Sydney

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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

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
4.5 out of 5
289 King Street, Mascot, NSW, 2020
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$183 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, 24-hour room service and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,263 reviews)
convenient to airport
"overall very handy when needing airport. website said you needed to book airport shuttle but this was not the case and it was first in first served, we ended up getting an Uber instead. Also there was no room service either and their restaurant was very busy. Still very convenient though and would ..."

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
The price is NZ$344 per night from 10 Aug. to 11 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,675 reviews)
"It’s an extremely luxurious hotel with Sydney Opera House and Harbour view, it’s an amazing place to stay at not to mention it’s in the heart of the city too, food quality and quantity are impeccable so keep up the good work"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Shangri-La Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is NZ$329 per night from 14 Aug. to 15 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (807 reviews)
"The staff at the front desk were very friendly and polite and accomodating."

Reviewed on 4 Aug. 2022

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
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Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009
The price is NZ$178 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4/5 Very Good! (6,566 reviews)
"Property was very nice for a 1 night stay. Highly recommend for access to darling harbour and local bar/pubs."

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2022

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is NZ$187 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (391 reviews)
"The hotel is very convenience, and we can walk to all attraction sight places within distance. Also, the service is good, especially the receptionist girl call Felix. She is very smart, helpful girl. She possesses the tourist knowledge and can speak multi languages. She introduces and show the sight ..."

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2022

YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
5 out of 5
234 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is NZ$216 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (516 reviews)
"We had a great stay at this property after a 10hr flight and a cancelled flight. It was just the rest we needed. The room was lovely and neat, with a washing machine and dryer perfect for washing our clothes after a long flight. Everything was comfortable and perfect. The service was amazing and ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

Meriton Suites Sussex Street
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

4.4

Top destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 7.302022625985602%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jun. 2020

Good vibe, great restaurants

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Jun. 2020

Beautiful city, heritage and modern

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

26 Apr. 2020

Dont book at APX Darling Harbour

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

11 Apr. 2020

Looking forward to restrictions being lifted so we can come and visit

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Apr. 2020

Always liked Sydney

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

24 Mar. 2020

Unfortunately we had to cut our holiday short as there were travel restrictions coming into place the following day but we enjoyed what time we did spend there.

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