If you are going to visitAustraliathen you cant miss Sydney. Besides being Australias largest city, there are many reasons why its also the most visited.
The Clovelly Hotel one of the eastern suburbs most stylish pubs.
The Glenmore awesome roof top terrace with views over Sydney Harbour.
This pub in the Rocks District is where its at.
Wow, Craig, this post is AMAZING!! Its my dream to visit Sydney (and Australia in general) and this just really made me even more hungry to go! ?
BaBa Laksa House Underneath the Grace Hotel on King Street. Open lunch time only and Monday-Friday. Great, cheap and BIG servings of Asian food. And of course awesome Laksa!
Shangri-La luxury in the Rocks District.
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Amazing roof top views from Sydney Harbour YHA The Rocks
Australian Heritage Hotel oldest continuously licensed pub in Sydney with a good selection of Aussie beers,
For a unique Sydney experience, considercamping on Cockatoo Island, a heritage listed island in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Not a camper? The island also boasts houses and apartments.
Wowthats a great list! Anyone planning to visit Sydney must check out this list. Well, I have been Sydney once and it was a fabulous experience! I didnt do each and everything that you mentioned, but it was still a great trip!
Sea Bay Chinese Cheap and non-descript but full of happy eaters and huge meals. Located in the CBD on Pitt street. Dont miss the vegetarian dumplings, home-made noodles, and the pancakes!
Two feet and a heart beat offers small guided tours introducing visitors to the sights, sounds and tales of the citys interesting history, culture and heritage in a fun, relaxed and informative way.
Lord Dudley popular English style pub
Viatoris the industry leader in tours, activities, tickets and passes with a list of hand-pickedtours and things to do in Sydneyfrom local insiders.
Forresters cold beer, good pizzas, easy walk from Central Station.
Sydney is one of my favorite city in the world !!
The Rocks Markets Saturdays and Sundays offering fashion, arts & crafts, jewellery, music & books, health & beauty, souvenirs.
When I visited Bondi I must admit to being quite disappointed, I found it quite tacky. I would rather go and visit the Northern Beaches.
Manly Wharf Hotel seaside pub with views into Sydney Harbour.
Agree, Balmoral Beach is very nice. And yes, the hop-on-hop-off buses are a good intro to most cities to get your bearings and learn some history!
How about taking asmall private cruise of Sydney Harbour.Each sail has a maximum of 12 people, helping you to feel like you are more on a sailing day out with friends than a tour. .auand cruise like a local.
Cambridge Hotel conveniently located near CBD in the top neighbourhood of Surry Hills.
There are so many outdoor activities and beautiful sceneries to see!
Park Hyatt Sydney contemporary luxury with an un-rivalled Sydney Harbour location.
Bondi Beach take the eastern suburbs line to Bondi Junction then connect with buses to Bondi Beach.
Why not take to the skies in ahelicopter flightand get an amazing view of Sydneys beaches, coves, harbour precinct, and city skyline.
The best thing to do is to come and relax around the Opera House, admire the Harbour bridge at the same time, and have a drink or coffee at the Opera Bar.
The Clock Hotel huge pub with a great balcony overlooking Crown Street.
Craig!!! My saviour! This is the perfect guide to start me off when I land in 8 months time! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! ?
One of Sydneys premier seaside suburbs for all the family. Wander the palm tree-lined corso, then hit the promenade on the beach. Theres sheltered swimming in an ocean pool, an aquarium, great fish and chips, ice cream shops, pubs, and a sophisticated dining scene.
Means you will have to re-visit. Yeah, its no secret Sydney is expensive. But things like the markets, the beaches, ferry to Manly, walking around and visiting parks, eating in Chinatown and having picnics dont costs that much.
Vivid Sydney month long after dark festival where Sydney is transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas.
Bondi Iceburgs Bistro For breakfast, lunch or dinner and have a beer overlooking Sydneys
Newport Arms home to Australias largest waterfront beer garden.
Paddys Markets Huge market near Chinatown selling fruit & vegetables, clothing, CDs, flowers, sunglasses, jewellery, tourist souvenirs, and much more.
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Carols in the Domain Australias largest free Christmas concert where 100,000 people enjoying singing of the carols and a musical variety show.
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Do you guys write about Melbourne? Ive been there many times too and totally fallen in love with the place.
Sydney puts on some of the best festivals and events anywhere in the world. Highlights include:
Dont just use Sydney as a gateway to Oz, with so much to see and experience give yourself a week. Trust me, Sydney wont let you down.
