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Sydney Travel Guide

The first things that probably come to mind when you think of Sydney is the Royal Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the spectacular New Year fireworks and the famous Bondi Beach. But delve deeper and you'll find the culture, amazing eats, and beautiful surroundings that keep travellers coming back for more (or staying longer than expected!). Get ready to become a Sydneysider.

What we love about Sydney

2 mountain peaks Blue Mountains
Travel slightly in land and you’ll get to the impressive mountain range that is the Blue Mountains. Full of bush-walking trails, dramatic scenery, and waterfalls.
Beach parasol standing up in the sand Bondi to Coogee walk
With this coastal walk, not only will you get to visit the famous Bondi Beach, you’ll also be doing a beautiful walk between it and its equally cool neighbour, Coogee Beach.
Sydney opera house The Rocks
An urban hub that is perfect for those wanting to tick the classic tourist spots off their list – the Harbour Bridge and The Opera House.

Sydney's must-visit neighbourhoods

Manly beach in Sydney

Manly

Another easy and short ferry ride from Sydney's Circular Quay is the beachy suburb of Manly. Get away from the hustle and bustle and take a stroll along the beautiful beach, play some volleyball, hit the waves or just soak up the sun. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous, take the Manly to spit Bridge Coastal Walk: hidden bays, beaches, and great view points.
People walking in Watson's bay in Sydney

Watson's Bay

Take a short ferry from Circular Key to Watson's Bay for a perfectly chilled day out. Grab some fish and chips from Doyle's and sit along the beach, head to a beer garden for some drinks, or take the South Head Heritage Trail along to Camp Cove for stunning views and a step back into history.
Darling Harbour in Sydney at night

Darling Harbour

Everyone loves Darling Harbour, and for good reason. It's impressive at any time of day, but if you want to see Sydney all lit up, head down in the evening for some sunset drinks, and watch Sydney light up in different colours. On a Saturday you could even catch a fireworks display.

Sydney tours & experiences

Carving up waves, climbing over iconic landmarks and trekking through jungle-clad national parks are just some of the exciting activities that you can do in this fantastic part of the world. Boasting a vibrant art scene, world-class restaurants and more sights than you can shake a selfie stick at, you won’t be stuck for things to do in Sydney. View all Australia tours.
Girl learning to surf in Australia

Sydney to Brisbane Experience

Worried you haven't got the cash or time to get the Aussie experience? Worry not. In just seven days, you'll explore Sydney, Tamworth, Yamba, Byron Bay and Brisbane, getting a flavour of the Aussie outback, surfing the waves and even sampling a tasty bit of vino to boot.
7 days
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Three people on the beach carrying surfboards in Sydney

Reefs and Rainforests (start Sydney)

Starting Sydney-side wild nights & wildlife await you on the Aussie East Coast. Learn to surf in Coffs Harbour, enjoy a 'knees-up' at a farmstay, maybe hold a koala, then chill in paradise at our Whitsundays resort. Take a rooftop ride along the rainforest canopy, go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef & get a taste of East Coast living.
16 days
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Blue Mountains tours & experiences

The Blue Mountains is located in a World Heritage Site, and houses villages, an incredible mountain range and other scenic attractions. It's an easy day trip from Sydney, and gives you a chance to get out of the busy city life and experience the beautiful nature that New South Wales has to offer. 
Sunset at Blue Mountains in Australia

Overnight Blue Mountains tour

Explore more of the Blue Mountains, Australia`s most visited World Heritage National Park with this overnight package that includes an active Blue Mountains Day Trip day trip plus an overnight stay at a hostel. The next day you have the freedom to pursue your own interests before taking the train back to Sydney.
Blue Mountains in Australia

Blue Mountains day tour

See some of Australia's most spectacular scenery on this adventure-packed trip to the Blue Mountains. Start by spotting wildlife in a natural clearing followed by a walk to Wentworth Falls. After a picnic lunch, swim in secluded waterhole then snap a selfie with the Three Sisters. Round off the day with a well-earned beer or glass of wine.

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