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Sydney City Guide

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.

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.


Guide to Exploring Sydney


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Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

8 Arrival Court, Mascot
4.3
of 5, from 1,221 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Mascot, this luxury hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Marrickville Metro and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Sydney and Marrickville Market. Enmore Theatre and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital are also within 6 mi (10 km).

€125
Hyatt Regency Sydney

Hyatt Regency Sydney

161 Sussex Street, Sydney
4.2
of 5, from 1,028 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This darling Harbour hotel is also less than a kilometer from the restaurants, cafes, and bars of Cockle Bay and shopping at the Queen Victoria Building.

€95
Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport

Mantra Hotel at Sydney Airport

3 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
4.5
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Town Hall, and International Convention Centre Sydney.

€104
Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Corner Of Robey And O Riordan, Mascot
4.2
of 5, from 881 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Mascot hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Marrickville Metro, Supa Centa Moore Park and Enmore Theatre. Wildlife Sydney and Maroubra Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

€141
The Westin Sydney

The Westin Sydney

1 Martin Place, Sydney
4.6
of 5, from 655 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located on Sydney's Martin Place, this central business district hotel is less than 1 kilometer from Sydney Tower, Sydney Parliament House, and Darling Harbour.

€71
ibis budget Sydney Airport

ibis budget Sydney Airport

5 Ross Smith Avenue, Mascot
2.9
of 5, from 603 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Mascot, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Marrickville Metro and within 6 mi (10 km) of University of Sydney and Enmore Theatre. Marrickville Market and Carriageworks are also within 6 mi (10 km).

€150
Swissotel Sydney

Swissotel Sydney

68 Market Street, Sydney
4.5
of 5, from 1,384 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This 25-story hotel has pedestrian links to 2 of the city's most popular shopping precincts, the Pitt Street Mall and the Queen Victoria Building.

€97
Travelodge Hotel Sydney

Travelodge Hotel Sydney

27 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney
3.7
of 5, from 1,486 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Just a 2-minute walk from fashionable Oxford Street and all its lively bars, restaurants and shops. Hyde Park, Chinatown and Darling Harbour are also easily accessible from this central location.

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