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Ethan Rohloff; Destination NSW

 Sydney is Australia's most famous city, with the majestic Sydney Opera House, the impressive steel arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the sparkling waterways and the white sands of Bondi Beach. Beneath this glittering surface, Sydney has many more enchanting layers to discover. This beautiful cosmopolitan city celebrates its cultural diversity and heritage, and passion for tarts and sports. A temperate climate makes Sydney spectacular at any time of the year, and the city's friendly, casual attitude keeps visitors coming back Down Under for more!


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The City

Sydney is Australia's largest city, home to beautiful beaches such as world-famous Bondi Beach, iconic buildings, historic landmarks, acclaimed restaurants, and a vibrant culture. From the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the tranquillity of the Royal Botanic Garden, the city is a delight for everyone. If you're looking for a holiday adventure, planning a honeymoon, or searching for a fun-filled getaway, Sydney is a great destination.

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Sydney Harbour

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Top Things to Do

Sydney is home to Australia’s most iconic attractions, and incredible, unique experiences. Whether you wish to cruise in style on the blue waters of the harbour, scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge, relax on Bondi Beach, see a world-class performance in the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House, go whale watching or visit with koalas, it's all yours to enjoy in this splendid city.

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Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Harbour Cruise

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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

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Taronga Zoo

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WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

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Sydney Tower Eye

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Sydney Harbour Tall Ships

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Luna Park

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Sydney Fish Market

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Madame Tussauds Sydney

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Do & See

From enchanting national parks and tranquil gardens to fascinating museums and beautiful beaches, there's always something to explore and see in Sydney. You'll discover world-class attractions and delight in a ferry ride on Sydney Harbour. And many of the best sightseeing activities are free — all you need is a map, comfortable shoes, and your bus, train or ferry fare (you can get an Opal smartcard ticket to cover all three). Enjoy some of the Sydney locals' favourite places to go.

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Blue Mountains Day Trip from Sydney

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Big Bus Sydney & Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Explore The Rocks

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Manly Ferry

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Royal Botanic Garden

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Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

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Darling Harbour

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Chinese Garden of Friendship

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Kings Cross

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Hyde Park

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Australian Museum

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Centennial Parklands

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Cockatoo Island

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Museum of Sydney

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Beach Lifestyle

Sydney’s beaches are world famous, and thanks to the mild climate, you can enjoy them year-round. Whether you want to ride waves on a surfboard or bodysurf at Bondi Beach, enjoy quiet time on a secluded stretch of sand, swim in a tranquil ocean pool or harbour cove, or dine overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean, Sydney's picturesque harbour and gorgeous coastal beaches have it all.

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Surf Beaches

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Surf Schools

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Bondi Beach

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Manly Beach

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Coogee Beach

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Ocean & Harbour Pools

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Palm Beach

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Manly Scenic Walkway

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Secret Spots

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Watsons Bay

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Snorkelling in Sydney

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Sydney's enviable reputation as a world-class dining destination is built on talented chefs using the freshest local produce and seafood caught daily in the Pacific Ocean. You might hear the term Mod Oz, which is short for Modern Australia — a fresh fusion of Asian and European culinary styles adored by locals and visitors alike. Welcome to foodie heaven! Each year The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide reviews restaurants and awards one, two or three chef’s hats to the best — it's similar to Michelin stars.

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Infinity at Sydney Tower

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ARIA Sydney

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Café Sydney

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Chiswick Woollahra

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Icebergs Dining Room & Bar Bondi

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Pilu at Freshwater

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Monopole Restaurant & Bar

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Bennelong at the Opera House

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Mr Wong

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Bars, Pubs & Nightlife

You'll discover plenty of stylish bars, hip venues and cool clubs in Sydney. Near the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour are bars and pubs with spectacular views of the city's iconic attractions. Enjoy beachside bars with outdoor seating. After sightseeing, you'll appreciate the relaxed, friendly atmosphere of Sydney's eclectic bars and pubs.

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Marble Bar

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Opera Bar

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The Lord Nelson

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The Wine Library

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Zeta Bar

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Sydney is a shopper’s paradise, with all your favourite international brands and labels plus trendy boutiques and buzzy weekend markets. And Sydney designers wow the fashion world with their creations; browse in boutiques and markets for innovative local designs. Stock up on boots, party frocks or unique pieces of jewellery including opals, natural pearls and pink diamonds in stylish shopping malls and boutiques.

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Queen Victoria Building

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Pitt Street Mall

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Strand Arcade

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Westfield Sydney

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Westfield Bondi Junction

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MidCity Centre

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World Square

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The Rocks Markets

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Glebe Markets

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Bondi Markets

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Paddington Markets

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Paddy’s Markets

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Carriageworks Farmers Market

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Oxford Street

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Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre

Aerial view of Sydney Harbour featuring the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge Ethan Rohloff/Destination NSW


You'll find plenty of accommodation options in Sydney to suit your budget, from hotels with Sydney Harbour views to boutique hotels, B&Bs, and inexpensive youth and backpacker hostels. You can even camp on an island in the beautiful harbour.

