Sydney Pocket Guide

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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 recognisable 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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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Sydney.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Sydney... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Sydney.

Sydney City Reviews

  • 80%


    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%


    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!

  • 60%


    am I in Australia?

    Sydney could be a city anywhere. There is nothing that screams you are in Australia about it to me. It is mostly full of backpackers and travelers from other countries. You'll meet more Europeans here than you will Australians. That said it isn't a bad city. Very safe and very clean despite what you might hear. The liquor laws here are unrealistic and insane.

  • 80%


    First time in Sydney

    Limitiless things to do and see, but the weather can be a downer. We happened to visit just after summer, and it was cloudy and rainy for a week. Stayed an extra day upon return from Melbourne before leaving the country, and was bright and sunny and wonderful

    Insider Tip:Mass Transit is awesome - bus and train just about anywhere.

  • 90%


    Great City

    i really love this city. it has so many beautiful places to see. (especially botanic gardens) it's worth to stay there more than just a few days.. Just make sure you buy your bus tickets in advanced, in seveneleven for example.

    Insider Tip:ferry to manly arround 6 to see the sunset, cliffwalk in bondi, shopping in the westfield center, party in ivy club on thursdays

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