Backpacking Sydney

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    SYDNEY'S MOST FAMOUS ATTRACTIONS - THE HARBOUR BRIDGE, OPERA HOUSE AND SYDNEY HARBOUR ITSELF: Photo - Sally Mayman, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    AWESOME BEACHES, PERFECT FOR SWIMMING, SURFING OR SPENDING A DAY CHILLIN OUT: Photo courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    GREAT SURFING LOCATIONS, SUITED FOR BEGINNER TO EXPERIENCED: Photo - Sally Mayman, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    ONE OF SYDNEY'S ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES - CLIMBING THE SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE: Photo - Bridgeclimb Sydney, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    SYDNEY LOVES A PARTY, PARTICULARLY AT NEW YEARS EVE WITH THE BEST FIREWORKS DISPLAY ON THE PLANET: Photo - Robert Wallace, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    PLENTY OF GREAT PLACES TO GRAB A DRINK AND MEET LOTS OF OTHER BACKPACKERS: Photo - Tony Yeates, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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Sydney Highlights

  • See some of the world's most famous landmarks, like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

  • Spend some time exploring one of the most spectacular and beautiful harbours on this planet - Sydney Harbour.

  • Chill out on some of the most stunning and famous beaches anywhere on Earth, like Bondi and Manly Beaches.

  • Experience food from literally every country in places ranging from small family owned eateries, to award winning restaurants.

  • Excellent shopping opportunities available including unique markets, major shopping centres, pedestrian malls and shopping strips, which are scattered right throughout the city.

  • Sydney is known as the party capital of Australia, with many great nightclubs, bars, pubs, dance parties, live music venues and major music festivals to attend.

  • Head out to the former Olympics site at Homebush bay, and see where one of the world's most successful Olympic Games was held.

  • Explore one of the several beautiful and spectacular national parks scattered throughout the city and surrounds.

  • Partake in some full-on adrenaline activities like skydiving, jet boating, stunt driving courses, climbing the massive Sydney Harbour Bridge, surfing at some of the best surfing spots in Australia, go diving with sharks and heaps more.

  • Learn about Sydney's culture and heritage in one of the many excellent museums and galleries.

  • Partake in one of the many vibrant and exciting major festivals like the Sydney Festival or the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

About Sydney

Population 4.5 million

Sydney, it's spectacular, it's exciting, it's fast-paced, it's vibrant and is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Sydney is Australia's largest city and is the Capital of the State of New South Wales. The city is the gateway for most people visiting the country, including several hundred thousand backpackers who come here each year.

Sydney has some of the world's most famous landmarks, like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. It also has one of the most spectacular and beautiful harbours and some of the most stunning and famous beaches anywhere on this planet.

The city has so much else to offer. It has a fantastic cafe scene, including some of the best coffee you will ever find. There is such a diversity of food available, where you can experience the taste of literally every country on this planet, in places ranging from small family owned eateries, to the most award winning restaurants in the world.

If you like to shop, there are so many opportunities for you. There are unique markets, major shopping centres, pedestrian malls and shopping strips scattered right throughout the city. You will find amazing fashions, the finest local produce and fairly much anything else you could desire.

Sydney is also known as the party capital of Australia, with many great nightclubs, bars, pubs, dance parties, live music venues and major music festivals worth visiting or attending. In addition to this, there are always plenty of cultural activities, major events and other festivals occurring right throughout the year. You never need to spend a night at home, unless you want to.

Sydney is a very culturally diverse place and you can find pockets of so many nationalities scattered around the city. Some of the most popular areas include China Town in Haymarket, or Little Italy in Leichhardt.

Although this is a fairly young city in world standards (just over 200 years old), it still has a fascinating history and exploring The Rocks area is one of the best places to gain an understanding about this.

The year 2000 was a monumentus year for Sydney, as it was the host to one of the most successful Olympic Games ever. You can head out to the former Olympics site at Homebush Bay, and see where it all happened.

If you want to escape the city for a moment, you don't need to go too far. There are several beautiful and spectacular national parks scattered throughout the city, even as close as on the shores of Sydney Harbour. Sydney also has some of the loveliest parks and gardens you will find anywhere and most are located right in the heart of the city and along the foreshore of Sydney Harbour and adjoining waterways.

There is no shortage of things to do here. You can partake in some full-on adrenaline activities like skydiving, jet boating, stunt driving courses, climbing the massive Sydney Harbour Bridge, surfing at some of the best surfing spots in Australia, or go diving with sharks. You could also go on a whale watching cruise, sea kayak around the beautiful harbour, learn to surf, see some of our local wildlife, take a self guided walk to explore the city, or learn about Sydney's culture and heritage in one of the many museums and galleries. There is so much to do and see you could spend weeks trying to cover it all.

The people also make Sydney what it is; Sydneysiders are very friendly people and are renowned for their open mindedness. So come and see what it is all about for yourself, you won't be disappointed.

For a comprehensive listing of sights and activities to do in and around Sydney, visit the Sydney things to do section of this website. If you are looking for somewhere to stay, check out the Sydney backpacker hostels and budget accommodation section. You can even book your accommodation online for most of these places.

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Sydney Visitor Information Centres

Locations

Sydney Visitor Centre - The Rocks

Level 1 Corner of Argyle and Playfair Streets
The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales

Sydney Visitor Centre - Darling Harbour

Palm Grove between Cockle Bay Wharf and Harbourside
Darling Harbour, Sydney, New South Wales

Opening times

Open daily: 9.30am - 5.30pm
(except Good Friday and Christmas Day; opening hours may vary on some public holidays)

Contact details

Phone (02) 9240 8788
Freecall (Australia only) 1800 067 676
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