Your essential Sydney travel guide

Here’s everything you need to know before visiting Sydney, including transport tips, neighbourhood guides and hotel info

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Sydney is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, whether you’re here for our world-famous beaches and ocean pools or lining up to see the dazzling light shows at Vivid Sydney – the largest winter festival in the Southern Hemisphere. But did you know we have excellent restaurants and bars? (Though our nightlife has suffered in the last four years thanks to the city’s lockout laws). And we’ve got heaps of tourist attractions and walking tours that cater for first-time visitors through to long-established residents. If you need a helping hand navigating our trams, trains and buses, check out our guide to the city’s public transport below. We’ve also got guides to hotels in Sydney, travel tips and 50 things to do in Sydney at least once.

Explore Sydney like a pro

Where to stay in Sydney
Hotels

Where to stay in Sydney

From once-hippy-now-hip neighbourhoods to LGBTQIA hubs where even the purple jacaranda trees show their pride.

The best time to visit Sydney
Things to do

The best time to visit Sydney

Sydney is a popular tourist destination in colder months, too. 

Travel tips every first time Sydney visitor needs to know
Travel

Travel tips every first time Sydney visitor needs to know

Here’s how to survive and thrive in the city, whether you’re here for a few days, or the rest of your life.

A guide to Sydney public transport
Travel

A guide to Sydney public transport

With a streetscape often compared to a bowl of tangled spaghetti, Sydney can be a little difficult to navigate.

How to live your best Sydney life

50 best restaurants
Restaurants

50 best restaurants

Where to eat in Sydney.

50 best bars in Sydney
Bars

50 best bars in Sydney

Never run dry. 

Best hotels in Sydney
Travel

Best hotels in Sydney

From five-star luxe to boutique cute.

Things to do in Sydney
Things to do

Things to do in Sydney

50 things to do at least once.