Sydney

Travel Guide
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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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Where to stay in Sydney

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
4.5 out of 5
150 Day St, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥16,153 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,119 reviews)
"Staff were super helpful and friendly, the rooms were a great size (no need to walk sideways around the suitcase), and a great location for walking anywhere in the city."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
Hyatt Regency Sydney
5 out of 5
161 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
Fully refundable
The price is ¥18,481 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Wild Life Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. King Street Wharf and Sydney Town Hall are also ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,164 reviews)
"Great room and service. Great all you can eat breakfast. Great location"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Hyatt Regency Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is ¥20,083 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,863 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Shangri-La Sydney
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Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
5 out of 5
234 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥11,059 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and International Convention Centre ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (372 reviews)
"Meriton Suites on Sussex Street is located close to restaurants, shopping areas, Town Hall train station and Darling Harbour."

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Meriton Suites Sussex Street
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥11,498 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Darling Harbour, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and Cockle Bay Wharf. Queen Victoria Building and Wild Life Sydney ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (114 reviews)
"The hotel was in a great location, between Town Hall and Darling Harbour. We were upgraded to a beautiful room. The staff were very friendly."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is ¥11,059 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,217 reviews)
"Great location, clean and comfortable. Huge thanks to Michael at reception for being so helpful and nice and for the upgrade to altitude suite and late check out. Will definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

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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