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

  • 60%


    Hidden wonders

    Go to Manly. It is gorgeous and fun all in one. Sydney Opera house is a bit overrated, but walking across the harbour bridge is fun. Go whalewatching. worth it.

  • 80%


    Very pretty city

    The city is very easy and safe to walk around with a lot of things to see. It looks like a brochure.

  • 70%



    Sydney is a nice city plenty to do and see. I recommend the harbour bridge, the opera house. Vivid is good to if your around Sydney end of May. The hop on hop of boat is good. You can see lots of parts of Sydney and visit there zoo also. The blue mountains is a nice place to visit you can do trips from Sydney to visit there or it's a 2hour train ride for $8.80. Sydney is the most expensive place so far that I've visited. Goon is cheap it's a boxed wine. Get some lemonade though!

    Insider Tip:Coles is a cheaper supermarket compared to the 7/11 convience stores. Bondi beach is beautiful and is only 7$ return on the bus but you have to prepay for the buses. You can get this from the 7/11 shops.

  • 90%


    Awesome place

    Sydney is a great city. Looks like most Europeain big cities, but has better wether. ;) You can get anything you want, plently of parks, pubs, resturants of all kinds, night clubs, museums, simply anything. It is also just cool to walk around the CBD (Central Business District) and cross the harbour bridge (Although there is not much on the other side, but it is worth the walk).

    Insider Tip:- Go to the "I am free" tours at 18:00 next to Circular Quay. It starts like school trips with history, but gets really interesting with stories about gangs from the time it was a prison colony and such. - The places that sell traveling trips have computers with internet that you can use for free.

  • 100%


    Australia is an awesome place to visit

    Sydney was awesome because of its public transport system. This made it extremely easy to get around. I found the people nice and very helpful. There were plenty of stuff for me to do. I feel like Sydney would be a cool place to live.

    Insider Tip:Take the train from the Airport to Central Station. Walk out and go across the street and stay at Wake Up! Sydney. Do not take the shuttle, it is a waste of time. The train is much quicker. Don't be afraid to walk around and explore the city, it is pretty easy to navigate. Make sure to plan a lot of adventures! Sydney has a lot of adventures but is light on sightseeing. Have fun!

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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