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Visit New York

Affectionately referred to as the centre of the universe, New York City boasts a cosmic array of life, prospects and opportunity.

Delve into the neon night of Times Square or experience the bustle of Grand Central Terminal at the beating heart of this truly immortal city. Freewheel at Coney Island amusement park or visit the earthy artistic neighbourhoods in Brooklyn and the surrounding harbour area. The infamous Statue of Liberty still stands proud along this frivolous harbour side as a beacon of prosperity for the millions of immigrants who have come and gone over the centuries. Further along is a sobering reminder of New York’s serious side at the 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center Ground Zero. New York City is as much the epicentre of culture and creativity as it is the pinnacle of hope, freedom and ambition for millions of dreamers who come to take a bite from The Big Apple.

With its five boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx — eight million people from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds call New City home. In the cultural hubs of Chinatown and Little Italy, you will find a slice of authentic cuisine, ranging from the Far East to the southern shores of Europe. New York is a city with its arms wide open — a city where all areas of diversity are actively celebrated, from African American music in Harlem to one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel in Brooklyn.

The vast and intricate subway network that makes New York famous ensures that visitors need not worry about getting around, both above and below ground. Purchase your Metrocard and refill as and when necessary or simply take a stroll through the diverse neighbourhoods on foot to soak up the east coast sunshine during the day.

Due to the simple grid system, visitors can easily find their way to major attractions such as the Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library in Midtown East. The welcoming nature of local New Yorkers ensures that assistance is always at hand should you lose your way.

New York is a city of many talents, boasting a rich cultural and social scene. For the culture buffs the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Opera are a must see. Whether you have come to peruse the many galleries or experience the unique New York nightlife in the many bars and clubs, you won’t be disappointed in the city that never sleeps.

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Where to stay in New York

Wall Street - Financial District featuring street scenes, a city and heritage architecture

Manhattan

4.5/5Wonderful!(240 reviews)

The frenzy of Wall Street, the galleries of Soho, the green lungs of Central Park: Manhattan still has the assets – and the charms – to back up its considerable confidence.

Manhattan
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Midtown

4.5/5Wonderful!(75 reviews)

Navigate successfully through the skyscrapers, suits and taxis that dominate daytime Midtown and you’ll find a whole heap of New York City landmarks you know and love.

Midtown
Upper East Side

Upper East Side

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 reviews)

The Upper East Side, set between Central Park and the East River, is the posh part of New York. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best museums in the city.

Upper East Side
Upper West Side, New York, New York, United States of America

Upper West Side

4.5/5Wonderful!(32 reviews)

Leafy streets, heaps of green space and an intimate neighbourhood atmosphere makes the Upper West Side one of the most sought-after locations in the city.

Upper West Side
The High Line Park showing street scenes, a city and a garden

Chelsea

4/5Very Good!(27 reviews)

Live the New York life you dreamed of in Chelsea, an upscale district packed with contemporary art galleries, converted warehouse spaces, queer-friendly bars and food trends.

Chelsea
SoHo - Tribeca featuring a city and street scenes as well as a large group of people

SoHo

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 reviews)

The gritty artists’ lofts and studios of the 1970s and 80s have morphed into a trendy district full of flash boutique shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.

SoHo

Top hotels in New York

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Pennsylvania
Hotel Pennsylvania
2.5 out of 5
401 7th Ave, New York, NY
AU$161
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madison Square Garden, Macy's and Empire State Building. Times Square and Broadway are also within ...

2.6/5 (28,951 reviews)

"The room was cleaned daily and it had everything you needed to make your stay very pleasant. The location was fantastic with travel to anywhere in the city on your doorstep. The staff were very helpful with a willingness to assist you when asked. There is ongoing work being carried out but had no ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019

Hotel Pennsylvania
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
4 out of 5
45 E 45th Street, New York, NY
AU$144
per night
19 Dec. - 20 Dec.

Located in Midtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of 5th Avenue and Grand Central Terminal. Chrysler Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within ...

