Visiting Sydney

Sydney is a city of unlimited possibilities, with something for everyone around almost every corner. With so much to choose from, deciding what to do can be a difficult task. Your ticket to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour already guarantees you the best night out in Sydney of 2013, but here are some suggestions for ways to complement your Sydney experience.


Things to do in Sydney

Sydney has a well earned reputation for being one of the world's most picturesque cities. Its immediately recognisable icons range from the architectural wonders surrounding Sydney Harbour to the surf and sunshine of its many beaches. Why not take some time to become a little more familiar with these famous sights?

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb: Bridge Climb is the ultimate experience of Sydney. Choose from three guided climbs that take you to the summit of this world famous Bridge, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour.

Sydney Opera House Backstage Tour: This intimate tour grants you exclusive access to the Sydney Opera House, plus the chance to hear about the real life dramas that go on behind the curtain.

Alexander the Great: The largest exhibition ever seen in Australia from The State Hermitage, Russia. Alexander the Great: 2000 years of treasures is the most exciting and prestigious classical culture exhibition ever to be hosted by the Australian Museum in Sydney and features the largest collection of treasures ever to come to Australia from the world famous State Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia. This exhibition will be exclusive to Sydney.

Archibald Prize 2013: Australia’s most extraordinary art event, the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes is an annual exhibition eagerly anticipated by artists and audiences alike. Held at the Art Gallery of NSW, it never ceases to create lively debate amongst the arts community and wider public.


Things to see in Sydney

Looking for something to stimulate your senses? Sydney has an extraordinary range of galleries and museums that feature Australian and international masters old and new, and trace the natural and social history of this country and its place in the world.

Top galleries include: the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Gallery of NSW, and the Australian Centre of Photography.

Top museums include: the Rocks Discovery Museum, the Museum of Sydney, the Powerhouse Museum and the Australian Museum.

Also make sure you visit the Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium.


Where to shop in Sydney

Sydney is a haven for shopaholics, from the boutiques of Paddington to the high fashion stores of the CBD, not to mention the extraordinary range of weekend markets.

For a top of the line shopping experience, head for the Queen Victoria Building, the Strand Arcade, or the Westfield Shopping Centre for everything from Zara to Prada. Or, simply wander up Market, Pitt, Castlereagh and George streets to find the likes of Channel, Gucci, and Swarovski.

It doesn't matter where you're staying, there'll be a market close by. Some of the best include: Bondi, Paddington, Kirribilli, the Rocks, and the Entertainment Quarter's fresh produce market.


Where to eat in Sydney

Did you know about the extraordinary dining options available at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour? See Drinks and Dining for options.

For your other evenings, Sydney offers a veritable cornucopia of award winning restaurants to choose from.

You can play spot the Masterchef by visiting Matt Moran at Aria, Peter Gilmore at Quay, Kylie Kwong at Billy Kwong, Neil Perry at Rockpool, Adriano Zumbo at one of his patisseries, or Colin Fassnidge at the Four in Hand.

And, as if that wasn't enough to get you started, you should also definitely consider booking for est., Guillaume at Bennelong, Marque, Porteňo, Sepia, or Testuya's, to name a few!

Outdoors in Sydney

Nothing beats Sydney on a sunny day, when nobody can resist getting outdoors. If the mood grabs you, why not soak up the beauty of the Bondi to Bronte Costal Walk, take a ferry from Circular Quay across to Manly, or explore the setting of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in more depth by taking a stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden.

Where to stay in Sydney

For the best accommodation at the right price, we recommend staying with one of our official partners: the Medina Apartment Hotels, with nine locations around Sydney; the Travel Lodge Hotels, with three locations in the city; or one of the Vibe Hotels, with three locations around Sydney.