Sydney

Travel Guide
Sydney showing a river or creek, modern architecture and skyline
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 Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
4.5 out of 5
77 York Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
The price is S$238 per night from 22 Dec to 23 Dec
S$238
per night
22 Dec - 23 Dec
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! (1,101 reviews)
"A beautiful hotel in a perfect location. The staff were friendly and willing to please at all times."

Reviewed on 1 Dec,2022

The Grace Hotel
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW, 2000
The price is S$271 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec
S$271
per night
20 Dec - 21 Dec
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,464 reviews)
"I loved everything about my experience except for one thing. When I had booked my stay, I had booked based on the location and the price for valet parking. When I called to check on the height for parking, the woman at the service desk was extremely rude and told me the parking fee had increased ..."

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2022

Shangri-La Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$275 per night from 18 Dec to 19 Dec
S$275
per night
18 Dec - 19 Dec
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (957 reviews)
"A superb five star hotel. Excellent staff & ideally located in the heart of Sydney. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 4 Dec,2022

The Fullerton Hotel 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.
Meriton Suites Zetland
Meriton Suites Zetland
5 out of 5
8 Defries Avenue, Zetland, NSW, 2017
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (691 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2022

Meriton Suites Zetland
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
4 out of 5
252 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
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! (553 reviews)
"In need of a tidy up. Quite expensive for the condition of the property. The car park is ridiculous. So difficult to get in and out of. The cafe for breakfast was so busy we had to wait forever for breakfast."

Reviewed on 4 Dec,2022

YEHS Hotel Sydney Harbour Suites
The Branksome Hotel And Residences
The Branksome Hotel And Residences
4.5 out of 5
60 Robey Street, Mascot, NSW, 2020
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Sydney. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (729 reviews)
"Room was set up very well. Beds & pillows were too hard"

Reviewed on 26 Nov,2022

The Branksome Hotel And Residences
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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