City views from Lavender Bay, Sydney

Fast Facts

  • Australia’s oldest and biggest city
  • Gateway
    to Australia, set on one of the world’s most stunning harbours, which
    extends either side in a golden chain of easy-to-reach, inner-city

Why go there

The taste of Sydney
Sydney offers fans of
good food and wine
an unforgettable and
unique experience...
Sydney's unique

outdoor pools

Sydney’s saltwater

pools and netted

enclosures are

the quiet alternative..

Sydney’s laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one
of the world’s easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. The people
who live here are a friendly, energetic bunch with a tell-it-like-it-is
approach to life as visitors to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games found out
for themselves.

When it comes to which city is Australia’s true global city, there’s
no argument. It’s Sydney – with its sense of style, its love of sport
and exuberant celebrations including New Year’s Eve and Australia Day.

All of its attributes lie within easy reach of the city centre.
Sydney’s harbour is its natural playground, the dominant factor in so
much of what the city has to offer. The city has a wide-ranging
cultural life, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding
contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major
national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.

Don't Miss

  • Catching the perfect wave at famous Bondi or Palm beaches.
  • Dining waterside in the historic Rocks precinct, by the beach at Balmoral or on the wharf at Woolloomooloo Wharf.
  • Climbing to the very top of Sydney Harbour Bridge’s huge, over-arching span, by day or night with BridgeClimb.
  • Seeing the native fruit bats and 30 hectares of themed gardens in the Royal Botanic Gardens on a guided Aboriginal heritage tour.
  • Catching the ferry to Manly or a harbour cruise at sunset – or anytime – for one of Sydney’s most popular experiences.
  • Learning about Australia’s unique animals, overlooking the harbour, at Taronga Zoo or at Sydney Wildlife World, Darling Harbour.
  • Being inspired
    by a wonderful, magical performance at the Sydney Opera House or
    enthralled by one of the best Aboriginal art collections in the world
    at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • Taking a skippered yacht or an adrenalin-pumping jet boat from Darling Harbour.

Areas within Sydney

reas within Sydney

The Balmain One of Sydney's oldest suburbs, now a vibrant and artistic community.


Bondi Bondi One of Sydney's most eclectic and exciting precincts.


Cultural Cabramatta An authentic slice of South-East Asian sights and tastes.


Strolling Chinatown and Haymarket Asian streetlife with a bit of Spanish pizzaz.


An City Centre A beautiful harbourside capital, with historic precincts and cosmopolitan style.


Family Coogee and Randwick Classic Sydney surf scene popular with everyone


Bushwalking Cronulla Coast Sydney's longest beach is just a ferry ride from the Royal National Park.


Darling Darling Harbour A lively harbourside precinct that throbs with activity day and night.


Cafes Darlinghurst Boutiques and bookshops by day, bars and nightclubs by night.


Dee Double Bay Fashion central and the playground of Sydney’s beautiful people.


Waterside Glebe is one of Sydney's most vibrant alternative areas.


Hawkesbury River A fascinating mix of natural attractions and a peaceful country ambience.


Tizzana Hawkesbury Valley The Hawkesbury River winds its way through a fertile valley.

Dining Kings Cross and Woolloomooloo This lively entertainment area buzzes with nightclubs, bars and...


The Leichhardt Sydney's Little Italy, the place to go for all things Italian, from gelato to espresso.


St Macarthur A vibrant, bustling area with country charm


Manly Nestled between the harbour and a surf beach – a quintessential Sydney experience.


Bent Moore Park Major sports stadiums, entertainment venues and an expansive park.


Taronga Mosman and Balmoral Beach Harbourside suburbs blessed with great cafes, shops and views


One Newtown Colourful, unconventional and gay-friendly with a strong arts culture, great shopping and dining.


Manly Northern Beaches and Pittwater Peninsula with the Pacific Ocean on one side and Pittwater on the other


Shopping Paddington Stylish terraces, a great shopping precinct lined with cafés and restaurants.


St Parramatta Parramatta is a city of historic charm with a multicultural footprint.


Overlooking Penrith Valley An aquatic playground at the foothills of the Blue Mountains.


George Picton and Surrounds All the charm and tranquillity of the country.


Fort Sydney Harbour and Islands All kinds of water craft jostle for a piece of the world's best harbour.


Biking Sydney Olympic Park Home of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games, major social and sporting venue.


Some The Rocks and Circular Quay Historic harbourside area with shops, pubs and restaurants.