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

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    A fantastic city that really became a home away from home personally. There has not been a day in my time here that I haven't been stricken by the beauty of the place and in or out of the centre of this city there is never a shortage of things to do.

    Insider Tip:Try Gleve for food and drinks and also Surrey Hills. Also don't expect much of a nightlife after 11pm.

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    A really big and nice city

    Besides of taking pictures of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, go to Blue Mountains, Royal National Park (these 2 places are really far from the CBD, but you have to go), Darling Harbour, Sydney Tower Eye and Palm Beach (walk the trail to the top of the hill and see the sunset from above). And don't forget to do the coastal walking from Bondi to Coogee.

    Insider Tip:There is a famous reserve called Morisset Park where you can see kangaroos and koalas, but instead of going there, try the Featherdale Wildlife Park. You don't have to pay anything to enter the Morisset, but it'll take you 3 hours to get there, you can't touch the koalas there and if it rains your fun will be over, once it's an opened reserve. If you decide for the Featherdale, you will have to pay about AUD 25 to enter, but it"ll only take you 1 hour to get there and you'll be able to touch the koalas.

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    I don't like the city at all. but that is my opinion. I moved to the northern beaches, dee why, which is one of the best places I have ever been in my life. quiet, beautiful, less people while surfing or tanning at beach, and still has all shopping near by like warringah mall etc

    Insider Tip:dee why, dee why, dee why... I don't like the city at all. but that is my opinion. I moved to the northern beaches, dee why, which is one of the best places I have ever been in my life. quiet, beautiful, less people while surfing or tanning at beach, and still has all shopping near by like warringah mall etc

  • 70%


    Sydney, the city that just keeps on giving.

    I. LOVE. SYDNEY! So before I arrived here I thought I was going to stay in Sydney a week max then move on... how wrong was I, a month later and I don't want to leave. The thing I love about Sydney is its versatility, every little suburb has something new and completely different to offer, so many people just stick to the Centre and think they have seen it all... oh how wrong they are, I've been moving around different suburbs and most of the places on the outskirts have just as much to offer.

    Insider Tip:Don't stick to the touristy suburbs check out the less touristy areas, North Sydney/ Kirribilli has possibly some of the best views of the Opera House going and great random firework displays (you just have to get lucky). Collaroy has some of the most spectacular beaches and is more relaxed. I could go on, you haven't seen Sydney just because you've seen the CBD thats for sure! One thing to note, Sydney is expensive compared to most other places so get use to spending a little more then you usually would.

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    Sydney in September

    The weather was not so nice: windy, rainy and pretty cold (from 10° to 20°) but when the sun went out it was a completely different story. You can move around in the city center on foot, it's not too big, while if you want to go further no problem: the public transports are very efficient. I won't describe here what you can find on a guide book but I can tell you that 5 day are enough to see what Sydney offers without rush.

    Insider Tip:If you are going to take public transports (train, bus, ferry) you should better get the Opal card. It is a rechargeable card available almost everywhere.

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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