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Sydney City

Sydney is Australia's largest and most famous city. It's home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, award-winning restaurants, and a vibrant culture. From the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the serene tranquillity of Hyde Park, Sydney has something for everyone. If you're looking for high-energy adventure holidays, planning a honeymoon, or or searching for a fun-filled getaway, summer in Sydney is a tourist's dream with a mix of holiday options.

Must Do

Sydney city winter highlights

Sydney city is the beautiful backdrop to the much-loved annual winter festival of lights, music and ideas, Vivid Sydney. Watch on in awe as the sails of the Sydney Opera House are lit up, and take in the beautiful meandering journey around the harbour for the much-loved Light Walk. An astonishing line-up of world-class performances are scheduled for Vivid Music and Vivid LIVE, and be inspired by the world's creative leaders at Vivid IdeasDon't miss this spectacular 18-day festival between 23 May and 9 June. 

If it's your first visit, head straight to Sydney Harbour. It's one of the most photographed locations in the world, nothing compares with seeing the harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House with your own eyes. Take a stroll along Circular Quay and soak up the atmosphere, or catch a ferry to Cockatoo Island or Watsons Bay and enjoy the beauty of the harbour and its surroundings. As well as being a main transport hub, Circular Quay has some of Sydney's best restaurants, including Quay, Aria Sydney and Cafe Sydney.

In the heart of Sydney's CBD is the Queen Victoria Building, another must-see attraction. Dating back to the 1890s, this grand and beautiful building is one of the city's premier shopping destinations. If a shopping mall is more your idea of shopping heaven then try Pitt Street Mall and Westfield, both in the city centre. Further South you'll find Sydney's Chinatown, with Paddys market and some great Chinese restaurants on offer. 

Only a 10-minute stroll from the Sydney Town Hall, Darling Harbour is the perfect place to entertain the whole family, enjoy a delicious harbourside meal or experience Sydney's energetic night-life. Darling Harbour is also where you'll find the Chinese Garden of Friendship, the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.

For a bird's-eye view of Sydney, head to the summit of Sydney Tower Eye. From here, enjoy views stretching across the city to the Pacific Ocean and the Blue Mountains to the west. Thrillseekers should try the Sydney Skywalk experience, a moving, glass-floored viewing platform at the top of Sydney Tower Eye. Also at the top, the Sydney Tower Buffet offers banquet-style dining, with 360-degree views of the city as you enjoy a relaxing meal. Be sure to take advantage of the special offer for kids to eat free for lunch and dinner on selected days year-round.

Royal Botanic Gardens foreshore. Image Robert Wallace

Talk'N Tours

Talk'N Tours offers self-guided tours that allow you to explore at your own pace, using your iPod or MP3 player. These tours cover all the major sites, and they let you spend as much time as you'd like at your favourite locations.

Running in Sydney

Running in Sydney

With its mild climate and meandering harbourside, beaches and parklands, Sydney's the perfect city in which to enjoy the great outdoors. You'll find easy walking trails that you can also run, national parks close to the city centre and city streets where you can keep fit while you enjoy the view. Alternatively, Walkabout Tours provides guided tours of Sydney at a more sedate pace.

Seaplane over sydney

Sydney Seaplanes

Tour Sydney from the comfort of a Cessna Caravan aircraft! Sydney Seaplanes offers a range of exciting aeronautical tours that will show you a side of the city that you will always remember.

Local areas

  • Chinatown and Haymarket Sydney's Chinatown and Haymarket offer an exciting mix of restaurants, food halls, noodle bars and quirky gift shops. Find great things to do in Chinatown now!
  • Circular Quay The city fans out from the focal point of Circular Quay.
  • City Centre Attractions here are many and varied - such as the Art Gallery of NSW, pretty Hyde Park and Sydney Tower Eye, with its 360-degree views.
  • Darling Harbour A lively harbourside precinct, Darling Harbour is just a 10-minute walk from Sydney city centre. Being one of Sydney's largest dining, shopping and entertainment precincts, it has a full calendar of outdoor events.
  • Kings Cross The Cross, as it's known locally, has always maintained its risqué, ready-for-anything reputation, luring an intriguing mix of backpackers, sailors, down’n’outs, hip inner-city types and suburban party animals.
  • Potts Point and Woolloomooloo Sydney's Wolloomooloo hosts a wide variety of things to do, restaurants and sights including the famous Wolloomooloo wharf. Read more at Sydney.com
  • Pyrmont Enjoy Pyrmont's harbourside location with a walk or jog - along the foreshore taking in two of Sydney's best parks, Pirrama Park and Pyrmont Point Park.
  • Sydney Harbour Sydney Harbour is a beautiful meandering waterway, famous around the world. It’s a natural playground for Sydneysiders and visitors for sailing, swimming, diving and walking around its foreshore.
  • The Rocks Find things to do in The Rocks, including heritage walks, restaurants and bars, museums, shopping and what's on in the Rocks with sydney.com
  • Walsh Bay Visit Sydney Theatre Company, restaurants and historical artifacts from Sydney's industrial past

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