A heritage site in the heart of a national park
In Sydney, everything feels amplified. The light is brighter, the sun is warmer and the rain falls harder. The trees are bigger, the birds more colourful and the beaches more dazzling. While Sydney is great at first impressions, its nuances are numerous and its appeal runs deep, with world-renowned dining, a dynamic cultural scene, fascinating social history and much more to be uncovered.
Australia’s oldest city – which grew haphazardly out of a historic neighbourhood known as “The Rocks” on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people – has many layers that range from the glossy to the gritty. A city composed of village-like suburbs – each with its own distinct personality – these layers are best peeled back one at a time.
When to go:
Mild autumns (March to May) and warm springs (September to November) provide ample opportunities for getting out and about; hot and humid summers spell prime beach weather; and cooler months bring the warmth of Vivid Sydney, the world-renowned festival of light, music and ideas.
How to get around:
Sydney’s public transport network is well serviced by train, light rail, bus and ferry (the latter in particular is a great way to explore Sydney Harbour at low cost). Its individual suburbs are easily navigable by foot.
Brews complemented by a South and Central American-inspired menu
Casual little beach spot in Bronte
Award-winning farmers' market held every Saturday
Chinese roast duck and melt-in-your-mouth dumplings
Fine-dining restaurant within the sails of Sydney Opera House
Permanent exhibition reveals Sydney's history
A mainstay of the city’s cultural scene since 1978
Heritage buildings, distinctive terrain and panoramic views
A sanctuary in the city perfect for picnics
Iconic trail connecting two of Sydney’s famous beaches
Exquisite products by Aussie makers near and far
Imaginative homewares and furniture at The Cannery
Eclectic shops and eateries in an alternative suburb
Sydney's original art and craft market is always buzzy
Veteran merchants amidst elaborate decorations and elegant ambience