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Top attractions in Sydney
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
Me and the wife were visiting Sydney and wanted to leave the city to see the Blue Mountains that we have heard so much about. We found this day tour at the very last minute on getyourguide.com, and basically booked it for the next morning. The email replied from the company was fast, and they were able to arrange it so that they can pick us up right in front of our hotel. A little before 7am our guide came to pick us up right on time and took us on our way, along with a few other guests. The size of the tour group was perfect and our guide was both knowledgable (being a local of the area) and super fun to be with! We had a hand-cooked breakfast (camping style), and then onwards to adventures around Kakoomba! We really enjoyed seeing the "Grand Canyon of Australia" (super gorgeous), the Three Sisters and Castle formations, the Scenic World sky-railways and "warm tropical forest", and feeding wallabees and kangaroos at the Featherdale Wildlife Park. We highly recommend this tour!
We have been to Sydney several times but wanted to see parts that we had not seen. The time just flew by as Maria showed us around lots of really interesting places to see, eat and drink. The low numbers really helped us to get to know our other guests and Maria's information was delivered in a low key and friendly way. Our only issue was that we had not done this tour earlier. great value for money and not too taxing physically at all. Would totally recommend!
Great day with our guide, John. He did a great job taking us all over the Blue Mountains. He was extremely punctual and polite. Nice lunch. The best was Featherdale! It was amazing to feed and pet kangaroos and wallabies and get really close to koala bears. There just wasn’t enough time! I would highly recommend this tour.
This tour was put together well, with adequate time in all of the tour locations. We had a great group of people who all got on well together, our tour guide and driver Lloyd, had great knowledge and a good repotoire of ‘old & stale’ jokes, which helped to gel the group. A great day was had by everybody.
If you dream about meeting kangaroo, koala, quokka, emu and other Australian animals, and about seeing a beautiful mountain scenery and walking in a bush.. this trip is for you so don't hesitate anymore! Our guide Mike made sure everyone felt okay and shared many interesting stories and jokes! ; )