Australia’s largest city and capital in all but name, Sydney has show-stopping good looks and plenty more beneath her glamorous surface. Most visitors start their Australian holiday in this city, taking obligatory snaps at vibrant Darling Harbour, strolling the peaceful Royal Botanic Gardens and shopping for souvenirs at Paddy’s Markets. For those that don’t plan to leave the confines of metropolitan Sydney, the renowned Taronga Zoo in the inner north is the best place to see native Australian critters as well as many exotic creatures from all over the globe. The city’s location in one of the world’s largest natural harbours means that the sea is never far away, so enjoy al fresco dockside dining, scenic ferry rides and all the pleasures that waterfront living entails. It also offers stunning beaches including Bondi Beach – famous for its surf and sand, glitzy bars and cafes, farmers market, boutiques and scenic walking tracks.
Sydney is the most common starting point for holidays in Australia.
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With an agreeable temperate climate all year round, Sydney has plenty of outdoor pursuits to offer from surfing and swimming-between-the-flags at iconic Bondi Beach, to scaling the Harbour Bridge.
One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Sydney also has a thriving dining scene. Why not take a dinner cruise on the harbour to see the city lights come on at night?
- The Rocks historic colonial district
- Vibrant Darling Harbour restaurants, cafes, aquarium and boardwalk
- Wonderful Circular Quay, iconic ferries and inner-city beaches
- Multi-cultural Haymarket, Central and Chinatown precincts
- Trendy shops, cafes and nightlife of Surry Hills, Paddington and Darlinghurst
- The Star entertainment complex
- The bustling Sydney Fish Market
- The iconic landmarks of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge
- The serene Royal Botanic Gardens and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
- The splendid QVB shopping centre and cosmopolitan Pitt Street Mall
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Suggested Tours Featuring Sydney
Sydney is linked to key destinations on every continent by daily flights, with over 35 airlines arriving at Kingsford Smith International Airport each day. There are also regular connections from every Australian capital city and most major regional airports. Sydney Airport is the busiest airport in the country, and its three terminals are located a mere 9 kilometres from the city centre with easy road and rail access to the CBD.
Discover the natural beauty and diversity of New South Wales with a visit to the beautiful Blue Mountains or with a stay along any section of the stunning coastline which forms New South Wales’ eastern border. Most international visitors also add national icons Uluru (Ayers Rock) and the Great Barrier Reef to their itinerary.