You cant beat the serenity and harbour views from the Botanical Gardens. A greatfreeway to spend a few hours in Sydney. Walk from the Opera House toMrs Macquaries Chairfor one of the best vantage points in Sydney. Take a picnic lunch, a blanket and a bottle of wine.
A much cheaper option (FREE) is to simply walk across the Harbour Bridge and take in the same panoramic views on a lower level.OR, visit thePylon Lookoutfor just $11 and get fantastic views plus 3 levels of exhibits and learn about the history of the Bridge.
Ha ha, thats funny Helen. We really enjoyed that Tall ships experience on the harbour. A classic ship!
New Years Eve Is there a better setting and fireworks display in the world? I think not.
Ive spend a several weeks in Sydney a couple of years ago. It will always be my favorite city.
i couldnt happier more found this awesome web, definetly will be my guide during my first solo trip to Sydneythanks from Indonesia Craig ?
Pitt Street Mall Described as Sydneys Fashion Centre boasting retail giants and specialty stores in the heart of the CBD.
Great list, thank you! I especially liked the pictures of each destination youve listed. Sydney is the best!
Are you looking for tips onthings to do in Sydney?
With a multicultural population, and a great harbour and beachside setting, there are manyplaces to eat in Sydneyfor all taste buds and atmospheres. Some of our favourites:
Glad you found it informative. Below are a few links to some of our other posts on Australia. Hope they help?
Your welcome Toni! Glad you are coming to our city!
Also,Urban Spoonis a good resource to search cafe and restaurant listings offering free wireless internet.
Great sum-up of Sydney for a visitor! I did the bridge climb (and lived to write about it!) and it was a great way to get a good view of the harbor from up high. Balmoral Beach was a great getaway from the heart of Sydney to just be in a more residential yet beautiful part of Sydney. I also recommend the standard hop-on/off buses, especially right after arriving to get a good sense of the lay of the town.,
Interesting by day and night. The main drag Oxford street plays host to the internationally famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mard Gras. Darlinghurst is great for dining out, small bars, and fashion boutiques,
Surry Hillsis also has excellent pubs. Two of our fave are:
Sydney Fish Market authentic working fish market. Catch the metro light rail from Central.
El Loco Mexican Cantina How about tasty $5 tacos! A great little authentic Mexican cantina attached to the Excelsior Pub in Surry Hills serving delicious tacos and Margaritas in a relaxed setting.
Wow, what amazing tips! That really is the best guide EVER!
Sorry its a year late Antoinette ?
Why not do something different and experience a summer Christmas and Boxing day? Plus, in the summer you have three other huge events:New Years Eve, theSydney FestivalandAustralia Day.
TheWorld Class Taronga Zoois situated on Sydney Harbourin a natural bushland setting with spectacular views out over the Harbour. With a wide variety of animals from around the world, shows, keeper talks, and animal encounters all day makes it a great family outing.
is a particular favourite. Locations include
The Sydney Festival Every January a festival of music, theatre, dance, visual arts and installations, talks, free & family events.
Paddington,or Paddo to the locals, is another suburb offering designer brands and sophistication on the Paddingtondesigner strip.
Where was this thorough guide when I went to Sydney last year? I definitely enjoyed the beaches and the amazing weather in Sydney. The only thing was the different prices for when you ate inside the restaurant or took the food to go; I didnt pick up on that up until my last few days in Sydney when my friend pointed it out to me. The other thing I enjoyed was the weekend Glebe Flea Market. I thought Sydney was overall expensive but was surprised at how much cheaper the prices were in there, compared to the same kind of flea markets here in NYC.
DarlinghurstsOxford Streetis probably Sydneys most famous shopping street offering designer brands including Australian designers, funky boutiques, retro, vintage, dancewear, gift stores, and people watching.
Thanks Bram. Appreciate that. We are big fans of our city too! :_
Some of the best coffee in Sydney can be found at:
Hyde Park isAustralias oldest parkand the citys central open green space. The park contains St Marys cathedral plus numerous monuments and statues, and the central pathway through the park is an impressive fig lined road.
Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore Surry Hills location with a great breakfast and a place to sipp coffee whilst browsing the book shelves.
My Multi Passes unlimited travel on all government trains, buses and ferries for just $21 per day or $60 per week.
Great tips guys especially the kayaking Id add Watsons Bay as an awesome place for a seafood feed and one of the best swimming beaches on the harbour.
great creation. nice photos, i love to visit Sydney.
Westfields Over seven levels of famous departments stores, Australian designers, and world class dining located on Pitt Street Mall.
