Sydney is Australia's most famous city, with the majestic Sydney Opera House, the impressive steel arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the sparkling waterways and the white sands of Bondi Beach. Beneath this glittering surface Sydney has many more enchanting layers to discover. This beautiful cosmopolitan city celebrates its cultural diversity and heritage, and passion for arts and sports. A temperate climate makes Sydney spectacular at any time of the year, and the city's friendly, casual attitude keeps visitors coming back Down Under for more!
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Sydney is Australia's largest city, home to beautiful beaches such as world-famous Bondi Beach, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, acclaimed restaurants, and a vibrant culture. From the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the tranquillity of the Royal Botanic Garden, the city is a delight for everyone. If you're looking for a holiday adventure, planning a honeymoon, or searching for a fun-filled getaway, Sydney is a great destination.
Sydney is home to Australia’s most iconic attractions, and incredible, unique experiences. Whether you wish to cruise in style on the blue waters of the harbour, scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge, relax on Bondi Beach, see a world-class performance in the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, go whale watching or visit with koalas, it's all yours to enjoy in this splendid city.
The Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Cruise
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Sydney Tower Eye
Sydney Harbour Tall Ships
Sydney Fish Market
Madame Tussauds Sydney
From enchanting national parks and tranquil gardens to fascinating museums and beautiful beaches, there's always something to explore and see in Sydney. You'll discover world-class attractions and delight in a ferry ride on Sydney Harbour. And many of the best sightseeing activities are free - all you need is a map, comfortable shoes, and your bus, train or ferry fare (you can get an Opal smartcard ticket to cover all three). Enjoy some of the Sydney locals' favourite places to go.
Explore The Rocks
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden
Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
Chinese Garden of Friendship
Museum of Sydney
Sydney’s beaches are world famous, and thanks to the mild climate, you can enjoy them year-round. Whether you want to ride waves on a surfboard or bodysurf at Bondi Beach, enjoy quiet time on a secluded stretch of sand, swim in a tranquil ocean pool or harbour cove, or dine overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean, Sydney's picturesque harbour and gorgeous coastal beaches have it all.
Ocean and Harbour Pools
Manly Scenic Walkway
Snorkelling in Sydney
Sydney's enviable reputation as a world-class dining destination is built on talented chefs using the freshest local produce and seafood caught daily in the Pacific Ocean. You might hear the term Mod Oz, which is short for Modern Australia - a fresh fusion of Asian and European culinary styles adored by locals and visitors alike. Welcome to foodie heaven! Each year The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide reviews restaurants and awards one, two or three chef’s hats to the best - it's similar to Michelin stars. Three hats is the top award.
360 Bar and Dining
Sydney Tower Buffet
Cottage Point Inn
Doyles on the Beach
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Jonah’s at Whale Beach
Golden Century Seafood Restaurant
Pilu at Freshwater
Monopole Restaurant and Bar
Bennelong at the Opera House
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Sydney Fish Market
The Bridge Room
You'll discover plenty of stylish bars, hip venues and cool clubs in Sydney. Near the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour are bars and pubs with spectacular views of the city's iconic attractions. Enjoy beachside bars with outdoor seating. After sightseeing, you'll appreciate the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of Sydney's eclectic bars and pubs.
O Bar and Dining
Palmer and Co
The Glenmore Hotel
The Lord Nelson
The Wine Library
Sydney is a shopper’s paradise, with all your favourite international brands and labels plus trendy boutiques and buzzy weekend markets. And Sydney designers wow the fashion world with their creations; browse in boutiques and markets for innovative local designs. Stock up on boots, party frocks or unique pieces of jewellery including opals, natural pearls and pink diamonds in stylish shopping malls and boutiques.
Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre
Carriageworks Farmers Market
The Intersection Paddington
Pitt Street Mall
Queen Victoria Building
The Galeries Victoria
Westfield Bondi Junction
You'll find plenty of accommodation options in Sydney to suit your budget, from hotels with Sydney Harbour views to boutique hotels, B&Bs, and inexpensive youth and backpacker hostels. You can even camp on an island in beautiful harbour.
Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour
Adge Boutique Apartment Hotel
Larmont Sydney by Lancemore
Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney
Vibe Rushcutters Bay
Sydney stages spectacular events year-round. With fireworks and arts festivals, musicals and outdoor concerts, the city enchants visitors. Start your year with the dazzling New Year's Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Festival is in January. At any time of the year, see a show at the Sydney Opera House or a blockbuster musical at a charming theatre. Don't miss Australia Day on January 26, and sports fans have plenty of choices. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras culminates with a glittering parade in March. In winter, Vivid Sydney lights up the city.
Apia International Sydney Tennis Tournament
Australian Garden Show
Chinese New Year Festival
Good Food Month
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Australian Open of Surfing
HANDA Opera on Sydney Harbour
Sydney New Year’s Eve
Sculpture By The Sea
State Of Origin
Sydney Film Festival
Sydney Royal Easter Show
Sydney Writers’ Festival
Sydney is a clean, safe modern city with a sophisticated infrastructure to service your needs.
Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is the oldest continually operated commercial airport anywhere in the world. It's located on northern shores of Botany Bay.
• Suburban trains operated by Sydney Trains (www.sydneytrains.info) depart frequently from Domestic and International terminal train stations.
• Local buses - the 400 bus to Bondi Junction leaves from outside the international terminal (T1) and domestic terminal (T3).
• Shuttle Buses to the city can be booked inside the terminals.
• Taxis are available outside all terminals.
• Rental Cars are available at all terminals.
• The car park is free if exiting before 15 minutes.
Address: Airport Drive, Mascot, Sydney NSW 2020
Phone: +61 2 9667 9111
The Sydney public transport system consists of commuter rail, bus, ferry and light rail. Combined, they can get you virtually anywhere in the metropolitan area.
Phone: +61 13 15 00
Taxis are a convenient way to get around Sydney. They can be flagged down, found at a taxi rank, or booked on the phone or online.
Taxis Combined Services
• Phone: +61 13 33 00
Silver Service Fleet
• Phone: +61 133 100
• Phone: +61 131 451
• Phone:+61 131 017
St George Cabs
• Phone: +61 132 166
The main post office in Sydney's city centre is at 1 Martin Place and is open Mondays to Fridays from 8.15am to 5.30pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.
Address: 1 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000
Medical Care and All Night Pharmacies
Kings Cross Travellers Clinic
• 13 Springfield Ave, Potts Point, NSW 2011
• Phone: +61 2 9358 3066
• Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-1pm & 2-6pm, Saturday 10am-noon
St Vincent's Hospital (24hr emergency)
• Cnr. Victoria & Burton Streets, Darlinghurst, NSW 2011
• Phone: +61 2 8382 7111
Sydney Hospital & Sydney Eye Hospital (24hr emergency)
• 8 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
• Phone: +61 2 9382 7111
• Level 7, 428 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
• Phone: +61 2 9221 7133;
• Hours: Monday – Wednesday and Friday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am - 8pm, Saturday 9am-12.30pm
Phone: Pharmacy Guild of Australia +61 2 9467 7100
Australian Country Code: +61
Sydney City Area Code: 02
Calling Sydney landlines from overseas: +612
Calling Australian mobiles from overseas: +614
Calling overseas from within Australia: 0011
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