Sydney

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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

Darling Harbour featuring a city, cbd and night scenes

Darling Harbour

4.5/5Wonderful!(86 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
RM684
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

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! (3,933 reviews)

"The Harbour View room was breathtaking, definitely worth the extra money for the experience"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb,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
RM402
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

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! (7,189 reviews)

"It was very convenient to the international terminal and we enjoyed the runway and bay view."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb,2020

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
RM670
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

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! (4,292 reviews)

"Great location and friendly staff. Team could have noticed a line building during checkout a bit earlier to engage another counter to be opened."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb,2020

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Popular things to do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(284 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(304 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(199 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(68 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(303 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(205 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

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

RM744

Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unforgettable panoramic views of the city skyline and harbour. With a professional Climb Leader 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 Opera House Guided Tour
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Sydney Opera House Guided Tour

RM117

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 Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner
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Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner

RM167

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.

Sydney City Highlights Day Tour
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Sydney City Highlights Day Tour

RM275

Explore all of Sydney's famous sights in 1 day! From the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the famous Bondi Beach, 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 Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

RM153

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.

Big Night Out Party Bus & Pub Crawl - Friday
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Big Night Out Party Bus & Pub Crawl - Friday

RM71

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: The Scary Canary, 469 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia Our first stop of the night. Check-in, get your first drink, and meet fellow pub crawlers! Duration: 1 hour Stop At: The Watershed Hotel, 198, Harbourside Shopping Centre, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia The 2nd stop of the night.

Reviews of Sydney

4.7

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 4, 2020

Sydney is a city like so many others however the Harbour Bridge, the opera house and Circular Quay make it unique

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 2, 2020

Really enjoyed our time in Sydney. The hotel was perfect location for The Opera House, Sydney Bridge, Restaurants, bard, shopping and all transport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 1, 2020

Loved our visit. Definitely worth hopping on the ferries to get to other city areas, cheap and frequent. Good museums, Plenty of reasonably priced places to eat.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 1, 2020

Lots to see and do. Buy a two day opass for the fast ferry and enjoy lots of nce boat rides

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 31, 2020

Lovely atmosphere, great bars and restaurants, great public transportation and very clean.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 25, 2020

Great city - lots to see and do and even took in a Big Bash match at the SCG!

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