Holidays to Sydney are your ticket to one of the world’s most thrilling cities. The capital of New South Wales boasts stellar sights, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and an abundance of soft, sandy beaches ready to sink your toes into.
The perfect Sydney holiday combines the great outdoors with the city’s best attractions, as well as some of the finest dining on the planet. Starting at the historic quarter of The Rocks, take a walk around the harbour to take in the iconic Sydney Opera House.
End your day with an evening climb across the Sydney Harbour Bridge, soaking up some of the best views in the city, if not the world.
Nearby, the Coogee to Bondi Beach walk offers unparalleled vistas of the glittering Pacific, while a little further out lie the boundless Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley.
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This magnificent city delivers enough history, culture and natural scenery to appeal to any traveller. Sydney holiday packages are your gateway to this perennially popular destination.
With the largest cinema screen in the world at IMAX Sydney, a wide selection of restaurants serving up delectable dishes – the seafood is especially good – and speciality dessert bars, Darling Harbour was made for memorable nights out.
This pretty waterside area lives up to its name both day and night. With water tours, a harbourside shopping centre and even outdoor cinema screenings on the green during summer, this picturesque and beautifully lit spot is ideal for romantic evenings out.
Wind through the meandering cobbled lanes of The Rocks and you’ll discover a wealth of history hidden in the shadows of the Harbour Bridge.
Enjoy being serenaded by buskers as you amble around the open-air Rocks Markets. Afterwards, treat yourself to a visit to one of the city’s oldest gastronomic spots – this historic neighbourhood is full of them.
The Fortune of War, built in 1828, is the oldest pub in Sydney and a mainstay of what was Sydney’s first settled area. For local and international exhibitions, the Museum of Contemporary Art has a vast collection.
Get strapped in and ready for a view you’ll never forget from the top of Sydney's world-famous bridge with this must-do family-friendly activity.
Anyone over the age of eight can join a three-hour round trip that delivers thrills at every step.
There are a number of alternative options if you're short on time or don't have a head for heights. Climbers can also scale the inner arch and enjoy the view from the bridge’s halfway point.
Special climbs are also organised to mark annual events such as the Vivid Sydney lights show and public holidays.
Located around 31 miles (50 kilometres) from inner Sydney, The Blue Mountains range comprises dramatic peaks and masses of forest, waterfalls and atmospheric caves. It’s a perfect day trip out of the city.
The Three Sisters sandstone formation is the focal point of the mountain range and is best overlooked from Echo Point.
Countless sheer cliffs line the walking trails to get there, offering plenty of perfect photo opportunities.
Only a half-hour ferry ride from Circular Quay in the Northern Beaches, Manly is the chosen surf spot of Sydney locals, renowned for its white sandy beach and waters that are perfect for riding waves – no matter your ability.
The Corso, which runs from the ferry wharf across the peninsula to the beach, was a mid-19th-century boardwalk that has grown into the area’s main shopping and dining street – ideal for people-watching.
Sydney is synonymous with its beaches, their laid-back atmosphere seeping into the city’s day-to-day vibe.
Make the most of a beach holiday in Sydney with a stay at the spacious Adina Apartment Hotel Coogee, just a five-minute walk down to the pristine waters of picturesque Thompson’s Bay (also known as Gordon’s Bay). It’s a snorkelling hotspot with gorgeous coral to explore.
All luxury holidays in Sydney should start at The Langham in The Rocks, its ornate chandelier capturing your attention as you enter.
There are sumptuous suites, many with terraces, and a divine spa offering a range of treatments.
It's perfectly located for dining, shopping and sightseeing, while there’s also an indoor pool if you want to start your day with a splash.
A central location is ideal for a culture-filled stay in Sydney, with a thriving arts scene just waiting to be discovered.
The Gallery of New South Wales houses important collections of Australian, Asian and European art, while the iconic opera house plays host to everything from opera and dance to comedy and live theatre throughout the year.
It's also worth exploring the hip and quirky neighbourhood of Newtown, where you'll find independent galleries, vintage shopping and speciality coffee houses.
The local currency used in Sydney is the Australian dollar (AUD). One dollar is made up of 100 cents. Credit cards are widely accepted in shops and hotels.
The main language spoken in Sydney is English, but this is a vibrant, multicultural city and many other languages are spoken too.
As Sydney has sunshine for most of the year, it’s advisable to take high factor sun protection with you – preferably with UV protection too.
Public transport in Sydney means the city is incredibly well-connected whether it’s by bus, train, ferry or water taxi. Car hire is also available on arrival.
There may be beauty beyond Bondi, but that doesn’t mean Sydney’s most famous beach is undeserving of a visit. Lined with lively bars and eateries, it’s perfect for an energetic afternoon on its golden sands or rolling waves.
Venture a little further out and you’ll find more than 100 beaches dotted across the city, from the stunning Shark Beach at heritage-listed Nielsen Park, to the perfect surf at Manly and Seven Shillings Beach in Double Bay.
Several quieter but no less brilliant beaches can also be stumbled upon on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, a four-mile (six-and-a-half-kilometre) trail that's perfect for those in search of snorkelling and scuba diving.
Sydney is a global destination and is awash with flavours from across the globe. From American-style burgers and fragrant curries to Middle Eastern falafels, you’ll find it all in this coastal city.
If you want a gastronomic experience that's decidedly more local, you can sample numerous traditional Australian dishes throughout the city.
Barbecue is an Australian classic, whether indoors or al fresco, and you’ll find plenty of smokehouses offering grilled meats and kebabs.
The city specialises in seafood, with some varieties you may never have heard of. Alternatively, head to one of Sydney’s many coffee shops to find the origins of the flat white.
Brimming with malls, boutiques and outlets, shopping is booming in Sydney. You’ll find all the big-name brands here, along with quirkier one-of-a-kind finds.
Head to the Queen Victoria Building in the centre of the city for small chains and independent shops housed in a historic heritage-listed building.
You can fuel your shopping spree with delicious local cuisine from The Galleries on the other side of George Street.
For souvenirs, the best places to visit are in The Rocks, with lots to choose from around Argyle Street.
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