Sydney Tourist Guide

Sydney Tourist Guide - Destination Overview

Sydney: an alluring destination

Embracing the mesmerizing architectural grandeur, seductive beaches with alluring sports activities, sizzling marine reserves, tirelessly thriving nightlife, ever buzzing harbors, exotic wildlife with several rare species, and the divine blessings of natural beauty; the city of Sydney is irresistibly fascinating to the tourists from across the globe. Why should one visit Sydney? Perhaps, there is no reason why one shouldn’t. There is nothing you desire, and the city of Sydney fails to offer you. Welcoming over about 2.7 million tourists from abroad, and over 7 million tourists from Australia every year, it immensely enjoys the status of being one of the most visited cities worldwide.

If you are planning for a holiday, then this destination should be your prime focus. This is a well-endowed place with flexible and proper access to waterways and open spaces. It houses numerous parks and botanic gardens. This place also has several heritage listed buildings and contemporary architectures, which include the famous Sydney Opera House. Again, the international galleries, museums and art places call tourists from all across the world. This place is the perfect choice for family vacation; you can enjoy everything that you may think about. The diverse culture and various festivals add colors to the beauty of Sydney

Tourist Attractions in Sydney

Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Sydney houses several tourist attractions that immeasurably captivate the tourists with their prolific magnificence. Amidst the huge array of attractions, following are the ones that top the list:

  • The Wold Heritage Site of Sydney Opera House: The magnificent structure of Opera House built in the twentieth century. Located on Sydney Harbor, and at a walking distance from the Sydney City Center, it is also close to the renowned Harbor Bridge. Known as one of the well known centers for performing arts, the grandeur of its structure is immensely bewildering.

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge: Connecting the North Shore and the Sydney Central Business District, it is very close to the Sydney City Centre and the Sydney Opera House. Its amazing structure allures the tourists tremendously, and it functions as a pass for rails, vehicles and the pedestrians.

  • Royal Botanical Garden: Enveloping 30 hectares of land on the east of the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Garden is one of the best places in Sydney for the nature lovers.

  • Sydney Tower: Situated on Market Street, Sydney Tower is the highest structure of Sydney. Open to the tourists or the public, it is one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Sydney.

  • Luna Park: Impregnated with the resources of amusement, Luna Park is situated at Milsons Point, which lies on the Sydney Harbor’s northern shore.

  • Sydney Beaches: there are more than 100 beaches in Sydney. Thriving with the buzz of the beach life, the beaches are one of the top tourist attractions in Sydney.

The city of Sydney and the suburbs, both are impregnated with varying tourists spots, and satiate all sorts of craves of the tourists in a holistic manner.

Sydney Itinerary

  • 2 Day Sydney Itinerary: Sydney city visit & Sydney Harbour Sightseeing.

  • 3 Day Sydney Itinerary: Sydney city visit, Sydney Harbour Sightseeing, & Tour to Blue Mountain.

  • 4 Day Sydney Itinerary: Sydney city visit, Sydney Harbour Sightseeing, Tour to Blue Mountain & Tour of Sydney and Bondi Beaches. 

  • 5 Day Sydney Itinerary: Sydney city visit; Sydney Harbour Sightseeing, & Visit to Blue Mountain; Tour of Sydney and Bondi Beaches; visit to Sydney Tower, Sydney aquarium, and Wild Life Sydney.

Within five days, you can visit a lot many tourist attractions in and around Sydney, however; if you desire to explore more things here, you can stay longer by taking the appropriate tour packages.

Sydney Festivals and Events

Being a metropolitan city, it renders due respect to all the communities by celebrating the cultural diversity through various festivals. Darling Harbor is the hot spot for such fairs and festivals, and throughout the seasons, multiple festivals are organized here. The season-wise festivals are as below:

  • Spring: the Brazilian Festival, Egyptian Festival, Lebanon Festival, Malaysia Festival, and Nepalsese and West African Festivals.

  • Summer: the Armenian Festival, Chinese New Year, Greek Festival, Japanese Festival and Polish Christmas Festival.

