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Welcome to Sydney

Sydney makes a brilliant first impression with its spectacular harbor and beaches. On second glance, you’ll find a wealth of outdoor activities, with diverse art, music, and food rivalling any global city.

Top 10 attractions in Sydney

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Few sights are as instantly recognizable as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the grand centerpiece of Sydney Harbour and one of Australia's most photographed landmarks. The historic structure dates to 1932 and is the world's largest steel arch bridge. It's also an important transport hub, linking downtown Sydney with the north shore, Manly, and the area's northern beaches.More
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Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour

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With the iconic silhouette of Sydney Opera House and the dramatic arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge etched against a backdrop of glittering ocean and soaring skyscrapers, Sydney Harbour is Australia’s quintessential postcard image. The harbor, the natural heart of Sydney, features more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) lined with golden beaches, lush gardens, and vibrant neighborhoods.More
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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

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A world-class performing arts venue and iconic Australian landmark, the Sydney Opera House—with its distinctive Jorn Utzon design—defines the Sydney Harbour district. Distinguished by soaring halls with a white ceramic–tiled exterior shaped to evoke the sails of a yacht, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see Sydney attraction and popular stop on most city tours.More
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Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

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As Australia’s most famous beach—and the star of its own reality TV show, “Bondi Rescue”—Bondi Beach delivers with its crescent of golden sand, crashing waves, and crowds of bronzed sunseekers. Just minutes from downtown Sydney, this is the spot to work on your tan, hit the waves, sip cocktails at a beachside bar, or hike along coastal cliffs.More
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Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park

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Australia is home to some of the world's most fearsome and fascinating wildlife, and at Featherdale Wildlife Park outside Sydney, visitors can meet over 1,700 of the country's colorful critters. Discover how echidnas are mammals (yet lay eggs); learn about the saltwater crocodiles that can grow to well over 2,000 pounds; admire the plumage of native birds such as brolgas, emus, and bustards; and view a collection of some of the world's most venomous snakes.Guided feeding sessions are immensely popular at the park, with animal food available for purchase throughout the park for $2 and Featherdale staff members on hand to assist guests in feeding the kangaroos, wallabies, and pademelons. Guides also provide additional information about how the park is involved in conservation, highlighting the work done to reintroduce endangered species into the Australian wild and the park's ongoing research into some of Australia's most intriguing yet lesser-known species.Although not offered by Viator, Featherdale also offers private animal encounters with a trainer for an additional fee (starting at $149), as well as personal koala encounters (starting at $20), during which travelers can pet and have their photo taken with the mammal. Guests are not allowed to hold koalas in accordance with New South Wales law.More
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Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site covering an area of around 3,861 square miles (10,000 square kilometers), the Blue Mountains region is a popular day-trip destination from Sydney. Featuring tall forests, sandstone cliffs, dramatic canyons, and scenic lookouts and waterfalls, the area is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.More
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The Rocks

The Rocks

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Located in central Sydney, the historic precinct of the Rocks is the oldest area in the city and the site of the first European settlement. Full of history and character, today the Rocks is home to fashionable boutiques, artisan markets, historic pubs, trendy restaurants, and a thriving arts and culture scene.More
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Paddington

Paddington

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Paddington is an upmarket suburb of eastern central Sydney that’s famous for its heritage terraced houses with attractive wrought-iron balconies and fences, as well as boutiques and fine dining. The Saturday Paddington Markets stretch along the main road, Oxford Street, and are a popular place to find local arts, crafts, and fashion.More
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Mrs Macquarie's Chair

Mrs Macquarie's Chair

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Positioned on a headland in The Domain park, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair is a sandstone bench offering spectacular Sydney Harbour views. Hand-carved by convicts in 1810 as a viewpoint for the then Governor’s wife—Mrs Elizabeth Macquarie—it now features on most Sydney visitor bucket lists.More
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Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

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One of Sydney’s top attractions, Darling Harbour boasts fine-dining restaurants, a shopping center, one of the largest IMAX cinema screens in the world, and two entertainment staples for families: SEA LIFE® Sydney and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Extend your visit into the evening to view the city lights reflected on the water.More

