Here is our guide on what to do in Sydney

Sydney is the most famous of all Australia’s cities and the largest. Sydney is a beautiful city set on a harbour with amazing beaches and plenty to do. How to get around such a big city? It's super easy with plenty of public transport. the train and bus network are both simple and affordable. We also just love to explore on foot, get some comfy shoes on and get walking.

If your staying in the city centre one of our favourite areas to check out on foot is Hyde Park with its museums and galleries.
Then head up the top of the iconic Sydney Eye Tower for 360 views of the city or for a cheaper alternative, grab a cocktail or a meal at the revolving restaurant on top of the Australia Square Building.

Walk a bit further up George Street and you will arrive at the world famous China Town and Paddy’s Markets. From here you can walk around to Darling Harbour, this area is home of the Crown Casino, Hard Rock Café, Madam Tussauds and the amazing Sea Life Aquarium. Then wander through the Rocks, the oldest part of Sydney which has a distinctly old English colonial feel.

A short walk from Central Station is Surrey Hills and beyond that is Paddington, home to some great bars and restaurants. Or you could jump on a train to Newtown and soak up the hipster side of Sydney.

On the iconic waterfront grab that famous picture of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Mrs Macquarie’s chair by the Botanic Gardens is one of our favourite spots. Another great way to get that famous photo is from a ferry. Jump on a ferry from Circular Quay and head to Taronga Zoo, Sydney’s famous island zoo or head to picturesque Manly. The ferry pulls in to a small harbour with a little beach but just a short walk through the water fountain lined streets of town and you are on possibly one of the favourite beaches in Australia.

However, Sydney has another more iconic and famous beach...a train or a bus will take you to Bondi Junction, from there you can jump on the 333 bus...to Bondi Beach! Home of Bondi Rescue, soak up the rays and grab an after beach drink at Bucket List as you watch the sun set over the sea. If sunbathing isn’t your thing take the amazing 2 hour walk along the beautiful coast line through various bays and beaches until you reach Coogee. Grab a drink in the Coogee Bay Hotel and listen to live music.

Just outside of the city there is plenty to do in Sydney. If you are a Home and Away fan grab a bus up to the Northern Beaches and check out Palm Beach. The Blue Mountains, so named because of the Eucalypt that tinges them blue, are World Heritage listed and the iconic three sisters is one of the most photographed places in Australia. The World’s steepest railway and its awesome cable cars are well worth a visit. Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains or if you are going alone on the train make sure you take a trolley tour to get around as the attractions are mainly spread out.

The Jenolan Caves are nearby and are a great addition to a Blue Mountains tour.
Hunter Valley, Sydney’s famous wine region has an abundance of wineries not to mention breweries, cheese and chocolate factories.
Heading North, Port Stephens is a mecca for dolphins, go sand boarding or even ride a camel and down South Jervis Bay is home to the whitest sand as well as resident dolphins and the Grand Pacific Drive.

Any visit to Australia isn't complete without a visit to Sydney. Check out accommodation options here.

If your heading up the East Coast after Sydney check out our info on how best to travel the East Coast.

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