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SydneyAustralia

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.

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Where to stay in Sydney

Top hotels in Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
199 George St., Sydney, NSW
The price is £137 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (2,060 reviews)

"Beautiful view over Circular Quay and the Opera House. The bed and pillows were amazing... like sleeping on a cloud. The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was more than we could have asked for. We will definitely be back."…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
The price is £144 per night from 14 Dec to 15 Dec

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Museum of Contemporary Art and Circular Quay. The Rocks Markets and ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,485 reviews)

"The hotel staff was lovely and very friendly. That is all I have to say"…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Rydges Sydney Harbour
Rydges Sydney Harbour
4 out of 5
55 George Street, The Rocks, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £91 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this hotel is steps away from The Rocks Markets, Circular Quay and Overseas Passenger Terminal. Sydney Harbour Bridge ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,203 reviews)

"Roof top pool and terrace were great. Room smelt musky and fan on a/c was very loud. en-suite shower was disappointing as was fact that wine glasses weren't matching. Bed sheet was also too small for the mattress. It's the little details!"…"

Reviewed on 8 Nov 2020

Rydges Sydney Harbour
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Sydney

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
4 out of 5
243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont, NSW
The price is £62 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Darling Harbour, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Harbourside, Australian National Maritime Museum and Star Casino. International ...

4/5Very Good! (6,464 reviews)

"Great spot. Apartment was good size with 2 kids and a baby. Walking distance to all the top tourist spots but also close to light rail."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2020

Oaks Sydney Goldsbrough Suites
Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites
Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites
4 out of 5
317 Castlereagh Street, Haymarket, NSW
The price is £62 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Paddy's Market, Hyde Park and University of Technology Sydney. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (2,005 reviews)

"clean and comfortable nice view kitchen was masive and well equiped"…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2020

Oaks Sydney Castlereagh Suites
Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
6 Campbell Street, Haymarket, NSW
The price is £77 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Capitol Theatre and Paddy's Market. Chinatown Night ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (814 reviews)

"tv view from bed is obstructed, door to shower not easy to access"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

Meriton Suites Campbell Street, Sydney
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Sydney

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Mar 2020

An amazing city , it certainly has plenty of iconic sights to see, and lots to do, with amazing shops too.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2020

Fantastic

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

very central for visiting other areas, trains to Blue mountains and Southern Highlands

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Feb 2020

Sydney is a city like so many others however the Harbour Bridge, the opera house and Circular Quay make it unique

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

Really enjoyed our time in Sydney. The hotel was perfect location for The Opera House, Sydney Bridge, Restaurants, bard, shopping and all transport.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Feb 2020

Loved our visit. Definitely worth hopping on the ferries to get to other city areas, cheap and frequent. Good museums, Plenty of reasonably priced places to eat.

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