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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!(1,314 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
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 Australian National Maritime Museum, and jump on the metro at Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station or The Star Station to see more of the city.

Darling Harbour
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Chatswood CBD

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

If you're spending some time in Chatswood CBD, The Concourse and Mandarin Center are top sights worth seeing.

Chatswood CBD
Parramatta showing a city and night scenes

Parramatta CBD

1/5(1 area review)

Parramatta CBD might not have many top sights, but Parramatta Park and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Parramatta CBD
Sydney is such a great place to roam around. I really enjoyed my second visit to this marvelous city. I recommend all of you to visit this amazing place at least once in your life time.

Wynyard

Abundant dining options, waterfront views are just a few notable features Wynyard is known for, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Wynyard Station.

Wynyard
Such an amazing spot to watch the sunrise. The rock pool is amazing and well worth the trip on a warm morning, one of my favorite places too chill and get some gorgeous photos!

Maroubra South

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Maroubra South and surrounding area, you can visit Maroubra Beach and Westfield Eastgardens.

Maroubra South

Top Hotels in Sydney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
NT$4,625
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,063 reviews)

"The in house dining wasn’t up to the Shang’s standards"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/26

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
8 Arrival Court, Sydney International Airport, Mascot, NSW
NT$2,792
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Situated in Mascot, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Allianz Stadium, Circular Quay, and Sydney Opera House. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (7,382 reviews)

"Everything was good except I stopped in the bar overlooking the runway for a drink which was incredibly weak yet expensove"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/29

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NT$4,790
per night
Apr 10 - Apr 11

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! (4,394 reviews)

"Great location, very nice property, excellent restaurant and in room dining. Staff were outstanding."…"

Reviewed on 2020/4/1

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Popular things to do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(1,505 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(1,391 reviews)

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

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(879 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.

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(329 reviews)

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

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(1,373 reviews)

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

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(580 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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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Frustrated

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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