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Sydney Neighborhood Guide

Sydney Neighborhood Guide

From the historic Rocks to trendy Paddington and glitzy Darling Harbour, Sydney’s diverse neighborhoods offer distinct atmospheres and attractions. Get a rounded experience of Australia’s largest city by diving into our picks of Sydney’s most interesting districts.

Circular Quay

Tucked between the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay will likely be one of your first stops in town. One of Sydney’s main transport hubs, this is also your departure point for cruises around Sydney Harbour. It’s a great area for outdoor dining and leisurely strolls, with the best views of the bridge and opera house.

The Rocks

This small historic area is packed with colonial stone buildings, intriguing alleyways, hidden courtyards, boutiques, pubs, and restaurants, which are best explored on a guided walking tour that dives into the area’s rich history. On the weekend, visit the Rocks Market for souvenirs and crafts.

Darling Harbour

Glitzy, tourist-oriented Darling Harbour is home to Sydney’s main convention, exhibition, and entertainment centers, as well as a waterfront promenade, the Sydney Aquarium, an IMAX theater, the Australian Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum, and lots of shops. It’s also a departure point for harbor cruises.

Paddington

Trendy Paddington is known for its mix of culture, history, and shopping opportunities, as well as for its colonial architecture and elegant balconied buildings. The heart of Sydney’s large LGBTQ community, the neighborhood has a wide variety of gay bars and nightclubs. 

Bondi Beach

No visit to Sydney is complete without soaking up some sun on Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world. It’s just 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the city center and boasts warm waters and consistently nice waves. Surf, work on your tan, sip cocktails beachside, or take a hike over the surrounding cliffs.

Manly Beach

Half an hour from Circular Quay via one of the world’s most scenic ferry journeys—or an energetic 4- to 6-hour hike—Manly is famed for a beach that rivals Bondi. Soak up the scene on a bicycle tour or dive into the clear waters on a snorkeling tour.

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Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Big Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Join a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour by double-decker bus to discover the highlights of Sydney and Bondi Beach. Enjoy unobstructed views and recorded onboard commentary as you travel along two routes to top destinations like Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and Bondi Beach. Go in-depth at any given place by simply hopping off the bus to explore. You can experience Sydney and Bondi's most noteworthy attractions at your own pace with your choice of ticket, valid for either 24 or 48 hours.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

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Sydney Harbour Hop-on Hop-off Cruise

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Explore Sydney aboard a hop-on hop-off Sydney Harbour cruise that stops at top destinations including Circular Quay, Watsons Bay, Manly . Get a great vantage point for photo ops of icons such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Simply jump on and off at as many stops as you like; when you're ready to move on to your next destination, just catch the next boat. Upgrade to include an entrance ticket to Taronga Zoo, another fantastic attraction located on the harbor shores.
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  • 7 hours
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Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour

Sydney The Rocks Guided Walking Tour

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Delve into the history of Sydney and British Australia on a leisurely 90-minute walking tour in The Rocks district with an expert guide. Enjoy the delights of present-day visuals as you explore The Rocks and hear the story of Sydney’s convict past as you discover shady courtyards, narrow laneways and hidden areas that even the locals do not know about. Stroll along the shoreline of Sydney Harbour with views of the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, past Cadman’s Cottage and Campbell’s Cove. Tour Highlights: • The shoreline of Sparkling Sydney Cove • Harbour views of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge • Cadman’s Cottage, The Rocks oldest surviving cottage built in 1816 • Campbell’s Cove, offering fantastic views of Sydney Harbour • Awe inspiring Argyle Cut begun with convict labour in 1843 • Within The Rocks historic precinct, we will wander through Greenway Lane, Kendall Lane, Suez Canal, Foundation Park and much more.
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Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide

Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide

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Join your choice of a morning or afternoon excursion to Manly to snorkel in the clear calm waters of Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. Just a short hop from Sydney, see some of Australia's diverse marine life on this guided snorkeling tour. Your expert guide leads your small group of beginning and experienced snorkelers into the water from the beach. With group numbers limited to 10 participants, enjoy customized attention from your guide. Also, take a short guided walk on the headlands for fantastic views of the Northern Beaches.
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Private Sydney Half Day Tour including Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach

Private Sydney Half Day Tour including Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach

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See Sydney’s top sights on a half-day private city tour that still leaves you with time to enjoy the rest of the day on your own. You’ll check off Sydney’s must-see attractions, including the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach and Circular Quay. Hear about the city’s history and modern-day culture from a private guide-driver, and take in daily life around neighborhoods like Paddington and Darlinghurst.
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  • 4 hours
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Australian National Maritime Museum Entry Ticket - See it All

Australian National Maritime Museum Entry Ticket - See it All

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While in Sydney, delve into maritime history at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Considered one of the top maritime museums in the world and conveniently located on the shores of Darling Harbour, the Australian National Maritime Museum features exhibits on Aboriginal and European explorers, the navy, surfing, sailing and Australia’s beach culture. Choose between two ticket options: the special exhibitions only or the Big Ticket with access to the docks where historic ships are berthed, including several that you can tour and interactive displays to please the kids, making this a great activity for the entire family.
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