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Sydney East


East Sydney offers some of the most famous beaches – like the iconic Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. Enjoy them year-round by walking along a coastal trail or take in the view over a cocktail and dinner at one of the many outstanding restaurants in the area. Great shopping and other natural attractions ensure Sydney’s East has some for everything.

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About Sydney east

Located between the city and the coast, Sydney’s eastern suburbs are home to some of the area’s best- known attractions, including Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach, Watsons Bay, South Head and Nielsen Park.

Bondi Beach has a style all of its own. On Sundays, head to the famous Bondi Markets and browse handicrafts, designer fashions, vintage goods and more. The promenade at the back of the beach is a favourite walking track and Campbell Parade is a popular grazing ground for Sydney’s cafe society. Perched on the southern tip of Australia’s most famous beach is one of Sydney’s most spectacular drinking and dining spots, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar . For delicious ice cream join the queue at Gelato Messina and marvel at the day’s special board. As night approaches, slip into something glamorous and watch the sunset from the comfort of a waterside bar. For something a bit more casual, try the Bucket List for a laid-back vibe beside the ocean.

If you love seafood, a visit Watsons Bay – Australia’s oldest fishing village – is a must. Enjoy the Sydney Harbour views and indulge in a seafood feast at the iconic Doyle’s on the Beach restaurant or, for something more low-key, try Doyle’s on the Wharf.

The six-kilometre Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is a highlight. Rug up if it’s chilly and enjoy the fresh sea air and views of white sand beaches. At Coogee, there are fabulous shopping opportunities, or dine in one of the many restaurants and cafes. Taking in a film at the heritage-listed Ritz Theatre in nearby Randwick is a splendid way to relax after a day of walking.

A short trip from the beaches are Paddington, Bondi Junction and Double Bay, offering some of Sydney’s best shopping, with a mix of high-street boutiques and stylish malls.

In Centennial Parklands, just 10 minutes from the city centre, you can go horseriding, cycling or hiking through the 360-hectare green space.

Cycling in Manly Image James Pipino
Sydney North

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy what Sydney’s north has to offer. Catch a ferry to famousManly Beach and check out Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.Dine and shop in Mosman, or treat the kids to a day at Taronga Zoo and Luna Park.

South Cronulla beach Image Hamilton Lund
Sydney South

This winter, explore the beautiful natural attractions in Sydney’s south. Enjoy a leisurely picnic at Kingfisher Pool near Waterfall, or bushwalk through Heathcote National Park . Head indoors to soak up some art and culture in the area’s museums and galleries.

Parramatta River
Sydney West

Sydney West sits at the foot of the beautiful Blue Mountains. Take the scenic route to Parramatta on a Rivercat from Circular Quay. Once there, you can explore the history of Australia’s second oldest European settlement. You can feed a kangaroo and pat a koala at the Featherdale Wildlife Park .

Local areas

  • Watsons Bay Visit Watsons Bay and take a stroll along the picturesque coastline, or eat fish and chips at one of Australia’s most celebrated seafood restaurants, or soak up the sun at Lady Bay – a popular nude beach!
  • Bondi Bondi Beach is one of Sydney's most stunning beaches. lists Bondi Beach accommodation, restaurants, apartments, things to do, events & more
  • Coogee Coogee Beach NSW is a beautiful shimmering Sydney beach. lists things to do in Coogee, restaurants, accommodation, hotels, events and more
  • Double Bay Double Bay is located on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, with pretty open parks, tree-lined boulevards, grand residences and luxurious penthouses.
  • Moore Park Home to major sports stadiums, entertainment venues, a dining and shopping precinct and an expansive park, Moore Park has plenty of things to see and do.

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