SydneyAustralia

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Blessed with more than 100 beaches and buzzing with youthful vitality, when it comes to the good life it’s hard to beat the Harbour City.

The capital of New South Wales, and home to more than four million people, Sydney is one of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth. This relatively young city is endowed with a brash, infectious optimism and sun-tanned residents who are as comfortable on surfboards as they are at the ballet.

From the golden sands and sparkling water of Bondi Beach to the instantly recognizable curves of the Sydney Opera House, this city is a photographer’s dream.

Start your Harbour City adventure with a Skywalk at Sydney Tower. Then, explore the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens and the majestic sails of the Sydney Opera House. Just a short stroll away is Sydney’s outdoor answer to New York's Grand Central Station, Circular Quay. From this bustling transport hub, jump aboard a famous Sydney ferry to just about anywhere in Sydney Harbour. Nearby Darling Harbour has the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Follow the restaurant- and park-lined waterfront to The Rocks where you’ll almost feel the ghosts of the city’s convict and seafaring past. Thrill-seekers can ride the Wild Mouse roller coaster at Luna Park. If heights don’t phase you, stretch your legs on the Sydney Harbour Bridge BridgeClimb for a truly breath-taking experience.

Say “G’day” to kangaroos, koalas and platypus at Taronga Zoo. Be sure to catch the free-flight bird show set against the spectacular backdrop of the harbor.

A short walk from downtown, you’ll find village-like suburbs such as Paddington, Surry Hills and Newtown. These charming neighborhoods are studded with quirky cafés, boutiques and galleries. Darlinghurst and Potts Point are top spots for foodies. Major shopping destinations include Bondi Junction and a sprawling Westfield mall in the heart of downtown.

Sydney is a paradise for nature-lovers; the bush and the beaches are never far away. See the harbor’s rugged coastline on the 30-minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, one of the city’s most beautiful beaches.

Getting around Sydney is simple, with an excellent network of trains, buses and ferries. The climate is temperate, with hot summers and pleasantly cool winters, making the Harbour City an ideal Australian destination year-round.

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Top Hotels in Sydney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
¥18,755
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,931 reviews)

"As always, my room on a high floor had a great view & service was excellent from all staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
8 Arrival Court, Sydney International Airport, Mascot, NSW
¥10,021
per night
Feb 19 - Feb 20

Situated in Mascot, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Allianz Stadium, Circular Quay, and Sydney Opera House. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (7,188 reviews)

"It was very convenient to the international terminal and we enjoyed the runway and bay view."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
¥17,750
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (4,294 reviews)

"Super comfortable bed. Amazing service and great location."…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

Popular things to do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(1,463 reviews)

One of the world’s most famous buildings is surprisingly accessible; take in a show or just take a stroll to admire this astonishing building.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5(1,341 reviews)

Flanked by the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, Sydney’s transportation hub is one of the prettiest terminals in the world.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(855 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(317 reviews)

This world-renowned zoo is cherished for its Sydney Harbour views and its residents.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(1,329 reviews)

Stroll from end-to-end or climb to the top; either way, Sydney’s “Coat Hanger” serves up memories to last a lifetime.

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5(561 reviews)

Take one of Sydney's most popular ferry rides to discover calm coves and surf beaches, restaurants, bars, shopping and spectacular views.

Top activities in Sydney

Sydney Opera House Guided Tour
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Sydney Opera House Guided Tour

¥3,100

Discover the history and magic of the world-renowned Sydney Opera House with this Guided Tour that takes you beneath the world-famous sails. Go behind the scenes and hear the controversial story of the building's construction, as emotional and dramatic as any opera plot.

Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner
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Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch or Dinner

¥4,429

Treat yourself to a feast for the eyes, mouth, and stomach with admission to the unforgettable buffet at the iconic Sydney Tower. Dine on a selection of more than 60 dishes ranging in style from Australian to Italian to Thai while basking in 360-degree views of the city as the restaurant revolves.

Sydney City Highlights Day Tour
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Sydney City Highlights Day Tour

¥7,196

Explore all of Sydney's famous sights in 1 day! From the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the famous Bondi Beach, your guide will show you the highlights around every corner! You'll be picked up from your hotel and head north towards Manly, crossing over the incredible Sydney Harbour Bridge.

BridgeClimb Summit at Sydney Harbour Bridge
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BridgeClimb Summit at Sydney Harbour Bridge

¥19,784

Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unforgettable panoramic views of the city skyline and harbour. With a professional Climb Leader to lead the way, scale catwalks and ladders to reach the 440-foot (134-m) top and soak up bird's-eye views of the Sydney Opera House and beyond.

Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
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Sydney Attractions Pass including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

¥4,060

See all that Sydney has to offer with the convenience of a single pass that lets you choose between 2 or 3 of the Harbour City's most popular and well-loved attractions. Start with admission to the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and then choose other attractions to enjoy on your own schedule.

Private Group Tour: Sydney in One Day including Sydney Habour, The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks and Manly Beach
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Private Group Tour: Sydney in One Day including Sydney Habour, The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks and Manly Beach

¥23,527

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia Today you will be met at your hotel by your specialised Splendour host and private vehicle for your exclusive full day tour of Sydney.

Reviews of Sydney

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

LCS

Feb 15, 2020

Beautiful city with wonderful beaches and sites.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 12, 2020

Would recommend a visit to all. Great city.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

While clean and picturesque; very, very expensive big city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 7, 2020

I took a Dinner Cruise on Captain Cook 2000 and the Food and Service were Excellent.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 6, 2020

One of the best cities in the world.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 4, 2020

Beautiful city! Very clean, easy to walk. Nice Hop on Hop off bus!

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