Escape to Sydney! Enjoy its opera, museums, and art.

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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Shopping, Dining and Museums

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Where to stay in Sydney

Darling Harbour
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Darling Harbour

Ports, Shopping, Dining

4.5/5 (193 Ratings)

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

Top Hotels in Sydney

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
¥16,149
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,525 reviews)

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! (3,525 reviews)

"Amazing stay, great location with walking distance to Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Our view from our room was spectacular."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2019

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
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PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
4.5 out of 5
150 Day St, Sydney, NSW
¥13,121
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,111 reviews)

Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall, International Convention Centre Sydney, and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,111 reviews)

"Great location and efficient friendly staff. Get a club level harbor view so you can see the fireworks. Walk to Darling Harbour restaurants and public transport"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
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ibis budget Sydney Airport
2.5 out of 5
5 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot, NSW
¥6,729
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.8/5Good! (268 reviews)

Situated in Mascot, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Enmore Theatre, University of Sydney, and Capitol Theatre. Coogee Beach and International Convention ...

3.8/5Good! (268 reviews)

"The basin in the bathroom did not drain very quickly and there was no plug for the basin - room 211 -The breakfast was good. It was all basic but easy."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

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Popular things to do in Sydney

Sydney Opera House
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Sydney Opera House

4.5/5 (1,275 Ratings)

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 (736 Ratings)

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 (1,145 Ratings)

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

Circular Quay
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Circular Quay

4.5/5 (1,132 Ratings)

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 (247 Ratings)

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

Manly Beach
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Manly Beach

4.5/5 (455 Ratings)

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

¥3,119

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

¥4,456

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

¥7,352

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 Experience at Sydney Harbour Bridge
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BridgeClimb Experience at Sydney Harbour Bridge

¥19,902

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

¥4,827

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.

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

¥3,876

Discover the streets of Sydney and the sandy shores of Bondi Beach as you cruise around town on an open-air, double-decker bus. Experience all the excitement of Australia's famous harbour city, hopping on and off at more than 30 stops near great attractions.

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Walking Sydney
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Walking Sydney

Seeing the sights in Sydney on foot

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