An historic area of Sydney near Circular Quay, and possibly my favourite part of Sydney. Theres a story around every corner when you walk the cobblestoned streets andexplore the Rocks. Browse the weekend markets or go on a pub crawl at some of Sydneys oldest pubs.
Located within an hours drive south of the Sydney CBD, the parks diversity is in its coastal cliffs surrounded by sandy beaches and mountainous sandstone ridges with deep river valleys.
You know its nice to look into tourist pages like this once in a while even if youre born and still staying in Sydney. Seems like theres always an activity that youve forgotten was around and its a good idea to revisit some of the places that you havent been too since
Ms Gs Restaurant Located in Potts Point, the fusion of Asian cuisine are out of this world. Order small tapas style dishes or larger main meals. And Ms Gs kooky cocktails are very famous.
Bondi Markets Open Sundays offering original designer clothing, hand made jewellery, arts, crafts, retro furniture, vintage clothes and more.
Airport Link trains run directly from Central Station to the airport $15.90 one way (approx 12 minutes).
TheCity Circle loopwill take you around the CBD area with stops at Central, Town Hall, Wynyard, Circular Quay, St James and Museum.
Wander and take photographs of Sydneys famous landmarks, The Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and enter the Royal Botanical Gardens. A busy transport hub with outdoor cafes and restaurants lining the harbour.
Cafe Sydney Right in the heart of Circular Quay with sensational views of Sydney Harbour from the roof top location. Yummy food, great cocktails and an outdoor terrace. A bit pricey, but as they say you pay for what you get.
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The CBD isvery walkableand for the most part flat. From Central Station to Circular Quay down George or Pitt streets should take approximately 30-40 minutes.
Harrys Cafe De Wheels Harrys is an Australian icon serving pies, pasties and hot dogs to celebrities, tourists and locals. Their
A top inner-city neighbourhood and one of Sydneys most artistically-vibrant with old terrace homes. A great mix of cafes, restaurants, wine bars and pubs serving a wide variety of cooking styles and cultures. Wander Crown Street, Bourke street and Cleveland streets.
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You cant get any more Australian thenlearning to surf at Bondi, Sydneys iconic beach. Bondi is perfect for any beginner as the beach faces south so you are protected and the surf is not so wild.Lets Go Surfingis the only learn to surf company in Bondi.
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Family Funday Sunday Travelling with a family? Every Sunday for $2.50 per person you get unlimited travel on all trains, buses, ferries and light rail.
Alternative and colourful inner-west neighbourhood. Wander King street for great coffee, over 140 restaurants offering ethnic cuisines, funky bars, beer gardens and interesting people watching.
I remember my first ever visit to Sydney, it was for 5 days and totally full. It is true that there is a lot of great things to do around Sydney. I also enjoyed a day trip to the Blue Mountains with a stop off at the Olympic Stadium.
Fashionable neighbourhood for boutique shopping on and around Oxford street, and the famous Paddington markets held on Saturdays. Also known for art galleries, cafes, restaurants and rows of pretty Victorian terraces.
Australian Heritage Hotel Famous for its Kangaroo, emu, and crocodile pizzas. Want to try real Aussie tucker
Sydney is a destination you can enjoy all-year-round. Theres always something going on and it doesnt get too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter with rainfall spread throughout the year.
Queen Victoria Building Located on George street. The place to go for the finest fashion boutiques, jewellery and homeware, plus cafes and restaurants.
Sydneys beaches are famous and free to enjoy (besides the parking fees). From the Northern Beaches to the Eastern Suburbs you have many great beaches to explore. Our favourites include: Palm Beach, Freshwater, Dee Why, Manly, Queenscliff, Balmoral, Bronte, Clovelly, Coogee, and you must visit Bondi once.
Wow great list youve compiled here. I love the harts pub in the rocks. Also I live on the beaches and second it a place to visit.
TheRocks Districthas our favourite pubs in Sydney:
Campos Newtown 193 Missenden Road, Newtown
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A great and cheap way to experience Sydney Harbour with stunning views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Can also make for a great day trip. Walk down the Manly corso, spend a few hours at Manly beach, eat an ice cream or grab a cold beer at Manly Wharf Hotel.
The Sydney CBD is very walkable. I often like to walk down George or Pitt streets fromCentral station to Circular Quayto feel the beat of the city. Then wander around Circular, Quay, The Rocks District, and The Botanical Gardens.
Happy to help. We love our city. Have a great trip.
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Great post! Im coming to Sydney as a solo backpacker after a business trip in Melbourne. Ill also check your Melbourne city guide for the side trips on weekends. Thanks heaps!
