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

Metro Aspire Hotel, Sydney
Metro Aspire Hotel, Sydney
4 out of 5
383-389 Bulwara Road, Ultimo, NSW
The price is CA $90 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Ultimo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Convention Centre Sydney, Star Casino, and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sydney Tower and Circular ...
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
"Good location, quick uber into darling harbour - friendly staff!"

Reviewed on Jun. 15, 2021

Metro Aspire Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is CA $202 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,146 reviews)
"Great and comfortable place to stay in the middle of Sydney CBD. My wife and I will be back again."

Reviewed on Jul. 29, 2021

Shangri-La Sydney
Meriton Suites Chatswood
Meriton Suites Chatswood
5 out of 5
79 Albert Avenue, Chatswood, NSW
The price is CA $115 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Chatswood, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mandarin Center and Chatswood Interchange. Westfield Chatswood Mall and Chatswood Mall ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,086 reviews)
"Reasonable price, nice suites, great view and efficient and nice staff."

Reviewed on Jun. 20, 2021

Meriton Suites Chatswood
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Meriton Suites Bondi Junction
Meriton Suites Bondi Junction
5 out of 5
97 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction, NSW
The price is CA $96 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Bondi Junction, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Westfield Bondi Junction Shopping Centre and Centennial Park. Paddington Markets ...
4.4/5Excellent! (811 reviews)
Convenient and comfortable
"We have stayed at the Meriton several times and think it is not quite as good as previously. Our studio apartment was very comfortable, great bed, great bathroom but access to Tower 3 requires access now up several steps—difficult with bags and for people with walking difficulty. Staff not appearing ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2021

Meriton Suites Bondi Junction
Meriton Suites Chatswood
Meriton Suites Chatswood
5 out of 5
79 Albert Avenue, Chatswood, NSW
The price is CA $115 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Chatswood, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mandarin Center and Chatswood Interchange. Westfield Chatswood Mall and Chatswood Mall ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (1,086 reviews)
"Reasonable price, nice suites, great view and efficient and nice staff."

Reviewed on Jun. 20, 2021

Meriton Suites Chatswood
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is CA $112 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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! (1,201 reviews)
"Well equipped rooms"

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2021

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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