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Travel Guide of Sydney in Australia by Influencers and Travelers

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west.

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The Best Things to Do and Visit in Sydney


1 - Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre at Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century's most famous and distinctive buildings.

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2 - Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an Australian heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore.

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3 - Sightseeing Cruises in Sydney

Enjoy a fun-filled day cruising through beautiful Sydney Harbour and visiting Taronga Zoo. See iconic Sydney landmarks from the water, take a ride on the Sky Safari Gondola and meet the animals of Taronga Zoo.

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4 - Bondi Beach

   7 km away

Bondi Beach is a popular beach and the name of the surrounding suburb in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Bondi Beach is located 7 km east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council, in the Eastern Suburbs.

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5 - Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is a heritage-listed major 30-hectare botanical garden, event venue and public recreation area located at Farm Cove on the eastern fringe of the Sydney central business district, in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia.

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6 - Shore Excursions in Sydney

Soak up panoramic views of lush valleys and bush walk through stunning eucalyptus forests, and learn about the Aboriginal legends behind ancient rock formations. Options to meet all the famous Australian critters at Featherdale Wildlife Park or choose to take in the world class views at Scenic World with its exciting Cable cars and also the world's steepest railways. Explore the charming mountain town of Leura. This is a small-private Sydney tours.

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7 - Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a harbour adjacent to the city centre of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia that is made up of a large recreational and pedestrian precinct that is situated on western outskirts of the Sydney central business district.

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8 - Bradfield Park

RAAF Bradfield Park was a Royal Australian Air Force station located at the former suburb of Bradfield Park, New South Wales during World War II.

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9 - Helicopter Tours in Sydney

Fly over beautiful Sydney Harbour by helicopter for a bird's-eye view of Sydney. Your expert pilot will provide informative commentary on all the sites as you soar through Sydney skies for approximately 20 minutes. You'll have the best vantage point of Sydney and its sparkling blue harbor, 1,000 feet up in the air during your memorable helicopter flight.

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10 - Sydney Tower

Sydney Tower is Sydney's tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. The name Sydney Tower has become common in daily usage; however, the tower has been known as the Sydney Tower Eye, AMP Tower, Flower Tower, Glower Tower, Westfield Centrepoint Tower, Big Poke, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint.

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11 - Hornby Lighthouse

   8 km away

Hornby Lighthouse, also known as South Head Lower Light or South Head Signal Station, is a heritage-listed active lighthouse located on the tip of South Head, New South Wales, Australia, a headland to the north of the suburb Watsons Bay.

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12 - Culinary Tour in Sydney

Wine tours are nothing without the perfect surroundings in which to indulge. Nestled inland from Newcastle, the Hunter Valley is a mere 2 hour drive from Sydney and is home to wineries, luscious farmland, art galleries, golf courses and native wildlife. On this small-group tour with no more than 16 participants you’ll taste Australian made wines at three boutique wineries, paired with a food menu to compliment every drop. Before leaving Sydney, you’ll visit the Sydney Fish Markets to purchase fresh seafood to be used in the menu and stop in the Hawkesbury region for breakfast. Your guide is not just any old guide – he is your cook as well, and is a qualified chef! We do this to make sure that the food you get to eat matches your tour and the wines you are tasting to perfection. Our mission is to make your day not just an outing, but an expedition, exploring vineyards, and experiencing first class cooking in idyllic surrounds.

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13 - Sydney Town Hall

The Sydney Town Hall is a late 19th-century heritage-listed town hall building in the city of Sydney, the capital city of New South Wales, Australia, housing the chambers of the Lord Mayor of Sydney, council offices, and venues for meetings and functions.

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14 - Hyde Park

Hyde Park is a heritage-listed 16.2-hectare urban park located in the central business district of Sydney, in the City of Sydney local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It is the oldest public parkland in Australia.

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15 - Dolphin Watching in Sydney

This is Sydney's only true 3 in 1 whale watching cruise. Including a city sights cruise with live commentary on Sydney's history both past and present, BBQ lunch and whale watch experience on the ultimate Sydney Harbour cruise. Relax while you see the sights of Sydney from the water as you cruise around Sydney Harbour and dine on a BBQ buffet lunch or breakfast (sat/sun only) served on board. Then head out into the open sea to go whale watching, pass through the Sydney Harbour Heads. Your crew will locate and provide informative commentary on the whales and their activity. These giants of the sea once nearly hunted to extinction, it is believed in history the humpback population was once as low as 200 whales. The conservation of these beautiful animals has led to the humpback population being at a safe level to avoid extinction. Numbers are restricted on this whale-watching cruise, with plenty of room inside and out for viewing in comfort on board your spacious sightseeing vessel.

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16 - Sydney Harbour National Park

   11 km away

The Sydney Harbour National Park is an Australian national park comprising parts of Port Jackson, Sydney and its foreshores and various islands. The 392-hectare national park lies in New South Wales and was created progressively, from 1975.

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17 - Manly Beach

   11 km away

Manly Beach is a beach situated among the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia in Manly, New South Wales. From north to south, the three main sections are Queenscliff, North Steyne, and South Steyne.

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18 - Sydney Olympic Park

   13 km away

Sydney Olympic Park is a suburb of Greater Western Sydney, located 13 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Parramatta Council.

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19 - Sydney Zoo

   33 km away

Sydney Zoo is a zoo in Bungarribee in the Western Sydney Parklands, in Greater Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Sydney Zoo is located 38 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district. It occupies a 16.5-hectare site.

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Why should you visit Sydney ?

Travel to Sydney if you like:

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How to visit Sydney ?

