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SydneyAustralia

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

Sydney Town Hall which includes city views, heritage architecture and a city

Sydney Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,320 area reviews)

Known for its captivating waterfront views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sydney Central Business District. Check out top attractions like Sydney Tower and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and jump on the metro at Wynyard Station or Martin Place Station to see more of the city.

Sydney Central Business District
Bondi Beach which includes general coastal views, a beach and a coastal town

Bondi Beach

A noteworthy feature of Bondi Beach is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Bondi Beach and Bondi Icebergs.

Bondi Beach
Darling Harbour which includes central business district, night scenes and a bay or harbor

Darling Harbour

4.5/5Wonderful!(269 area reviews)

Known for its captivating waterfront views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Darling Harbour. Check out top attractions like SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Star Casino, and jump on the metro at Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station or The Star Station to see more of the city.

Darling Harbour
Manly which includes general coastal views, a coastal town and landscape views

Manly

A noteworthy feature of Manly is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Manly Beach and Shelly Beach.

Manly
Parramatta featuring general coastal views and a city

Parramatta

Parramatta is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre or Bankwest Stadium.

Parramatta
Coogee Beach featuring a coastal town, general coastal views and a sandy beach

Coogee

Coogee is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Coogee Beach and Gordon's Bay, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Sydney.

Coogee

Top Hotels in Sydney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is $157 per night

This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,055 reviews)

"Great service and friendly staff. It really felt like a 5 star hotel"…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is $192 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,548 reviews)

"Some of the best hotel service I have ever experienced"…"

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is $55 per night

Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum, and International Convention ...

4/5Very Good! (6,419 reviews)

"Nice rustic experience, clean well equipped rooms. A plesent stay."…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites

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.

Popular places to visit in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(1,512 reviews)

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.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5(1,399 reviews)

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

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(1,379 reviews)

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

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(331 reviews)

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

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(882 reviews)

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

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(584 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Sydney

Go Sydney Explorer Pass: 3, 4, 5 or 7 Tours & Attractions
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Go Sydney Explorer Pass: 3, 4, 5 or 7 Tours & Attractions

$82
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

$33
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Story of Sydney Half-Day Tour
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Story of Sydney Half-Day Tour

$103
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
The Rocks Walking Tours
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The Rocks Walking Tours

$22
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine - Small Group Day Tour
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Wildlife, Waterfalls and Wine - Small Group Day Tour

$198
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Airport Shuttle Transfer from Sydney Airport to Circular Quay Cruise Terminal
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Airport Shuttle Transfer from Sydney Airport to Circular Quay Cruise Terminal

$11
Per adult

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