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Top activities in Sydney

All Inclusive Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with Scenic World
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Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney Including Scenic World
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Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney incl Lunch, Cheese, Chocolate and Distillery
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Sydney Harbour Jet Boat Thrill Ride: 30 Minutes
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Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise

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Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter
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Full-Day Tour in Blue Mountains: Three Sisters, Scenic World and Featherdale
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Sydney Opera House Official Guided Walking Tour
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Sydney Harbour Experience Cruise

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Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney Harbour - All inclusive Lunch Cruise
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Sydney Whale-Watching by Speed Boat
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Recent reviews from experiences in Sydney

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Once in a lifetime type of experience.
ANA_H, Jun 2022
Sydney Harbour Tour by Helicopter
Well worth the experience to see Sydney Harbor and the surrounding area from above.
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Fantastic highly recommended
Paul_M, Jun 2022
Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise
Great food and service, great views of the city’s attractions.
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Miles away to see the zoo
Ami_A, May 2022
Sydney Taronga Zoo General Entry Ticket
It’s an awesome experience, with my son, but maybe it’s best on summer because it was too windy and some animals were in hiding.
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Fun and informative
Melisa_D, May 2022
Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Great tour to get to see all the sights Sydney has to offer.
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A great authentic experience.
Justin_K, May 2022
Private City Kickstart Tour: Sydney
We got to see Sydney up close and personal during our private tour.
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Tom the driver was...
Yael_B, Apr 2022
Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney Including Scenic World
He took us to see some extra things on Sydney.
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A wonderful experience...
Amali_P, Apr 2022
Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise
A wonderful experience with the family, unique and magical…the best way to see the harbour and sights around Sydney.
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Great tour, saw the best...
liz_b, Apr 2022
Sydney Half Day Private Tour including Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach
It guides you to many parts of Sydney attractions you will want to visit and spend more time exploring & enjoy ing.
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Awesome
Stephen_G, Dec 2021
Journey Beyond Cruise Sydney Harbour - All inclusive Lunch Cruise
The food was also great and it was the best way to see Sydney’s top spots in comfort.
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Rainy day bus tour in Sydney
Sabrina_H, May 2022
Sydney Sightseeing Bus Tours
In addition, Martin gave us lots of helpful & money-saving tips along the way regarding other activities we could do in Sydney.
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Memorable Day in Sydney
Momoko_T, May 2022
Full-Day Tour in Blue Mountains: Three Sisters, Scenic World and Featherdale
We went to see the Three Sisters, then enjoyed 3 rides at Scenic World.
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Some wonderful sights, great tour guide, let down by the food
Andrew_R, Apr 2022
All Inclusive Small-Group Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney with Scenic World
the rides - steepest railway - tick; cable car with amazing view of the waterfall - tick 4.
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Fun, Fantastic, a must do.
Darryl_B, Mar 2022
Sydney Harbour Discovery Tour
Great way to see the Sydney Harbour and more.
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Amazing tour around Sydney with Mike
Svetlana_D, Mar 2022
Sydney City, Harbour & Bondi Private Tour, with Airport pick up or drop off
Thanks to Mike's professionalism and experience, we were able to see this city from different geographic perspectives.
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Biking around Sydney
Catherine_O, Apr 2021
Sydney Harbour Discovery Tour
Wonderful way to see some great parts of the city.
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Local sees the tourist perspective
Danielle_N, Oct 2020
Sydney Harbour Tall Ship Twilight Dinner Cruise
We are locals but it was nice to see the magic of Sydney Harbour as if we were tourists.
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Travelling around the harbour
Maurizio_R, Sep 2020
Sydney Harbour Progressive Long Lunch Cruise
A fantastic way to see Sydney from the water.
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Blue mountains
Kristine_R, Mar 2020
PRIVATE All-Day Blue Mountains Tour with Professional Guide for Up to 4 People
A lovely way to see the countryside and Australian mountains rather than the high rise towers of downtown Sydney.
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Great way to see “The Rocks” historic area and enjoy craft beer
Thomas_F, Feb 2020
The Rocks Pub Walking Tour
This walking tour is a great way to visit historic “The Rocks” Sydney neighborhood and enjoy craft beer at 4 pubs.
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Excellent experience
Michelle_O, Feb 2020
Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Great value, great service and an excellent way to see the Sydney sights.
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All about Sydney

When to visit

In Sydney, there’s rarely a bad day to spend outside. That said, peak travel season is roughly late December through January, during the heart of Australia’s summer.