To get to Sydney, the most convenient option is to fly into Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD), which is well connected to major cities worldwide. From the airport, you can take a train, bus, or taxi to the city center.

It's essential to book some activities and attractions in advance, especially if you're visiting during peak season (December to February). Consider booking tickets to the Sydney Opera House for a performance or a guided tour, as well as purchasing a Sydney Attraction Pass, which grants access to top attractions like Taronga Zoo, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and the Sydney Tower Eye.

The costs of visiting Sydney can vary depending on your travel style. On average, budget travelers can expect to spend around AUD 100-150 per day, while mid-range travelers might spend AUD 200-300 per day. Luxury travelers may spend upwards of AUD 400 per day.

The best things to do in Sydney include visiting the iconic Sydney Opera House, taking a stroll across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, exploring the Royal Botanic Garden, and relaxing on Bondi Beach. Additionally, you can take a ferry ride to Manly Beach, enjoy a scenic coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee, or visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Sydney boasts a diverse culinary scene with something to suit every palate. For a taste of modern Australian cuisine, try Bennelong, located in the Sydney Opera House. For a more casual dining experience, visit The Grounds of Alexandria, which offers delicious food in a beautiful garden setting. For a taste of Sydney's diverse Asian cuisine, head to Spice Alley in Chippendale, where you can sample dishes from various Asian countries.

When it comes to accommodation, Sydney offers options to suit every budget. For a luxury stay, consider the Park Hyatt Sydney, which boasts incredible views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. For mid-range accommodation, the Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour offers stylish rooms in a convenient location. Budget travelers can find affordable options at the Sydney Harbour YHA or the Wake Up! Sydney Central hostel.

Off the beaten path:
For a unique and lesser-known experience, visit the Wendy Whiteley Secret Garden, a hidden gem tucked away in Lavender Bay. This tranquil garden was created by Wendy Whiteley, widow of the famous Australian artist Brett Whiteley, and offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can also explore the street art scene in the suburb of Newtown, where you'll find vibrant murals, quirky shops, and cozy cafes. Finally, take a day trip to the nearby Blue Mountains for incredible hiking, abseiling, and canyoning experiences amidst breathtaking landscapes.

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The city is located in the 'most beautiful harbor in the world. Today, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Sydney has absorbed the rhythm and vital energy of other great cities of the world, but at the same time, Sydney remains itself and presents the diversity of its unique urban values. This makes this city truly unforgettable.

Almost all the attractions of Sydney are located in one area, so there is no need to spend extra time and effort to get to them. Despite the huge territory of the city, a large part is occupied by the Royal Botanical Park.
Two large buildings are considered the main symbols of the city. They are the opera house, which looks like a ship with raised sails, and Harbour Bridge, which is also an observation deck with a breathtaking view of the harbor. During the summer, everyone in Sydney tries to get close to many beaches, harbors, and bays.

The city's most famous beach is Bondi, a favorite spot for surfers, and Manley, which is located among huge pine trees. The second beach is home to wooden parrots, in the evening penguins sometimes appear here. Among the most notable places of interest are Blue Mountains - miraculous eucalyptus forests with wonderfully clean and fragrant air, Sydney Tower - the tallest building in the southern hemisphere,
Chinese friendship garden was designed strictly according to the rules of the garden design of the V century, Sydney Observatory, and the most impressive cathedral of St. Mary's sandstone.
In Sydney, you can find entertainment for all tastes - from visiting numerous museums and galleries to entertaining tastings of Australian cuisine.

Sydney Opera House

Along with the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House is the city's most famous tourist destination and one of its main symbols. 

The building was built by the Dutch architect Jorn Utzon. In 1957 he won the international competition for the design of the Opera House. The building was inaugurated on May 2, 1959.

Even though the contract with the architect was canceled due to disagreements, Utzon was present at the inauguration.

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What to visit in Sydney?

Here is our list of the best places to visit in Sydney:

Sydney Opera House
The symbol of Sydney, indeed of Australia! Designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon in 1955, its three hulls covered with white ceramic tiles sparkle under the sun, as if floating on the bay. 

Harbour Bridge
It took six years to build the world's widest steel bridge, which has become the essential artery linking the north and south of the city. Inaugurated in 1932, it remained for a long time, for the post-war immigrants arriving by boat after an interminable journey, the emblem of Sydney. 

Darling Harbour
Located to the west of the CBD (Central Business District), Darling Harbour, all pedestrian, beats to the rhythm of shops, cafes, entertainment, playgrounds, and office buildings. In the middle of this temple of consumption, a peaceful refuge: the Chinese Garden of Friendship, where one forgets time...

Royal Botanic Gardens
Luxuriant gardens where you can stroll under the songs of cockatoos and kookaburras before walking along the bay to see the sails of the Opera appear through the leaves of red cedars, lotus, or aloes.

Art Gallery of NSW
At the entrance to the Domain, 34 hectares of green space south of the botanical gardens and overlooking Woolloomooloo Bay, the Art Gallery is a haven of coolness and light behind its neoclassical orange sandstone façade. 

Darlinghurst / Potts Point
"Gay Darlo" never sleeps! Stores, cafes, pubs, restaurants, and nightclubs welcome the gay and straight communities. And at the time of the mardi gras parade, the atmosphere is in full swing! 

Paddington, in memory of his native England. "Paddo" for the locals, has become a must with its Victorian houses with wrought iron lace balconies and chic boutiques. 

Bondi Beach
Almost as famous as the Opera House, its mile of white sand bordering the Pacific is the most photographed cove in Australia! From there, you can take beautiful walks along the coast...

A peninsula at the mouth of Sydney Harbour, straddling the peaceful waters of the west and the furious waters of the Pacific Ocean to the east. 

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