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Sydney
Travel Guide

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.

Where to stay in Sydney

Top hotels in Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is Rs13,925 per night from 1 Apr to 2 Apr

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! (2,015 reviews)

"Excellent staff and beautiful room. Excellent location in the CBD next to the city and close to the Rocks."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2021

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 Rs12,470 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

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! (2,409 reviews)

"Was a nice way to spoil ourselves at the end of our trip. The room was nice and big the view over the opera house was incredible. We enjoyed a night at the altitude restaurant which was worth every cent we paid. The view was breathtaking and the food and drinks were just as wonderful."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is Rs11,379 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Star Casino and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,018 reviews)

"Was very happy to recive an upgrade if our room without having to ask."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2021

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences 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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Sydney

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is Rs7,118 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,117 reviews)

"City location very central to access all restaurants and attractions whether a weekend get away or a longer break. Lovely room, spacious and accommodating. Very clean and well maintained. Staff superb."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is Rs7,373 per night from 3 Mar to 4 Mar

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! (6,499 reviews)

"I did enjoy the wonderful pool, friendly staff and location."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2021

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Meriton Suites Chatswood
Meriton Suites Chatswood
5 out of 5
79 Albert Avenue, Chatswood, NSW
The price is Rs6,183 per night from 14 Mar to 15 Mar

Located in Chatswood, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mandarin Center and Chatswood Interchange. Westfield Chatswood Mall and Chatswood Mall ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,041 reviews)

"It was a fantastic stay! Beautiful, clean and spacious room; well located to everything & team were very friendly and accomodating."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2021

Meriton Suites Chatswood
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

Verified traveller

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.

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