Sydney Travel Information
This page is designed to give you some local Sydney travel information as you plan your perfect Australian holiday. I hope you will find the Sydney travel ideas here to be useful as you plan your ultimate trip to our beautiful city. Being a life long Sydney local I am more than happy to answer any specific Sydney travel questions about your next trip so please feel free to contact me if I can help in any way. You can also find more Sydney travel information over on my Sydney blog page, in the FAQ's and on any of my social profiles. Looking forward to seeing you in Sydney soon.
Sydney Travel InformationSydney Overview: Sydney is Australia's largest city and is the capital of New South Wales. Sitting on the East Coast of Australia, and with an enviable climate Sydney is home to one of the world's most beautiful and extensive harbours and is a healthy, vibrant and diverse city. When visiting Sydney it is hard to believe that the city, and Australia are only just over 200 years old, being officially settled on January 26th, 1788, the date that is annually celebrated as Australia Day.
Sydney Harbour: If you are visiting Sydney for the first time then head straight to Sydney Harbour. It is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world and with icons like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the stunning Sydney skyline surrounding it you will soon understand its appeal. The Sydney Harbour foreshore is easily experienced on foot and in one morning or afternoon you can easily enjoy the major sites and areas such as The Rocks with its history, ambience and great restaurants or Circular Quay where you can enjoy Sydney street performers, take a ferry to Manly, Watson's Bay or Taronga Zoo or just sit in a cafe and watch the world go by. It is also easy to walk around to get closer to the Opera House and then continue through the beautiful and relaxing Botanic Gardens on your way to see Lady Macquarie's Chair or the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Sydney Shopping: If a Sydney shopping experience is what you are after then you wont have to look far. A must see Sydney shopping icon is the beautiful Queen Victoria Building next to Sydney Town Hall which dates back to the 1890's and offers a true luxury shopping experience for visitors and locals alike. With it's grand design, boutique shops and great eating options it is a great place for some retail therapy. Just across George Street is the more mainstream shopping meccas of Pitt Street Mall and Westfield with their vast collections of both local and international brands and abundance of eating options. If you want a bird's eye view of the city you can easily ascend the Sydney Tower and enjoy 360 degree views which on a clear day will reveal the Blue Mountains to the west and the sparkling Pacific Ocean to the east. A short walk away you can find colourful and cultural experience at Paddy's Market's and nearby Chinatown where you can enjoy Asian cuisine and a bustling ambience.
Darling Harbour Precinct: An easy 10 minute stroll from Sydney Town Hall takes you to the relaxed and recreational area of Darling Harbour, re-developed in the 1980's as a place for both locals and visitors to enjoy an outdoor space with easy access to entertainment, retail and relaxed dining options. Here you can find the recently completed Tumbalong Park which is an amazing, interactive play area for young kids and the adjacent Darling Quarter with its excellent dining options and open grass areas. Just nearby is the tranquil Chinese Fellowship Gardens which provides a peaceful getaway from the busy city. Also in Darling Harbour and all in close proximity on the eastern side are the Imax Theatre, Wild Life Zoo, Sydney Sea Life Aquarium, and Madame Tussauds wax museum. On the west side you will find the Harbourside shopping centre, the Maritime Museum and the recently renovated Star Casino.