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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I felt entertained and learned a lot the whole time we were out

It was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed being around a smaller intimate group that equally wanted to enjoy the tour. Our tour guide was energetic, knowledgeable and had really fun stories to share. I would recommend this to people traveling from outside of Australia.

Blue Mountains All Inclusive: Tour, Lunch and Ferry Reviewed by Danielle, 09/05/2018

Absolutely the highlight of our SOH visit!

Darryl (our guide) was entertaining, energetic, and patient with our questions. He made the tour fun and his wealth of knowledge about the opera house and its workings was amazing. We highly recommend this early-morning tour.

Sydney Opera House Backstage: 2.5-Hour Tour Reviewed by Joan, 08/21/2018

A great learning experience about one of the most recognizable sites

I thought the tour was great with just enough information about the building, its construction and we got to witness some theater rehearsals to get a feel for the acoustics. The guide was also very good and obviously passionate about her topic.

The Sydney Opera House Tour Reviewed by Robert, 08/14/2018

Excellent value for money and super helpful crew!

Amazing value for money and a great way to get to and from a cracking shopping outlet, worth the money for the cruise alone, crew amazingly helpful and friendly, highly recommend!

Sydney Outlet Shopping Ferry Reviewed by Richard, 08/04/2018

Outstanding trip, variety and value, Rod our guide was superb!

Outstanding trip, so much packed in to one day, value for money unbelievable, would highly recommended, lunch superb also, so many highlights.. the views were breath taking, feeding baby kangaroo’s, holding koalas.. the list goes on! Oh and our guide, Rod was pure class, really made the tour even more special!

Blue Mountains All Inclusive: Tour, Lunch and Ferry Reviewed by Richard, 07/26/2018