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Sydney, a metropolis fringed by beautiful beaches, mystical mountains and a breaktaking and historic harbour. A hub of culture, art, inspired-thinking and sport. Sydney hosts a multitude of ethnicities and philosophies and is considered a global city. Home to the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach, it is ranked as one of the world’s top holiday destinations.
See & Do
- Open Daily
- Zoo Entry
Harbour Story Cruise
- Personalised commentary of the stories of Sydney
- Morning or Afternoon Tea
- 1.5 hour cruise
- Glass of sparkling wine
Blue Mountains Tour
- Full Day
- Wildlife Experience
- 3 ½ hours
- Group photograph
- BridgeClimb cap
- Pass to The Pylon Lookout
Short breaks from Sydney
Some of the most dramatic landscapes in Australia are a short drive away from Sydney.
The rolling vineyards of the Hunter Valley, two hours’ drive from Sydney, provide an idyllic backdrop to one of Australia’s most popular getaways. This dynamic wine region produces velvety, fragrant reds and whites of incredible finesse, best sampled straight from the winemaker at the cellar door. Alongside its fine wines, the Hunter has a well-deserved reputation for beautiful produce and fine dining, as well as an array of tours, attractions and lodging that offer a taste of the good life close to Sydney.
Just an hour’s drive from the Hunter Valley, Newcastle is a thriving coastal city that combines a rich cultural and natural heritage with beaches that have spawned some of Australia’s surfing legends. Further north is the aquatic playground of Port Stephens which ticks all the boxes for a fabulous getaway. With a great choice of bay and ocean beaches, a resident population of playful dolphins and easy access to Myall Lakes, this is a wonderland for anyone who loves life on the water. South of Port Stephens, Stockton Beach is the country’s largest coastal dune system, the venue for action-packed quad bike safaris.
The meandering Greater Blue Mountains Drive is a series of linked drives and trails that encircle the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area in a giant figure eight. Measuring almost 1200 kilometres, the drive strings together an array of experiences and landscapes, including mountains, bushwalks, museums, wineries, wilderness, wildlife, rustic towns and historic villages. Short discovery trails branch off the main route, each one taking travellers on a unique adventure.
The Grand Pacific Drive is a sensational route along the South Coast through a tapestry of rustic country towns and fishing villages, with detours through tangled forests and along sandy tracks that will transport you to clifftops with salty air filling your lungs. The rich dairy pastures of this part of the world are the source of some of Australia’s finest cheeses; the Sydney rock oysters will spoil you.
Barely an hour’s drive south-west of Sydney, the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Trail passes through rolling hills featuring an ever-increasing number of food producers, farm gate stalls and committed chefs. This is also a premium wine-growing region, home to more than 50 vineyards, and fast acquiring an exalted reputation for its cool-climate varieties. Pick up a wine map from the visitor information centre before setting out to explore.
Sydney's adventure playground
Sydney’s landscape is like an adventure playground built for fun. The city’s most famous natural high is the 134m-high BridgeClimb on Sydney Harbour Bridge and the adrenalin-pumping SKYWALK at Sydney Tower Eye, a pulse-raising adventure onto a glass platform 268m above the city streets. Soar above the animals on a self-propelled WILD Flight inside Darling Harbour’s WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo or use Taronga Zoo’s Wild Ropes to traverse the zoo at treetop level on ropewalks and ziplines. Relish the rush of skydiving in a wind tunnel with iFLY Downunder or channel your inner James Bond at Jetpack Adventures in Penrith.
One of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Sydney is on the water. Grab a kayak, a canoe or even a stand-up paddleboard and you’ll be gliding past some of the city’s most beautiful sights in no time. Hire a kayak from Rose Bay Aquatic Hire or Point Piper Kayak Centre and paddle the calm, shallow waters near the shoreline for the best views. Go solo or join a tour operated by Sydney Harbour Kayaks who’ll guide you past the top spots on Middle Harbour. While in the area, strike out for Manly, one of Sydney’s favourite paddling locations. With Manly Kayak Centre tours you’ll discover North Harbour and stop for a dip at tiny, secluded Store Beach and Forty Baskets Beach. Jolly Roger Kayaks will help you explore the lesser-known western harbour by kayak or SUP. Just let them know where you want to go and they’ll deliver kayaks to a pick-up point. Other beautiful paddling spots around Sydney include Pittwater on the northern beaches, the Hawkesbury River region and Bundeena to the south.
