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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
The price is RM689 per night from 3 Jan to 4 Jan

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! (2,052 reviews)

"Our stay with the Four Seasons was extremely pleasant. We were recently engaged and stayed for a mini staycation! On arrival we had a bottle of sparkling and a lovely card written by the manager. Unfortunately the pool amenity was not freely available and the air times were absurd. It would have ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 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 RM714 per night from 14 Dec to 15 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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,477 reviews)

"The hotel staff was lovely and very friendly. That is all I have to say"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM578 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

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! (1,197 reviews)

"Roof top pool and terrace were great. Room smelt musky and fan on a/c was very loud. en-suite shower was disappointing as was fact that wine glasses weren't matching. Bed sheet was also too small for the mattress. It's the little details!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2020

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.

Vacation Rentals in Sydney

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
The price is RM326 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

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! (6,464 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
Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites
Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites
4 out of 5
The price is RM348 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Paddy's Market, Hyde Park and University of Technology Sydney. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,007 reviews)

"Property well located to various public transport options but room noisy from trains. We had 2 bedroom apartment. Very large and well equipped. Staff lovely."…"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2020

Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites
Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
6 Campbell Street, Haymarket, NSW
The price is RM350 per night from 17 Dec to 18 Dec

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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (818 reviews)

"tv view from bed is obstructed, door to shower not easy to access"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

Meriton Suites Campbell Street, 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.

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Reviews of Sydney

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5/5 - Excellent

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27 Mar 2020

An amazing city , it certainly has plenty of iconic sights to see, and lots to do, with amazing shops too.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Fantastic

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

very central for visiting other areas, trains to Blue mountains and Southern Highlands

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Feb 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

2 Feb 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

1 Feb 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.