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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

Beautiful views, but could have been better organized.

After paying extra for a window seat, they tried to sit us in the middle of the dining area. Apparently, what I had purchased did not show up the same on the voucher I was given when checking in. I showed my voucher on the mobile app and was told that they had to call the office to verify. After waiting for about 15 minutes (standing in the middle of the dining area as others were being seated around us), we finally got seated by a window. We were told that their system did not transfer the correct information to our printed voucher. This made the start of the dinner cruise uncomfortable and stressed.

Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise Reviewed by Andrea, 16/07/2019

A fantastic Day lots of fun for the whol family.

It was a fantastic day. a lot of sea life to look at. and all so a lot o0f information about the sea life in there. the two boats in there to go on the one trough to see the pengrans and the glass bottom boat was great as well. i was really impressed it was better than i thought it would be. and at the end the gift shop was great. i really recommend in going there. and i will be going there again in the future. Take Care.......

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Reviewed by Peda, 08/07/2019

We saw 4 whales play in the water for over an hour, it was amazing!

Amazing experience! We saw 4 whales play in the water for over an hour, it was amazing! Crew was friendly and informative. Toilets on board and drink plus snack included. I was out on the front side of the boat, it got pretty windy there and cold on my forehead, so bring a beanie or something to keep warm - i didnt

Sydney Whale Watching Cruise Reviewed by Nora, 19/06/2019

Great experience with spectacular guide!

Truly great experience - saw over 10 whales. Great guide and bot truly knowledgeable about the whales, while also respecting them, which was great to see. Would recommend for most people; however, sea can be tough, so don't go out if you get sick easily.

Sydney Whale Watching Cruise with Breakfast or Lunch Reviewed by Anonymous, 07/07/2019

amazing guide, average breakfast, lovely way to meet koalas

loved the guide and tour through the zoo without any other people, no waiting time at all and lovely way to meet koalas , we even got to print a photo to take home as a souvenir and got to pet a kangaroo !