With its balmy subtropical climate, mesmerizing coastline, and alluring mix of cultures, it is no wonder Sydney ranks among the world’s most liveable cities year after year. Home to over 100 sandy beaches, the Australian hub provides the ideal destination for anyone looking to combine a city break with a sun-and-sea getaway. Whether you’re traveling as a couple, with family or friends, the Harbour City offers something for everyone.
Sydney is synonymous with surfing culture. Fantastic surf breaks can be found along the coast, with Manly (the birthplace of surfing in Australia), Cronulla, Maroubra, and Bondi being the top contenders. Feel like catching some waves? Ask your concierge about private surf lessons at any of these iconic spots.
Set on the rocky shores and surrounded by the powerful waters, ocean pools are a striking feature of Sydney’s South-Pacific coastline. The fun part? You never know when the crash of a wave will make it over the pool walls. For beautiful photos and proximity to other great attractions, try the Bondi Icebergs Pool, the Mona Vale Ocean Pool, and the Bronte Baths.
No matter where you are in the city, you’ll never be too far from a beach. Go for a morning swim at Bondi Beach — by far Sydney’s most popular beach — or take a stroll along the golden sands as you soak up the views and bustling atmosphere.
A little further south, lay down your towel on Tamarama Beach to catch some rays and watch the surfers brave the swells. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head to Bronte Beach — Sydney’s best-kept-secret. Surrounded by greenery, the beautiful sandy beach puts you just moments from tempting bakeries and quaint cafés. After you’ve had your fill of beach lounging, take a stroll through Bronte Park, where you’re sure to spot a handful of cricket matches. If it’s complete seclusion you’re looking for, journey up to Sydney’s northern peninsula. Avalon, Whale, and Bilgola Beach offer stunning scenery and quiet shores, far away from the bustle of the city.
Fancy a hike with a view? Sunrise to sunset, Sydneysiders take full advantage of the city’s gorgeous coastal walks. There’s nothing quite like gorgeous shades of turquoise and endless skies to motivate a little bit of physical activity!
To check off all the big beaches in one fell swoop, grab your walking shoes and promenade the coast from Bondi to Coogee Beach. Starting at the Bondi Icebergs Pool, the walking path spans a total distance of about 4 miles each way, passing Tamarama and Bronte Beach along its way. From the many lookout points, you’ll be able to snap some frame-worthy photos and scope out the rock pools, beaches, and surfers down below.
Looking to escape the crowds? Opt for the Hermitage Foreshore Walk in Vaucluse, a hidden gem offering idyllic views of the Sydney harbor and intimate deserted beaches, shaded by verdant palm trees and shrubs. Just over 1 mile each way, this walk will take you past the shores of some of the most well-to-do suburbs, with plenty of charming picnic spots along the way.
With its graceful curves and distinctive design, the iconic Opera House never fails to impress. Step inside to experience the splendor of its performance halls for yourself, and ask your concierge about procuring VIP tickets to the biggest shows. For unobstructed views of the Opera House, embark on a ferry from Manly to Sydney. Along the way, you’ll be treated to sights of the cityscape, the quaint shores, and the famous Harbour Bridge.
Located on the edge of the harbor next to the Opera House, Sydney’s famous Royal Botanic Garden is a must-see. At this magical 200-year old garden in the heart of downtown, you’ll discover exciting plants and creatures that you’ve probably never encountered before. Keep your eyes peeled— water dragons, cockatoos, and other Australian natives are hiding in the brushlands!
Keen on getting up close and personal with the wildlife? A visit to Taronga Zoo in the elegant neighborhood of Mosman is an absolute must! There’s something spectacular about walking through the gates only to be greeted by long-neck giraffes overlooking the harbor and Sydney’s central business district. This world-class zoo treats its inhabitants with the utmost respect and makes strong conservation efforts, so you can feel good about your visit. What other peculiar creatures can you expect to encounter? Tasmanian devils, koalas, chimps, red pandas, and much more!
There’s no doubt about it: Sydney is photogenic at every angle. From its winding harbor to its verdant islands, and sweeping coastline, the views are worthwhile no matter which direction you face. For the best panoramic perspective, make your way up to the Sydney Tower Eye. From the structure’s skywalk deck, you’ll be able to point out landmarks from Bondi Beach to the Opera House. Prefer to have the experience all to yourself? Woo your loved one with sunset views from the top of the tower by reserving it for just the two of you.
If you’re more of a thrill seeker, you’re in for a treat: Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge offers the unique experience of climbing up its arch. Don’t worry, you’ll be with a trained guide, and safely fastened to the rails. Just don’t look down (or maybe, do?).
Stepping back into the heritage of a city is always a great way to understand where it is today. The historic Rocks district, named after the houses built from sandstone, sits on the eastern tip of downtown, just under the beginning of Harbour Bridge. In early colonial Sydney, sailors and wanderers would catch their first glimpse of Australia from this point. Once a slum, the historic cobblestoned streets are now bustling with life in the forms of cheerful pubs playing live music and serving up affordable pints of Guinness.
Eager to get some shopping done? Plan your visit to the Rocks district during the weekend. Every Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of vendors fill the streets with stalls, selling crafts, fashions, and other peculiarities.
Considering its history, it is no surprise that Sydney serves up some vastly multicultural fare throughout its different boroughs. Hiding within the vast city are pockets of cultural influences, from Vietnamese to Turkish, and Italian. Go for a stroll to discover some of the best international flavors that Australia has to offer.
For fine dining, keep your eyes fixed on the harbor and Mosman. Scattered along the water are plethoras of exquisite opportunities to treat your palate. Culinary inspirations from around the world and local fusions are created by Australia’s top chefs, and almost every table comes with a view.
With something exciting to offer at every nook and cranny, Sydney’s residential neighborhoods each have their own unique flavor. If you’re chasing luxury, consider staying in CBD (Central Business District), Mosman, or Sydney’s north end.
Position yourself close to the historic harbor by choosing one of our upscale vacation rentals in Sydney CBD . The downtown area is packed with gourmet eateries, diverse museums, and high-end entertainment. And in case you haven’t heard, Sydneysiders take their coffee culture seriously. This area is brimming with the latest luxury cafés, brewing up the finest of cups with locally grown and imported coffee beans (read: no large coffee chains here). The business hub is also the prime spot for shopping lovers. From Pitt Street Mall to Westfield Sydney, and the stunning Queen Victoria building, trendsetters flock to CBD for high-end boutiques and big-name brands.
Looking to stay off the beaten path? Opt for one of our luxurious northern beaches vacation homes , far from the hubbub and close to the natural beauty. Often compared to the Hamptons for New Yorkers, Sydney’s northern beaches offer an idyllic setting and relaxed family-friendly atmosphere. You might just be lucky enough to have the shores all to yourself! And if you’d like to get your heart pumping, make the journey to the Barrenjoey Lighthouse at the tip of the northern peninsula for sweeping views of the shores below.
Experience Sydney’s finest in Mosman, just across the harbor from the downtown district. Possibly the most refined neighborhood in the city, here you’ll be treated to the best of all worlds. In proximity to world-class dining, luxury shopping, quiet shores, and fancy markets, a stay in on of our vacation rentals in Mosman ticks all the boxes. And when you want to venture downtown, just hop on the quick ferry ride from Mosman to Circular Quay — gorgeous views guaranteed.