Escape to Sydney! Enjoy its opera, museums and dining.

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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Shopping, Dining and Museums

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Where to stay in Sydney

Sydney Central Business District
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Sydney Central Business District

Ports, Shopping, Opera Houses

Known for its captivating waterfront views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sydney Central Business District. Check out top attractions like Sydney Tower and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and jump on the metro at Wynyard Station or Martin Place Station to see more of the city.

Darling Harbour
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Darling Harbour

Ports, Shopping, Dining

Once the site of disused railway yards and dilapidated wharves, one of Sydney’s greatest urban renewal projects has breathed life into this location once more.

Parramatta CBD
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Parramatta CBD

Though Parramatta CBD may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Parramatta Park and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

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Top hotels in Sydney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
Rs9,905/night
8 Sep-9 Sep
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,446 reviews)

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! (3,446 reviews)

"This hotel has a great view and staff are very friendly and kind"…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
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PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
4.5 out of 5
150 Day St, Sydney, NSW
Rs9,905/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
4.4/5Wonderful! (3,054 reviews)

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall, International Convention Centre Sydney, and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,054 reviews)

"Good location, 5-min walk to Darling Harbour. Helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
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ibis budget Sydney Airport
2.5 out of 5
5 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot, NSW
Rs4,138/night
1 Sep-2 Sep
3.8/5Good! (213 reviews)

Situated in Mascot, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Enmore Theatre, University of Sydney and Capitol Theatre. Coogee Beach and International Convention ...

3.8/5Good! (213 reviews)

"Short walk to and from airport ... close to easy food (kfc etc) friendly staff clean comfortable rooms"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019

ibis budget Sydney Airport

Popular things to do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

Take in a performance or just take in the splendour of one of the world’s most famous buildings.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

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.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

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

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

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

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

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.

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Walking Sydney
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Walking Sydney

Seeing the sights in Sydney on foot

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