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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

Very interesting first hand experience of The Opera House.

The guided tour gave us the history of the design and time involved in completion of the Opera House. Also the story of Jorn Utzen and the tragic way he left Australia to never return and see his iconic building. It was great to sit inside each theatre and find out the type of performances in each one and the technical details of how stage and lighting function. Our Spanish guide was very enthusiastic and she welcomed questions from the group. She made us aware of the beauty of the building and the daily functioning with a performance taking place and some rehearsals also. We enjoyed some lovely food as part of the tour overlooking the Bridge and the harbour.

Wonderful experience with awesome guide!

We were picked up on time and guided thoroughly to enjoy the breathtaking blue mountain fully. The guide was awesome and he provided all the information clearly to us.

Blue Mountains Tour, Scenic World, Leura Village & Cruise Reviewed by Manikkumaran, 05/30/2019

Worthwhile and fun way of sight seeing without the stress of driving.

The tour was fun and convenient to see all the sights of Sydney. Sitting on the upper deck enabled us to see the architect of city buildings from a different view. Took some great photography. Only downside was finding the bus stop to get on. There was lack of directions in this area.

Sydney & Bondi: Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/22/2019

A fabulous way to see the Sydney Opera House!

Our tour guide David was a well informed and extremely engaging. He kept the tour moving but took time to answer questions and share amazing insight into the history of this iconic building. Would highly recommend this tour.

The Sydney Opera House Tour Reviewed by Sharon, 05/19/2019

Great tour to discover tastes and a not touristic Sydney

Really recommended tour. Take your time and join it to your trip. Megan is a fantastic guide.

Sydney: Secret Food Tour Reviewed by Enrico, 05/16/2019