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SydneyAustralia

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.

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Where to stay in Sydney

Darling Harbour featuring night scenes, city views and a bay or harbour

Darling Harbour

4.5/5Wonderful!(3,084 area reviews)

Darling Harbour

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
AU$251
per night
3 Apr. - 4 Apr.

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! (4,061 reviews)

"The in house dining wasn’t up to the Shang’s standards"…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
8 Arrival Court, Sydney International Airport, Mascot, NSW
AU$169
per night
9 Apr. - 10 Apr.

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! (7,377 reviews)

"Everything was good except I stopped in the bar overlooking the runway for a drink which was incredibly weak yet expensove"…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2020

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
AU$260
per night
12 Apr. - 13 Apr.

This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (4,390 reviews)

"The staff at the front desk and concierge are very well trained!!! The absolute best service I have ever experienced!!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Mar. 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Popular activities in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(3,478 reviews)

Take in a performance or just take in the splendour of one of the world’s most famous buildings.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5(4,872 reviews)

Under the gaze of the magnificent Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s transport hub is a terminal of unexpected beauty.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(1,553 reviews)

This beach can lay reasonable claim to being the most famous expanse of golden sand on the planet, attracting visitors from Australia and all over the world.

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(776 reviews)

For a wild experience combined with magnificent views over Sydney Harbour, this world-renowned zoo is a must-visit.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(3,589 reviews)

An iconic structure on a beautiful harbour with breath-taking views at any time of day or night. Climb it, walk it, photograph it or just stand back and admire it.

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(1,606 reviews)

Resplendent with golden sandy beaches, crystal blue seas perfect for swimming and surfing, and the best bars, shopping and views around. Welcome to Manly Beach.

Top activities in Sydney

Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner
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Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner

72% of travellers recommend
AU$60
Per adult
Sydney Opera House Guided Tour
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Sydney Opera House Guided Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$42
Per adult
BridgeClimb Summit at Sydney Harbour Bridge
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BridgeClimb Summit at Sydney Harbour Bridge

98% of travellers recommend
AU$268
Per adult
Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

84% of travellers recommend
AU$55
Per adult
Sydney City Highlights Day Tour
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Sydney City Highlights Day Tour

92% of travellers recommend
AU$99
Per adult
Shark Bait
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Shark Bait

AU$14
Per adult

Reviews of Sydney

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2916
5 - Excellent 50.16342680199553%
4 - Good
2419
4 - Good 41.61362463444005%
3 - Okay
423
3 - Okay 7.276793394116635%
2 - Disappointing
39
2 - Disappointing 0.6709100292447961%
1 - Terrible
16
1 - Terrible 0.2752451402029933%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Mar. 2020

Unfortunately we had to cut our holiday short as there were travel restrictions coming into place the following day but we enjoyed what time we did spend there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Love Sydney great restaurants, darling harbour easy to get around by transport.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Beautiful city with loads to do.

4/5 - Good

Lou

17 Mar. 2020

Originally from Sydney, now visiting Sydney for business or family visit. Sydney has changed and is always a nice city for shopping and dining. The recent COVID-19 outbreak is impactful enough to see George St halved the people & business activities.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

16 Mar. 2020

Sydney is my home so I will always love it, my favourite is the Opera House!

5/5 - Excellent

ARee

16 Mar. 2020

I love Sydney so fun with lots to do .

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