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The population of this area of New South Wales is nearly 4,600,000.
Start your adventures at the famous Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.
Reconnect with your inner-child at Luna Park and the Open Air Cinema. Want more? Sydney International Aquatic Centre and the Fox Studio Australia are sure to keep the smiles and laughter flowing.
Do you and your family want to learn about some underwater creatures? If so, make sure you visit SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. There's also something fishy going on at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and Oceanworld.
Prepare the family for an amazing zoological experience at the Taronga Zoo and the Featherdale Wildlife Park. For a little more animal fun, look into educational activities and feeding times at the Wildlife Sydney and the Roar & Snore.
Appreciate the polished chome of the high-performance vehicles and cheer on the drivers as they hurtle past at incredible speed at the Sydney Speedway.
Delight in a great day out with friends at the Jubilee Vineyard Estate, the Grosset Wines or the Tizzana Winery. Wander through vine rows, sample their best blends and maybe even buy a few bottles to take with you.
Want to try your luck? Take on the blackjack dealer or simply enjoy the lively atmosphere at the Star Casino.
Appreciate the variety of plant species on display when you and your family go to the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Australian Botanic Gardens. Green thumbs should also wander around the Sydney Tropical Centre and the Australian Botanic Garden.
When the sun is shining, pack some lunch and make your way over to one of the picturesque green spaces, such as Bicentennial Park and Arcadia Park. You'll also find plenty of space to laze about at Cahill Park and Newport Park.
With so many different things to see in Sydney, you're going to need some help. Once you arrive, you can get some pointers at Parramatta Heritage Centre. You will be able to discover even more brochures and maps at Kurnell Visitor Centre and Sydney Visitors Information Centre.
Spot some of the local birdlife with a trip to one of the region's lakes, such as Thirlmere Lakes National Park and The Basin.
Want to spend time outside beside scenic stretches of coastline? Load up some supplies and get on out to Newport Beach or Manly Beach for a refreshing afternoon by the sea. Coogee Beach and Bronte Beach are also popular options.
Need a break from the noise of the city? Make your way over to Circular Quay and Royal National Park. Nature-loving tourists will also have a great time at Sydney Harbour National Park and Botany Bay National Park.
Be sure to take your camera to Manly Quarantine Station so you can capture the colors of the local marine life. Stopping by North Harbour Aquatic Reserve is even more fun if you arrange for a guided tour or some hands-on activities.
The area's exhibition spaces are a gold mine of fascinating tales and achievements. The Australian Museum and the Powerhouse Museum offer a range of collections that are bound to keep you captivated. You might also want to consider a visit to the Customs House and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Tales of this region's maritime history are embodied in the pieces of remnant vessels exhibited at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Admire the range of artifacts and gadgets at Sydney Observatory or the Powerhouse Discovery Centre, a fun day out for geniuses and amateurs alike.
Observe the variety of specimens on display as you walk around the halls of the Nicholson Museum.
Want to check out some art? There are galleries of all kinds here. Start your tour of this creative destination at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Art School Gallery. The King Street Gallery and the Brett Whitley Studio are also well worth a look if you can fit them in before dinner.
Amateur historians can explore the past at the Museum of Sydney and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. The Colonial House Museum and the Elizabeth Farm are also respected options.
The University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales are certainly worth visiting, even if you're not that into history. When it comes to days of old, there's always more to discover. Government House and Fort Denison are two more great places to check out.
Providing safe passage of the city's waterways, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Pyrmont Bridge offer a lovely view of the flowing river below. Anyone with an interest in civil engineering will also want to get a picture of Pylon Lookout.
The area's spiritual side can be glimpsed at St. James Church and St Mary's Cathedral. The Sze Yup Temple and Hillsong Church are two more intriguing religious sites.
This region's most famed sights often overshadow its lesser-known, but equally fascinating attractions. The Intersection and Taylor Square are two possible options. Also, think about a trip to Pitt Street Mall and Italian Forum if time allows.
Expedia's hotels guide lists 485 accommodations in Sydney, which should make finding the most suitable place to stay in the state capital simple.
The Park Hyatt Sydney, at 7 Hickson Road, and the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, at 61 Macquarie Street are two of the higher-end hotels in Sydney. Stay at either and you'll be sure to have the best services and hotel features in town. Alternatively, if you're traveling on a shoestring, the Big Hostel, 212 Elizabeth Street, or The Woolbrokers at Darling Harbour, 22 Allen Street, might be a better fit.
Sydney is home to the world-famous Sydney Opera House, so you may prefer to stay near this star attraction. The Quay West Suites Sydney is just 0.5 miles away. Another popular choice is the Establishment Hotel, which is about 0.5 miles away.
Hanging out on a beach doing not much is pleasant enough, but there's nothing like trying out new and exciting experiences on your getaway!
Sydney has loads of things to do. Here are our recommended options to get you started:
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Standing in the historic Rocks district of cobbled laneways and designer boutiques, the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is less than 500 meters from ferries and trains, Sydney's central business district, shopping, and Sydney Harbor foreshores.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Westfield Eastgardens and within 6 mi (10 km) of Maroubra Beach and Moore Park Golf Course. Sydney Cricket Ground and Centennial Park are also within 6 mi (10 km). Mascot Station is 10 minutes by foot and Domestic Airport Station is 16 minutes.
Luxury and panoramic views abound at this Rocks District hotel set within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Opposite majestic Hyde Park and with views of St Mary’s Cathedral and Sydney Harbour, this luxury hotel in the heart of Sydney’s retail and business districts is a 15-minute walk to Darling Harbour. On the doorstep is Sydney’s premium retail shopping precinct for luxury and popular brands.
This darling Harbour hotel is also less than a kilometer from the restaurants, cafes, and bars of Cockle Bay and shopping at the Queen Victoria Building.
Located on Sydney's Martin Place, this central business district hotel is less than 1 kilometer from Sydney Tower, Sydney Parliament House, and Darling Harbour.
Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Australian National Maritime Museum and Harbourside. International Convention Centre Sydney and Chinese Garden of Friendship are also within 15 minutes. Exhibition Light Rail Station and Exhibition Centre Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Just a 2-minute walk from fashionable Oxford Street and all its lively bars, restaurants and shops. Hyde Park, Chinatown and Darling Harbour are also easily accessible from this central location.