Sydney

Travel Guide

Sydney has beaches by the bucket-load, must-see icons and a climate to die-for. But it also has a big brash heart that's certain to bowl you over.

Sydney, the capital of Australia's most populous state (New South Wales), has plenty of eye-candy for the visitor. It sits in geographic wonderland, a submerged ancient river valley that gifted it more than 70 beaches and pretty coves. Its plucky residents have spent the last two centuries building on that natural splendour. The solid arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge now nicely sews together the two halves separated by the sea. Sydney's cultural coming-of-age is anchored in-place by the sculpted white beauty of the Sydney Opera House. And the needle of the Sydney Tower provides a 30-metre vantage over it all, opening the city out for your viewing pleasure.

But your stay in Sydney really should dip into the less well-known, if you want to find its heart. To take in the charm of the rough-edged diamond of The Rocks, the city's oldest and hardest-done-by district. To share a crooked smile with the Syndeysiders at their beloved Luna Park, an amusement park stuck in a 1930s time-warp. Or to pick up a board and test the surf at one of Sydney's two iconic beaches: the trend-setting Bondi Beach on the south shore. Or the scene-defining Manly Beach to the north, where surfing was born, and men (apparently) are made.

Sydney has also done a superb job at helping conserve Australia's wildlife, with two innovative zoos and a world-class aquarium. Taronga Zoo shows how zoos should work, with a wide expanse of bush-land for its denizens to roam, and ground-breaking conservation projects. And the Sea Life Centre, located next to Sydney's window on the sea, Darling Harbour, does its bit too. Both by astounding and educating its thousands of visitor to the wonders of Australia's rivers, seas and oceans. And by making them aware of their vulnerability.

With its sun, sea and sand, there's no shortage of reasons to come to Sydney. And it's pretty easy to sum up Sydney in a few snapshots. This is a city that wears its icons on its self-cut short-sleeves, after all. But Sydney is far more than just a folder in your photo album. It's an attitude. A brash prankster with a devilish glint in its eye. A caring custodian of the spectacular (and quirky) natural world that this continent has bred, in its 100-million years of isolation. A big-hearted bloke that welcomes the world in, with a barbie and a tinny. Look Sydney in the eye with a smile, and you'll be paid back ten-fold.

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Where to stay in Sydney

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
4.5 out of 5
150 Day St, Sydney, NSW
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$230 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,119 reviews)
"Staff were super helpful and friendly, the rooms were a great size (no need to walk sideways around the suitcase), and a great location for walking anywhere in the city."

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2022

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$265 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. King Street Wharf and Sydney Town Hall are ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,164 reviews)
"Great room and service. Great all you can eat breakfast. Great location"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Hyatt Regency Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is NZ$289 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,862 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

Shangri-La Sydney
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Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
5 out of 5
234 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$159 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and International Convention Centre ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (372 reviews)
"Meriton Suites on Sussex Street is located close to restaurants, shopping areas, Town Hall train station and Darling Harbour."

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2022

Meriton Suites Sussex Street
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$164 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
Located in Darling Harbour, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and Cockle Bay Wharf. Queen Victoria Building and Wild Life Sydney ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (114 reviews)
"The hotel was in a great location, between Town Hall and Darling Harbour. We were upgraded to a beautiful room. The staff were very friendly."

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2022

YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$159 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,216 reviews)
"Great location, clean and comfortable. Huge thanks to Michael at reception for being so helpful and nice and for the upgrade to altitude suite and late check out. Will definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2022

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
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