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.

Where to stay in Sydney

Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
Travelodge Hotel Sydney Airport
4.5 out of 5
289 King Street, Mascot, NSW, 2020
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$131 per night from 13 Jun to 14 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, 24-hour room service and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,117 reviews)
"very satisfied"

Reviewed on 14 May,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 S$287 per night from 23 May to 24 May
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 their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,660 reviews)
"Location and staff"

Reviewed on 9 May,2022

Shangri-La Sydney
The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
4.5 out of 5
77 York Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is S$232 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (990 reviews)
"Very tidy, excellent staff, easy to drive to, easy parking"

Reviewed on 13 May,2022

The Grace Hotel
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Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is S$160 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,294 reviews)
"The rooms are getting a little tired but clean and tidy. It is a great location."

Reviewed on 12 Apr,2022

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is S$225 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (216 reviews)
"Très accueillant!"

Reviewed on 14 May,2022

YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
6 Campbell Street, Haymarket, NSW, 2000
The price is S$160 per night from 7 Jun to 8 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury apartment in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (982 reviews)
"modern, large room, quite, near center of Sydney. reasonable price."

Reviewed on 16 May,2022

Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
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