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Sydney

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The Harbour City
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency. Surrounded by a landscape of national parks, bays, rivers, and beaches, the city consistently ranks among the world’s best in terms of living standards. Littered with parks and green spaces, Sydney boasts a picturesque cityscape as well as an open, easygoing atmosphere stemming from the city’s emphasis on cultural development and its strong literary tradition. In the build up to your vacation in Sydney, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Australia online trip itinerary builder.
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Popular things to do in Sydney

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The Rocks ©
Neighborhood
The Rocks
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Garden
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
Sydney Opera House ©
World heritage site
Sydney Opera House
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bondi Beach ©
Beach
Bondi Beach
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

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Manly Beach
Beach
Manly Beach
4.6
Duration: 4 hours
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium ©
Aquarium
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
3.6
Duration: 2 hours
Australian National Maritime Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Sydney

Bondi to Coogee Walk ©
Hiking Trail
Bondi to Coogee Walk Bondi
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Taronga Zoo ©
Zoo
Taronga Zoo Mosman
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Canyoning / Rapelling Tour
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours Katoomba
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Wentworth Falls Lookout ©
Waterfall
Wentworth Falls Lookout Wentworth Falls
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Sydney

Mrs Macquarie's Chair ©
Geologic Formation
Mrs Macquarie's Chair
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
Hyde Park Barracks ©
World heritage site
Hyde Park Barracks
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Powerhouse Museum ©
Science Museum
Powerhouse Museum
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure ©
Ride / Activity
Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Sydney

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Art Gallery of New South Wales ©
Art Museum
Art Gallery of New South Wales
4.7
Duration: 1 hour
White Rabbit Gallery ©
Art Museum
White Rabbit Gallery
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
ATTY Gallery ©
Art Gallery
ATTY Gallery
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Brett Whiteley Studio ©
Art Museum
Brett Whiteley Studio
4.8
Duration: 1 hour

Parks in Sydney

Chinese Garden of Friendship ©
Garden
Chinese Garden of Friendship
4.6
Duration: 1 hour
Nielsen Park ©
Park
Nielsen Park Vaucluse
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Hyde Park ©
Park
Hyde Park
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Centennial Park ©
Park
Centennial Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure ©
Ride / Activity
Virtual Room Sydney - Virtual Reality Sydney Adventure
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Real Sydney Tours ©
Sightseeing Tour
Real Sydney Tours
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Manly Surf Guide ©
Surfing / Windsurfing / Kitesurfing
Manly Surf Guide
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soirees ©
Concert / Show
The Gentleman Magician's Magical Soirees
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Sydney

Sydney offers visitors hundreds of lodging options in its central area, with choices suitable for most budgets. As expected in a major tourist destination, harbor views play a major role in determining room prices. Expect to pay more for ocean-view suites, especially if you visit at the peak of the tourist season or around big city events. If you don't need to stay in the center of Sydney, consider budget-friendly hotels near the airport, or look for smaller roadside motels in the city's South West neighborhood.
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Message from Tourism Australia

Enjoy Sydney’s natural beauty, from unspoilt beaches to public gardens and, of course, the sparkling harbour, before discovering its thriving restaurants and markets. Top it off with a trip to the Blue Mountains, a popular excursion among locals. “Sydney is one of the world’s most vibrant cities, and is also a gateway to the rest of Australia. It’s exciting and vibrant.” - René Redzepi, Chef and co-owner of Noma, Copenhagen. International flights fly directly into Sydney Airport from many global hubs. From the airport it’s an easy 20 minute taxi or train ride to the city centre.