Sydney, the gateway to Australia, is one of the world’s great cities. Sydney is hugged by sandstone headlands, picturesque bays, leafy green suburbs and legendary surf beaches – and of course, at its pulse is the outrageously good-looking, natural harbour. It’s lively, innovative, iconic and spirited; known for its great atmosphere, outdoor lifestyle and fantastic array of multicultural cuisine. As Australia’s largest, oldest and most diverse city, within easy access to stunning coastal and rainforest landscapes, beautiful beaches and an award-winning wine region, Sydney has it all.
The Sydney CBD is a bustling, buzzing hub with impressive theatres, shopping centres and restaurants, as well as lush, green open spaces, gardens and iconic landmarks. Sydney’s CBD shopping is world class, with options to suit any retail urge. From the designer row of Castlereagh Street featuring Chanel and Louis Vuitton, to the unique local boutiques of the Strand Arcade and the awesome array of retailers in Westfield Sydney. In the historic Rocks area, the original settlement of Sydney, you’ll find an evocative slice of history with cobblestoned streets, sandstone terraces and several preserved historic buildings.
Circular Quay is a transport hub with ferry, rail, taxi and bus links to the rest of Sydney. It’s also one of the city’s most popular gathering points, with stunning views, buskers, food vendors and a park. A ferry trip from Circular Quay is a chance to appreciate the sparkling beauty and busy life of this working waterway.
The jewel in Sydney’s crown is it’s magnificent harbour. Naturally the best way to experience the harbour is to venture out onto it. Whether you’re aboard a water taxi, ferry or privately chartered cruise vessel, you’ll often have the city’s best view of major attractions such as Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and historic Luna Park.
Just over the water you’ll find escapes and attractions including Luna Park, Taronga Zoo and Manly. Manly is a popular drawcard for daytrippers seeking the sun and surf of its famous beach and cafe and shopping strip, The Corso. Further north is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, featuring walking tracks, panoramic views and Aboriginal rock art.
Located between the city and the coast, Sydney’s eastern suburbs are home to some of the area’s best- known attractions, including Bondi Beach, Coogee Beach, Watsons Bay, La Perouse, South Head and Nielsen Park. Swim between the red and yellow flags at the world-famous Bondi Beach Enjoy walking along a coastal trail or take in the view over a cocktail and dinner at one of the many outstanding restaurants in the area. You’ll be delighted with the great shopping, stunning natural attractions and world-class sporting venues in Sydney’s East.
Botany Bay is the site which literally put Australia on the word map- it’s where Captain James Cook made his historic landing from the British vessel HMS Endeavour back in 1770. Royal National Park – the world’s second oldest after Yellowstone in the USA – famed for its natural wonders and stunning, unspoilt beaches.
Darling Harbour is a pulsing heart of entertainment and leisure. With attractions including the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, Australian National maritime Museum and the Powerhouse Museum, the precinct is a family favourite and a mecca for tourists. Sydney’s young and young at heart love Cockle Bay Wharf and King Street Wharf, where stylish restaurants and popular nightlife venues offer plenty of alfresco opportunities to enjoy the harbour views. Chinatown, Haymarket and Paddy’s Market are close by.
There are many stunning destinations further afield – The Blue Mountains, The Hunter Valley, The Central Coast and Outback New South Wales just to name a few. To explore these and other destinations, please visit www.visitnsw.com
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