Flights to Sydney (SYD)

There’s no shortage of beauty in Sydney, from the Harbour Bridge and the iconic Opera House to the verdant Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Sydney, Australia

What to do in Sydney

Be a Pirate

Centuries ago, pirates roamed the waters around Australia. Attack of the Pirates recreates those days on a proper pirate vessel (a traditional tall ship) using actual functioning cannons, sword fights, and plenty of (harmless) explosions. You can buy a family pass.

Wharf 5
Circular Quay
NSW 2000
+61 2 015 5571
pirateattack.com.au

Scale Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney’s tallest building towers 300 meters above the city. For amazing views, head for the observation deck. If you’re feeling really brave, you could even book a tour that includes the open-air Skywalk, which will have you stepping out on a platform 270 meters above the city.

100 Market Street
NSW 2000
+61 2 800 258 693
sydneytowereye.com.au

Shop at Queen Victoria Building

One of Sydney's prettiest buildings also happens to contain its best shopping center. This block on George Street has more than 180 boutiques, jewelry shops, and other stores, including the ABC Shop (selling books, toys, and DVDs) and Zumbo Patisserie. If you can't find what you need here, you just aren't looking hard enough.

455 George Street
NSW 2000
+61 2 9265 6800
qvb.com.au

Visit an art museum

Since opening in 1871, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has played a key role in the development of art in New South Wales and Australia as a whole. The beautiful building showcases local and international artists from the colonial period to the modern era.

Art Gallery Road
NSW 2000
+61 2 9225 1700
artgallery.nsw.gov.au

Surf at Bondi Beach

Fancy yourself a surfer? Learn to carve some of the best breakers in the world at Bondi with Let’s Go Surfing. The school offers lessons for all ages and abilities, including private groups designed for families. There’s also boogie boarding, if you’re looking for something more manageable on your first try.

128 Ramsgate Avenue
Bondi Beach
NSW 2026
+61 2 9365 1800
letsgosurfing.com.au

Climb Harbour Bridge

There's no better way to see Sydney than from 134 meters above the harbor, at the top of one of the world's most iconic bridges. The views from Harbour Bridge are spectacular during the day and downright stunning at night. Bring a camera for the ultimate selfie.

3 Cumberland Street
The Rocks
NSW 2000
+61 2 8274 7777
bridgeclimb.com

Where to eat in Sydney

Tetsuya's (Japanese)

The internationally acclaimed Tetsuya’s has a Japanese-inspired design, but a strong French culinary influence is what makes this place special. After a long day of touring, the Japanese rock garden makes for an excellent spot to relax and eat.

529 Kent Street
NSW 2000
+61 2 9267 2900
tetsuyas.com

Est (International)

Looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion? The formal dining setting at Est will fit the bill. Splurge on the four-course Chef’s Menu before continuing with the celebrations by heading across to the famed Establishment Hotel and its lively lounge.

Level 1
Establishment 252 George Street
+61 2 9240 3000
merivale.com.au/est

Momofuku Seiobo (Asian)

Ben Greeno, the former Noma chef, brought some Australian flair to this New York City spin-off. The food is delicious and the vibe is stylish but laid-back, perfect for its location on Pyrmont Street. No wonder it's been named Restaurant of the Year by Gourmet Traveler Australia.

The Star
80 Pyrmont Street
+61 2 9777 9000
momofuku.com/sydney/seiobo

Rockpool (Modern Australian)

All the ingredients on the menu at Rockpool are sourced from local, family-run farms around Australia, so you know you’re in for quality food and amazing flavors. Neil Perry launched the restaurant back in 1989, but it feels as fresh now as it did back then.

11 Bridge Street
NSW 2000
+61 2 9252 1888
rockpool.com/rockpoolbarandgrillsydney

Aria Sydney (International)

This is a classy venue on the harbor that gives the famous Quay a run for its money in the battle for Sydney’s best-loved restaurant. Headed up by the talented Matt Moran, Aria Sydney lets you choose from a menu of meals ranging from two to four courses in a dining room just steps from the water.

1 Macquarie Street
East Circular Quay
NW 2000
+61 2 9240 2255
ariarestaurant.com/sydney

Quay (International)

A reservation at celebrity chef Peter Gilmore's award-winning restaurant Quay is one of the hottest tickets in town. Dig into the eight-course tasting menu (the congee of northern Australian mud crab and snow egg is a highlight) while enjoying amazing views across Sydney Cove.

Upper Level
Overseas Passenger Terminal 5
Hickson Road
The Rocks
NSW 2000
+61 2 9251 5600
quay.com.au

Places to stay in Sydney

Park Hyatt Sydney

Stay at Park Hyatt Sydney and you'll be as close to the Harbour Bridge as you can be without actually getting onto the road. The luxurious rooms all have private balconies, but it is at the spa’s rooftop pool and sundeck that you’ll want to spend most of your time, gazing out over the harbor.

7 Hickson Road
The Rocks
NSW 2000
+61 2 9256 1234
sydney.park.hyatt.com

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay

This boutique hotel features a bit of classic style in the heart of Sydney's tourist area. The rooms are big, and an open fire in the lounge will keep you warm on chilly evenings. Bonus tip: stay above the eighth floor in a room that ends in 05 or 11 for the best views of Sydney Harbour.

93 Macquarie Street
NSW 2000
+61 2 9252 4600
stamford.com.au/sscq

Perry Street Hotel

This boutique hotel some three hours outside the city has just 13 suites, but the rooms are spacious and homey; it feels like you’re staying in a bed and breakfast. It makes a great base if you're eager to sample Sydney’s wine varieties, as there are more than 36 cellars in the surrounding Mudgee region.

Corner Perry & Gladstone Streets
Mudgee
NSW 2850
+61 2 6372 7650
perrystreethotel.com.au

Mercure Sydney

Mercure Sydney's claim to fame is that it’s simple and affordable. The Central Rail Light Station is just around the block, making getting out and about easy. All the magic of the Sydney waterfront is a short bus or cab ride away.

818-820 George Street
Ultimo
NSW 2007
+61 2 9217 6666
mercuresydney.com.au

QT Sydney

Although it boasts 200 suites, this hidden gem in the Gowings and State Theatre buildings still classes itself as a boutique hotel. It’s an eclectic mix of architectural colors, with influences from the Gothic, Art Deco, and Italianate styles. Check in, then treat yourself to an old-fashioned evening at Gilt Lounge.

49 Market Street
NW 2000
+61 2 8262 0000
qtsydney.com.au

Establishment Hotel

With 31 rooms, a 40-meter-long marble bar at the Establishment Bar, and the Sydney Harbour, Opera House, and Sydney Botanical Gardens all within walking distance, Establishment Hotel has everything you could ask for. No wonder then that it’s a bit of a celebrity magnet and a prime hangout spot for Sydney’s rich and famous.

5 Bridge Lane
NSW 2000
+61 2 9240 3100
merivale.com.au/accommodation/establishmenthotel

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