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

Metro Aspire Hotel, Sydney
Metro Aspire Hotel, Sydney
4 out of 5
383-389 Bulwara Road, Ultimo, NSW
The price is NZ$111 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Located in Ultimo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Convention Centre Sydney, Star Casino and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and Circular ...
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
"Good location, quick uber into darling harbour - friendly staff!"

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

Metro Aspire Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is NZ$248 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,165 reviews)
"Great and comfortable place to stay in the middle of Sydney CBD. My wife and I will be back again."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2021

Shangri-La Sydney
Meriton Suites Chatswood
Meriton Suites Chatswood
5 out of 5
79 Albert Avenue, Chatswood, NSW
The price is NZ$142 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Located in Chatswood, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mandarin Center and Chatswood Interchange. Westfield Chatswood Mall and Chatswood Mall ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,086 reviews)
"Reasonable price, nice suites, great view and efficient and nice staff."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

Meriton Suites Chatswood
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Meriton Suites Bondi Junction
Meriton Suites Bondi Junction
5 out of 5
97 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction, NSW
The price is NZ$118 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in Bondi Junction, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westfield Bondi Junction Shopping Centre and Centennial Park. Paddington Markets ...
4.4/5Excellent! (810 reviews)
"Great room, very spacious and tidy. Great location, on top of the railway station and next to Syd Einfeld Dr, but you can't hear any of that noise. Had no issues with any of the equipment in the room that I used. Great value, would use again if I need to be in that area."

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2021

Meriton Suites Bondi Junction
Meriton Suites Chatswood
Meriton Suites Chatswood
5 out of 5
79 Albert Avenue, Chatswood, NSW
The price is NZ$142 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
Located in Chatswood, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mandarin Center and Chatswood Interchange. Westfield Chatswood Mall and Chatswood Mall ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,086 reviews)
"Reasonable price, nice suites, great view and efficient and nice staff."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

Meriton Suites Chatswood
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is NZ$137 per night from 21 Sep. to 21 Sep.
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! (1,201 reviews)
"Well equipped rooms"

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2021

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
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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