About Sydney

From spectacular Sydney Harbour and idyllic beaches to the marvellous creativity of the Sydney Opera House, dazzling entertainment and fascinating heritage, Sydney is home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions and events. Vivid Sydney is a magnificent time to explore the wonder of this harbour city. 

Experience Sydney from a different perspective atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge with a BridgeClimb tour, or complete the Bondi to Coogee Walk for panoramic coastal views and to see Sydney’s iconic beaches. Explore before the sun sets by spending time in one of Sydney’s world-class museums, enjoying a picnic on the lawns of the Royal Botanic Gardens or travelling across Sydney Harbour on the Manly ferry.

Visit The Rocks, Sydney’s oldest settlement, then walk around Circular Quay to reach the steps of the Sydney Opera House for a great photo opportunity. Sydney also offers fun for families, with something to cater to kids of all ages. Taronga Zoo is home to many of Australia’s native species where you can see koalas and kangaroos, or meet underwater creatures at Sydney SEALIFE Aquarium.

Accommodation

Stay in the heart of Sydney for spectacular views and maximum convenience to enjoy Vivid Sydney. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options, from five-star hotels on beautiful Sydney Harbour to beachside hotels, spa retreats and resorts, and apartments and cottages. Sydney also offers some of Australia’s best backpacking and hostel accommodation with affordable rooms in convenient locations around the city.

Food & Wine

As the home of one of the world’s great dining destinations, you’ll find enticing food and wine experiences across Sydney’s many cafés,restaurants and bars. Book a sunset cruise on the harbour to enjoy dinner as the lights of Vivid Sydney come alive, or look take in sublime views of the city from a rooftop bar. Taste the many multicultural flavours of Sydney, discover the best places for brunch and enjoy Sydney’s newest dining precincts.

Arts & Culture

If the Vivid Sydney line-up of events still leaves you craving more of Sydney’s arts and culture scene, check out the best places in town to see more performances and exhibitions.

In addition to hosting a captivating Vivid Live program, the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House puts on a spectacular range of shows throughout the year including ballets, comedy acts, orchestral performances and more.

Sydney’s museums and art galleries are great places to explore between Vivid Sydney events. Visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Museum of Contemporary Art to see outstanding local and international exhibitions. Major public museums, such as the Museum of Sydney and Hyde Parks Barracks Museum, offer different historical perspectives on the city of Sydney. The Australian Museum of natural history is home to 10 complete dinosaur skeletons, while The Powerhouse Museum’s diverse collection, spanning science, technology and contemporary culture, will also keep youngsters enthralled.

Shopping & Fashion

Discover the wide range of shopping experiences in Sydney, from beachside and inner-city markets, to suburban shopping precincts, historic city-centre arcades and the best malls and department stores. Whether you’re after designer labels or bargains, you’ll find them in Sydney’s fashion hub Pitt Street Mall which stretches across two blocks within the city centre. Other shopping hotspots include Bondi, Paddington, Surry Hills and Newtown.

Family Holidays

Sydney is one of the best cities in the world for family fun, from picnics on beautiful beaches to close animal encounters in aquariums and zoos to family shows at the iconic Sydney Opera House. You can also climb aboard tall ships and sail on Sydney Harbour or discover dinosaurs at the Australian Museum. Explore top attractions on a day trip in Sydney by using Opal cards on buses, trains and ferries.

Adventure & Sport

The waters of Sydney offer a wealth of activities for all ages and skill levels. xplore Sydney's waterways sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding. The 2018 Sydney sporting calendar is also jam-packed with thrilling action. Built to host the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Sydney Olympic Park today plays host to a range of world-class events, from sporting matches to epic music festivals.

Beach Lifestyle

Relax on Sydney’s world-famous beaches, such as Bondi Beach and Manly Beach, where you can learn to surf and enjoy swimming, snorkelling and other water activities. You’ll also find hidden gems with amazing views and soft sands perfect for relaxing and picnicking. Take a walking trail to a coastal headland where you can spot humpbacks from May to November.

Nature & Parks

Discover wonderful walks along the spectacular coastline, explore enchanting national parks, and relax with a family picnic in beautiful harbourside gardens in Sydney. Another popular walk throughout the year is the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk. On the edges of Sydney, you’ll find abundant wildlife and breathtaking lookouts, as well as precious Aboriginal rock art, including ancient engravings of a sky spirit and a whale.

Travelling & Backpacking

Backpacking is a great way to see the country, and NSW has plenty of friendly hostels and budget hotels to accommodate you on your unique adventure. Work your way around Sydney and NSW to fund your trip with Australia’s Working Holiday Maker Program. If eligible, you can stay for up to 12 months and backpack your way across Australia.

From Sydney’s iconic harbour, to the beaches of Coogee and Bondi, to the cool bars and cafes of Surry Hills and Newtown, there’s plenty to do in Australia’s largest and most beautiful city.  

Explore NSW

Discover the splendour of NSW from World Heritage mountains to the spectacular beaches of the NSW South Coast, Central Coast and North Coast. Snorkel and dive on coral reefs in marine parks and see amazing wildlife, such as whales and dolphins, on a cruise.

The Snowy Mountains have Australia’s highest peaks, with skiing and snowboarding at ski resorts such as Thredbo and Perisher, and accommodation in Jindabyne. Explore Outback NSW from Broken Hill and visit ancient wonders and attractions.

Visit the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney, and enjoy wine tasting and markets in Australia’s oldest wine region. Some of Australia’s oldest and prettiest towns are also found in Country NSW, where agriculture prospers in fertile soils and you will discover pioneering history, fresh picked produce and gorgeous vineyards.

NSW is full of remarkable regions waiting to be explored.