The capital of New South Wales is one of the biggest and most important cities in Australia, as well as being one of the most interesting and iconic. Sydney brings together all the things that make Australia such a wonderful place to visit and is truly a modern-day melting pot of culture, ideas and history.
Sydney is highly recognisable on travel pictures by the world heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. You might have seen the opera house flashing by more often on your TV in 2000, reason being is that the city hosted the summer Olympics that year.
The city has a well-documented history since the state of Australia only exists since 1778, James Cook was the first European to land in Sydney. Originally the Aboriginals inhabited the continent and their history has been well preserved.
It’s no surprise then that so many gather here every year for an unforgettable holiday experience, and with so many magical districts to explore, the only question is where to stay.
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Near Australia’s Central Business District, Paddington is an inner-city suburb which oozes a feeling a wealth, not just financially but also in terms of culture and history. Architecturally, it stands out thanks to its stunning Victorian elements, with plenty of heritage listed buildings giving the district its unique sense of identity and personality. It’s not all about importance and prestige though: Paddington is also a wonderful place to simply have fun, with tons of attractions from art galleries to museums.
Top Attractions in Paddington
- Paddington Reservoir
- Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas
- The Intersection Paddington
- Victoria Barracks Museum
Getting to Paddington
Much like the rest of Sydney, getting to Paddington from the airport is fairly quick, cheap and simple, with plenty of options to choose from. The train generally offers a perfect mix of ease and affordability, while a taxi or Towncar will cost you more. There’s also the option of travelling via shuttle.
The sun-kissed shores of Darling Harbour really highlight some of the best elements of Sydney. This is a modern Australia, with amazing attractions including museums to aquariums and everything in between. It’s also a wonderful place to shop, grab a bite to eat or just relax with a drink or two. We don’t know which shines brightest; the sun reflecting on the waters or the twinkling lights of the city itself.
Top Attractions in Darling Harbour
- Australian National Maritime Museum
- SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
- WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
- Sydney Harbour
- Madame Tussauds Sydney
Getting to Darling Harbour
If you’re in Sydney CBD, you may find it easiest and cheapest to simply walk to Darling Harbour. However, there are other options available too, such as by train, with stops at both the nearby Town Hall and central stations. There’s also light rail, which can be caught from Central Station, by car, or by ferry if you’re travelling from Circular Quay. Train, buses, taxis and shuttle services are also available direct from Sydney Airport.
Featuring one of the most interesting histories of any part of Sydney, Manly is almost as famous for its origins and heritage listed sites as it is for its very popular beaches, which are some of the finest the city has to offer. It also has terrific parks, a wonderful brewing history, amazing scenery, great restaurants and more. Manly is a true melting pot of ideas and influences, which makes it a truly fascinating place to visit.
Top Attractions in Manly
- Manly Bike Tours
- Freshwater beach
- Grotto Point Lighthouse
- Manly scenic walkway
- Arabanoo lookout at Dobroyd Head
Getting to Manly
Unlike some parts of Sydney, getting to Manly on foot isn’t really practical, unless you want to start your holiday with a three-plus hour trek. However, both the train and ferry are quite cheap, and the shuttle from the airport is by far the fastest. The bus is a little cheaper than the train and takes a little longer, so you pretty much get what you pay for. You can also get a taxi or Towncar, which is fairly fast and easy, but will cost more.