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Located on one of the world's largest natural harbors, Sydney offers urban comfort with beautiful beaches and sprawling mountains on your doorstep. Here are some of the best attractions in Australia's largest city.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Despite its name, the Sydney Opera House is actually comprised of multiple venues for performances of all types. Be sure to catch one at Australia's most recognizable landmark!

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Nicknamed "The Coathanger", the Sydney Harbour Bridge isn't just for ticking off your Sydney sightseeing checklist. You can climb it too! Book early to do a Bridge Climb tour at sunset.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo

The not-for-profit Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney's top attractions, with barless enclosures, regular talks, and stunning views of the harbor if, you can take your eyes off the animals!

The Rocks

The Rocks

It doesn't sound like the most promising place for tours in Sydney but Australia's first European settlement called "The Rocks" is actually named for its historic sandstone buildings.

Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney Tower Eye

Climb to Sydney's highest point to marvel at breathtaking views that stretch as far as the Blue Mountains. Then hunt for some fantastic deals at the shopping center beneath the Sydney Tower Eye!

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

Built as an extension of the city's aquarium to imitate the habitats of Australia's most iconic creatures, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is now one of the best things to do for families in Sydney!

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

The bold skyline of Darling Harbour crowns a lively recreational and tourism district, boasting everything from the Chinese Garden of Friendship to the world's largest IMAX screen!

Planning Your Sydney Visit

When to go?

Though some escaping the Northern Hemisphere's coldest months may enjoy the high temperatures of January and February, most will find the heat more bearable come March when fall rolls along. It's nonetheless perfect for checking out Sydney's best beaches! For those seeking lower-budget tourism, the cooler weather and low hotel prices make May the best time to visit.

How many days?

Of course it depends on what you want to do, but the must-see sights can be covered in a couple of days. Consider adding a day-trip to the Blue Mountains to your itinerary though, and if you've already booked a longer trip, don't worry! Sydney has enough going on to keep even the pickiest tourist satisfied for weeks.

How to get around?

Most of Sydney's attractions lie within the central business district or along the harbor. If you really don't want to walk between them, the City Circle train and the Monorail will take you to and from most points of interest. There is also an inexpensive ferry service that offers fantastic views of Sydney from the water. If you have reason to venture further out, you can check train times and routes at www.transportnsw.info.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Australian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+10:00)
  • Country Code
    61
  • Best time to visit
    For milder temperatures, visit in March, but for budget-friendly deals and cooler weather, make sure you go in May!

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What people are saying about Sydney

We found whales just outside of Sydney Harbour and again off Manly

Despite the weather being less than perfect with wind and rain all contingencies were covered with seasick tablets and sick bags available. The whale watching was great we saw several pods of whales that breached and tale slapped for our benefit. A thoroughly enjoyable experience in great comfort with a caring crew.

Sydney Whale Watching Cruise Reviewed by Jenni, 10/13/2018

Thoroughly enjoyed being a tourist in our Country.

I wished it lasted longer. Kept young teenage boys interested. Bonus was the markets.

Sydney: The Rocks 90-Minute Walking Tour Reviewed by Victoria, 10/08/2018

The views and the food were both sensational.

Our waiter was wonderful, very attentive and engaged well with the clients. We were taken aback by the great views.

Sydney Tower 360 Bar and Dining Experience Reviewed by Wayne, 09/28/2018

Fascinating experience with knowledgeable and local guide

Our guide Kathryn lives in the area and enjoys promoting King's Cross. She gave us interesting facts, her opinions on local issues and opportunities for photos as well as being thoughtful of our needs. Normally I would not wander the streets of King's Cross after dark and this tour gave the opportunity to see one aspect of Australian life while still feeling safe. There was an older prostitute who propositioned a young man. Our guide explained that this was unusual as it is dangerous on the streets and most prostitutes work in brothels. We saw the muttering, drug-affected hobo and advised "Don't make eye contact". Our guide knew the young man with schizophrenia who was begging to raise the $20 needed for a bed that night. She inquired after his health and gave him all the loose change that she had. As we walked away Kathryn explained the local issue of mental illness and homelessness. I found this tour a most interesting and thought-provoking experience that I would recommend to all.

Sydney Kings Cross – Crime & Passion Reviewed by Christine, 09/27/2018

Well organized loved the diversity of the trip.

Going to the Featherdale Wildlife park was the highlight of the trip! Great tour guide / bus driver very informative and entertaining!