Sydney, located on Australia’s southeast coast is the capital city of New South Wales. Known as the Harbor City, Sydney has miles of beautiful sandy coastline and a bustling metropolitan area. Due to immigration trends, this city is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. With one of the most iconic structures till date, the Sydney Opera House, this bustling city is frequented by tourists all year round. Whether it’s a peaceful getaway or an adventure-packed holiday you envision, Sydney has numerous solutions for every traveler.

Things to do in Sydney!




The neighborhoods in Sydney are very diverse in nature. While some of them are around the coast with a peek of the beautiful blue sea, others are nestled in the heart of the city. The houses range from quaint little cottages to sprawling villas.  To take a walk through any of these neighborhoods is an experience to be cherished.

The City: This area consists of many attractions including some suburbs, the commercial centre and the financial centre. It is a busy part of the city filled with many things to do.

  • The Rocks
    • What used to be the first colonial village of Sydney is now a bustling cosmopolitan area.
    • Main attractions and landmarks include:
  • Darling Harbour
  • City South
    • This area is filled with great value food joints and accommodation. Take a stroll down Haymarket and Chinatown to visit some good shopping markets.
    • Main attractions and landmarks include:


  • City East


  • City West
    • City West has a number of eating and drinking joints and have alternate style accommodations.
    • Main attractions and landmarks include:


The Eastern Suburbs:


Southern Sydney:

  • This is primarily a residential and commercial area though it has some interesting sights.
  • Main attractions and landmarks include:


Inner West:


Northern Beaches:


 Lower North Shore:

  • This area is located along the harbour which provides a spectacular view especially with the fireworks on New Year’s Eve. It also provides great spots for picnics.
  • Main attractions and landmarks include:


Getting around

General info

Getting from the airport to the city

  • The Sydney Airport is approximately 17 Km from the city.
  • There are multiple ways of getting from the Sydney Airport to the city:
    • Taxi:
      • Each terminal has a taxi rank with supervisors who will help you.
      • It will cost you approximately AUD 45.00-55.00 to reach the city
      • Refer here for fare information.
    • Airport Link
      • The Airport Link coordinates the operation of the train.
      • It will take you approximately 13 minutes to reach the city.
      • Refer here for schedules.
      • Refer here for fare information.


Getting around the city

  • Transport in Sydney includes road, rail and water transport.
  • The government transport provider is Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW).
  • The government-run transport system shares an automated share collection system. The fare starts at AUD 3.40 for 0-5 Km and goes up to AUD 6.60 for 50 Km.
  • There is also an electronic ticketing card:
    • Opal Card- a contactless, rechargeable smartcard which can be used for public transport fares in Sydney.
  • TripGo is a free app available on iOS and Android that helps you locate all the transport modes around Sydney.


  • The Sydney Trains coordinates the operation of the train service.
  • The service operates from
  • Refer here for schedules.
  • Refer here for fare information.


  • The Sydney Buses coordinates the operation of the bus service.
  • The service operates from 4:30 am to 12:00 am.
  • Refer here for schedules.
  • Refer here for fare information.



Tipping in Australia is not customary. However, if you feel that the service was exceptional, feel free to tip as much as you like. 

  • Hotels: You generally do not tip at hotels. However at expensive hotels tipping your Bellman or porter with AUD 1.00 – 2.00 per bag is acceptable. The maid and concierge do not expect tips.
  • Restaurants: Tipping your waiter is not expected. However, you may still tip your waiter up to 10% of the bill if you receive exceptional service, or if you are in a very expensive restaurant.
  • Spas: Tipping is not expected but you can do so if your service was excellent.
  • Tour Guide: They do not expect to be tipped but you can always do so as a form of appreciation.
  • Taxi: Drivers will not expect a tip for their services, although it is common courtesy to let the taxi driver “keep the change”.

Staying connected

  • Australia uses the GSM 900 and 1800 frequency bands. For 3G, carriers use the 2100 band. Telstra, Optus and Vodafone provide 4G services in the country now.
  • The public phones are color coded:
    • Red: Local calls
    • Green, Gold, Blue: International calls
  • Prepaid SIM cards are readily available, both at the airport as well as at convenience stores.
  • Budget service providers include:
    • Lyca
    • Lebara
  • Larger, more premium providers include:
    • Telstra
    • Vodafone
    • Optus

Eat / Drink


Some notable local restaurants for Australian cuisine include:



  • Quay Restaurant
    • Cuisine: Contemporary
    • 2013 Restaurant of the Year, The Australian Gourmet Traveller


  • Marque Restaurant
    • Cuisine: French
    • 2012 Restaurant of the Year, The Australian Gourmet Traveller


  • Kazbah
    • Cuisine: Middle Eastern/ Moroccan/Mediterranean
    • Specialty Restaurant 2012, Metropolitan Winner


  • Biota Dining
    • Cuisine: Modern Australian, Organic
    • Regional  Restaurant of the Year 2014






Australian cuisine has made huge strides in popularity around the world in the recent years due to the hit TV show, Masterchef. There are a lot of authentic Australian delights that are a must-try while in Sydney.    

Some typical food items that you should try out while visiting Sydney are:

  • Lamingtons: known as the “National Cake of Australia”, it is a square shaped sponge cake covered in chocolate frosting and desiccated coconut.
  • John Dory Fillets: batter fried or pan fried, often served with mashed potatoes, this fish is served almost everywhere in Australia.
  • Pavlova: A meringue based dessert has a crisp crust and a soft, light inside
  • Chiko Roll: A deep fried beef roll with celery, cabbage, barley, carrot, onion, green beans and spices.


Australia is the fourth largest exporter of wine. Regions like New South Wales are known for their vineyards. When in Sydney treat your senses to some wine tasting. Some predominantly famous wines of this region are:


Australia is known for its beer the world-over. Some of the beers you must try in Sydney are:

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