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City Guide Sydney, Australia

Visiting Sydney

While it isn’t the capital, Sydney is by far the largest and most extravagant of all of Australia’s cities. It has a population of four million people, busy streets, and imposing skyscrapers. It also has one of the most spectacular harbours in the world where you will find two of Australia’s most instantly recognizable landmarks. Just to make things even sweeter, within 20 minutes from the city centre you can sunbathe on one of the world’s most famous beaches. And while it has all the characteristics of a brash American city such as busy streets and imposing skyscrapers, there is something very homely about Australia’s largest city.

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At the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Spanning 503 metres (1.15km) long and taking over eight years to build, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world. Every day thousands of people cross it by train, on foot, or in car/bus, while some are lucky enough to climb to the top of it. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Melissa Duane of 'Bridge Climb Sydney' to find out more about the bridge and how you can join the elite group of people who've climbed the bridge.

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How to save money in Sydney

Find out how to save money when eating out in Sydney and much more.

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Sydney Pocket Guide

Sydney Pocket Guide

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Sydney City Reviews

  • 30%

    Anonymous

    ANNOYING city in so many ways.

    Some pretty views, nice suburbs if you have any reason whatsoever to end up in them, great harbour and opera house. Otherwise the city has SO many things to ANNOY and FRUSTRATE you EVERY time consistently. NO parking. Whatsoever. NO place to ride or park bicycles safely other than the harbour area Warmer climate makes up for cold superficial, fashionista fake-tanned and peroxide-haired people who are unfriendly on the street and who work everywhere. Expensive everything. Lack of SIGNS

    Insider Tip:Go to Melbourne, you'll enjoy it more. No central community type areas unless you call baking on a beach or being in some riotous club getting wasted and deafened being social. Work out where you need/ want to go, work out train routes or buses before you get there, because signage sucks, there are few areas where there is more that one or two decent cafes and bars in one area to just explore without having to travel to the next suburb to find something decent if you don't end up liking the place you go t

  • 80%

    gabstersagaart

    Not my favourite city in Australia...

    Full of tourists (like me!). Too busy, too dirty, too expensive. There's heaps to do if you've got the money though, but then that holds true anywhere. Wouldn't stay here for more than a week and I'm not keen on going back. Once is enough just to say that I've been here and that's it.

    Insider Tip:Do the Imfree walking tours. It's worth the time and money (well it's free but you wouldn't mind tipping the guides afterwards). If you're in Circular Quay and need to take a poop really badly, nearest cleanest free public toilet is in the Customs House library

  • 70%

    ibbytkd

    Sydney on a budget

    Most attractions can be seen on foot for free. Art museum near the Opera House is worth a visit - coming from a generally non art fan. Some crazy things! Go to the university of Sydney in foot and join in a sports class. I did Taekwondo with the uni club - just turn up.

    Insider Tip:Try walking most places. Nothing really requires transport and there is the free bus if you do. Prepare to be shocked at the price of everything!

  • 80%

    Rufei

    Not so shabby

    I like Sydney. I like the good weather, the relaxing vibe and the beach 20 mins away. I really love Bondi, such a beautiful beach and fun to hang out , on the beach in the water or near the swimming pool, not to mention the shopping ! Much to do and see ( see I meant the red light district in kings cross and the sex shop along the way lol the opera house is getting boring)

    Insider Tip:Explore when you can

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Sydney is an amazing city with so much stuff to do, I only stayed 4 night but it was so intense that it seemed longer + there are lots yet to do! I did almost everything by foot, really nice walking through the parks (Hyde park, the Domain, Botanic Garden) or exploring the city's different areas. Its an expensive city but enough sightseeing for a low budget like me! Can't miss a bit of everything - Opera House, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, Botanic Garden (Mrs Mcquarie's point), The Rocks...

    Insider Tip:I spent a day in Manly (30 min by ferry), and its incredible beautiful. You gotta do some walks (Shelly Beach!) and go prepared for a swim! Back to Sydney, Oxford street is a great spot, very different from the tourist center, on saturday there's Paddington Market. Good tips are: look for free stuff - the free 555 bus from 9 to 15:30 (city center), free walks (you give tips), free shows (I saw one by the opera house), Museums… also, explore the views and nature from many angles!

Australia: Itinerary

Sydney is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Travelling north, the next city is Brisbane which is also worth a visit en route to Cairns. And with a hippified town and commercialised city in between, the trip between Sydney and Brisbane is one of the most varied in Oz.

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