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Sydney
Travel Guide

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.

Sydney Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Sydney

Top Hotels in Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥21,064 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,007 reviews)

"Rooms were nice, all staff were friendly. Covid check-in upon every single entry can get tedious."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 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 ¥18,251 per night from Mar 8 to 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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,410 reviews)

"Was a nice way to spoil ourselves at the end of our trip. The room was nice and big the view over the opera house was incredible. We enjoyed a night at the altitude restaurant which was worth every cent we paid. The view was breathtaking and the food and drinks were just as wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is ¥16,654 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Star Casino and Sydney Lyric Theatre. International Convention Centre Sydney and SEA LIFE Sydney ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,019 reviews)

"Was very happy to recive an upgrade if our room without having to ask."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences 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.

Vacation Rentals in Sydney

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥9,750 per night from Mar 22 to Mar 23

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! (1,114 reviews)

"City location very central to access all restaurants and attractions whether a weekend get away or a longer break. Lovely room, spacious and accommodating. Very clean and well maintained. Staff superb."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is ¥10,067 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum, and Star Casino. International ...

4/5Very Good! (6,496 reviews)

"I did enjoy the wonderful pool, friendly staff and location."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites
Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites
4 out of 5
317 Castlereagh Street, Haymarket, NSW
The price is ¥10,306 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Paddy's Market, Hyde Park, and University of Technology Sydney. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,027 reviews)

"Great location for exploring Sydney and right next to Capitol theatre for Frozen the musical. Hotel was definitely a bit shabby but very clean and lovely big pool and spa. The apartment was spacious and had everything we needed including Foxtel and Netflix with no extra charge Comfortable beds and ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Oaks Sydney Castlereagh 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

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

I have been to Sydney before and really enjoyed it. But, unfortunately, I didn't actually make it this time due to the pandemic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Great place and I’ll definitely go back one day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

Great, vibrant city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Sydney is a beautiful friendly town. The downtown area is easily accessible on foot.

5/5 - Excellent

Suzanne

Mar 16, 2020

Beautiful city, felt very safe walking around.

5/5 - Excellent

RoyandGayeLynn

Mar 14, 2020

We were only there for a day, waiting to fly home from our cruise. But I definitely recommend Darling Harbour. And I'd love to go back and explore more of Sydney.

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