Sydney, NSW, Australia
The state capital of New South Wales and the Australia's most populous city, Sydney is home to wonderful weather, world class attractions, beautiful coastlines, and everything else you would want in a choice metropolitan destination.
Packed with so much things to see, there's never enough time to properly explore Sydney. The laid back atmosphere and fun, tourist-friendly vibe carries over to everything in Sydney so it's easy to mix in with the crowds and see what the city has to offer.
Check out the beaches that litter Australia's eastern coast and surf the waves in Bondi in true Aussie fashion. Take hikes and explore the many gardens and nature spots that are available for free. Historic buildings and iconic monuments also await travellers looking to get the most out of their trip. Public transport is easy and efficient in Sydney so getting around won't be a problem. Trains, buses and ferries will take you to your next destination on time and without hassle, so it's probably best to not rent a car and drive on your own especially if you're not used to right-hand drive cars and Australian road rules and regulations.
Being that it is a melting pot of cultures, Sydney is home to cuisines from all over the world. It can however get expensive for foodies (and for travellers in general) mainly because cost of living in Sydney is among the highest in the world.
Plan your trip wisely and give yourself ample time to really get around and immerse yourself in Sydney because there is definitely a lot to see. The vibrant city life, easygoing people, and closeness to nature make it easy to see why Sydney is a city that's easy to fall in love with.
Within the city, you’ll find a number of interesting spots that are close to each other – Central Sydney, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, Circular Quay and The Rocks among others. The best way to explore is on foot.
This iconic Queen Victoria Building houses many fashion boutiques, jewelry shops and chic restaurants and cafés. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea while you marvel at the beautiful Romanesque interiors.
Head here if you want a colorful mix of Asian culture and food. Market city is located right in the heart of Chinatown and is home to factory outlets and Paddy’s Market where you can buy a variety of things – from clothes, wigs, and sunglasses to souvenirs and jewelry. Also make sure to try the freshly made Emperor’s puffs near the friendship arch.
Centrally located downtown, this main station is your hub for trains and buses that go to places outside the city - Canberra Region, Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley etc. and trains that go interstate.
A popular spot for lunch breaks and afternoon strolls, Hyde Park is centrally located and is a perfect break from the busyness of the city. St. Mary’s Cathedral and Hyde Park Barracks Museum are just opposite to the park.
Offers stunning 360 degree views of Sydney and its famous landmarks.
Royal Botanic Garden
A visit to Sydney isn’t complete without visiting this quiet and beautiful garden rich in plant species from all over the world.
Sydney’s main ferry hub where you can travel to a lot of tourists’ destinations including Manly, Taronga Zoo, Cockatoo Island, Watsons bay and Barangaroo.
This area has great options for restaurants, cafes, and shops with a wide range of Australian-made products and souvenirs. Shop, eat, drink and marvel at the beautiful view of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
Walk the cobblestoned streets and wander within the old heritage architecture buildings to discover The Rocks’ storied convict past . Check out the weekend market and have a drink or two in one of the historic pubs with the locals. You’ll find The Rocks just between Circular Quay and Walsh Bay.
Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge
Sydney's most iconic landmark.