Summer is ideal for visiting some of the southern hemisphere’s most famous beaches, or taking a sunset harbor kayak tour. Whatever you end up doing, wear sunscreen, as the Australian sun is unforgiving.

Fall’s mild weather is perfect for coastal walks between beaches from Bondi to Coogee, or the less crowded Manly to Spit Bridge route.

Rainfall peaks during winter, especially in June—never a better time to stay dry indoors at the Australian Museum or the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Dry, warm spring weather is best for exploring collections at the Royal Botanical Garden, or the trails and lookouts of Blue Mountains National Park.

Getting around

Sydney’s public transport network radiates from the city center to the suburbs, and even national parks. The Opal smartcard is valid on buses, trains, ferries, and light rail.

Bus: TSW buses operate from hubs near central train stations, and are useful for reaching beaches, even taking the scenic route to Bondi. If you’re using the Opal card, tap when you board and disembark, otherwise you’re charged the max fare.

Rail: Sydney’s train lines typically get in and out of the city center faster than rideshares, but they also charge more during peak hours. The Blue Mountains Line runs from central Sydney to the national park in just over two hours, convenient for daytrippers who want to make the journey themselves.

On the water: If you have the choice and can spend a little more, we recommend taking ferries over buses and trains. Ferries operate as late as midnight, zipping around the harbour from Parramatta out to Circular Quay and Manly Beach. Water taxis are faster, pricier, and can pickup from nearly any point in the harbor.

Metro: The first line of the new Sydney metro opened in 2019 in Chatswood on the Lower North Shore; a second phase connecting the city center to the south side is currently under construction.

Traveler tips

There’s no getting around Sydney’s glorious harbour: it’s a great place to start your trip. Boat tours explore it from every angle, even sailing past the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge on vintage tall ships. Portside, travelers mingle with locals at the old pubs, markets, and laneways of The Rocks historic neighborhood, also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art. After that, it’s a matter of finding a suitable outdoor scene, from the bronzed beach-strutting of Bondi to the national parks that ring the city, including the Blue Mountains.

An alternative to Sydney BridgeClimb for those wanting views but without the heights, try the lookout on the Sydney Harbour Bridge’s southeast pylon. From there, it’s a short walk across the bridge to Wendy’s Secret Garden, where you can look back at the city through an oasis of greenery.

Time Zone
AEST (UTC +10)

A local’s pocket guide to Sydney

Shalinee Singh

After a last-minute decision to “go to Australia for a bit,” Shalinee is still in Sydney six years later. When she’s not by the ocean, you’ll find her at a gig, drinking coffee, or stuffing her face.

The first thing you should do in Sydney is...

check out the views from Darling Harbour to Barangaroo, then jump on a ferry to Circular Quay and hit two Sydney landmarks in one as the Opera House appears under the Harbour Bridge.

A perfect Saturday in Sydney...

includes eating avo toast and coffee by the water at sunrise, paddleboarding in Rose Bay, and relaxing on one of our many beaches. Finish with dinner in Chinatown and sunset drinks in the Rocks.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Coogee to Bondi stretch of the coastal walk. Watch whales between May and November before getting affordable drinks and nibbles overlooking the iconic Bondi beach at Bondi Icebergs Club.

To discover the "real" Sydney...

head outside the CBD and get a taste of Sydney’s migrant culture—sample Sri Lankan food in Toongabbie, Vietnamese in Cabramatta, and Indian in Harris Park, to name but a few.

For the best view of the city...

cross to the north side of the Harbour Bridge around sunset to look back at the CBD from Kirribilli, Lavender Bay, or Cremorne Point.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Sydney is all style and no cultural substance. Our nightlife needs TLC, but we have great food, bars, grassroots arts, and plenty of beaches and nearby national parks.

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