  • Autumn: The Anatolian Turkish Festival, Buddha’s Birthday, Indian Festival, International Capoelra Festival, and the Grand Festival.

The food, culture, art and crafts, fashion, music and technology etc of the respective countries are showcased during the festivals. If you wish to relish the fervors of any particular festivals, you can see the updates and plan your tour accordingly.

Geographical Coordinates

Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Sydney lies at the height of 1 m (03 ft) from the sea level. It is at the latitude of 33°52′04″ S, and its longitude is 151°12′26″ E. The climate here is temperate, warm in summer and cool in winter.

Revitalizing and thrilling activities in Sydney

  • Sky diving

  • Scuba diving

  • Swimming

  • Water sports and rides

  • Trekking

  • Sightseeing

  • Whale watching

  • Attending festival

  • Enjoying the thriving nightlife

  • Shopping

  • Wildlife tour

  • Leisure activities at the beaches

  • Relishing the cuisines from across the globe

Sydney Hotels

There are several hotels of various categories. As per Trip Advisor ranking, following are the main five star hotels in Sydney:

  • Meriton Seviced Apartment Campbell Street: Located in New South Wells at the corner of George Street. Ranked 2 out of 182 hotels in Sydney

  • Park Hyatt Sydney: situated at 7 Hickson Road. Ranked 4 out of 182 hotels

  • Meriton Serviced Apartment World Tower: located at 95 Liverpool Street. Its ranking is 5/180.

  • Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbor: on 61 Macquarie Street. Its rank is 6/180.

  • Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel Sydney: situated at 27 O'Connell St, Sydney. Rank 9/180.

  • The Lengham Sydney: at 89 - 113 Kent Street, Sydney. Ranking 10/182.

Following four star hotels are available at quite reasonable prices

  • ADGE Apartment Hotel: 222 Riley Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. Ranking 1/182

  • 1888 Hotel: located at 139 Murray Street, Sydney. Ranking 3/182

  • Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney: situated at King Street Wharf, Sydney. Ranked 19/182.

  • PARKROYAL Darling Harbour Sydney: 150 Day Street, Sydney.

  • Mantra on Kent: Ranked 24/182, it is located at 433 Kent Street, Sydney.

Also, there are several budget hotels in Sydney. The prominent ones are-

  • Ibis Budget St Peters: Located between Sydney Central and the airport.

  • Springfield Lodge: located at 9 Springfield Avenue. Ranked 16/64.

  • Woolbrokers Hotel: located at  22 Allen Street, Pyrmont, Sydney. Ranked 122/182.

  • The Russel Hotel: situated at 143A George Street, The Rocks, Sydney. Ranked 38/182

  • Glasgow Arms Hotel: Located at 527 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney. Ranked 93/182.

  • Hotel Cornation: Ranking 65/182, it is located at 5 -7 Park Street, Sydney,

Sydney Restaurants

Whether you are a vegetarian, or relish the non-vegetarian dishes; the restaurants in Sydney have everything to offer you. Here are the most famous restaurants in Sydney:

  • Yullis

  • Hari’s Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant:

  • Mad Spuds Café

  • Harvest Vegetarian Restaurant

  • Sprout Wholefood

  • Green Palace Thai Restaurant

  • Bodhi in the Park

  • Green Gourmet

  • Iku Wholefood Restaurant

  • Sails on Lavender Bay

  • Yummba

  • Mother Chu’s Vegetarian Kitchen

  • Sails on Lavender Bay

Arrival to Sydney

Sydney Airport, also known as Kingsford Smith Airport is an international airport. Being connected to the several hubs around the globe, one can travel to Sydney without any hassles. With its three runways, it is one of the busiest airports of Australia. It is at the distance of about 14 kilometers from the city center, and from here, one can move easily anywhere in the city.

Excursions Around Sydney

Truly speaking, there are myriads of alternatives to rejuvenate and revitalize oneself, however; it may be difficult to indulge in all the activities altogether in just a single visit. It is therefore necessary to fix the priorities for a particular visit, so that you satiate your desires in a holistic and desirable manner. 

