Australia's largest city is a harbourfront delight!
Sydney’s harbour, beaches and busy CBD means you’re never at a loss for things to see and do. With its multicultural population, Sydney is a truly international destination. If you’re visiting for just a few days, concentrate on exploring the vibrant inner city and the secluded beaches of the Eastern Suburbs. Tour the Opera House, climb the Harbour Bridge, see some theatre, surf Bondi, or just grab a coffee and browse the boutiques of charming Surry Hills. If you’re staying for longer, explore further afield. Sample a bowl of pho at Marrickville in the inner west, jump on a train and head to the Blue Mountains, or hike the Royal National Park.
Things to do
Hit the water
Sure you can hire a yacht, but the best tour of Sydney Harbour is far more economical. A ticket on the Manly Ferry costs just $14.40 return (children $7.20) and offers views of iconic sights like the Opera House as well as the huge mansions that line the harbour. When you get to the other side, walk to beautiful Shelly Beach.
Just 10 minutes from the city, this bohemian neighbourhood has boutiques, cafés, local pubs and interesting locals. Head there in the afternoon and wander along the main strip, King Street. Grab a table at either Hartsyard (pictured) or Bloodwood, two excellent local restaurants, for dinner. This is one of the biggest social hubs in the city, with plenty of pubs offering live music.
Book a table at one of the city’s best restaurants. Some, including Quay and Aria, serve five-star views alongside fine cuisine. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key and family-friendly, Chinatown, on the edge of the CBD, offers a variety of eateries – from order-at-the-counter food courts to a late-night chef’s favourite, Golden Century Seafood Restaurant.
The high road
About three million locals and visitors have scaled Sydney Harbour Bridge. There are climbs to suit most ages (climbers must be at least 10 years old and 1.2 metres tall) and levels of nerve.
Walk this way
The Bondi to Bronte walk follows the stunning cliffs and beaches of the eastern suburbs. Between April and December you might see whales on their migration and the Aboriginal rock engravings near the path just south of Mackenzies Bay.
Travel time 20 minutes
Taxi Approx AUD $50
Train Airport Link every 10 minutes (weekdays). One-way AUD $16.40 (adult); journey takes 30 minutesBack to top
When to go
With their sunny days and mild temperatures, autumn (March to May) and spring (September to October) are ideal times to visit Sydney. Summer (November to February) can be very hot with late-afternoon storms. If your plan is to head to the southern reaches, winters (June to August) can be cold and wet.
It's claimed that Australia holds more festivals per capita than any other country, and Sydney hosts the lion’s share. The summer months are packed with events and activities for all the family to enjoy from the weekly Friday night bazaar at The Rocks, through to the world-famous New Year countdown. The queen of the crop is undoubtedly the Sydney Festival, which hogs the arts spotlight for the entire month of January.Back to top
Buses, trains, light rail and ferries criss-cross Sydney making it reasonably easy to navigate. Various MyMulti passes are available, including MyMulti day passes ($23 adult; $11.50 concession). MyMulti tickets are available from train station and ferry ticket offices, Travel Shops and many newsagencies and convenience stores. See the NSW Transport Info website or call 131 500.Back to top