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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!(3,097 area reviews)

Known for its captivating waterfront views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Darling Harbour. Check out top attractions like SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Star Casino, and jump on the metro at Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station or The Star Station to see more of the city.

Darling Harbour
Manly showing general coastal views, a coastal town and landscape views

Manly

A noteworthy feature of Manly is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Manly Beach and Shelly Beach.

Manly
Parramatta showing general coastal views and a city

Parramatta

Travellers come to Parramatta for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre and Bankwest Stadium while you're in town.

Parramatta
Surry Hills

Surry Hills

Travellers come to Surry Hills for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Crown Street and Brett Whitley Studio while you're in town.

Surry Hills
North Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

North Sydney

The ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to North Sydney. A stop by North Sydney Oval or St. Leonards Park might round out your trip.

North Sydney
Potts Point - Kings Cross

Potts Point

Abundant dining options and colourful gardens are just a few notable features Potts Point is known for, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Kings Cross Station.

Potts Point

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$264 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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)

"The hotel is clean, modern and quiet. Located nearby access to The Rocks markets, bars casual and fine dining. Circular Quay is very close by with access to all public transport it also has several cafes and restaurants to choose from.. Hotel also has access to parking, and staff can organise taxis ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

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$280 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

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! (2,502 reviews)

"We chose to stay at the ShangriLa for an Anniversary and Birthday combined. The location is great. Our room was a Opera House City view, but because of where the bed was placed in the room..our view was looking into buildings. If the bed was on the other side of the room, the view would have been ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is AU$103 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

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! (6,451 reviews)

"Great spot. Apartment was good size with 2 kids and a baby. Walking distance to all the top tourist spots but also close to light rail."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
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

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is AU$103 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

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! (6,451 reviews)

"Great spot. Apartment was good size with 2 kids and a baby. Walking distance to all the top tourist spots but also close to light rail."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is AU$105 per night from 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,073 reviews)

"Was very happy with the service and the cleanliness of the hotel. I’ll definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2020

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
5 out of 5
330 Church Street, (entry via Dirrabarri Lane), Parramatta, NSW
The price is AU$107 per night from 8 Nov. to 9 Nov.

Located in Parramatta, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Theatres, Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre and Old Government House. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (866 reviews)

"The rooms are lovely very stylish bed super comfee love there are televisions in each room plus lounge nice big balcony functional kittchen bath in the onsuite....when can i move in"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2020

Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
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

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(3,486 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(4,882 reviews)

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

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(3,601 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.

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(778 reviews)

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

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(1,556 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.

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(1,614 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 Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

AU$57
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Blue Mountains Wildlife Day Tour with Wildlife Park
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Blue Mountains Wildlife Day Tour with Wildlife Park

AU$155
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
All Inclusive Deluxe Small-Group Tour of Blue Mountains
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All Inclusive Deluxe Small-Group Tour of Blue Mountains

AU$240
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

AU$36
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Hunter Valley Wine Cheese Tour in Small-Groups from Sydney
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Hunter Valley Wine Cheese Tour in Small-Groups from Sydney

AU$175
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Airport Shuttle Transfer from Sydney Airport to Circular Quay Cruise Terminal
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Airport Shuttle Transfer from Sydney Airport to Circular Quay Cruise Terminal

AU$16
Per adult

Reviews of Sydney

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2928
5 - Excellent 50.18854988001371%
4 - Good
2424
4 - Good 41.54953719574906%
3 - Okay
426
3 - Okay 7.302022625985602%
2 - Disappointing
40
2 - Disappointing 0.6856359273225917%
1 - Terrible
16
1 - Terrible 0.2742543709290367%

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

Henry

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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