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Visit 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.

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Where to stay in Sydney

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

Darling Harbour

Known for Ports, Shopping, Dining

4.5/5(2,568 reviews)

Once the site of disused railway yards and dilapidated wharves, one of Sydney’s greatest urban renewal projects has breathed life into this location once more.

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$234
per night
23 Dec. - 24 Dec.

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! (3,764 reviews)

"Hotel is nice and close to Circular Quay and the Opera House."…"

Reviewed on 11 Dec. 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
4.5 out of 5
100 Murray Street, Sydney, NSW
AU$179
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention ...

4/5Very Good! (3,062 reviews)

"The location was excellent, staff were really really good! Credit to the place. The only thing that was a bit off was the gym - the exercise bike needs to be replaced ( it’s shot). I’d def go back just due to the staff and location - thanks for a great night away with two young kids!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Dec. 2019

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
AU$178
per night
15 Dec. - 16 Dec.

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and Sydney Town Hall are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (3,653 reviews)

"Good location, èxcellent buffet & the Zephyr bar on level 12 has great views"…"

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019

Hyatt Regency Sydney

Popular activities in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(3,075 reviews)

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

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(1,375 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.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(3,159 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.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5(4,234 reviews)

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

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(678 reviews)

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

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(1,394 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

AU$60

Treat yourself to a feast for the eyes, mouth, and stomach with admission to the unforgettable buffet at the iconic Sydney Tower. Dine on a selection of more than 60 dishes ranging in style from Australian to Italian to Thai while basking in 360-degree views of the city as the restaurant revolves.

BridgeClimb Summit at Sydney Harbour Bridge
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BridgeClimb Summit at Sydney Harbour Bridge

AU$268

Climb to the arched peak of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unforgettable panoramic views of the city skyline and harbor. With a professional climber to lead the way, scale catwalks and ladders to reach the 440-foot (134-m) top and soak up bird's-eye views of the Sydney Opera House and beyond.

Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

AU$65

See all that Sydney has to offer with the convenience of a single pass that lets you choose between 2 or 3 of the Harbour City's most popular and well-loved attractions. Start with admission to the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and then choose other attractions to enjoy on your own schedule.

Sydney Opera House Guided Tour
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Sydney Opera House Guided Tour

AU$42

Discover the history and magic of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House with this Guided Tour that takes you beneath the world-famous sails. Go behind the scenes and hear the controversial story of the building's construction, as emotional and dramatic as any opera plot.

Sydney City Highlights Day Tour
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Sydney City Highlights Day Tour

AU$99

Explore all of Sydney's famous sights in 1 day! From the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the famous Bondi Beach and bustling Kings Cross. Your guide will show you the highlights around every corner! You'll be picked up from your hotel and head north towards Manly, crossing over the incredible Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Harbour Short Cruise
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Sydney Harbour Short Cruise

AU$89

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Sydney Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales Australia Escape the Crowds and Explore Sydney Harbour from the comfort of your own Private Chartered luxury Italian speed boat.

Reviews of Sydney

4.4

Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 42.30298080849326%
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3 - Okay 7.45202123315639%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Dec. 2019

The main attraction that called me to Sydney was the Art Gallery of New South Wales. I was very impressed with both the permanent collections and the temporary exhibitions! Exploring the CBD and the Rocks was also delightful at Christmas time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Dec. 2019

Exciting

5/5 - Excellent

Jim

10 Dec. 2019

Really enjoyed the three nights, great city and will return.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Dec. 2019

Beautiful city ruined by the smoke from the bushfires

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Dec. 2019

Bit smoky at the moment which can be uncomfortable

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Dec. 2019

We enjoyed our last trip to Sydney better because the light rail construction is finally finished. Great to see George Street come alive with people at Christmas time!

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Walking Sydney
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Walking Sydney

Seeing the sights in Sydney on foot

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