.

Darling Harbour
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Darling Harbour

Ports, Shopping, Dining

Once the site of rusting railroad yards and wharves, one of Sydney’s greatest urban renewal projects now buzzes with museums, boutiques and eateries.

Parramatta CBD
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Parramatta CBD

Parramatta CBD is a welcoming neighborhood.

Wynyard
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Wynyard

Friendly People, Ports, Walking

Wynyard is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for restaurants and bars. For a taste of the local culture, you can check out the opera houses and shopping.

Chatswood CBD
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Chatswood CBD

Chatswood CBD is a welcoming neighborhood.

Collaroy Beach
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Collaroy Beach

Collaroy Beach is a welcoming neighborhood.

Top Hotels in Sydney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
$138/night
Aug 4 - Aug 5
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,396 reviews)

"The staff was awesome. We can’t wait to stay there or at one of their other locations. The restaurant we ate at for dinner, was a disappointment but the breakfast on the 30th floor, was great."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
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Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney
$134/night
Jul 26 - Jul 27
4.2/5Very Good! (3,633 reviews)

"By far the best hotel that we have been...definitely we’ Back soon."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

Hyatt Regency Sydney
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Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
8 Arrival Court, Mascot
$108/night
Jul 27 - Jul 28
4.4/5Excellent! (6,390 reviews)

"Quiet room - perfect for early flight. Awful grill! Marginal food, incredibly shabby furniture."…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Popular things to do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

One of the world’s most famous buildings is surprisingly accessible; take in a show or just take a stroll to admire this astonishing building.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

Locals and travelers from all over the world come to worship the sun, sand and clear blue waters of Australia’s most famous beach.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Stroll from end-to-end or climb to the top; either way, Sydney’s “Coat Hanger” serves up memories to last a lifetime.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

Flanked by the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s transportation hub is one of the prettiest terminals in the world.

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

This world-renowned zoo is cherished for its Sydney Harbour views and its residents.

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

Take one of Sydney's most popular ferry rides to discover calm coves and surf beaches, restaurants, bars, shopping and spectacular views.

Top activities in Sydney

Sydney Opera House Guided Tour
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Sydney Opera House Guided Tour

$30

Discover the history and magic of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House with this Guided Tour that takes you beneath the world-famous sails. Go behind the scenes and hear the controversial story of the building's construction, as emotional and dramatic as any opera plot.

Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner
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Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner

$42

Treat yourself to a feast for the eyes, mouth, and stomach with admission to the unforgettable buffet at the iconic Sydney Tower. Dine on a selection of more than 60 dishes ranging in style from Australian to Italian to Thai while basking in 360-degree views of the city as the restaurant revolves.

BridgeClimb Experience at Sydney Harbour Bridge
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BridgeClimb Experience at Sydney Harbour Bridge

$160

Climb to the arched peak of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unforgettable panoramic views of the city skyline and harbor. With a professional climber to lead the way, scale catwalks and ladders to reach the 440-foot (134-m) top and soak up bird's-eye views of the Sydney Opera House and beyond.

Sydney City Highlights Day Tour
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Sydney City Highlights Day Tour

$70

Explore all of Sydney's famous sights in 1 day! From the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the famous Bondi Beach and bustling Kings Cross. Your guide will show you the highlights around every corner! You'll be picked up from your hotel and head north towards Manly, crossing over the incredible Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

$31

Discover the streets of Sydney and the sandy shores of Bondi Beach as you cruise around town on an open-air, double-decker bus. Experience all the excitement of Australia's famous harbour city, hopping on and off at more than 30 stops near great attractions.

Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

$30

See all that Sydney has to offer with the convenience of a single pass that lets you choose between 2 or 3 of the Harbour City's most popular and well-loved attractions. Start with admission to the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and then choose other attractions to enjoy on your own schedule.

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Walking Sydney
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Walking Sydney

Seeing the sights in Sydney on foot

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