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Sydney
Travel Guide

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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

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$306 per night from 4 May to 5 May
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! (2,010 reviews)
"Fabulous beds! I'd stay here again just for the plush beds! Location is good - 10 mins walk to the city shops, 5 mins walk to local bars and restaurants."

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 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 NZ$280 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
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! (2,362 reviews)
"Great location but not an easy walk up the hill especially with luggage if you take the train from the airport. View from the room (Opera view room) was great. Room size OK. Bed however quite hard and pillow selection all super soft so no support. Best were the staff especially in the Blu Bar and ..."

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$312 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall and Sydney Tower. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Art ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (408 reviews)
"Clean room, nice bed and pillow. Love the desk which allows me to do some work after meetings."

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

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
The price is NZ$160 per night from 25 Apr. to 26 Apr.
Located in Darling Harbour, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum and Star Casino. International Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (6,376 reviews)
"Rooms good, amenities good, location great. Friendly staff"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2021

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$160 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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! (1,140 reviews)
"Like the 2 bedroom appartment configuration Didn't like the waiting for the computer managed lifts at some peak times"

Reviewed on 20 Apr. 2021

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Oaks Sydney Hyde Park Suites
Oaks Sydney Hyde Park Suites
4 out of 5
38 College Street, Darlinghurst, NSW
The price is NZ$160 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Australian Museum and Hyde Park. Sydney Tower and Queen Victoria ...
3.6/5Good! (2,033 reviews)
"Great location and friendly staff. Pool and gym were closed for renovations during our stay."

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2021

Oaks Sydney Hyde Park Suites
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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8 Jun. 2020

Good vibe, great restaurants

4/5 - Good

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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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