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As Australia's largest city and home to the iconic Opera House, it's no wonder Sydney is often mistaken as the country's capital. Whether you're into history, nature, fashion or food, this city has it all.

Many of Sydney's most popular attractions are in the compact downtown area, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and countless restaurants and shops. There's also a large selection of museums and galleries like The Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Sydney, and the Australian National Maritime Museum. And for some fresh air, be sure to visit both the Royal Botanic Garden and the Victorian-style Centennial Park.

On the way out to the Eastern Suburbs, you'll find the world-famous Bondi Beach, frequented by surfers and swimmers alike for its big, warm waves. Another main attraction is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, offering panoramic views over Sydney from its West Head lookout point. Then check out some Aboriginal rock paintings and cave art at any one of +800 well-preserved archaeological sites.

Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is about 5 miles south of the city and can be reached easily by train, bus, and taxi.

Tonight

From $257 per night

This weekend

From $128 per night

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From $112 per night

Most popular time to visit November-January
Cheapest time to visit May-July
Local currency AUD 10 = $7.14
Language English
Average weekend price $174 per night
Average weekday price $156 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

We started a 14 day cruise in Sydney.

February 18, 2019

We started a 14 day cruise in Sydney. We stayed 2 nights prior to cruise. We bought an Opal transportation card and hop on and off trams and buses, we were impressed how perfect transportation worked out to get around Sydney. We enjoyed eating at the Hard Rock Cafe and other local restaurants. It is a plus to stay close to transportation. With an Opal card on Sunday's you can ride on buses, trams, trains and some ferries all day for under $ 4.00 total for the day.

Miguel
Miguel United States of America
10

FANTASTIC city, citizens were friendly, very welcoming and...

February 17, 2019

FANTASTIC city, citizens were friendly, very welcoming and accommodating. Diverse culture and modern. VERY clean and safe. Great restaurants…if you cannot find the cuisine for which you’re searching in Sydney, it probably doesn’t exist! Transportation options excellent (buses and trains are an unbelievably terrific value!). Sydney’s mix of beautiful architecture was absolutely brilliant…old & new side by side, beautiful and visually stunning. Beautiful parks and terrific views everywhere! Very family friendly and romantic too!

Ann
Ann United States of America
8.0

We liked the ferry area.

February 16, 2019

We liked the ferry area. There were several restaurants that we ate at. The food was good. We took the ferry to the zoo and spent the day there. A worker took our picture - he volunteered. We walked every where from the Holiday Inn, the hotel is situated in a convenient spot. There was a open market by the hotel with booths of handmade items the locals were swelling. One thing that you shouldn't do is convert US dollars to Aussie dollars. Use your credit card every where. Our Citi Bank Costco card did the job and converted Aussie money to American for whatever we charged. No carrying around cash.

Bar Dou
Bar Dou United States of America
10

Sydney is a beautiful diverse city and it was fun exploring...

February 14, 2019

Sydney is a beautiful diverse city and it was fun exploring it and using their wonderful public transportation. We took the train up to the Blue Mountains and enjoyed seeing the 3 sisters. Everywhere you go it is clean. People are friendly and helpful. We always got help from the locals about where to eat or what to do. They obviously have pride in their own counry and area.

Sharon
Sharon United States of America
10

Love the efficient metro system, very clean and on time...

February 13, 2019

Love the efficient metro system, very clean and on time always. Great cheap way to travel to and from the airport. Circular Quays always a favourite with its hustle and bustle. So many places to go to, Blue Mountains, River postman etc

Robert
Robert United Kingdom
10

Beautiful beaches: Bondi, Manly, Coogee.

February 10, 2019

Beautiful beaches: Bondi, Manly, Coogee. Fun ferry boat rides. Easy to walk around to all of the sites in town. Very friendly and helpful people. There is a great deal of construction for new buildings and rail line which is very noisy and disruptive when walking the streets.

James
James United States of America

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