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From the minute your flight to Sydney touches down, there’s no shortage of beauty, both natural and manmade – from the Harbour Bridge and iconic Opera House, to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Royal National Park.

It’s easy to see why so many visitors fall in love with this city, a fact accentuated by the growing number of expats who call it home. It’s a hugely popular destination and the culture, dining and nightlife here are as diverse as the city’s population.

Many residents have made their mark by setting up restaurants, cafes and shops boasting their native traditions, which have given rise to the city’s wonderful culinary scene. One of the best examples of this is Chinatown, which has some terrific markets and cafes, all drawing on influences from many different corners of Asia.

But there’s more to restaurants in Sydney than its excellent dim sum joints. There are some truly exceptional dining spots, from Peter Gilmore's spectacular Quay to delicious hole-in-the-wall sushi joints. Sydney has a thriving cafe culture as well.

And you’re going to need that caffeine if you want to get the most out of the city at night. In the evenings, the streets come alive with a mix of students, professionals and visitors. Join them to enjoy a combination of quirky indoor venues and gorgeous al fresco spots dotted along the harbour.

And better still, zipping between places is so easy it’s almost enjoyable. Sydney is home to one of the biggest and best public transport systems in Australia. So pack plenty of energy as you get ready to enjoy one of the most iconic cities in the world.

Scale Sydney Tower Eye

Sydney’s tallest building towers 300m 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 see you stepping out on a platform 270m above Sydney.

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

Climb Harbour Bridge

There's no better way to see Sydney than from 134m above the harbour, 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

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 8015 5571
pirateattack.com.au

Visit an art gallery

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, dating from the colonial period to the modern era.

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

Surf at Bondi Beach

Fancy yourself as 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 go.

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

Shop at Queen Victoria Building

One of Sydney's prettiest buildings also happens to contain its best shopping centre. This block on George Street has more than 180 boutiques, jewellery 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 
www.qvb.com.au

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

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 flavours. 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

Quay (International)

A reservation at celebrity chef Peter Gilmore's award-winning restaurant Quay is one of the hottest tickets in town. Tuck 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

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 laidback – perfect for its location on Pyrmont Street. No wonder it's an eatery that’s been named Restaurant of the Year by Gourmet Traveler Australia.

The Star
80 Pyrmont Street
Level G
NSW 2009
+61 2 9777 9000
momofuku.com/sydney/seiobo

Est (International)

Looking for a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion? The formal dining setting at Est will fit the bill. Splash out 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
252 George Street
+61 2 9240 3000
merivale.com.au/est

Aria Sydney (International)

This is a classy venue on the harbour 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, you can choose a menu with meals ranging from 2-4 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

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

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 colours, 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

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 keen to sample Sydney’s grape 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

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 harbour.

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

Mercure Sydney

Mercure Sydney's claim to fame is in 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
NSW 2000 
+61 2 9217 6666
mercuresydney.com.au

Establishment Hotel

With 31 rooms, a 40m-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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