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Sydney Travel Guide

Tours, Tips & More

Sydney - the capital of New South Wales. 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.

Things to do in Sydney and New South Wales

  • The Rocks, Sydney
    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.
  • Bondi to Coogee walk, Sydney
    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.
  • Wattamolla Beach
    A beach that’s slightly less well known, but only a 2 hour drive from Sydney, is Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park. Think cliff jumping into a lagoon, swimming in a cove and an incredible stretch of beach.
  • Blue Mountains National Park
    Travel slightly in land and you’ll get to the impressive mountain range that is the Blue Mountains. Full of bushwalking trails, dramatic scenery, and waterfalls.
  • Nimbin
    Go North and you’ll get to Byron Bay, but just half an hour drive West is a surreal village situated in a very pretty valley. Buy tye dye, incense sticks and other quirky items – it’s time to let out your inner hippy! Peace and love, man.  
  • Koala Hospital, Port Macquarie
    Who doesn’t come to Australia and want to see a Koala? But instead of going to a zoo or posing for a photo with one, think about visiting this adorable hospital for sick and injured koalas, rescued from bush fires and ruined habitats.

Top neighbourhoods to visit in Sydney

Manly beach in Sydney
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.
Alley with street art in Newton in Sydney
Newtown is the cool kid on the block, where the backpackers and hipsters hang out. You've got independent coffee shops, street art (and regular art), music, events, and quirky bars. It's clear to see why students, backpackers and other young travellers come here.

Fly to Sydney

Start your adventure in New South Wales and get your flights to Sydney booked now. From there head out to the city's trendy suburbs, surfer beaches and amazing national parks. 
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Sydney Tours

Girl learning to surf in Australia
Sydney to Brisbane Experience | 7 Days
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.
Three people on the beach carrying surfboards in Sydney
Reefs and Rainforests (start Sydney) | 16 days
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.
Four girls look at the view on Sydney from the water
Eastern Escape | 13 days
Wild nights & wildlife await you on Australia's Iconic East Coast. Experience life on a farm alongside guided bushwalks, koalas & kangaroos and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. End in Sydney - a buzzing hub of the best restaurants, beaches and nightlife.

Blue Mountains Tours

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. Visit caves, go bushwalking, explore waterfalls, ride the cable car, and even camp nearby.
Sunset at Blue Mountains in Australia
Blue Mountains Overnight | 2 days
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 the cool art deco Blue Mountains YHA. The next day you have the freedom to pursue your own interests before taking the train back to Sydney.
Blue Mountains in Australia
Ultimate Sydney | 5 days
Get ready to climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, learn to surf on Australia’s most famous beach, experience the majestic Blue Mountains wilderness, touch and feed native Australian animals including koalas and kangaroos, take a classic ferry ride to manly Beach, ride a bike along beaches and dramatic cliff tops, and visit cool bars for free drinks. 

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