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SydneyAustralia

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.

Sydney Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Sydney

Darling Harbour featuring night scenes, city views and a bay or harbour

Darling Harbour

4.5/5Wonderful!(3,096 area reviews)

Known for its captivating waterfront views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Darling Harbour. Check out top attractions like SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Australian National Maritime Museum, and jump on the metro at Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station or The Star Station to see more of the city.

Darling Harbour

Top hotels in Sydney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$237 per night

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (4,503 reviews)

"Service was exceptional, staff were very friendly and efficient. Made our special weekend all the more special"…"

Reviewed on 31 May 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is NZ$105 per night

This apartment building is located in Pyrmont (Darling Harbour), close to International Convention Centre Sydney, Harbourside and Chinese Garden of Friendship. ...

4/5Very Good! (6,394 reviews)

"Great value for money, living area spacious and good to have the bedroom seperate! Front desk staff nice and welcoming!"…"

Reviewed on 16 May 2020

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$126 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,025 reviews)

"Loved this hotel. Loved the room. Loved the location. Close to Darling Harbour etc. Would highly recommend and would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney

Popular places to visit in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(3,485 reviews)

The bold lines of the Sydney Opera House speak more about Sydney than any other part of this cosmopolitan city of four million.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5(4,882 reviews)

Trains, buses and boats all make a bee-line for Circular Quay, a place at the heart of Sydney's journeying – and so should you.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(1,556 reviews)

Locals and travelers from all over the world come to worship the sun, sand and clear blue waters of Australia’s most famous beach.

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(778 reviews)

The bush-land Zoo-in-the-city that is home to an amazing Australian wildlife experience

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(3,599 reviews)

A colossus of engineering, the Harbour Bridge brings the pieces of Sydney together, and offers you a different perspective on the city's wide-angle drama.

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(1,613 reviews)

Lying just a ferry-ride away, on the north shore of Sydney's harbour, Manly will soon have you surfing and swimming – or just watching others getting all-manly.

Top activities in Sydney

Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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Sydney Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

84% of travellers recommend
NZ$63
Per adult
Go Sydney Explorer Pass: 3, 4, 5 or 7 Tours & Attractions
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Go Sydney Explorer Pass: 3, 4, 5 or 7 Tours & Attractions

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$132
Per adult
Official Home and Away Tour to Summer Bay
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Official Home and Away Tour to Summer Bay

86% of travellers recommend
NZ$145
Per adult
Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Cheese, Choc & Liquer Tastings
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Hunter Valley Wine Tour with Cheese, Choc & Liquer Tastings

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$145
Per adult
Story of Sydney Half-Day Tour
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Story of Sydney Half-Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$158
Per adult
Bicycle Sightseeing Tour with Pub Stop
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Bicycle Sightseeing Tour with Pub Stop

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$99
Per adult

Reviews of Sydney

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2925
5 - Excellent 50.18013381369017%
4 - Good
2422
4 - Good 41.55086635786584%
3 - Okay
426
3 - Okay 7.308286155429748%
2 - Disappointing
40
2 - Disappointing 0.686224052153028%
1 - Terrible
16
1 - Terrible 0.2744896208612112%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

3 Jun. 2020

Beautiful city, heritage and modern

3/5 - Okay

Henry

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Love Sydney great restaurants, darling harbour easy to get around by transport.

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