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

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
4.5 out of 5
289 King Street, Mascot, NSW, 2020
The price is CA $148 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 30
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,249 reviews)
Good place to stay near the airport
"It’s located conveniently in the vicinity of the airport. The staff is friendly and service is quite good"

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2022

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
The price is CA $256 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,647 reviews)
"Great service"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2022

Shangri-La Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is CA $231 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (814 reviews)
Nice Enough But Won’t Stay Again
"I’ve stayed at this property when it was a Westin. If you’re booking this property being familiar with the Fullerton Singapore you’ll be disappointed. On arrival I was very warmly greeted by an older gentleman who asked me would I like help with my luggage, as he had a walking stick!!! Of course ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2022

The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
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