Sydney City

Visit the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks at Circular Quay. Enjoy a drink at the Opera Bar with its harbour views. The Royal Botanic Garden also has sweeping views of the harbour and trees planted in the 1820s.

In the city centre, Sydney Tower Eye has 360-degree views of Sydney and beyond, from the Pacific Ocean to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. The Queen Victoria Building, completed in 1898, is one of the premier shopping destinations.

The Rocks, Circular Quay
Sydney Opera House, Sydney

About the city centre

The city is teeming with attractions. Begin your journey of discovery at Circular Quay with the Sydney Opera House. The famous building is “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity”, declared a World Heritage report.

From Circular Quay stroll along the harbour foreshore to The Rocks, the oldest part of Sydney, where cobbled laneways of the convict colony remain. There’s lots to see and do in The Rocks with upmarket shops and galleries, Australia’s oldest pubs, weekend markets and The Rocks Walking Tours. Stroll through this historic area to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Six million steel rivets were hammered into the bridge, which opened in 1932. Climb to the top with BridgeClimb Sydney for one of the best views of Sydney, its harbour and the Opera House.

You’ll also marvel at the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden, which has 8,900 plant species and native wildlife, including fruit bats.

Beyond the garden is the Art Gallery of NSW where galleries are devoted to Australian, European and Aboriginal art. Tree-lined roads lead to leafy Hyde Park, which adjoins the central shopping precinct.

Shop ‘til you drop in busy Pitt Street Mall, at Westfield shopping centre, or at the elegant Strand Arcade and the grand Queen Victoria Building. The city centre has many eating options, from top-rated restaurants to funky cafés and bars. One of the most visited areas is Chinatown and its lively markets.

Stroll from the city centre to Darling Harbour where you’ll be thrilled by WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, with creatures ranging from sweet to scary.

From the harbour to Chinatown, Sydney charms visitors with its many attractions and its delicious food. There are numerous places to stay in the heart of the city to suit a range of budgets.

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  1. Adina Apartment Hotel Town Hall

    Superbly located in Sydney's central business district, Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney is your passport to Sydney's best shopping, only minutes from over four hundred specialty stores in the renowned Pitt Street Mall. This central location...

  2. Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney

    From the moment you arrive, you'll experience the Amora difference at Jamison Sydney. In the heart of this dynamic city, this award winning hotel combines space, style and warmth to provide the ultimate ambience for business or pleasure. With...

  3. Base Sydney

    Base Backpackers are a revolution in beds, bars and entertainment! Located in the heart of the city only a short stroll to Darling Harbour and China Town, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge are just at the end of the street. Base Sydney is the...

  4. Best Western Plus Hotel Stellar

    Stylish and sophisticated, Hotel Stellar is intermingled amongst Sydney's best cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques, art galleries, and the entertainment district. Located near the corner of Hyde Park and Oxford Street - Sydney's style mile,...

  5. BreakFree On George

    Located in Sydney's entertainment precinct, BreakFree on George Sydney offers accommodation to suit both business and leisure travellers. Just 35 minutes from Sydney airport and close to Capital Square Lightrail Station, Chinatown, The Star...

  6. DeVere Hotel

    The DeVere Hotel offers the warmth and charm of a bygone era. Situated in the trendy bay side suburb of Potts Point, its only a 20 minute walk to the city centre and a 30 minute walk to the Sydney Opera House. Train station and bus stops are...

  7. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

    One of Sydney's best located luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, delivers an unforgettable luxury experience, overlooking stunning Sydney Harbour and surrounded by the city's icons, shopping and business precincts. Relax in a luxurious...

  8. Fraser Suites Sydney

    Fraser Suites Sydney is situated in the heart of the central business district; adjacent to Town Hall and within walking distance of Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and Sydney's vibrant shopping and entertainment districts. Fraser Suites Sydney...

  9. Great Southern Hotel

    Right in the vibrant heart of the city, The Great Southern Hotel is a heritage listed hotel dating back to 1854, ideal for business or holiday travellers seeking convenience, comfort and easy access to the city's entertainment, shopping and...

  10. Hilton Sydney

    Imaginative. Iconic. Illuminated. Inspired.  Cradled in the heart of the city, Hilton Sydney is close to shopping, entertainment and Darling Harbour and features luxury accommodation, stunning conference facilities and innovative restaurants...

  11. Holiday Inn Darling Harbour

    Emanating a quiet charm right in the middle of the action, Holiday Inn Darling Harbour has the best that Sydney has to offer on its doorstep. A heritage listed former wool store cloaks the northern wing of the hotel in history. Situation...

  12. Holiday Inn Old Sydney

    Holiday Inn Old Sydney occupies both historical and modern buildings, and successfully blends international elegance and old world charm with an unbeatable location in the historic Rocks district. The Rocks is a uniquely historical Australian...

  13. Holiday Inn Potts Point

    Surrounded by popular street cafes and bars, Holiday Inn Potts Point is where you want to be when you next visit Sydney. One stop on the adjacent underground train takes you right into the city centre. You can bypass city traffic and arrive...

  14. Hotel ibis World Square

    Located right in the heart of Sydney, next to the World Square Centre, you are within easy reach of Sydney's vibrant entertainment, shopping precincts, local attractions and transport. The Hotel ibis World Square completed a refurbishment...

  15. Hyatt Regency Sydney

    Located in Sydney's central business district overlooking Darling Harbour; you will find the major entertainment and shopping districts including Pitt Street Mall, Queen Victoria Building, and Chinatown in close proximity.  Ideal for...

  16. ibis Sydney Darling Harbour

    ibis Sydney Darling Harbour provides guests with quality accommodation in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The 256 rooms boast panoramic views of Darling Harbour, the city skyline and west towards Homebush Bay. Situated adjacent to Novotel...

  17. ibis Sydney King Street Wharf

    ibis Sydney King Street Wharf is located on the waterfront, in one of the newest entertainment districts in the city of Sydney. The hotel is just minutes from the bustling excitement of Darling Harbour and the central business district of Sydney...