Wake Up! Another top choice next to Central Station. Clean, modern, cool vibe, street cafe, side bar, one of the best hostels in Sydney.
Travelodge Dont want to stay in a hostel? Try the Travelodge instead which is located in a great neighbourhood near Surry Hills and within walking distance to Central Train Station, CBD, Circular Quay and more.
Wow, Im coming to Sydney in a few weeks and this has made me even more excited! Cant wait to try out so many things you have listed. A map with all the places you have mentioned would be a great addition to this blog, I like to get my head round where things are in comparison to each other! Thanks for the fantastic guide
. Even OPRAH dined here (in the upstairs restaurant) but get the same views for a fraction of the price.
This is THE BEST Sydney Travel Guide on the internet. I was wondering what i can recommend to my mates from overseas and I found this gem. You have covered every aspects and I am gonna send it to my mates and ready to have a great time. Thanks Craig!
Sydney Mardi Gras One of the largest LGBT pride parade and festivals in the world. The highlight of the Festival is the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade which is an eye-catching demonstration of LGBTQI pride as thousands of people make their way down Oxford and Flinders St on colourful floats.
Mecca Espresso Open Monday-Friday on 67 King Street, CBD
Thank you! Im hopefully going back to Sydney next year so will definitely be bookmarking this!
From North Americayou have many options including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Air New Zealand, Emirates, and all the major US airlines.
Unbelievably it took me 36 years to visit this place, but theRoyal National Park, Australias oldest and the worlds second oldest National Park behind Yellowstone, is a hidden gem.
Ive known Sydney Harbour all my life, butexperiencing her on a kayakCaz discovered a different side: quiet, calm, and natural. The Middle Harbour Eco Tour withSydney Harbour Kayaksis a unique Sydney experience.
I saw your post on visiting Australia for two weeks, but my boyfriend and I are hoping to take some years off to travel the world, and we would really like to spend som months in Australia. It seems like theres lots to see But if you have time or want to, a post about roadtripping all of Australia or some other tips would be awesome.
North Bondi RSL This bistro is another cheap option if youve made the trek to Bondi. Sit inside or outside on the deck and enjoy one of the best views in Bondi.
Harts Pub great hand crafted beers.
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QT Sydney a designer boutique hotel in the centre of the Sydney CBD.
But, if I had to suggest a BEST time it would besummer timefor sure. Being a harbour and beaches city the summer is the best time to experience all that Sydney has to offer.
I do realise that you cant write a post on everything we ask for, but I cant seem to find good posts on this subject, and your blog and writing is so amazing
The 3 hour easy walking tours will show you the sights and give you your bearings so you can then go it alone
Caz enjoying a pint at the Observatory Hotel
We re just planned our trip to Australia and New Zealand for February 2014 and found here the best tips for our trip. We have the same style as travelers and we are very pleased to have found your website to share experiences. Thanks, Alvaro and Vanessa (Brasil)
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More and more free wireless Wi-Fi hotspots are being installed all over in Sydney (and about time!!), in cafes, restaurants, food courts and hotels.
Climbing one of the most famous bridges in the world is aonce in a lifetime experience. Take either a dawn, day, twilight, or night climb and take in the breathtaking views. .
TheSydney Exploreroffers commentary tours of the CBD and to Bondi at 34 different stops including all the major Sydney attractions.
Afree CBD shuttle(route 555) runs every 10 minutes on a loop from Central Station to Circular Quay via Elizabeth and George Streets.
Wow! The is by FAR the best city guide I have ever read. Honestly, its fantastic.
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As part of ourcity guidesseries, we share with you ourinsider tipson the best things to do in Sydney, including advice on where to eat, sleep, drink, shop and explore.
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Sometimes we find Uber is cheaper to get to and from Sydney Airport, especially if there a few of you.You can use the codeql3dcto grab a free ride.
Hilton great location on famous George street with award winning restaurants and bars.
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I cant visit Sydney because of hectic schedule. But I can go online shopping and choose the best shopping centers in Sydney. Choosing the nest couriers Sydney will also help.
TheRazorhurst Bar Touris a tour of some of Sydneys infamous small bars in Darlinghurst. This now trendy neighbourhood used to be full of illegal shenanigans: bootlegging, laneway gambling, buzzing brothels, drugs, and bloody razor gang fights.
Vibe Hotel CBD in the heart of the city, walk to Central Station, Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Chinatown, Circular Quay, Sydney Tower, Hyde Park, The Rocks. Chic and modern.
