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

  • 100%



    Pet Koalas, eat Kangaroo, surf the amazing beaches, ride the ferry and explore the city on amazing transit! 2 weeks and I had the most amazing weather!

    Insider Tip:get a Opal card asap before you ride the trains or buses...you get a discount on fairs.

  • 70%


    Don't do more than 2-3 day visit

    I stayed in Sydney for a week and I felt that it was a bit much. I think 2-3 days would suffice. The CBD is central hub for all the major corporations.

    Insider Tip:Check out Manly Beach. Get an Opal card. Benefits include are: 1) Pay no more than $15 a day for travel, 2) After your 8th trip, the rest are free, 3) Cheapest transportation method asides from walking. Check out Chinatown for the super cheap eats. Look up weekend markets.

  • 90%


    You have to go once in your life

    Amazing city, everything just works in there, it's impossible to get bored but everything is really expensive, specially drinking!

    Insider Tip:Free wifi at the libraries! there is one in Haymarket, close to Central Station and most of the hostels

  • 80%



    Sydney had the magic of a big city but still keeping the feeling of nature. It can be expensive in places but that's to be expected. There is plenty to do and lots of sights to see though you could probably do everything within a few days of you really wanted to. Would definitely go back there again!

  • 70%


    Nice beach town

    Good place to spend a couple/few days. Nice beaches, good hiking and plenty of restaurants. For more check out: http://www.lesismotravels.com/?p=2723

    Insider Tip:There is great snorkeling at Shelly Beach!

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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