SYDNEY

Why Sydney?

Sydney is probably Australia’s most iconic cities, unless you ask someone from Melbourne… Head to the harbour to find Nemo or drink like a fish in the kooky bars, Sydney is full of Aussie culture and diversity. Not only does Sydney have it’s iconic sights to see, but it is a fantastic base to access what Australia has to offer, whether that’s in the mountains or at the beach. Where do you want to start?

Highlights

"It’s weird calling somewhere else home, but Sydney will wrap it’s warm, easy arms around you until you’ve got your own set of keys. The CBD is fun, but for me, Sydney’s best features lay in the beautiful coastline and bay surrounding it. Each suburb has a different vibe, and there’s plenty more surf and sand than just Bondi beach. A very relaxed way of life with gorgeous locals, great transport and stunning nature."
Ieuan
Student

Sydney Harbour

Obviously the most iconic aspect of Sydney; you can’t go to Sydney and not stumble upon and bask in the most famous area of Sydney. Whether you explore it by foot, bike or boat, Sydney harbour is a must-see, day or night. During the day, jump on a free walking tour to find out some more information about the sights and hidden gems around the city. In the evening, grab a drink around Circular Quay and watch the Opera house come to life.

The Rocks

The Rocks is the oldest area in Sydney, situated behind the Sydney Opera House. As a historical site, The Rocks has rustic alleyways and buildings to house restaurants, cafes and pubs galore. Head over when the markets every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm year round to grab a deal or have a taste of some food or drink from over 200 stalls.

Watson's Bay

Walk around to the lighthouse, swim in all the beaches along the way!

Barangaroo Reserve

Situated in downtown Sydney, catch Sydney Harbour views and unbelievable sunset spots. The park has easy walking and cycling trails from a previously refurbished industrial site. It’s only a short walk from the Opera house, but a lovely place to grab some food and take a picnic.

Explore these unique experiences and amazing tours

Accommodation

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Accommodation in Australia

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Transport

  • Public Transport
  • Walking
  • Bus

Purchase an Opal Card which is an extremely cheap option that allows you to travel on Bus, Tram, Train, and Ferry in Sydney and also to/from some neighbouring cities like Wollongong and Newcastle. Maps are available at every train station or can be accessed electronically. There is also a tram system that has been implemented that makes it super easy to get around.

Getting around the main city highlights is easily accessible by foot. If you google “Free Walking Tours Sydney”, you can find multiple companies that can take locals or travellers alike around the Sydney sights for not even a dollar. Disclaimer that tips are not included, so give the guide a bit of money if you think they deserve it! If you don't fancy the walk, find a dockless bike that you can access through the smartphone app. The beauty of these is that they don’t have to be returned to a specific place, but make sure you know where you parked it to avoid it getting used!

If you arrive in Sydney via the Greyhound bus, you’ll be dropped off at Coffs Harbour in a leather seated, wifi-included, air-conditioned coach. Depending on how long you are travelling for, you can buy different packages at different prices depending on your flexibility, duration and direction of travel https://www.greyhound.com.au/passes.

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