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Sydney
Travel Guide

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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

Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$212 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and King Street Wharf are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,439 reviews)
"We had interconnecting rooms which was plenty of space for 3 adults and 2 kids. Lovely staff and beautiful breakfast."

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

Hyatt Regency Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$290 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Tower. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Art ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (460 reviews)
"Always enjoy our stay at the Fullerton"

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is AU$295 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,295 reviews)
"Everything was good"

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Shangri-La Sydney
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Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
6 Campbell Street, Haymarket, NSW
The price is AU$112 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Capitol Theatre and Paddy's Market. Chinatown Night ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (890 reviews)
"The location is great, close to transport to Circular Quay, the Fish Markets, Lyric Theatre and it’s next door to the Capitol Theatre, you can walk to all the fabulous Chinatown restaurants and the nearby Paddy’s Market. The suites are well/furnished, clean and modern with a kitchen and laundry and ..."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites North Sydney
Meriton Suites North Sydney
5 out of 5
80 Arthur Street, North Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$133 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Located in North Sydney, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Luna Park, North Sydney Oval and Milsons Point Wharf. Sydney Opera House and Sydney ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (805 reviews)
"Pleasant and comfortable stay at the Meriton North Sydney. We had a great view of the harbour from our apartment, which was comfortable and clean. Good location close to North Sydney train station and shops nearby."

Reviewed on 27 May 2021

Meriton Suites North Sydney
The Branksome Hotel And Residences
The Branksome Hotel And Residences
4.5 out of 5
60 Robey Street, Mascot, NSW
The price is AU$169 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
Located near the airport, this family-friendly aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Crown Street, Powerhouse Museum, and Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Australian Museum ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (599 reviews)
"Excellent property, nice and clean. Brilliant pool and gym. Good size balconies. Comfortable furniture. Friendly staff. Only negative was forgot the VIP booking g bonus."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

The Branksome Hotel And Residences
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.

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