Introduction to Sydney

Sydney is a city whose identity is very much based on its coastal location. The beautiful white sand beaches carry their relaxed and chilled out vibe into the city centre, where you can browse some speciality shops then knock back a coffee or beer, all totally laidback and stress-free.

It’s very much a water city, so chances are when you visit you’ll be seeing a lot of water, either from a boat, beach or bar. The waterfront Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are icons that are on everyone’s sightseeing checklist, but there are lots more attractions to visit both in and around the city.

If you’re planning to give your credit card a workout there are plenty of good shopping strips in the city centre, plus foodies won’t be disappointed with a wide range of restaurants serving up reasonably priced food in the city’s main streets or slightly more pricey cuisine in the beachfront restaurants.

For the best of city life and laidback beach charm, Sydney should be top of your bucket list.


Must Do

The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge may be a bit of a cliché for travellers doing some sightseeing, but on a fine day the views of these famous buildings across the water are stunning. Grab a latte and soak up the relaxed atmosphere in the shadow of these icons of Australia’s oldest city.

Sun-worshippers, swimmers and surfers alike will have their radar set firmly on Bondi Beach. This awesome stretch of white sand coastline is synonymous with Australia’s beach culture, and the tanned bodies lazing on the beach or riding their boards over summer months show how true this still is today.

Wollongong is a hip coastal town south of the city with a young vibe. There’s a good beach of course, but for a proper experience hire a bike and cycle along the coast to the historic lighthouses, then take a breather and recharge your batteries with fish ‘n’ chips from the hugely popular local shop.

Time your visit right and you can take in one of the festivals like the music and culture Sydney Festival in January, the Sydney Mardi Gras in March, the Hunter Valley Uncorked food and wine festival in November or a range of events on year-round in Darling Harbour.

For more must-dos in Sydney, check out our things to do page and start planning your Sydney holiday.

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