Why not start your visit to Sydney with a free walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide? Rain, hail or shine the guys fromIm Free Walking Tourswalk everyday at 10.30am and 2.30pm.
We have researched and compiled a list of places to stay in Sydney here.
Mercure Sydney short walk to Central Station and a range of eateries for those on a budget.
Paddington Markets Open Saturdays with 150 unique stalls offering creative fashion and accessories.
Single Origin Open Monday-Friday, 60-64 Reservoir Street Surry Hills
Chinatown Looking forcheap eats in Sydneythen Chinatown is hard to beat. Stroll down Dixon street, see where the locals are dining, and take your pick. For super cheap hit the food courts.
A lively harbourside precinct just a 10-minute walk from the CBD. Waterside restaurants, cafes, nightlife, a large kids playground, and also plays host to the IMAX theatre, the Convention Centre, and the Aquarium,
The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walkis a stunning coastal walk with plenty of coves and beaches to visit along the way for a swim or a drink and a bite to eat. The walk starts behind Bondi Iceburgs and usually takes us 2 hours with the kids. Catch the train from Central to Bondi Junction, then a bus to Bondi Beach.
TheArt Gallery of NSWis one of Australias leading art museums with five levels of art with extensive collections of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. Located adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens.
For hostels you cant beat the two YHA properties:
Sydney Harbour YHA Top location in The Rocks District, built over the remnants of an archeological dig of white Australias first settlement, awesome roof top terrace, modern and great for solo, couples, and family travellers.
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Yeah, Bondi is probably built up with a lot of expectations. We do prefer Bronti and all the other beaches along the coastal walk to Coogee. And I agree the Northern Beaches are awesome.
Love this round-up of Sydney it makes me miss it so much. Glad to see Sydney Harbour Tallships on the list. looking at your previous post on the mast climb, it was a surprise to see myself working at the bar dressed as a pirate. Remember this sail well!
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I have made a quick top 10 recommendations of the best cheap/free activities in the city! check it out This is truly an iconic landmark of Sydney.
The Observer Hotel Listen to live music while downing pints of Guinness and Kilkenny.
Newtowns King Streetoffers unique and quirky stores, retro and vintage fashion, music and books, furniture and homeware, collectables.
Need a slower pace?Tour Sydney Harbour on a replica of a timber tall shipwhilst eating fresh oysters, barbecued prawns, crab rolls, and sipping on a glass of champagne. Visit .au
Thanon Khaosan Thai Restaurant Need authentic Thai food? This popular lunch and dinner destination has a layed back atmosphere in a great location on Pitt street near Central station.
It has the stunning harbour side location, the iconic beaches, excellent restaurants, fantastic cafes and pubs, world heritage sites, terrific shopping, incredible festivals, a multicultural population, and good year round weather.
Sydney Central YHA Terrific location with walking distance to Central Station , Chinatown, Darling Harbour, CBD, Surry Hills, and. Newtown. Large, spacious and modern. Also great for solo, couples, and families.
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For more places to stay in Sydney choose from the largest range of hotels, apartments, and guesthouses with our partner . You get free cancellation on most rooms, and in most cases you only pay when you stay.
Anyways! Thanks for this amazing post! I will definately use it as a guide when we finally go to Sydney. For now, I will dream about it Damn, its beautiful ? THANK YOU!
Great list, thank you! I especially liked the pictures of each destination youve listed. I like the Sydney place and its amazing trip
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Sydney Toweris Sydneys tallest free-standing structure at 309 m above the CBD. It has an observation deck, and for an unforgettable Sydney experience consider theSky Walk268 metres above the city streets looking through a glass floor.
Hole in the Wall yep, this place has no name, but if you walk down George street towards the Harbour, turn left onto King St at the Apple Store, then its literally across the street (next to Louis Vitton Building).
Thank you for the tip. We do tend to add maps into our posts now but something like this would probably be too time-consuming and cost a lot to do in resources. Although, I agree it would be a great idea and I also love maps to help me see how it all works.
Sydney is Australias biggest city, and the gateway to the country with all major airlines running services.
Sake Restaurant & Bar contemporary Japanese food set within a designer space in the historic Argyle Precinct at The Rocks. Try the steamed prawn dumplings and a sashimi tasting plate.
Ah, Sydney. Love the city! Ive been there couple of times. Still, cant say that Ive seen all of it. Each time I discover new things. The last time I had the opportunity to travel a bit around the city, and found that theres places outside of the city worth visiting. Found a pretty nice list of suggestion I plan to follow next time when Im there