About Sydney
There’s no place in the world like Sydney. A global city bursting with character, it’s not difficult to see why Australia’s harbour hotspot consistently rates highly among the world’s most livable cities. With a world famous harbour and dozens of surf beaches on the doorstep, the city is blessed with remarkable natural beauty and an inclination towards the great outdoors.
When it comes to lifestyle, Sydneysiders are renowned for their friendly natures and their love of a casual barbecue or a beer. They might be famous for healthy outdoor pursuits like surfing, but Sydneysiders have developed discerning tastes and demands, which have seen the city explode with a vibrant culinary scene and on-trend cocktail bars. There’s plenty to explore and see in the ever-evolving neighbourhoods, from the golden sands of the eastern suburbs beaches to the edgier urban atmosphere of the inner west.
Places To See in Sydney:

The Rocks
Head to ‘The Rocks,’ at the northern end of George Street for a real sense of Australia’s colonial history. The cobblestone side streets, stone heritage buildings and charming pubs are full of life. Have a beer at the Lord Nelson, Sydney’s oldest pub, with its own boutique brewery, and go on a Rocks Walking Tour.
Sydney Tower Skywalk
Harnessed onto a moving, glass-floored viewing platform that extends out over the edge of Sydney Tower, see Sydney from a breathtaking 260 metres above the street. Admire famous landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and all the way to the Blue Mountains on a clear day.
BridgeClimb Sydney
Scale the city’s much-loved icon, known affectionately as ‘The Coathanger.’ Climbing the bridge while the sun is setting over the horizon is awe-inspiring. The Bridge Climb has become one of the city’s most popular tours so book well in advance.
Darling Harbour
Children and young families love Darling Harbour. Visit the National Maritime Museum and Chinese Gardens, take in a movie at the IMAX cinema or recharge at Cockle Bay or King Street wharves. Close by is the Powerhouse Museum, Wildlife Sydney, Sea Life Sydney and Sydney’s bustling Chinatown.
Taronga Zoo
Get acquainted with Australia’s famous furry critters at Sydney’s harbour front zoo. It’s not just kids who love Taronga Zoo – even getting there on a short ferry ride from Circular Quay provides stunning views of the city’s icons. There are koalas and kangaroos, a chimpanzee enclosure, regular wild bird displays and a nocturnal animal house.
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
Located on the edge of Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay, the MCA exhibits Australian and international artists with solo and group exhibitions. With a continually changing program of exhibitions and stimulating events, there’s always something new and inspiring to see.

Centennial Park
The sweeping lawns of Centennial Park, in the eastern suburbs, are the perfect place for a stroll and a picnic beneath giant Moreton Bay fig trees. Sydneysiders come out to run, cycle, play on rollerblades, go horseback riding or enjoy a picnic in this green space.
Sydney Opera House
Perched on the eastern headland of Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, and offers a variety of cultural performances, tours and dining options.
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Sydney during convict times at the Hyde Park Barracks, one of the finest works of the accomplished colonial architect, Francis Greenway. Built with convict labour between 1817 and 1819, it is a popular landmark in the historic precinct of Macquarie Street and Queens Square.
Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum has a collection of 385,000 objects spanning social history, music, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, transport and space exploration.
Museum of Sydney
Journey through the past to discover Sydney from 1788 onwards at the Museum of Sydney, on the corner of Philip and Bridge Streets. Exhibitions, films and state-of-the-art technology spin stories of colonial life, Aboriginal culture, environment, trade, law and everyday dramas and dreams.
Royal Botanic Gardens
Wrapped around Farm Cove on the edge of the beautiful Sydney Harbour, the Royal Botanic Gardens are an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. The gardens, established in 1816, are the oldest scientific institution in the country. Rich in history, they form a living link with the beginnings of European settlement in eastern Australia and have an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales holds significant collections of colonial and 19th century Australian works and European old masters, along with contemporary works. There are also dedicated galleries celebrating the arts of Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. The gallery presents nearly 40 exhibitions every year, including flagship annual exhibitions such as the Archibald Prize and ARTEXPRESS.
Entertainment and Dining in Sydney:

