Sydney

Travel Guide
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Blessed with more than 100 beaches and buzzing with youthful vitality, when it comes to the good life it’s hard to beat the Harbour City.

The capital of New South Wales, and home to more than four million people, Sydney is one of the most cosmopolitan cities on earth. This relatively young city is endowed with a brash, infectious optimism and sun-tanned residents who are as comfortable on surfboards as they are at the ballet.

From the golden sands and sparkling water of Bondi Beach to the instantly recognizable curves of the Sydney Opera House, this city is a photographer’s dream.

Start your Harbour City adventure with a Skywalk at Sydney Tower. Then, explore the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens and the majestic sails of the Sydney Opera House. Just a short stroll away is Sydney’s outdoor answer to New York's Grand Central Station, Circular Quay. From this bustling transport hub, jump aboard a famous Sydney ferry to just about anywhere in Sydney Harbour. Nearby Darling Harbour has the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Follow the restaurant- and park-lined waterfront to The Rocks where you’ll almost feel the ghosts of the city’s convict and seafaring past. Thrill-seekers can ride the Wild Mouse roller coaster at Luna Park. If heights don’t phase you, stretch your legs on the Sydney Harbour Bridge BridgeClimb for a truly breath-taking experience.

Say “G’day” to kangaroos, koalas and platypus at Taronga Zoo. Be sure to catch the free-flight bird show set against the spectacular backdrop of the harbor.

A short walk from downtown, you’ll find village-like suburbs such as Paddington, Surry Hills and Newtown. These charming neighborhoods are studded with quirky cafés, boutiques and galleries. Darlinghurst and Potts Point are top spots for foodies. Major shopping destinations include Bondi Junction and a sprawling Westfield mall in the heart of downtown.

Sydney is a paradise for nature-lovers; the bush and the beaches are never far away. See the harbor’s rugged coastline on the 30-minute ferry ride to Manly Beach, one of the city’s most beautiful beaches.

Getting around Sydney is simple, with an excellent network of trains, buses and ferries. The climate is temperate, with hot summers and pleasantly cool winters, making the Harbour City an ideal Australian destination year-round.

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Where to stay in Sydney

The Grace Hotel
The Grace Hotel
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$851 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pitt Street Mall, Theatre Royal and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Queen ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,298 reviews)
"Affordable and charming. Great location"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2021

The Grace Hotel
Shangri-La Sydney
Shangri-La Sydney
5 out of 5
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, NSW
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,482 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,962 reviews)
"Great location. Excellent pool facilities. Nice large bathroom."

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2021

Shangri-La Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,496 per night from 29 Dec to 29 Dec
This family-friendly Sydney hotel is located in the historical district, just steps away from Circular Quay and Museum of Contemporary Art. The Rocks Markets ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,809 reviews)
"The staff were amazing, so friendly & helpful. Room & view was beautiful"

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
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Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
528 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is HK$698 per night from 19 Dec to 19 Dec
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall and The Galeries. Chinatown Night Market ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,210 reviews)
"Good location in CBD. Parking underneath $45 for the night. Fridge, microwave, cooktop and washing machine in room. Shower a little out dated and low water pressure. For the price was excellent. Clean room and comfortable bed."

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2021

Meriton Suites Kent Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Meriton Suites Sussex Street
5 out of 5
234 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW
The price is HK$698 per night from 20 Dec to 20 Dec
Located in Darling Harbour, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sydney Town Hall, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, and International Convention Centre ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (365 reviews)
"Great room and awesome facilities especially the pool, spa and sauna... Works definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Meriton Suites Sussex Street
Meriton Suites Pitt Street, Sydney
Meriton Suites Pitt Street, Sydney
5 out of 5
The price is HK$801 per night from 3 Jan to 3 Jan
Located in Sydney Central Business District, this luxury apartment building is steps away from The Galeries and Sydney Town Hall. Queen Victoria Building and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (526 reviews)
"Loved the spacious well appointed apartment. Great location, very clean and surprisingly quiet. The gym was disappointing - absolutely no working cardio equipment, just some weights that were usable but no wipes or towels to sanitize anything. Sydney itself was outstanding and we really loved our ..."

Reviewed on 14 Nov 2021

Meriton Suites Pitt Street, Sydney
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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