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Do you need to escape the nine-to-five? Sydney has a good number of things to see and do.

This is an area of New South Wales that around 4,600,000 people live in.

Discovering Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach is one of the best ways to get started in this popular destination.

Get active with the kids and enjoy an afternoon of quality time at Luna Park and the Open Air Cinema. Want more? Sydney International Aquatic Centre and the Fox Studio Australia are also highly recommended by parents.

The whole family will be fascinated by the wide range of aquatic creatures on display at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. There's also something fishy going on at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary and Oceanworld.

If you can't get enough of magnificent mamals and leaping lizards, stop at the Taronga Zoo and the Featherdale Wildlife Park. The Wildlife Sydney and the Roar & Snore also provide valuable opportunities for the youngsters to learn about the world's ecosystems.

Get set for some nail-biting action at the Sydney Speedway, the number-one racetrack for motorsports fans.

To get a real taste for this region, make the trip to the Grosset Wines. Tour the vineyards, wine presses and barrel rooms and learn how sommeliers recognize quality drops. If you find something you particularly love, arrange to have a case shipped back home.

Feeling lucky? Challenge the blackjack dealer or just enjoy the bright lights at the Star Casino.

Would you like to learn about some native plant species? Spend an afternoon at the Royal Botanic Gardens or the Australian Botanic Gardens. Budding horticulturalists should also take in the collection at the Sydney Tropical Centre and the Australian Botanic Garden.

Pack a picnic basket and relax for while in the quiet, green surroundings of Bicentennial Park and Cahill Park. You'll also find plenty of room to lie around on the grass at Newport Park and Florence Park.

Deciding what to see and do is the most difficult part of any trip. So why not let the friendly staff at Parramatta Heritage Centre help you out? You will be able to get your hands on additional pamphlets and maps at Kurnell Visitor Centre and Sydney Visitors Information Centre.

If you're in the mood for catching a picturesque sunset, watching the passers-by or just laying back by the water's edge, make your way to Newport Beach or Manly Beach. Coogee Beach and Bronte Beach are also recommended.

Leave your phone in the car and have a rest from the stresses of the modern world at Royal National Park and Sydney Harbour National Park. Botany Bay National Park and Lane Cove National Park are also highly recommended by nature lovers.

Catch a glimpse of the slimy deep-sea residents when you and your friends call on Manly Quarantine Station, a scenic marine reserve. You should also be sure to check for any educational programs that might be available at North Harbour Aquatic Reserve.

The area's exhibition spaces are brimming with interesting stories and quirky facts. The Sydney Jewish Museum and the Justice and Police Museum offer a range of collections that are bound to keep you captivated. Another two worth considering are the George Hanna Memorial Museum and the Trainworks.

Enjoy old ship replicas and salvaged marine objects as you sail through the displays at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

It doesn't matter whether you're a science buff or you're just looking for something to do, you'll enjoy checking out the stimulating displays at Sydney Observatory or the Powerhouse Discovery Centre.

Not only are the specimens at the Australian Museum and the Nicholson Museum lots of fun to look at, they also help us to better understand our world.

Want to see some art? You'll be spoiled with galleries of all kinds here. Start your tour of this creative destination at the Powerhouse Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. If these leave you feeling energized, wind up the day at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Art School Gallery.

History comes alive at the Museum of Sydney and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum thanks to their variety of illuminating exhibits. The Colonial House Museum and the Elizabeth Farm are also respected options.

Wander back through this region's past with a trip to the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, just a couple of the historic buildings and sites here. More stories from the days of old await at the Customs House and Government House.

Leave time to have a look at Sydney Harbour Bridge or Pyrmont Bridge, two sturdy yet elegant structures that span these waterways. Visitors with an interest in civil engineering excellence should also pass by Pylon Lookout.

Experience the region's spiritual side and take some time to reflect at St. James Church and St Mary's Cathedral. The Sze Yup Temple and Hillsong Church are also interesting religious sites.

Before you pack your bags and head off home, ensure you visit some of the lesser-known attractions here. The Intersection and Taylor Square might catch your interest. Also, contemplate seeing Pitt Street Mall and Italian Forum if you can squeeze it in.

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Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

8 Arrival Court, Mascot
of 5, from 5,124 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).

Hyatt Regency Sydney

Hyatt Regency Sydney

161 Sussex Street, Sydney
of 5, from 7,215 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.

The Westin Sydney

The Westin Sydney

1 Martin Place, Sydney
of 5, from 5,767 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

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.

Swissotel Sydney

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street, Sydney
of 5, from 5,371 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.

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Corner Of Robey And O Riordan, Mascot
of 5, from 6,246 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 Maroubra Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

ibis budget Sydney Airport

ibis budget Sydney Airport

5 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
of 5, from 5,122 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).

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport

3 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
of 5, from 53 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Maroubra Beach, Sydney Cricket Ground, and Allianz Stadium. Sydney Town Hall and Circular Quay are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Oaks Goldsbrough

Oaks Goldsbrough

243 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
of 5, from 5,402 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 International Convention Centre Sydney. Chinese Garden of Friendship and Paddy's Market are also within 15 minutes.

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