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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    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.

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    Is my 2nd time coming to Sydney, it was excellent trip! 1st time going "inside" the opera house and watch an opera, that was a great experience! Also watching movie at the world largest IMAX was awesome!

    Insider Tip:If you have an extra few days, definitely make a trip to Canberra (only 3 hrs drive), also if u like skiing, I think people go from Sydney to Canberra then into the snowing mountain for skiing! So definitely check it out!

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    Sydney is fun

    I have been in Sydney a couple of times, and I always have fun, however once you have seen the touristic attractions you run out of ideas what to do, so if you plan to go for the first time is totally recommended but if you go for a second time make sure you check out different things to do around the city

    Insider Tip:Book a show in the opera house

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    Cool to chill out

    Sydney is a fantastic city. From the craziness of the city center to the calm of the domain, everything is made to make you feel comfortable despite the size of the city.

    Insider Tip:Spend your sunny day exploring The Domain and all its culture sites. + lots of museums are free!

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    Sydney in Winter

    this was just a stopover before heading to the snow. Did not realise sydney has so much to offer even in winter. Have already made bookings to explore it more on my way back.

    Insider Tip:Sydney is expensive but there are ways around it, accomodation in backpackers are cheap. Food around haymarket is very resonable and so is the shopping in paddy's market. Save your long distance train travels for sundays if you can. $2.50, cant beat that.

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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