Home to many iconic landmarks and sights, the stunning harbour side city of Sydney is one of Australia's most storied and most visited. You can easily lose yourself in the magnificent things that Sydney has to offer, so come on in...
Sydney is the largest city in Australia and one of the most well-known in the entire world. It is quite often mistaken as the capital city of Australia, but it is something of a hub for culture and tourism. For many, this is where their Australian journey will begin and rightly so. This a city with a lot to offer from great food, world famous landmarks and lively suburban beaches. It may seem hard to believe but in this city of 5 million plus people, there are plenty of hidden gems out there just waiting to be discovered.
Sydney is home to the largest international airport and is serviced by most major airlines and desinations. It also boasts domestic flights to nearly every local destination in Australia. There are also extensive bus and train networks that connect to Sydney as well.
WHEN TO GO
To get the best of the warm and sunny weather that Australia is famous for, we recommend going in the months of November & December when it is hot but not overwhelmingly so. The winter months are also pleasant but storms do occur.
WHAT TO EAT
Central Baking Depot ($), Kirribilli Woodfire Kitchen ($$), MCA Cafe ($$$), Altitude ($$$$), O Bar and Dining ($$$$$), Paper Bird ($$$), Aria ($$$$$), Hartsyard ($$), Quay ($$$$$)
THINGS TO DO
[Sydney Harbour] Where else to start but the iconic harbour? From the striking Sydney skyline, from the Opera House to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, everything you imagined about Sydney is right here on display for everyone to see. Walk across the bridge on a sunny day for magnificent views.
[The Rocks] At the foot of the harbour bridge sits Sydney’s historic quarter, also known as The Rocks. This cute luster of streets houses many cafes, galleries and boutique shops that offer a small glimpse to times gone by while maintaining a modern edge.
[Mrs Macquaries Point] This rocky peninsula within the beautiful Botanic Gardens, is a great place to take photographs of the iconic harbour skyline. On a warm day, it's a great place to sit and watch the sun go down too.
[Paddy’s Markets] On the doorstep of one of Australia’s oldest Chinatown areas, this covered market is a great place to hunt for souvenirs.
[Darling Harbour] Jump across the harbour on the ferry to the old port of Darling Harbour. This bustling area is home to many restaurants, shops as well as the Sealife Centre and the iconic Madame Tussauds.
[Manly] Head on the ferry towards the coastline to the town of Manly, famous for its beautiful beach where you can spend the day relaxing and eating local fish produce.
[Bondi Beach] What trip to Sydney is complete without a trip to the world famous Bondi Beach? Head for a surf, a game of beach volleyball or simply soak up some rays. It will be packed, it always is, but it's definitely worth a visit. For the adventurous, or fit, there is a 6km walk from the city to Bondi.
[Murray Rose Pool] The closest swimming spot to the city attracts locals and travellers alike.
[Bondi Open Air Cinema] Come summertime, this is the only place to be. Sit outside with friends and enjoy a selection of new to screen and classic movies.
Other Things to Do: The Star Casino, Luna Park, Sydney Jewish Museum, Hyde Park, National Maritime Museum, Taronga Zoo
Visitors to Australia will usually begin their journey in the state of New South Wales and its capital city, the world famous Sydney.
Another popular hotspot for visitors is the buzzing oceanside town of Byron Bay, a town known for its easy-going vibe, backpackers and beautiful beach. Other popular beaches include the towns of the Central Coast, as well as Botany Bay.
If you like getting outdoors the Blue Mountains National Park is home to some of the most spectacular scenery and mountains in Australia and for something a little different, visitors may want to visit Kosciuszko National Park in the winter months to experience its alpine climate and skiing.