3.6/5Good! (28,109 reviews)

"I am not sure why but there were wine glasses left outside our room for the first 4 days of our 6 day stay. I can only assume that the people in the room before us set them outside the door for some reason but again they were not removed until our 5th day of stay which was strange."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City
YOTEL New York
YOTEL New York
4 out of 5
570 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY
AU$161
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Times Square and Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Broadway and Central Park are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (15,315 reviews)

"Good location. Rooms are small and the bathroom is part of the bedroom separated by a curtain so not much privacy."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019

YOTEL New York

Popular activities in New York

Broadway
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Broadway

4.5/5(252 reviews)

Crowded, loud, hectic and yet somehow unmissable, New York’s Times Square is one feature of Midtown Manhattan you’ll either love or loathe.

Times Square
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Times Square

4/5(294 reviews)

This neon paradise is a must-see for visitors wanting to sample New York’s chaotic downtown scene at its best.

Rockefeller Center
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Rockefeller Center

4.5/5(208 reviews)

An eclectic mix of business and entertainment, this was considered one of Manhattan’s remarkable engineering feats when it was finally completed in the late 1930s.

Empire State Building
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Empire State Building

4.5/5(190 reviews)

View the stunning Manhattan skyline for the top of this iconic superstructure and experience a truly bird’s eye view of the entire city.

Statue of Liberty
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Statue of Liberty

4.5/5(198 reviews)

Probably one of the most famous Statues of modern times, this iconic symbol of freedom, democracy and hope is a national treasure loved by millions worldwide.

Grand Central Terminal
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Grand Central Terminal

4.5/5(221 reviews)

This glorious, buzzing hub for commuters is an absolute must-see for history and architecture lovers.

Top activities in New York

Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Ticket
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Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Date Ticket

AU$61

Look down over Manhattan at the Top of the Rock, taking in a 360-degree panorama over Central Park and the skyline of the Big Apple from 850 feet (259 m) in the air. You pick the perfect time to visit, whether you want to scope out the sunset from new heights or see the city sparkle by night.

Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island
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Early Access Statue of Liberty with Pedestal & Ellis Island

AU$87

Get a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Enjoy special access to the Pedestal and enjoy stunning views over New York Harbor.

New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions
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New York City Explorer Pass: 90+ Tours & Attractions

AU$94

Choose your favorite New York sights and activities and save on admission. Climb to the top of the iconic Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observatory. Jump aboard the Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour or board the ferry to Ellis Island and meet Lady Liberty herself.

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour with Pedestal Access
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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour with Pedestal Access

AU$84

Discover the majesty of the Statue of Liberty and the history of Ellis Island on this engaging walking tour. With convenient priority boarding on the ferry, enjoy quick access to the Statue of Liberty and take an informative stroll around these historic sites with your expert guide.

9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line
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9/11 Memorial & Museum Admission: Skip the Ticket Line

AU$41

Pay your reverent respects to the victims of 9/11 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Reflect before the quiet fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, and learn about the heroes, sacrifices, and ongoing impact of the tragic 2001 attacks.

Inside NYC with a Local
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Inside NYC with a Local

AU$147

Manhattan Grand View

Reviews of New York

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
326
5 - Excellent 58.73873873873874%
4 - Good
175
4 - Good 31.53153153153153%
3 - Okay
44
3 - Okay 7.927927927927928%
2 - Disappointing
9
2 - Disappointing 1.6216216216216217%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.18018018018018017%

3/5 - Okay

JG

10 Dec. 2019

Taxi drivers are disgustingly rude. Ubers were phenomenal.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Nov. 2019

We had hop on -hop off tickets but the traffic made travel exceedingly slow. I would have a 1 day pass then use the Subway and plan your own itinerary.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Nov. 2019

New York USA great 24 hour city. Lots to do and eat 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Nov. 2019

Was a great time but really short. I must go back to see more

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Nov. 2019

Loved Times Square. Amazing energy. I was only in NYC for a short time but I just loved my time there. I have to come back to see More

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Nov. 2019

City is suffering a little from a great amount of scaffolding covering pedestrian pavements, and construction and service vehicular traffic seems to be heavy and chaotic.

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Travel Tips to New York City
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Travel Tips to New York City

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