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Why visit Sydney?
New South Wales' shining star of the southern hemisphere, Sydney, Australia stands as a colourful and picturesque capital city. Beyond the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, there are countless experiences to be enjoyed in Sydney. From beautiful beaches to world-class dining, Sydney combines cosmopolitan living with laidback coastal vibes.
When to visit Sydney?
Sydney enjoys mild to hot weather and can be visited year round. The best time to visit depends on what you want out of your holiday. Summer in Sydney happens over Christmas, from December to February. It can get hot and wet but this is the best time to visit beaches. Winter is from June to August, best for soaking in some culture and avoiding the crowds.
Getting around Sydney
The best way to get around Sydney if you're based near the CBD is by train or light rail. If you venture further out to some of the northern suburbs, buses are often the only way to get around. Most buses link to services that lead to central transport hubs such as the CBD or Chatswood. For a more scenic route, you can catch a ferry to numerous points of interest such as Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay or Circular Quay.
Things to do in Sydney
At any time of year, you can enjoy world-class events and attractions. Breathtaking beaches, national parks, and impeccable restaurants give Sydney NSW that vibrant and alluring energy. Whether catching the perfect wave at Bondi Beach, wandering through the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, or getting up close and personal with Australia's unique wildlife at Taronga Zoo, you'll never run out of things to do in Sydney. Sydney hotels near Circular Quay are the perfect location if you want to be only a short ferry ride to Manly, home to some of Australia's most famous beaches.
Indoor things to do in Sydney
Sydney Opera House
Visit the iconic Sydney Opera House in Circular Quay and enjoy a live show. Make an evening of it with drinks and dinner at the nearby Sydney Opera Bar. If you're in Sydney on a budget, you can simply go for a stroll along nearby Circular Quay and enjoy beautiful views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Stop for a coffee at one of the cafes dotted along the water for a chance to soak in the views and ocean air.
Galleries & Museums
If you're looking for some culture, Sydney does not disappoint. Immerse yourself in the world of art with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Art Gallery of NSW. Both of these are mostly free with some areas reserved for paid exhibits. If you have kids in tow, visit the Australian Museum for an awesome glimpse into life for our ancient ancestors. Marvel at life size dinosaurs and other historical creatures.
Free things to do in Sydney
Palm Beach Sydney
Located in the Northern suburbs of Sydney, Palm Beach is located at the tip of a long coastline. Dotted along the long winding drive to Palm Beach you will find many of the beaches Sydney is famous for. Walk up to Barrenjoey lighthouse for sweeping views of Palm Beach then head for a dip in the famous blue waters before visiting one of the many restaurants and cafes for a bite to eat. Palm Beach is accessible by bus from Sydney CBD, the journey will take approximatley 50 minutes.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Heritage-listed and offering 30 hectares of botanic gardens, the royal botanic gardens are a great place to visit for a picnic or a simple stroll through idyllic scenes of nature. Located centrally near Sydney CBD and Circular Quay, the gardens are easy to get to and offer a peaceful respite from a bustling city while still being in the centre of it and accessible via many sydney hotels.
Fun things to do in Sydney
Sydney Harbour Bridge
There are many places in Sydney that offer gorgeous views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge but if you want to get up close and personal, you can climb it. Once you reach the top you are rewarded with an eagle eye view of Sydney. This is a memorable experience for those who aren't afraid of heights!
Darling Harbour is home to restaurants, bars, nightlife and the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Close to Sydney CBD but removed enough to block out the hustle and bustle. For a real thrill and something different, hop on a jet boat ride. See all the sights of the harbour from the water while enjoying the thrill of a jet boat. Be prepared to get wet!
What to eat and drink in Sydney?
Sydney is a foodie's delight with no shortage of places to eat and drink. From upscale dining to be found in the likes of Wooloomooloo and Pyrmont to cheap eats to be found in the likes of Spice Alley, Sydney has food for every budget and palette. Enjoy rooftop cocktails at Hyde Park House or explore Chinatown in the Sydney CBD—the iconic emperor puffs from Emperor's Garden are a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Where to stay in Sydney
Explore the city and Greater Sydney from your home base at an Accor hotel. Whether looking for luxury, family friendly, apartment-style, or budget-friendly, there's an Accor hotel to suit your needs. Make a booking today and start planning your perfect Sydney, Australia holiday.