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.

Where to stay in Sydney

Sydney Central Business District
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Sydney Central Business District

Known for Ports, Shopping, Opera Houses

4.5/5(1,033 reviews)

Known for its captivating waterfront views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Sydney Central Business District. Check out top attractions like Sydney Tower and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and jump on the metro at Wynyard Station or Martin Place Station to see more of the city.

Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour which includes central business district, night scenes and a bay or harbor

Darling Harbour

Known for Ports, Shopping, Dining

4.5/5(214 reviews)

Once the site of rusting railroad yards and wharves, one of Sydney’s greatest urban renewal projects now buzzes with museums, boutiques and eateries.

Wynyard
Sydney is such a great place to roam around. I really enjoyed my second visit to this marvelous city. I recommend all of you to visit this amazing place at least once in your life time.
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Wynyard

Known for Friendly People, Ports, Walking

Abundant dining options, waterfront views are just a few notable features Wynyard is known for, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Wynyard Station.

Chatswood CBD
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Chatswood CBD

5/5(1 review)

While visiting Chatswood CBD, you might make a stop by sights like Mandarin Center and Chatswood Mall.

Parramatta CBD
Parramatta showing a city and night scenes

Parramatta CBD

1/5(1 review)

Though Parramatta CBD might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Parramatta Park and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Maroubra South
Such an amazing spot to watch the sunrise. The rock pool is amazing and well worth the trip on a warm morning, one of my favorite places too chill and get some gorgeous photos!
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Maroubra South

While there might not be top attractions in Maroubra South, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Maroubra Beach and Wedding Cake Island.

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
¥16,711
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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! (3,694 reviews)

"The view of the harbour bridge and opera house was fantastic. The timing of the cleaners seemed to be erratic and mildly inconvenient. Mid to late afternoon and met with a surly response when asked to return in one hour."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
4.5 out of 5
100 Murray Street, Sydney, NSW
¥12,723
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Convention Centre Sydney and Australian National Maritime Museum. SEA ...

4/5Very Good! (3,072 reviews)

"Great location in the heart of Darling Harbour. Wonderful service. Comfortable beds and room with a view. Loved the buffet breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel
4 out of 5
8 Arrival Court, Sydney International Airport, Mascot, NSW
¥14,133
per night
Dec 2 - Dec 3

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! (6,834 reviews)

"Clean, comfortable, quiet - walk to international terminal."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Popular things to do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5(1,344 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.

Bondi Beach
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Bondi Beach

4.5/5(785 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.

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

4.5/5(1,213 reviews)

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

Sydney Showground
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Sydney Showground

4/5(50 reviews)

Catch an event at Sydney Showground during your trip to Sydney Olympic Park. Discover the top-notch restaurants and renowned opera in this walkable area.

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5(1,218 reviews)

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

Taronga Zoo
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Taronga Zoo

4.5/5(271 reviews)

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

Top activities in Sydney

Sydney Opera House Guided Tour
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Sydney Opera House Guided Tour

¥3,114

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

¥4,449

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

¥7,340

Explore all of Sydney's famous sights in 1 day! From the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge to the famous Bondi Beach and bustling Kings Cross. 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

¥19,871

Climb to the arched peak of the Sydney Harbour Bridge for unforgettable panoramic views of the city skyline and harbor. With a professional climber 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

¥4,820

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.

City to Surf Cruise
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City to Surf Cruise

¥10,545

City to Surf Cruise Depart from Man O’ War steps Bennelong point near the Opera House MONDAYS Boarding 9.30am at Man O’ War steps (departs 9.40am) Return 12pm to Man O’ War steps Adult $139.00 Child $109.

Reviews of Sydney

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 70.77509529860228%
4 - Good
198
4 - Good 25.158831003811944%
3 - Okay
26
3 - Okay 3.3036848792884372%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.3811944091486658%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 20, 2019

Love the city, many things to do and enjoy. Have been here many times and will be back many more times.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 19, 2019

Love the city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 19, 2019

Sydney is a very vibrant city with so many points of interest and must see attractions. Very walkable.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

Many attractions within walking distance, museums, Opera House, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, ferries, tour excursions, Hop on/off buses, trains, etc

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 16, 2019

One of my favorite cities

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 15, 2019

Great place, staff was amazing.

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Walking Sydney
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Walking Sydney

Seeing the sights in Sydney on foot

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