SydneyAustralia

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Visit Sydney

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 Tower which includes views, a skyscraper and a city

Sydney Central Business District

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,160 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!(243 area reviews)

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

Darling Harbour
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
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Chatswood CBD

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

While visiting Chatswood CBD, you might make a stop by sights like Mandarin Center and Chatswood Mall.

Chatswood CBD
Parramatta showing a city and night scenes

Parramatta CBD

1/5(1 area review)

Though Parramatta CBD might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Parramatta Park and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Parramatta CBD
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

While there might not be top attractions in Maroubra South, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Maroubra Beach and Wedding Cake Island.

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$4,732
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

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! (3,863 reviews)

"The hotel is exactly as described and pretty much up to Shangri La standards. The views are great. Altitude restauis supreb, worthy of the $125 pp pre fixe."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/17

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$2,974
per night
Jan 20 - Jan 21

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! (7,052 reviews)

"Room initially offered was used and had not been cleaned."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/17

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
Free Cancellation
NT$3,910
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and Sydney Town Hall are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (3,660 reviews)

"Start from the checkin staff been excellent and very helpful all the time, we got an early check in around 12pm and requested a microwave for the baby and that got provided, room was clean and fresh, Harbourview was great plus it’s a short walk from the hotel as well. We didn’t eat in food bit expensive ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/14

Hyatt Regency Sydney

Popular things to do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(1,430 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(1,309 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(839 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(306 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(1,299 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(549 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

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Javi

Jan 17, 2020

People are so friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

TD

Jan 4, 2020

Take the T8 train from Sydney airport to Townhall stop, walk 5 min to get to hotel. Cost for train per person one way: 19.40 AUD

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 2, 2020

Excellent public transport. Expensive city, but to be expected.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

Will be back some days!!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Miran

Dec 27, 2019

So much good Asian food!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 27, 2019

We loved darling Harbor area, opera house and the area surround it, unfortunately we traveled 2 hours by train to go to blue mountain, we couldn't breathe or see because of the smoke the haze situation so please check the weather before you go.

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Walking Sydney
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Walking Sydney

Seeing the sights in Sydney on foot

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