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Sydney, Australia

Sydney

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Introduction

You’ll know confident, cosmopolitan Sydney for its icons; the great curves of its Harbour Bridge and Opera House adorn glossy travel mags the world over. However, in between its poster children, there’s much to discover. There’s a world-class restaurant scene, plenty of outdoors fun and a year-round calendar of festivals to keep Sydney’s cultural beat thumping strong.

Discover the rich history behind Australia’s first settlement at the historic Rocks district. Among its small cobblestone lanes and courtyards you'll find heritage cottages, harbour-view hotels and even convict-era pubs. Enjoying something of a renaissance, its legacy architecture is now host to a growing collection of award-winning galleries and hip bars.

However, it’s perhaps Bondi that’s Sydney’s most emblematic suburb. Learn to surf at its famous beach and soak up the boho chic before exploring a delightful collection of coastal paths. However, you don’t have to head out of the city centre for a walk. More than 16 routes hug the harbour foreshore, with some of the best around Mosman Bay, Vaucluse and Cremorne Point.

Or, take a ferry from central Circular Quay to Manly. It’s the chance to experience a slice of coastal life in the city, complete with scuba spots, beaches and a superb selection of waterfront cafés and restaurants. It even offers the opportunity to wander through native bushland and make like a local with a secluded picnic.

Back towards the centre, inner-city Paddington is a hive of happening, host to boutique markets, a chic café culture and lively pubs. It’s all set to a backdrop of wide, leafy streets and Victorian terraces. Not to be outdone, next-door Woollahra features a delightful collection of upmarket antique shops and art galleries.     

Special offers in Sydney

Circumnavigation of Australia

44-day tailor-made cruise from £12,799 pp incl. flights

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New fly cruise and stay offer
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Embark on an expedition of Australia, complete with a team of experts to provide fascinating insight into the cultural and natural history

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Top itineraries in Sydney

Sydney, Uluru & the Great Barrier Reef

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,750 pp incl. flights

Discover the city sophistication of Sydney, the monolithic beauty and Aboriginal culture of Uluru and the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Sydney to Brisbane Boutique Self-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,750 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Be charmed by Sydney before discovering the stunning beaches, coastal towns and lush hinterland of Australia’s East Coast as you wind your way north.

Sydney, the Whitsundays and Brisbane

15-day tailor-made journey from £2,195 pp incl. flights

Between taking in the icons of Sydney and the riverside idyll of Brisbane, hop out to the white sands of the Whitsundays to enjoy some island relaxation. Here, you’ll divide your time between white sands and the chance to explore with everything from hikes and cruises to kayak and snorkelling trips.

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

15-day tailor-made journey from £1,765 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Discover the dramatic coastline between Sydney and Melbourne and enjoy penguin parades on beautiful island reserves and a luxury bush camp stay in Jervis Bay.

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Top places to stay in Sydney

Shangri-La, Sydney

Contemporary hotel

Shangri-La, Sydney offers fine facilities and finer dining set back from Sydney harbour. Its location gives it superb access to both the waterfront and the city centre.

Ovolo 1888, Darling Harbour

Contemporary hotel

Ovolo 1888 is one of Sydney’s most unique hotels. The modern rooms are stylishly decorated in bold colours that belie the hotel’s friendly, boutique atmosphere.

Lily Pily Country House, Bellingen

Small & intimate hotel

Lily Pily is no ordinary B&B. Cutting a perfect balance between modern and eco-living, the house’s stunning architecture is second only to its beautiful locale.

Harbour Rocks, Sydney

Contemporary hotel

For those looking for luxury heritage in a city-centre location, the recently renovated Harbour Rocks Hotel is ideal.

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When to go to Sydney

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Sydney articles

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Australia – beyond the icons

If you've holidayed in Australia before you'll know all about its wonderful wildlife, rich heritage, awe-inspiring landscapes and friendly locals. What's more, you'll probably have ticked off a few highlights from the standard Australia bucket list.

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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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