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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

Top hotels in Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$277 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,085 reviews)

"Amazing views, great food, comfortable beds, great catering for kids! Covid procedures excellent"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2021

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is AU$295 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,506 reviews)

"It was a beautiful stay and the hotel was a dream stay would love to have the opportunity to do it again"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is AU$186 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,214 reviews)

"beds were super comfy excellent location if you are scared of heights ask for a lower floor as all floors look over the foyer"…"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2021

Rydges Sydney Harbour
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Sydney

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$127 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and The Galeries. Chinatown Night Market ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,107 reviews)

"Very good spacious room, great view from the balcony and a convenient location in the city."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2020

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is AU$119 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.

Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum and Star Casino. International ...

4/5Very Good! (6,483 reviews)

"Great location. Walking distance to Darling Harbour"…"

Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2020

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney
The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney
5 out of 5
98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is AU$265 per night from 14 Feb. to 15 Feb.

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,904 reviews)

"The room had a great view. It was clean and spacious."…"

Reviewed on 30 Dec. 2020

The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Sydney

Top activities in Sydney

Reviews of Sydney

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jun. 2020

Good vibe, great restaurants

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Jun. 2020

Beautiful city, heritage and modern

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

26 Apr. 2020

Dont book at APX Darling Harbour

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

11 Apr. 2020

Looking forward to restrictions being lifted so we can come and visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Apr. 2020

Always liked Sydney

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.

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