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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.

Sydney Travel Guide Video

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

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is NT$4,624 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 29

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,084 reviews)

"The hotel is clean, modern and quiet. Located nearby access to The Rocks markets, bars casual and fine dining. Circular Quay is very close by with access to all public transport it also has several cafes and restaurants to choose from.. Hotel also has access to parking, and staff can organise taxis ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/19

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 NT$5,163 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

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! (2,501 reviews)

"We chose to stay at the ShangriLa for an Anniversary and Birthday combined. The location is great. Our room was a Opera House City view, but because of where the bed was placed in the room..our view was looking into buildings. If the bed was on the other side of the room, the view would have been ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/18

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$1,903 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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

4/5Very Good! (6,450 reviews)

"Great spot. Apartment was good size with 2 kids and a baby. Walking distance to all the top tourist spots but also close to light rail."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/17

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
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.

Vacation Rentals in Sydney

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is NT$1,903 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

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

4/5Very Good! (6,450 reviews)

"Great spot. Apartment was good size with 2 kids and a baby. Walking distance to all the top tourist spots but also close to light rail."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/17

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NT$1,936 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and The Galeries. Chinatown Night Market ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,070 reviews)

"Was very happy with the service and the cleanliness of the hotel. I’ll definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/6

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
5 out of 5
330 Church Street, (entry via Dirrabarri Lane), Parramatta, NSW
The price is NT$1,973 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in Parramatta, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Theatres, Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre, and Old Government House. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (866 reviews)

"The rooms are lovely very stylish bed super comfee love there are televisions in each room plus lounge nice big balcony functional kittchen bath in the onsuite....when can i move in"…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/13

Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
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.

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.

Reviews of Sydney

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

I have been to Sydney before and really enjoyed it. But, unfortunately, I didn't actually make it this time due to the pandemic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Great place and I’ll definitely go back one day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Great, vibrant city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Sydney is a beautiful friendly town. The downtown area is easily accessible on foot.

5/5 - Excellent

Suzanne

Mar 16, 2020

Beautiful city, felt very safe walking around.

5/5 - Excellent

RoyandGayeLynn

Mar 14, 2020

We were only there for a day, waiting to fly home from our cruise. But I definitely recommend Darling Harbour. And I'd love to go back and explore more of Sydney.

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