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Traveller's reviews and photos

8
Very good
Visually stunning! One of a kind in the world when it comes to the Opera House! Friendly and easy going Australians. The fish market for delicious seafood! A huge selection of nice Japanese & Korean eateries.
Danni
Australia
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Great city to visit, so much to see and do, if driving make sure you have a gps, so many one way streets to navigate
Leanne
Australia
19 February 2017
8
Very good
The Opera House and harbour are very special. You can get a great view of the city, harbour and the Blue Mountains in the distance from the Sydney Tower revolving restaurant.
David
Australia
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
Been to Sydney many times for business & would still not have seen many things that a tourist traveller would see in a week
Michael
Australia
19 February 2017
10
Exceptional
We love our weekend in Sydney and a trip to Oz wouldn't be the same without it!!
Dean
United Kingdom
19 February 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Sydney

Swissôtel Sydney

9.1 Superb

Score from 4,660 reviews

£153

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour

8.1 Very good

Score from 3,284 reviews

£122

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  • “location was great”
    356 related reviews
  • “wonderful staff”
    260 related reviews
  • “amazing views”
    214 related reviews
Rydges Sydney Airport Hotel

8.8 Fabulous

Score from 6,818 reviews

£116

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  • “good connection to airport”
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  • “comfortable beds”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 3,624 reviews

£151

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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

9 Superb

Score from 4,580 reviews

£172

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  • “amazing views”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “location was great”
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Hyde Park Inn

8.4 Very good

Score from 3,524 reviews

£92

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  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Hyatt Regency Sydney

8.3 Very good

Score from 4,630 reviews

£122

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  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 2,921 reviews

£172

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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
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  • “location was great”
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ibis Sydney Darling Harbour

7.8 Good

Score from 4,296 reviews

£104

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  • “location was great”
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Discover Sydney

Popular neighbourhoods in Sydney

Sydney CBD

162 properties

Sydney’s 'CBD' is a hive of commercialism. Shopping is the star attraction – explore the Queen Victoria Building and Pitt Street Mall for luxury and high street shops, or venture to The Strand for boutiques. Hyde Park provides Sydney's lungs. When night falls, trendy wine bars and flashy nightclubs come to life.

Bondi

53 properties

Perhaps Sydney's most stunning beach, Bondi radiates health and vitality. Enjoy coffee at one of the seafront cafes or a jog along the promenade. There's also a breathtaking coastal sea walk to Coogee. Westfield Bondi Junction is a shopping mecca, while at night the streets come to life with bars and live music.

Potts Point

36 properties

Tree-lined streets, historic buildings and quaint shops lend Potts Point a certain Parisian air. Take a romantic stroll through Embarkation Park to glimpse the Sydney Harbour Bridge lit up after dark. Nightlife is more refined here than in Kings Cross, but the residents still party hard! Try upscale Haus for swanky cocktails and chilled-out tunes.

Manly

35 properties

Manly brims with natural beauty and outdoor activity. The golden sands and azure waves of Manly Beach lure streams of sunbathers, surfers and parasailers. At Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, dive with Grey Nurse sharks if you dare. Then stroll along tranquil Shelley Beach and view stunning sea vistas from the rocky crags of Sydney Harbour National Park.

Darlinghurst

25 properties

Darlinghurst is trendy, alternative and fabulously quirky. Sydney’s annual Mardi Gras takes place against the backdrop of Oxford Street’s colourful vintage, retro and boutique shops. Visit the area’s art galleries or listen to live music at the Oxford Art Factory.

Kings Cross

24 properties

The bright lights of Kings Cross sum up its atmosphere perfectly – flashy, brash and a bit sleazy. ‘The X’ (in local lingo) is the city’s premier nightlife precinct. There’s an abundance of restaurants, clubs and bars, but the area can get rowdy on Friday and Saturday nights!

Parramatta

24 properties

As Sydney’s second business hub, Parramatta brims with history and modern development. Westfield Parramatta is a five-storey shopping mecca, with nearly 500 shops. Church Street is abuzz with alfresco dining. Escape the bustle in the natural haven of Parramatta Park. For activities, try Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Pool or the Riverside Theatre.

