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Sydney Holiday Guide

Few cities can match the good life of the 'Harbour City', a city with more than a hundred beaches, brimming with youthful vitality. Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, has more than four million inhabitants and is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. As a relatively young city it has a contagious optimism and its tanned residents feel equally at home on their surfboard as in ballet.

From the golden sands and sparkling waters of Bondi Beach to the unmistakable curves of the Sydney Opera House, the city is a dream location for photographers. Start your exploration of the city with a Skywalk at Sydney Tower with its incredible views then explore the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens and the majestic sails of the Sydney Opera House. A short walk away you will find the Circular Quay, the equivalent of Grand Central Station in New York, but only outside (it is Sydney, after all). Go to this bustling transport hub and board one of the famous ferries from the city to one of the many surfy suburbs. In nearby Darling Harbour you'll find the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum. You can get a great view over all these amazing attractions with a Sydney Bridge Climb.

Walk the quayside are filled with restaurants and parks to The Rocks, where you can almost feel the ghosts of the criminal and maritime history of the city. For thrill seekers there is the Wild Mouse roller coaster at Luna Park. Say "G'day" to the kangaroos, koalas and platypuses in the Taronga Zoo and make sure you visit the bird show, with the port as a spectacular backdrop.

A short walk from the centre and you’ll find neighbourhoods like Paddington, Surry Hills and Newtown. These charming neighbourhoods are dotted with quaint cafes, boutiques and galleries. Foodies will appreciate Darlinghurst and Potts Point. Those looking for a little retail festival will Bondi Junction and the large Westfield shopping centre in the heart of downtown.

Sydney is a paradise for nature lovers, who are never far from the bush and beaches. Admire the rugged shoreline of the harbour during the half-hour ferry ride to Manly Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the city.

Thanks to an excellent network of trains, buses and ferries, you can easily get around Sydney. Sydney delights visitor with warm summers and cool, pleasant winters. The ‘Harbour City’ is an ideal year-round Australian destination.


Guide to Exploring Sydney


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Swissotel Sydney

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street, Sydney
4.5
of 5, from 1,369 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This 25-story hotel has pedestrian links to 2 of the city's most popular shopping precincts, the Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building.

£66
ibis budget Sydney Airport

ibis budget Sydney Airport

5 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
2.9
of 5, from 583 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Mascot, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Marrickville Metro and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Sydney and University of New South Wales. Enmore Theatre and Central Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£72
Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central

Metro Hotel Marlow Sydney Central

431-439 Pitt Street, Haymarket
3.6
of 5, from 621 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Capitol Theatre, University of Sydney, and Sydney Opera House. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£88
Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Corner Of Robey And O Riordan, Mascot
4.2
of 5, from 868 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Mascot hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Marrickville Metro, Supa Centa Moore Park and Enmore Theatre. Wildlife Sydney and Coogee Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£113
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Hyatt Regency Sydney

161 Sussex Street, Sydney
4.2
of 5, from 999 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Sydney's Central Business District, this Darling Harbour hotel is also less than a kilometre from the restaurants, cafes, and bars of Cockle Bay and shopping at the Queen Victoria Building.

£137
Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

11 Jamison Street, Sydney
4.3
of 5, from 916 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This 34-story hotel offers a stylish retreat from busy George Street, with Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, and Hyde Park all within 3 blocks. Wynyard Train Station is a 3-minute walk away.

£101
Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments

Oaks Goldsbrough Apartments

243 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
3.6
of 5, from 720 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment is within 2 mi (3 km) of Darling Harbour, University of Sydney, and Circular Quay. Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£111
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

8 Arrival Court, Mascot
4.3
of 5, from 1,191 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Mascot, this luxury hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Marrickville Metro and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Sydney and Enmore Theatre. Glebe Markets and White Rabbit are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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