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.

Although it’s not the capital, there is little doubt that Sydney remains Australia’s premier city. The Harbour City, home to over 4.5 million people, offers a blend of vibrant bars and beaches that’s a draw for young people, but it also has a laid-back and self-confident vibe that will appeal to visitors of all ages.

Sydney is symptomatic of an evolving Australian culture, often being described as one of the most cosmopolitan and charismatic cities on the planet. Sydney residents are also renowned for going out of their way to make visitors feel at home, making this an ideal holiday destination.

Sydney plays host to some of the world’s most recognisable tourist attractions, with the inner harbour housing the distinctive Sydney Opera House and the ocean side boasting the warm golden sands of Bondi Beach, perennially lapped by clear blue waves.

There is much to explore elsewhere within the city, however. In the CBD, Sydney Tower provides breath-taking views over the city, and is the starting point for the popular Skywalk—a guided tour around the outside of the tower, 268 metres above the ground. If heights aren’t your thing, Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for a relaxing harbour-side stroll, and lead visitors to the iconic Sydney Opera House. From here, it’s a short walk to Circular Quay, where you can catch a ferry to many harbour locations, or just enjoy the round trip. Dock into Darling Harbour and explore the award-winning Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the fascinating Australian National Maritime Museum.

Sydney’s waterfront throngs with diverse restaurants and bars. The Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and Potts Point areas are famed for the fine-dining choices they offer. Numerous scenic parks provide a relaxing location to enjoy food and drink if you prefer the self-catering option.

If you’re looking for some scenic thrills, don’t miss Luna Park with its roller-coaster, Ferris wheel and other traditional amusements, right under the famous Harbour Bridge. If you have a head for heights, try the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb for spectacular views.

Kids will love Taronga Zoo, home to many species of native Australian animals, while the inner-city suburbs of Paddington and Newtown will appeal to adults with their café culture and eclectic mix of boutiques and galleries. For some retail therapy, make your way to Bondi Junction, and the well-stocked Westfield mall.

Above all else, Sydney’s uniquely Australian natural beauty shines through at all times, with the Bush, beaches and the Harbour City’s coastline only a stone’s throw away. A relatively mild climate, stunning scenery, excellent transport networks and no end of things to do make Sydney a simply unmissable experience.

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Where to stay in Sydney

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
5 out of 5
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is S$220 per night from 25 Oct to 25 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Star Casino and Sydney Lyric Theatre. Cockle Bay Wharf and Wild Life Sydney Zoo are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (998 reviews)
"The staff there were so easy to find and very quick to sort out any problem, service in every area was perfect"

Reviewed on 26 Jun,2021

The Star Grand Hotel and Residences Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is S$297 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (2,059 reviews)
"Good kindness. Good staff"

Reviewed on 16 Oct,2021

Shangri-La Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is S$302 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
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 ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,884 reviews)
"View was amazing! All the staff were helpful and had great customer service"

Reviewed on 17 Oct,2021

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is S$120 per night from 26 Oct to 26 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (1,205 reviews)
"centrally located close to everything"

Reviewed on 5 Oct,2021

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee Sydney
Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee Sydney
4.5 out of 5
183 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee, NSW
The price is S$184 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Coogee, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Coogee Beach, University of New South Wales and Prince of Wales Hospital and Community Health ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,338 reviews)
"All good. Excellent location."

Reviewed on 15 Jun,2021

Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee Sydney
Meriton Suites Chatswood
Meriton Suites Chatswood
5 out of 5
79 Albert Avenue, Chatswood, NSW
The price is S$130 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Chatswood, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mandarin Center and Chatswood Interchange. Westfield Chatswood Mall and Chatswood Mall ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,088 reviews)
"clean and comfortable. the lift can be confusing at first. it was difficult to see the numbers to push. the area seemed a bit dark."

Reviewed on 21 Oct,2021

Meriton Suites Chatswood
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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