Sydney travel guide

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You're Going to Love Sydney

Known as the Harbour City, Sydney is full of surprises and fun. With some of the best beaches, culture and architecture, it's a place the whole family can enjoy.

From Bondi or Manly Beach to the more hip district The Rocks, there's always something to see, do, or experience.

Whether you're heading to world-famous galleries, eating fresh seafood near the harbor, or simply lounging on the beach, Sydney is a wonderful and exciting year-round destination.

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When to Visit Sydney

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If you're looking for a sun-filled vacation spent relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches then your best bet is the height of summer, but that means things will be a little bit more expensive. Temperatures in the summer can be scorching, sometimes higher than 100 degrees, so it may be a good idea to come at the beginning or nearing the end when it starts to cool off. If you're in Sydney for the architecture, the food, and culture, any time of year will be great times to visit. Believe it or not, winter can get quite cold in Sydney, dipping to the 40s overnight.

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How to Get to Sydney

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Where to Stay in Sydney

When it comes to accommodation in Sydney, some of the best options are in the CBD (central business district) overlooking the harbor and the Opera House. These include hotels like the Park Hyatt or the Shangri-La. While the luxury market is great in Sydney, there are also great boutique hotel options for couples in districts like The Rocks. If you're a traveling family, there are some great family-friendly hotel options with larger rooms and sitting areas, like the Amora Hotel Jamison.

Popular Neighborhoods in Sydney

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Sydney CBD

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How to Get Around Sydney

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Shopping Streets

You'll find upscale shopping brands in the Strand Arcade and the historical Queen Victoria Building, but for chains and other brands you're best bets are Wesfield, Broadway, or World Square. The best streets to walk down and shop are King St, William St, and Oxford St, all offering a wide variety of clothing, electronics, and more.

Groceries and Other

The two most popular grocery stores in Sydney are Woolworth's and Coles, but you can also find Aldis and other smaller chains. Coles tends to be the cheapest and you can buy food, drinks, and any personal care items from here as well. Buy a loaf of bread for around A$1 and a dozen eggs for A$4.20. There are also many markets that tend to be cheaper, such as Northside Produce and Paddington.

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Where to Eat in Sydney

Due to its seaside location, eating outside in nice weather is very common and many restaurants will have beautiful views, such as Icebergs Dining Room and Bar on Bondi Beach or Searock Grill next to the Opera House. The Rocks is one of the best locations to find bistros and other cafes for lunch, as well as some great family-friendly eateries for dinner as well, such as the Cut Bar & Grill or Scarlett Restaurant. For a more luxurious experience head to Bondi Beach or Circular Quay and enjoy your meal while overlooking some of the most beautiful views in the world, but expect to pay for the privilege. mains generally cost around A$15 and sometimes up to A$40 at higher-end restaurants. Drinks will run anywhere from A$10-A$30, depending on what you order.