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SydneyAustralia

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

Darling Harbour showing city views, a bay or harbour and a city

Darling Harbour

4.5/5Wonderful!(60 area reviews)

Known for its captivating waterfront views and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Darling Harbour. Check out top attractions like SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Star Casino, and jump on the metro at Pyrmont Bay Light Rail Station or The Star Station to see more of the city.

Darling Harbour
Manly showing landscape views, a coastal town and general coastal views

Manly

A noteworthy feature of Manly is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Manly Beach and Shelly Beach.

Manly
Parramatta showing a city and general coastal views

Parramatta

Parramatta is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre or Bankwest Stadium.

Parramatta
Surry Hills

Surry Hills

Travelers come to Surry Hills for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Crown Street and Brett Whitley Studio while you're in town.

Surry Hills
North Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

North Sydney

The abundant dining options and waterfront views are top of the list for many visitors to North Sydney. A stop by North Sydney Oval or St. Leonards Park might round out your trip.

North 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 CA $225 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,096 reviews)

"Great spacious room, they even left some small gifts for my child when they set up the sofa couch!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2020

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 CA $239 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

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! (2,493 reviews)

"We chose to stay at the ShangriLa for an Anniversary and Birthday combined. The location is great. Our room was a Opera House City view, but because of where the bed was placed in the room..our view was looking into buildings. If the bed was on the other side of the room, the view would have been ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
Free cancellation
The price is CA $110 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (6,453 reviews)

"Great spot. Apartment was good size with 2 kids and a baby. Walking distance to all the top tourist spots but also close to light rail."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2020

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough 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.

Vacation Rentals in Sydney

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is CA $110 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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! (6,453 reviews)

"Great spot. Apartment was good size with 2 kids and a baby. Walking distance to all the top tourist spots but also close to light rail."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2020

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is CA $93 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,074 reviews)

"Was very happy with the service and the cleanliness of the hotel. I’ll definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 6, 2020

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
5 out of 5
330 Church Street, (entry via Dirrabarri Lane), Parramatta, NSW
The price is CA $100 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in Parramatta, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Riverside Theatres, Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre and Old Government House. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (867 reviews)

"The rooms are lovely very stylish bed super comfee love there are televisions in each room plus lounge nice big balcony functional kittchen bath in the onsuite....when can i move in"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2020

Meriton Suites Church Street, Parramatta
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 traveller

Apr 1, 2020

Love it!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 27, 2020

LOVED Sydney will definitely travel to Sydney again but stay longer

5/5 - Excellent

Roger

Mar 25, 2020

Love this city need to come back when there is no pandemic starting. The Hotel staff took our temperature every day thank you for this.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 25, 2020

Great food especially steaks. Great walking city, architecture, green spaces, parks, pretty girls.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 17, 2020

Beautiful city, transportation options were great and easy to use, very lively city, Darling Harbour and The Rocks had an excellent selection of restaurants .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 27, 2020

Amazing city! Safe to walk around late in the evening, extremely busy during the day, ferry transit is excellent! Restaurants are charming. We had dinner before the performance in the opera, not worthy, production was great- Don Giovanni.

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