Haymarket

21 properties

Home to Sydney’s enormous Chinatown, there’s no shortage of restaurants in this area. Discover science and design exhibitions at the Powerhouse Museum, or rummage for a bargain at vibrant Paddy’s Markets. Join the locals on Friday night – wander through Chinatown for dinner then top the night off with karaoke or cocktails!

Darling Harbour

16 properties

You’ll never be stuck for something to do here. WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, The Star Casino, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds provide hours of fun, while kids will love the playground at Tumbalong Park. King Street Wharf is a hive of activity day and night, laden with harbour side restaurants, bars and clubs.

The Rocks

13 properties

Spend an afternoon wandering the cobbled lanes of this historic precinct, or enjoy a beer in some of Australia's oldest pubs. Marvel at the stunning 360-degree view from the Pylon lookouts at either end of Sydney Harbour Bridge, or absorb the splendours of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Chinatown

11 properties

Chinatown buzzes with colour, taste and culture all year round. Allow yourself to succumb at least once to a restaurant serving yum cha (traditional Chinese lunch). Market City is home to Asian specialty shops, as well as Paddy’s Market, which is full of fresh produce and souvenirs.

Local tips for Sydney

Ivy
Sarah by Sarah

Sarah's spent her whole life in Sydney and loves the beaches and nightlife.

Ivy is a wonderland of dining, cocktails and beautiful people where ‘Sydneysiders’ love to play! Enjoy a cocktail or catch some of the world’s hottest DJs playing at Pacha Sydney nightclub. On a summer Sunday, dip your toes in the rooftop pool - the Marco Polo pool party sizzles into the evening.

  • 1/330 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Open Monday-Friday 12:00-Late, Saturday 20:30-Late
Wet'n'Wild Sydney
Lara by Lara

Lara loves to hike, picnic and admire the beautiful scenery in the Blue Mountains.

Wet'n'Wild Sydney is the best place to spend a summer day. One of the world’s biggest water themed parks, it includes the double Sky Coaster, a Tropical Cyclone and even a beach with white sandy shores. The 40 slides and attractions cater to everyone, even the kids with their own Wet'n'Wild Junior Zone.

Baxter Inn
Cassandra by Cassandra

Travel mad Cassandra loves Sydney's restaurants, especially those in Bondi, Crow's Nest and The Rocks.

For a local experience in Sydney, I recommend the Baxter Inn, a whiskey bar in the heart of the CBD. This converted basement bar has 156 choices of whiskey, as well as all your old favourites. For great service, free pretzels and fun, be sure to check it out!

  • Basement/152-156 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Open Monday-Saturday 16:00–01:00.
Shelley Beach
Neil by Neil

Outdoor loving Neil enjoys the countless opportunities for swimming, surfing and bushwalking in Sydney.

Away from the crowds of tourists, Shelly Beach is just a short walk from Manly. Protected from the ocean swell by a reef, enjoy use of the free barbeques or snacks from the kiosk. Take a stroll on the track around the headland offering spectacular views of the Northern Beaches and North Head.

  • Shelley Beach, Manly
Kürtősh
Tristan by Tristan

Australian/American Tristan loves breakfast at an awesome café, followed by an afternoon at the beach.

Kürtősh is a small cake/pastry café conveniently located on Crown St in the heart of trendy Surry Hills. Picture this: little tables, tiny stools, dim lighting and shelves and shelves full of amazing cakes. Best of all, you can purchase cakes by weight - so you decide the size of your piece!

  • 604-606 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
  • Open Monday-Friday 07:00–22:00, Saturday-Sunday 08:00–22:00.
Berkelouw Paddington Bookshop & Cafe
Christina by Christina

Christina has been around the world and feels that nothing compares to Aussie produce and flavours.

Berkelouw Paddington Bookshop & Cafe have books, wine and great coffee. Peruse a large range of new, rare and secondhand books then sink into a good read with a drink in hand. They also serve tasty treats and play host to great events like book launches and writer’s nights.

  • 19 Oxford St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 09:30–22:00, Friday-Saturday 09:30–23:00.
Plan B Small Club
Leyne by Leyne

Leyne plays gigs around Sydney’s Inner West and her life is filled with music.