Great Sydney walks
Cooler weather is the perfect time of year to strike out along one of Sydney’s coastal or harbour walks, capturing the moment with scenic selfies along the way. You’ll find plenty of great photo ops along the spectacular Bondi to Coogee Walk, including the ultimate sweeping panorama of Bondi Beach. And as you take in the ocean views from The Gap clifftop lookout on the Federation Cliff Walk, you might be lucky enough to catch a migrating humpback whale in the background.
Frame North Head, South Head and the Pacific Ocean in one shot from Arabanoo lookout along the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk, and from the reverse perspective, check out straight-down-the-barrel harbour views from the lookout on the Fairfax Walk at Manly’s North Head. The Aboriginal Heritage Walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park delivers incredible views from West Head lookout over Pittwater, Barrenjoey Headland and north to the Central Coast, while the climb up Barrenjoey Lighthouse Track at Palm Beach rewards you with stunning Pittwater and ocean vistas in all directions.
With the city skyline, Anzac Bridge and luxury yachts lined up in one shot, the leisurely Glebe foreshore walk delivers views, views and more views. It also leads you to a prime dining spot, the Sydney Fish Market. And don’t forget the essential walk beside the harbour through the Royal Botanic Garden for the perfect Opera House and Harbour Bridge shot.
Shopping in Sydney
Two of Sydney’s waterside shopping centres are now linked by the Hello Sydney! Shopper Hopper ferry service. The sunshine-yellow boat shuttles between the souvenir heaven of Darling Harbour’s Harbourside and the discount designer must-haves at Drummoyne’s Birkenhead Point Outlet Centre, where more than 120 top labels, including Armani, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Furla and Aquila, await.
Givenchy and Fendi have joined the line-up of global luxury names including Zara, Kate Spade and Aesop at Westfield Sydney. The historic Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade blend beautifully restored interiors with a host of enticing fashion boutiques featuring local and international brands.
Designer labels, high-glam and cutting-edge cool make Paddingtona popular destination for fashion lovers. Head to The Intersection and nearby William Street to check out a who’s who of top brands. Newton offers a different take with an international flavour, ethical shopping and an inclusive vibe that beckons free spirits, with vintage fashion and independent designers such as Origami Doll, acquire@DESIGN (where designers create on site), O’Connell Street Merchants and Elise Design.
Sydney’s new dining precincts
From stunning harbourside locations to inner-city heritage makeovers, Sydney’s newest dining precincts pack a tasty punch. The Streets of Barangaroo has flourished into a dining destination by the harbour, with leading lights of the Australian restaurant scene joining the party. Check out Matt Moran’s three-storey food palace, Barangaroo House, seafood-focused Cirrus Dining, Catalan-inspired Born by Tapavino, and contemporary Chinese eatery Lotus. The world tour of food also takes in Turkey with acclaimed Anason, Vietnam with Phomo, Japan with Zushi and Ume Burger, Indian at Spiced by Billu’s and New Orleans at NOLA Smokehouse and Bar.
Circular Quay has taken a giant leap into the food scene with its new three-level extravaganza of eateries, Gateway. More than 25 respected names reside alongside flagship eatery Salt Meats Cheese, known for its excellent wood-fired pizza and artisan pasta. Neighbours include Neil Perry’s Burger Project and dessert heavyweights Zumbo and Gelato Messina.
Bars and restaurants at the Sydney Opera House provide the most sublime harbourside venue for catching up with friends, seeing a show or dining in style. Top spots include Opera Bar, Opera Kitchen, Bennelong and Portside.
In the inner west, Tramsheds is the cool new home for culinary artisans, including Belles Hot Chicken, Bekya, Butcher and the Farmer, Flour Eggs Water, and Dust, a third-generation bakery.
Chippendale’s Kensington Street is another hive of culinary activity. In the Old Rum Store, Bistrot Gavroche has two new restaurant neighbours: award-winning Sicilian chef Lino Sauro’s Olio, and the American/Japanese Eastside Grill, from international chef Stanley Wong. Also part of the exciting food mix is Spice Alley and the Old Clare Hotel’s Automata and Kensington Street Social.