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Sydney Vacations

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Travel to Sydney on Vacation

Visit Sydney on vacation as part of a once-in-a-lifetime tour around Australia. You’re bound to fall in love with Australia’s largest city, with its iconic beaches, famous institutions, and fantastic quality of life. If you want to experience a city that combines great culture, world-class surf, and delectable cuisine, it’s time to plan your own trip to Sydney. Organizing a multi-stop tour of Australia alone isn’t easy—with Tourlane, our experienced local Travel Experts will build your entire travel itinerary from start to finish, including flights, transfers, guides, and accommodation!

What to See During Your Sydney Vacation

  • Darling Harbour

  • Sydney Opera House

  • Bondi Beach

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge

  • The Rocks

  • Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

  • Manly Beach

Things to Do in Sydney

1. Darling Harbour

If you want to feel the buzz of Sydney, head to Darling Harbour, the city’s beating heart. Darling Harbour is a pedestrian friendly precinct that offers a fine blend of leisure and entertainment. You’ll find an unparalleled number of excellent restaurants, retailers, cruises, and aquariums for you to enjoy during your vacation.

2. Sydney Opera House

Visit Sydney Opera House to see the city’s most iconic building up close. This distinctive and multipurpose performing arts center opened its doors in 1973 and has been recognized the world over ever since. Located at Bennelong Point, Sydney Opera House aptly stands alone on an island providing all-day gazer views, a choice of fine dining restaurants, and world class acoustics.

3. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge stretches from the city’s downtown business district to Milsons Point. Admire from afar as boats zip beneath this famous crossing, or as climbers ascend its steel arch. Opened in 1932, this is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, join one of the climbing groups and climb the arch yourself—trips up are offered daily. If that sounds interesting to you, speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert about booking one of these tours in advance. 

4. Bondi Beach

If you want to visit the beach while on vacation in Sydney, then head to Bondi Beach. Enjoy the sun and watch on as surfers ride the endless waves. Electric barbecues are provided to service an appetite stirred up at this spotless crescent beach that is popular with kite flyers, swimmers, and laid back sunbed loungers. Walkable restaurants with fresh eats and hip fruity cocktails will cool you down after a day spent at this famous stretch of sand. 

5. The Rocks

Enjoy a picnic beneath Sydney Harbor Bridge before strolling the cobbled streets of The Rocks historic lanes. Several original sandstone houses have open doors for the public to enter. Learn of the convict history and how the early European settlement arrived here. Some of the older pubs in the city are located in The Rocks, offering delicious beer and friendly conversation with locals.

6. Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

If you want to escape from the buzz of the city and get lost in nature while remaining in the city, head to Sydney’s 30-hectare Royal Botanic Garden. Here, you’ll find serene gardens offering exclusive experiences such as the Rainforest Walk and The Calyx. This 200-year-old institution further delivers with beautiful gateway entrances and insight into rare plantation, which is provided by employees armed with expert knowledge.

7. Manly Beach

With perfect beaches and slightly more laid back vibe than bustling Bondi, Manly Beach is appreciated for its white sands and snug coves. Nine miles north of Sydney and accessible via ferry from Sydney Harbor, Manly Beach offers visitors the chance to snorkel, surf, or simply saunter along the boardwalk.  Less

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