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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.

Although it’s not the capital, there is little doubt that Sydney remains Australia’s premier city. The Harbour City, home to over 4.5 million people, offers a blend of vibrant bars and beaches that’s a draw for young people, but it also has a laid-back and self-confident vibe that will appeal to visitors of all ages.

Sydney is symptomatic of an evolving Australian culture, often being described as one of the most cosmopolitan and charismatic cities on the planet. Sydney residents are also renowned for going out of their way to make visitors feel at home, making this an ideal holiday destination.

Sydney plays host to some of the world’s most recognisable tourist attractions, with the inner harbour housing the distinctive Sydney Opera House and the ocean side boasting the warm golden sands of Bondi Beach, perennially lapped by clear blue waves.

There is much to explore elsewhere within the city, however. In the CBD, Sydney Tower provides breath-taking views over the city, and is the starting point for the popular Skywalk—a guided tour around the outside of the tower, 268 metres above the ground. If heights aren’t your thing, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for a relaxing harbour-side stroll, and lead visitors to the iconic Sydney Opera House. From here, it’s a short walk to Circular Quay, where you can catch a ferry to many harbour locations, or just enjoy the round trip. Dock into Darling Harbour and explore the award-winning Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the fascinating Australian National Maritime Museum.

Sydney’s waterfront throngs with diverse restaurants and bars. The Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Potts Point areas are famed for the fine-dining choices they offer. Numerous scenic parks provide a relaxing location to enjoy food and drink if you prefer the self-catering option.

If you’re looking for some scenic thrills, don’t miss Luna Park with its roller-coaster, Ferris wheel and other traditional amusements, right under the famous Harbour Bridge. If you have a head for heights, try the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb for spectacular views.

Kids will love Taronga Zoo, home to many species of native Australian animals, while the inner-city suburbs of Paddington and Newtown will appeal to adults with their café culture and eclectic mix of boutiques and galleries. For some retail therapy, make your way to Bondi Junction, and the well-stocked Westfield mall.

Above all else, Sydney’s uniquely Australian natural beauty shines through at all times, with the Bush, beaches and the Harbour City’s coastline only a stone’s throw away. A relatively mild climate, stunning scenery, excellent transport networks and no end of things to do make Sydney a simply unmissable experience.


Guide to Exploring Sydney


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AU$172
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

8 Arrival Court, Mascot
4.3
of 5, from 1,194 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Mascot, this luxury hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Marrickville Metro and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Sydney and Marrickville Market. Enmore Theatre and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital are also within 6 mi (10 km).

AU$108
ibis budget Sydney Airport

ibis budget Sydney Airport

5 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
2.9
of 5, from 583 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Mascot, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Marrickville Metro and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Sydney and Enmore Theatre. Marrickville Market and Carriageworks are also within 6 mi (10 km).

AU$190
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Hyatt Regency Sydney

161 Sussex Street, Sydney
4.2
of 5, from 1,001 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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.

AU$223
Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

11 Jamison Street, Sydney
4.3
of 5, from 916 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This 34-story hotel offers a stylish retreat from busy George Street, with Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, and Hyde Park all within 3 blocks. Wynyard Train Station is a 3-minute walk away.

AU$123
Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central

Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central

431-439 Pitt Street, Haymarket
3.6
of 5, from 621 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Capitol Theatre, University of Sydney, and Sydney Opera House. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

AU$152
Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Corner Of Robey And O Riordan, Mascot
4.2
of 5, from 869 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Mascot hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Marrickville Metro, Supa Centa Moore Park and Enmore Theatre. Wildlife Sydney and Coogee Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

AU$142
Oaks Goldsbrough

Oaks Goldsbrough

243 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
3.6
of 5, from 720 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Australian National Maritime Museum, Harbourside, and Sydney Convention Centre. Chinese Garden of Friendship and Paddy's Market are also within 15 minutes.

AU$226
Swissotel Sydney

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street, Sydney
4.5
of 5, from 1,369 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This 25-story hotel has pedestrian links to 2 of the city's most popular shopping precincts, the Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building.

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