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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 Opera House

The iconic Sydney Opera House

Sydney Architecture Tour

Sydney's fascinating blend of architecture

Sydney Harbour Bridge Tour

The towering Sydney Harbour Bridge

Bondi to Bronte walk, Sydney

The always popular Bondi to Bronte walk

Sydney Travel Information

Sydney 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.

Local Sydney areas

Local Sydney travel information to give you a snapshot of some of the more popular suburbs and precincts around Sydney. This is just the start, with so much cultural diversity to discover. Feel free to contact me for some more specific local advice.

  • Bondi Beach: Sydney's most famous and popular beach and home to surf crazed backpackers from all over the world. If you don't mind sharing the water, it is an iconic experience to swim here. Enjoy local shopping and eating or the scenic walk along the coast past Tamarama Beach, Bronte Beach and on to Coogee.

  • Chinatown: Sydney's Chinatown and nearby areas are full of exciting restaurants, shops, and specialty stores and the area is always bustling with colour and life. Taiwanese noodles, Chinese yum cha, Malaysian curries, Korean BBQ and so much more. Well worth the visit.

  • Circular Quay: Not just a transport hub for buses and ferries, Circular Quay is always buzzing with street performers and packed cafes as well as being your access point to some of Sydney best restaurants like Aria, Cafe Sydney and Quay.

  • City Centre: Shopping and entertainment options are only part of the downtown appeal. You can also access landmarks like the Sydney Town Hall, Hyde Park Barracks, St Mary's Cathedral, the Art Gallery of NSW and much more.

  • Darling Harbour: A family friendly area that always has something on offer. Playgrounds, shopping, attractions, dining and plenty of places to just relax and unwind.

  • Kings Cross and Potts Point: A community full of colourful local characters and famous stories, this area has shaken off its bad reputation and has some excellent and authentic eating options as well some iconic local Sydney architecture.

  • Sydney Harbour: Stunning views and iconic Sydney landmarks line the harbour. Enjoy it from the shores or jump on a ferry or water taxi and see the city from on the water. Great for late afternoon walks, fine dining and photography.

  • The Rocks: The historic heart of Sydney and modern Australia. A place full of stories and narrow, charming walkways. Great place to wander around in the late afternoon with many great restaurants, cafe's and the famous weekly Sunday Markets.

  • Walsh Bay: A great place to sneak away to escape the city crowds and enjoy some local history, great views and fine food. Home to the Sydney Theatre and Dance Companies.

  • Woolloomooloo: A warm and vibrant part of Sydney with fabulous waterside dining, local pubs and the famous Harry's Cafe De Wheels where you might want to try your first 'Aussie' meat pie.

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