Plan B Small Club in the city centre presents local and international bands and DJs on most nights of the week. A visit to Plan B Small Club can see you moshing to post-punk, dancing to Hawaiian pop and sipping cocktails while listening to 50s vinyl, all in one night!

Bronte Beach
Luke by Luke

Luke has called Sydney home for 7 years and surfs every day.

My favourite surf spot in Sydney is Bronte Beach. It’s located in the eastern suburbs, just south of Bondi. In the correct weather conditions, there is also an incredible right hand reef break. In addition, Bronte has a lovely cliff walk, linking to nearby beaches.

  • Bronte Beach, Bronte, Waverley
Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust
Andrew by Andrew

Londoner Andrew has lived in Sydney for two years and enjoys Sydney’s bars and restaurants.

Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust is an international sporting venue complex that hosts a range of sports. No matter what type of ticket you buy, each venue in the complex has great views of the playing field. These venues are easily accessible to the surrounding city pubs and bars.

Inner City Eats
Bernadette by Bernadette

Kiwi Bernadette’s 15 years in Sydney have been spent living everywhere from Parramatta to Bondi.

The inner city is full of tasty treats! Chicken Laksa on Hunter Street is a must. Spice I Am on Wentworth Street has the best Thai you’ll ever eat! If you’re a fan of dumplings, check out Din Tai Fung at World Square. BBQ King serves delicious roast pork!

  • 680 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
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Recommendations for Sydney

Public transport was convenient but bus drivers very rude and unfriendly and unhelpful! In other country's the buses have signs telling you the next stop not in Sydney! You get on the bus and have no idea when to get off! The taxi drivers are also very rude and unfriendly, not a first good impression when you arrive into the country!

being part of the audience at reality TV show X Factor. Fantastic experience to see behind the scenes but need to be aware of how much time it takes!

Use the Sydney public transport system. Taxi's and rental cars are too expensive. Trains are frequent and ferries will take you anywhere.

There are great factory outlets in Surry hills or catch a train ti Green Square for more shopping outlets

We travel from interstate regularly for music performances. Always excellent entertainment

This was mostly enjoyment of the harbors and docks, with ships and a picturesque quality.

Markets are great ie. Glebe and Paddington

The Greens North Sydney

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Transport

Sydney transport

Air - Kingsford Smith Airport

Kingsford Smith is Australia’s busiest airport – and a town in its own right, with some 150 shops and a range of restaurants. Airport Link trains depart every 6–15 minutes and are the fastest way to the city centre, with a journey time of just 13 minutes. A taxi to the centre will cost you AUD 45–55. For bus services, there are clearly marked bus stops located on the Arrivals level outside the terminal. Shuttle services and car rentals are also available.

Train

Central Station is the hub of the Sydney Trains network. Connect with suburban, intercity and interstate trains here. You can buy tickets from machines and offices in the station or use an Opal top-up card, which can also be used on light rail, buses and ferries. Many bus services depart from the adjacent Eddy Avenue and Chalmers Street or from the nearby Railway Square on George Street. Coach services depart from Eddy Avenue. Taxi ranks are at most major exits.

Bus

Sydney’s fleet of air-conditioned buses connect the entire city and are one of the faster ways to get around, thanks to the city’s dedicated bus lanes. Look for the dark blue and yellow signs; timetables are displayed at most stops. Tickets for most buses are available on board or at stations, newsagents and convenience stores; be aware that "prepay only" buses don't sell tickets on board. For something different, pre-purchase a ticket for the City Explorer bus – these open-topped, red, double-decker buses stop at 34 of Sydney’s major attractions.

Taxi

Sydney’s major taxi stands are all at Central Station – Western Forecourt, Elizabeth Street and the corner of Chalmers and Devonshire Street. It’s easiest to hail a taxi on the street (if the light’s on, it’s available). Taxis are convenient but expensive, and drivers may ask where you’re going before they let you in. If you’re travelling late at night, there’s an hour when no taxis are around (usually 03:00); drivers usually start or finish shifts once pubs close.

