Many years ago, D.H Lawrence called Sydney 'the London of the Southern Hemisphere'. Australian poet Henry Lawson dubbed it 'the only city without a soul'. And Captain Arthur Philip who should have known, stated that Sydney Harbour was 'the finest harbour in the world'.
Sydney is more than its icons – the Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour, stunning as they are. Sydney is about a largely equable climate, fresh air and sunshine, and some of the best food in the world, prepared by enthusiastic chefs. It is the festivals and entertainment that go on non-stop year-round. It is colour and birdsong, water views, museums and galleries. It is a city full of secrets and surprises.
This bustling metropolis is home to over four million people from 140 ethnic origins and each year around the same number of visitors walk the streets of this city we now want to share with you.
It’s time to discover Sydney's best, highest, tastiest and most beautiful places. Discover things you'll want to see and need to know. Discover reasons to stay longer, come again, or tell a friend.
Prove to yourself that Captain Phillip was right and Henry Lawson was wrong. This place has a soul, for sure. And it's also got a heart and a pulse you'll learn to love.
Where, When, and How?
Sydney is the largest city in Australia, site of the first white settlement in 1788, and capital of the state of New South Wales.
Any time is a good time to visit Sydney. Summers may be relatively hot and humid with temperatures reaching into the thirties (Celsius); winter maximums may fall to around 15C. Sydney averages around seven hours of sunshine a day and receives 1200mm of rain with no frosts or snow, and only occasional fog.
Most major international airlines fly in to Sydney. Qantas is the national carrier.
If self-driving, remember that in Australia, traffic drives on the left-hand-side of the road.