Sydney for Visitors

Sydney, all in one place


National iconic places

Outdoor dining

Seaside activity

Traditional Custodians are the Eora Nation, who have lived in this area for tens of thousands of years. In the Sydney Basin it is the Gadigal clan.

Current population of greater Sydney is over 5.3 million people.

Sydney is a financial, advertising and legal hub for Australia and South East Asia. It is considered one of the 10 most influential cities in the world by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. It’s most iconic feature, the Opera House is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. With 100 beaches, 88 golf clubs, Parks, Stadiums, Museums, Yacht clubs, Superb shopping and restaurant districts, Sydney has often been voted amongst the most liveable cities on Earth. The physical beauty of the city, its harbour, architectural styles and favourable climate make it a great city.

Last but by no means least, Sydney has a great amount of Aboriginal tours, mostly walking tours of various sites such as Barangaroo Reserve, and The Rocks Dreaming tour to name just a couple. These tours use aboriginal guides to give you a unique perspective on the land you are visiting and its significance to those who were here before European settlement.

We have put together below a short itinerary of what you might choose to do in Sydney. Combined with our informative Australiana app, you can use that itinerary as a starting point for planning your visit to Sydney. Day 2 we feel is a must “as is” for every first-time visitor. After that you have options, and if you want to do them all, you just lengthen your stay. If you need more information, use the links or get in touch.

Travel Outline

Day 1 – Arrival

Option – Limousine Meet & transfer

Option – Shuttle bus transfer

Arrive Hotel – check in

Day 2 – Classic Sydney

Morning city sightseeing tour including Mrs Macquarie’s Point 📷, Woolloomooloo, Rose Bay, Bondi Beach📷, Paddington, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, TheRocks and more.

📷= Photo stop

Harbour Lunch Cruise – enjoy a delicious buffet lunch while cruising past the most beautiful and famous parts of Sydney Harbour.

Tour the Opera House – Take a short walk from Circular Quay to the Opera House for your one hour guided tour of the interior of one of the world’s most famous buildings.

Day 3 – Your choice day

Option 1 – Blue Mountains full day tour – get to know the beautiful scenery of these mountains with the spectacular Jamieson Valley, the Three Sisters from Echo Point, the quaint village of Leura (free time to walk around) and a visit to a wildlife park to meet Australia’s famous animals. The tour also stops at Scenic World where you can choose to take the rides down to the valley floor (extra charge).

Option 2 – Hunter Valley full day tour – One of the oldest wine growing regions in Australia, we take you on a small group tour to visit boutique wineries, taste wines, try some cheese, the beautiful scenery including the Hawkesbury River on the way. This tour includes lunch.

Option 3 – Take the ferry to Manly, the ferry ride is great, you can enjoy the beachside cafes when you’re there, have a swim and come back to the city the same way. If you use one of the Harbour Hopper services you could also visit Taronga Zoo.

Option 4 – Stay in Sydney centre and use our app to visit famous landmarks, gardens or just shopping!

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Restaurants, Bars and Nighlife

Rather than an exhaustive list, we’ll point to the right areas and you can expect to find there.

The Rocks – Pubs, restaurants, bars find a guide here. If you want you can just go to the corner of Argyle & George Streets and start from there.

Central Sydney – mostly daytime shopping and attractions, although there are a few nightclubs such as the Establishment, Ivy, Chinese Laundry and The Republic Hotel, but it also has a lot of tourist venues such as Sydney Tower, and the O-Bar. We can recommend a hidden Gem at the QT Hotel, walk in and take a lift up to their Gowings Bar & Grill – great bar, great food!

Darling Harbour – Restaurants and bars all the way from Aquarium Wharf right around the southern end of Cockle Bay to the Harbourside Shopping Centre on the western side. Big variety of food outlets in this area from very nice restaurants like Nick’s Seafood to the Hard Rock Cafe Sydney to take away food stalls.

Barangaroo/King Street Wharf – This whole area on the eastern side of Darling Harbour has everything from restaurants to casual eateries, and great bars. Definitely a must when you’re in Sydney. For eating try the fancy Cirrus, or the really great food at Love Fish or hang out at Barangaroo House for food, bar and dancing. Lots of other gems to discover walking around this area. Fun for shopping too, if you come here during the day.

Woolloomooloo – For the connoisseur of Sydney, this little area just east of the CBD has slime great restaurants and two great pubs. You have to go very far to get better Indian food than Aki’s. ANd for the pie and hot dog lover, Harry’s Cafe de Wheels has been here since 1945 – try the Tiger!

Kings Cross – This suburb used to be and probably still is Sydney’s naughty suburb, with a few strip clubs still in operation. But if you put that to one side there are some great bars and restaurants in the periphery. Explore Macleay Street and some of the alleyways where you will find little gems like Dear Sainte Eloise, gorgeous wine bar, and Japanese gem Cho Cho San.

Paddington/Woollahra – Historic area with great restaurants and legendary local pubs with great menus. Sydney’s most famous bistro is here, at Bistro Moncur, and also Australia’s best Restaurant of 2019, Saint Peter. Walk around Oxford Street, Five Ways or Queen Street and see what grabs your fancy.

Bondi – world-famous Bondi Beach also has a brilliant nightlife, with restaurants and bars galore for all tastes and budgets. You can try eating at the very fancy Icebergs Dining Room or North Bondi Fish, or one of the many many eateries here. ALso bars, cafes, great fun!

Newtown/Enmore – This area, much like Paddington is historic but the food is very different. Dotted with much international food, including wonderful Asian restaurants, Vegetarian/Vegan eateries and lots of bars, really wonderful little bars. Go for a walk along King Street.