Light Rail

Sydney’s Light Rail Network links Central Station with Sydney’s Inner West, extending to Dulwich Hill. Given the network’s limited reach and limited stops, it’s more convenient to take the train or bus to most outlying districts. To find light rail stops, look for the red and white ‘Tram Stop’ signs. Tickets are available at vending machines as well as station ticket offices. Alternatively, buy an Opal top-up card to use on light rail, trains, buses and ferries.

Car

Several roads run between Kingsford Smith Airport and the city centre. There are plenty of car rental desks at the airport. Some of these roads incur toll charges, so plan your journey accordingly. With lots of traffic congestion, driving in the city centre can be intimidating for first-time visitors. Although free on-street parking is virtually non-existent, there are plenty of expensive parking garages that are clearly marked throughout the city.

Food in Sydney

Top restaurants in Sydney

High-end dining
Australian
360 Bar and Dining

Boasting 360 degree, revolving views of the Sydney skyline, 360 Bar and Dining offers a sophisticated dining experience. It features seasonal menus, made from the freshest local produce.

  • Reception Level 4, Westfield Centre, Pitt & Castlereagh Sts, CBD, NSW 2000
  • Open weekdays 12:00–14:00 and 17:30–21:00, weekends 17:30–21:00
  • www.360dining.com.au
  • 0061 282233883
Good value
Spanish
Subsolo

Featuring a friendly yet intimate ambience, Subsolo offers a range of delicious Spanish cuisine. Enjoy tapas, paella and the specialty spit roaster grills.

Good value
Thai
Holy Basil

Set in a modern space inside the Shark Hotel, Holy Basil offers a delicious menu of Thai and Laos fusion. A great selection of stir-fries, curries and noodles, and make sure you try the deep-fried ice cream for dessert!

Good value
Australian
GPO Cheese and Wine Room

Dubbed Sydney’s temple of cheese, GPO Cheese and Wine Room is designed with the feel of an underground artisan cheese cellar. Enjoy à la carte options or truly indulge in a selection of cheese and chocolate fondue platters.

High-end dining
Australian
Rockpool Bar & Grill

Enjoy sophisticated dining in the elegant dining room of an Art Deco skyscraper at Rockpool Bar & Grill. With friendly service and excellent produce, you can sample wood fire grilled meats and seafood. Enjoy an after dinner drink at the bar.

High-end dining
Italian
Uccello

Located on level 4 of the ivy, Uccello is set in beautiful surrounds boasting views of the rooftop pool. The menu offers rustic Italian dishes, with simple yet stunning presentation.

Good value
Italian
Jamie's Italian

Featuring an industrial, rustic vibe, Jamie’s Italian is adorned with metal chairs, graffiti walls and an energetic vibe. Enjoy fresh handmade pasta or try the impressive antipasti plank. But be prepared–queue.

Good value
Italian
Frankie's Pizza

Set in a basement bar, Frankie’s Pizza is a cheesy Italian pizza place with a rock’n’roll twist. Chow down on a thin crust pizza then head–the back bar for a drink and a game of pinball.

Cheap 'n' tasty
Japanese
Ichi-ban Boshi

Located in the heart of the city, Ichi-ban Boshi offers delicious Japanese takeaway food. There’s a large variety of tapas-style entrees, as well as the tradition noodle and rice favourites.

Good value
Malaysian
Mamak

The perpetual line outside Mamak’s door is testament–their consistently incredible food. Light and tissue thin, their roti canai is the stuff dreams are made of.

  • 15 Goulburn St, Haymarket, NSW 2000
  • Open Sunday–Thursday 11:30–14:30 and 17:30–22:00, Friday–Saturday 11:30–14:30 and 17:30–02:00
  • www.mamak.com.au
  • 0061 292111668
High-end dining
Japanese
Tetsuya's

Overlooking Japanese gardens and decorated with eclectic art, Tetsuya’s offers a serene city dining experience. The restaurant features a 10-course degustation menu, with a matching wine course.

  • 529 Kent St, CBD, NSW 2000‎
  • Open Tuesday–Friday 18:00–00:00, Saturday 12:00–16:00 and 18:30–00:00, Sunday 12:00–00:00
  • www.tetsuyas.com
  • 0061 292672900
High-end dining
Brazilian
Braza Churrascaria

For a delicious Brazilian BBQ experience head–Braza Churrascaria! Indulge your inner carnivore as waiters bring offerings of various meat skewers–your table. Head–the bar afterwards–try traditional sugar cane spirit!

