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Sydney
Travel Guide

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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.

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Where to stay in Sydney

Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
Free Cancellation
The price is $144 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and King Street Wharf are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,449 reviews)
"We had interconnecting rooms which was plenty of space for 3 adults and 2 kids. Lovely staff and beautiful breakfast."

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Hyatt Regency Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
The price is $199 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Tower. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Art ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (459 reviews)
"Always enjoy our stay at the Fullerton"

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is $177 per night from Jul 5 to Jul 5
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,310 reviews)
"The location and the views from the hotel are amazing. The staff can be a little more cheerful and welcoming."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Shangri-La Sydney
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Meriton Suites North Sydney
Meriton Suites North Sydney
5 out of 5
80 Arthur Street, North Sydney, NSW
The price is $92 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 9
Located in North Sydney, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Luna Park, North Sydney Oval, and Milsons Point Wharf. Sydney Opera House and Sydney ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (805 reviews)
"Pleasant and comfortable stay at the Meriton North Sydney. We had a great view of the harbour from our apartment, which was comfortable and clean. Good location close to North Sydney train station and shops nearby."

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

Meriton Suites North Sydney
The Branksome Hotel And Residences
The Branksome Hotel And Residences
4.5 out of 5
60 Robey Street, Mascot, NSW
The price is $121 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located near the airport, this family-friendly aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Crown Street, Powerhouse Museum, and Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Australian Museum ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (599 reviews)
"Excellent property, nice and clean. Brilliant pool and gym. Good size balconies. Comfortable furniture. Friendly staff. Only negative was forgot the VIP booking g bonus."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2021

The Branksome Hotel And Residences
Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
6 Campbell Street, Haymarket, NSW
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Capitol Theatre and Paddy's Market. Chinatown Night ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (888 reviews)
"The location is great, close to transport to Circular Quay, the Fish Markets, Lyric Theatre and it’s next door to the Capitol Theatre, you can walk to all the fabulous Chinatown restaurants and the nearby Paddy’s Market. The suites are well/furnished, clean and modern with a kitchen and laundry and ..."

Reviewed on May 2, 2021

Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
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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