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Sydney stages spectacular events year-round. With fireworks and arts festivals, musicals and outdoor concerts, the city enchants visitors. Start your year with the dazzling New Year's Eve fireworks on Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Festival is in January. At any time of the year, see a show at the Sydney Opera House or a blockbuster musical at a charming theatre. Don't miss Australia Day on January 26, and sports fans have plenty of choices. The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras culminates with a glittering parade in March. In winter, Vivid Sydney lights up the city.

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Sydney New Year’s Eve

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Badu Gili

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Vivid Sydney

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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

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State Of Origin

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Sydney Royal Easter Show

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Tourist Information

Sydney is a clean, safe modern city with a sophisticated infrastructure to service your needs.

Sydney Airport (SYD)

Nestled on the northern shores of Botany Bay in Sydney's Mascot suburb, you'll find the grand Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport — the world's oldest continually operated commercial airport.

By car
Looking for a taxi? They're ready and waiting outside all the terminals. Fancy driving yourself? You can grab a rental car at any terminal. Just remember, the car park is free as long as you're exiting within 15 minutes.

By train
The city centre is a brisk 13-minute train journey from the airport. The Airport Link, which runs about every 10 minutes, is your ticket to the city and beyond. The train station? It's up north of the terminal, accessible from Arrivals. Pay for your journey with an Opal Card (grab one from the station or WH Smith), or tap on with your Amex, Visa, or Mastercard.

By bus
Route 420, run by Sydney Buses, is a dependable service connecting Mascot Station to Burwood via the airport. Both T1 International and T3 Domestic terminals have stops, clearly marked on the arrivals level. You'll need an Opal transport card or a credit card to board.

By shuttle
For a more personalised transfer to and from the airport, there are several providers offering services to most of Sydney's suburbs and regional areas. Check out Mozio for options.

By bike
If two wheels are more your speed, undercover bike racks are situated on level 1 of the T1 International terminal and near the express pick-up area in the T2/T3 Domestic precinct.

Address: Airport Drive, Mascot, Sydney


Phone: +61 2 9667 9111


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Public Transport

The Sydney public transport system consists of commuter rail, bus, ferry and light rail. Combined, they can get you virtually anywhere in the metropolitan area.

A handy companion for this network is the Opal card, your ticket to all public transport in Sydney. It caps daily and weekly fares (excluding Sydney Airport station fees) and can be picked up from train stations, the airport, and various city retailers. Tap on and off at Opal readers with the card, or use contactless-enabled Amex, Mastercard, or Visa cards or linked devices.

Buses are the city's lifelines, and include NightRide services for the wee hours. Central Station, near Chinatown, is your hub for local and regional trains and buses, with routes covering CBD, North Sydney, Bondi Junction, and the airport.

Sydney's light rail features the L1 Inner West network from Central Station to Dulwich Hill, and the CBD and South East Light Rail with lines to Randwick and Junior Kingsford.

The ferry system is your quick, scenic route across the harbour, with departures from Circular Quay to destinations like Manly, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, and Rose Bay. Captain Cook also runs services to various spots, including Watsons Bay, Manly, Clifton Gardens, and Shark Island.

The river ferry offers a scenic 90-minute journey from Circular Quay to Parramatta, with stops at places like Cockatoo Island and Sydney Olympic Park.



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Taxis are a convenient way to get around Sydney. They can be flagged down, found at a taxi rank, or booked on the phone or online.

Silver Service Fleet
Phone: +61 133 100

Legion Cabs
Phone: +61 131 451

Premier Cabs
Phone:+61 131 017

St George Cabs
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Post Office

There are numerous Australia Post offices located all over Sydney, where you can buy stamps and send mail and packages. Sydney's General Post Office is located at 1 Martin Place.

Address: Australia Post – Sydney GPO, 1 Martin Place, Sydney


Phone: +61 13 13 18


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In Sydney, and Australia more broadly, there are several major pharmacy chains where you can pick up over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, personal care items, and more. The major pharmacy chains are Chemist Warehouse, TerryWhite Chemmart, Priceline Pharmacy, Amcal and Blooms The Chemist. It's always worth checking the opening hours as these can vary, especially on weekends and public holidays.

Address: Terrywhite Chemmart Macquarie Street Pharmacy CBD, Shop 1/185 Macquarie Street, Sydney


Phone: +61 2 9221 1622


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Australian Country Code: +61
Sydney City Area Code: 02
Calling Sydney landlines from overseas: +612
Calling Australian mobiles from overseas: +614
Calling overseas from within Australia: 0011





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Australia operates on a 230/240V supply voltage and 50Hz frequency. The country uses Type I power plugs, which feature two flat pins forming a 'V' shape, along with a grounding pin. This standard is also commonly used in New Zealand, Argentina, China, and several Pacific island nations. Remember to pack a universal adapter if your devices use a different plug type to ensure hassle-free charging.





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