Good value
Italian
Baia THE ITALIAN

Enjoy relaxed, al fresco dining whilst taking in the water views of Cockle Bay. Baia THE ITALIAN offers a variety of traditional Italian dishes, from fresh seafood–pastas and pizzas.

Good value
Australian
Blackbird Café

Perched on the balcony level of Cockle Bay Wharf, Blackbird Café offers beautiful food and an extensive menu. Enjoy steak, pasta, seafood or even try the kangaroo! There’s even a live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights!

High-end dining
Australian
The Meat & Wine Co

Boasting spectacular views of the city skyline and Darling Harbour, The Meat & Wine Co is a sophisticated, but relaxed steakhouse. Enjoy a mouthwatering selection of steaks, ribs and flame-grilled skewers.

  • Level 1, IMAX Theatre Complex/31 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour, NSW 2000‎
  • Open Sunday–Thursday 12:00–22:00, Friday–Saturday 12:00–23:00
  • themeatandwineco.com
  • 0061 292119888
High-end dining
Korean
Miga Restaurant

This upscale eatery boasts traditional Korean BBQ in a trendy, modern setting. Enjoy your favourite Korean favourites like bulgogi, bibimbap or seafood pancakes, washed down with an inventive soju cocktail.

  • Shop 34,1 Dixon St, Haymarket, NSW 2000
  • Open every day 16:00–02:30
  • 0061 292610888
Good value
Chinese
BBQ King

BBQ King has been a Sydney institution since 1979, and their popularity doesn’t seem–be waning. Late-night revelers can indulge in roast duck pancakes and pork belly with the locals.

  • 18 Goulburn St, Haymarket, NSW 2000
  • Open every day 10:00–02:00
  • 0061 292672586
High-end dining
Australian
Shipley's

Located within a restored wool-trade factory, Shipleys offers gourmet breakfast and sumptuous buffet and à la carte dinners. Delight in the freshest seafood and international cuisines.

Good value
Japanese
Miso Japanese Restaurant

Known for its tasty pork katsu, bento boxes and blended fruit smoothies, Miso Japanese Restaurant is hidden away inside Sydney’s World Square complex.

High-end dining
Italian
Beppi's

With a cosy and intimate setting, Beppi’s has been serving up the freshest Italian classics for many years. Enjoy exceptional service and authentic pasta, seafood and meat dishes.

High-end dining
Vietnamese
Red Lantern on Riley

Set within a designer space inspired by French Colonial Vietnam, Red Lantern on Riley offers an extensive menu with a focus on shared dishes. Enjoy rice paper rolls and crisp rice flour crepes.

  • 60 Riley St, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
  • Open Tuesday–Wednesday 18:00–23:00, Thursday–Friday 12:00–15:00 and 18:00–23:00, weekends 18:00–23:00
  • redlantern.com.au
  • 0061 296984355
High-end dining
Australian
Nick's Seafood Restaurant

Overlooking the shores of Darling Harbour, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant offers a delectable seafood dining experience. Enjoy the flavours of oysters, char-grilled seafood and the stunning Nick’s seafood platter.

  • The Promenade, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, NSW 2000‎
  • Open Monday–Thursday 11:30–15:00 and 17:30–22:00, Friday–Saturday 11:30–15:00 and 17:30–23:00, Sunday 11:30–22:00
  • www.nicks-seafood.com.au
  • 0061 292641212
Good value
Mediterranean
Georges Mediterranean Bar & Grill

The water views complement the relaxed atmosphere and delicious flavours at Georges Mediterranean Bar & Grill. Enjoy fresh and vibrant dishes, then head–the bar–round the night out with a cocktail.

High-end dining
Chinese
Golden Century Seafood Restaurant

Open until 4 am every day, this award-winning restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, and you can take your pick of lobster, crab or abalone from the tanks on display.

Good value
Korean
Daejangkum

If you enjoy participating in your meal experience, the Korean BBQ at Dae Jang Kum is a late-night staple. Make sure you try the banchan, the hotpot and the mouthwatering soups!

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