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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

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is CA $242 per night from May 20 to May 20
This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,005 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 10, 2021

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 $222 per night from May 20 to May 20
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,351 reviews)
"Excellent ! Definitely will be staying again 🏆"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $176 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay, and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,120 reviews)
"Great place to stay close to everything once parking was sorted"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Rydges Sydney Harbour
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.
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is CA $132 per night from May 16 to May 16
Located in Darling Harbour, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum, and Star Casino. International Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (6,381 reviews)
"I love that its an old wool shed & they have kept some of the original architecture."

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

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 $117 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 3
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! (1,149 reviews)
"Good location. Easy check in, room as described enjoyed out little get away...😊"

Reviewed on Apr. 30, 2021

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney
The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney
5 out of 5
98 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is CA $229 per night from May 23 to May 23
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,885 reviews)
"Everything about our stay was terrific except that unfortunately the restaurant food was below par and too expensive for what it was"

Reviewed on Apr. 17, 2021

The Sebel Quay West Suites 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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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

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Mar 25, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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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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