In daylight hours the city buzzes with life and shows while all-night pubs, cutting-edge dance clubs and gay reviews on trendy Oxford Street can keep you out until dawn. Fancy a late-night meal or a final coffee? That’s not a problem in Sydney.
Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, African, Greek, Italian, French, Lebanese – Sydney is truly one of the most eclectic food capitals in the world. Fresh produce, creative chefs and multicultural flair have made the city an epicurean paradise.
Sydney has rapidly become synonymous with stylish dining, from internationally renowned restaurants such as Tetsuya’s to seriously hip cafes and bistros in the inner-city suburbs of Newtown, Surry Hills and Glebe.
Sydney City
Discover your favourite cafe, restaurant or bar in the city by wandering along George, Pitt, Elizabeth and Castlereagh Streets and Martin Place. You’ll find the lunch and suited after-work crowds at the many cafes and bars. Over the past few years, Sydney’s urban laneways and city streets have seen a number of small bars flourish. Explore clandestine, quirky cocktail haunts like the 1920s-inspired Baxter Inn or Grasshopper - both are tucked down once disused city laneways. You will also find that many of the city’s hotels hide some of the best watering holes and nightspots.
Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills
Crammed with great restaurants and a range of cuisines from modern Australian to French and Italian, this area is ideal for people-watching as well as dining. Crown and Riley Streets in Surry Hills have a strong restaurant, cafe and pub scene, as does Victoria Street in Darlinghurst. Try Tropicana, a real Sydney institution and the genesis for Tropfest, Sydney’s much-loved festival of short films. The area also has plenty of nightlife, from small bars like Shady Pines Saloon and Sticky to cocktail bars like Eau de Vie and pubs such as the Beresford and the Carrington.
Potts Point and Woolloomooloo
Potts Point is home to a happening mix of classy bars and cafes. Modern Asian restaurant Ms G’s is not only all about the food - the upstairs bar serves a range of kooky cocktails served in plastic bubble tea cups, wine, beer and excellent sake. Just around the corner in Woolloomooloo, grab a late-night snack at the famed Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, a roadside stop that has been dispensing pies and mash to Sydneysiders for years. For a more salubrious occasion, try the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf where there is a range of superb dining experiences.
The Rocks, Circular Quay, Walsh Bay
Among the olden-day ambience of The Rocks’ historic buildings and cobblestone streets is a selection of great pubs, cafes and gourmet restaurants. High profile dining and drinking is the name of the game. The area also takes in the nearby Opera Quays, which runs along East Circular Quay and has many top restaurants and harbourside watering holes. The theatre and dance district of Walsh Bay also makes the most of the waterfront, with stylish eateries for post-show wining and dining.
Darling Harbour
Lining the waterfront of Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay Wharf are lots of dining and entertainment options. Seafood is popular and there are many restaurants and bars with views over this waterside playground. The newly refurbished casino is nearby where you can catch a show or party all night.
Just up from Darling Harbour, Sydney’s Chinatown is the hub of Sydney’s Chinese community with restaurants and cheap eateries, shopping arcades and produce stores. Enter Dixon Street pedestrian mall through the traditional red gates, experiencing the atmosphere and the aromas of Asian kitchens.
Close to the Sydney City
Milson’s Point and Balmoral Beach in the north have fine-dining restaurants, cafes and cheap and cheerful fish and chips – all with beautiful views. East of the city, Rose Bay and Watson’s Bay offer dress-circle views and some lovely eating spots, especially for long lunches. When it’s time for a sundowner, the terrace is abuzz at North Bondi Italian Food, jam-packed with locals drinking cocktails as the sun sets. Also at Bondi, visit Icebergs Dining Room and Bar to dine perched above the iconic oceanfront swimming pool and the crashing waves of south Bondi.

Fast Facts Sydney:

ISD Code Sydney: +61
Currency Sydney:Australian Dollar (AUD) - 1 AUD is approximately 59 Indian Rupees (INR)
Time Zone Sydney:GMT + 10 hours. IST +4:30 hours
Voltage Sydney:220V - 240V