Visit Sydney to explore Australia’s most dynamic city. Expect glorious weather, exquisite beaches and a sunny disposition. In Sydney, the fashion is cutting edge, the food is superb, business is bustling and the variety of attractions is amazing. Home to the magnificent Sydney Opera House, it boasts many exciting places to visit, from popular Bondi and Coogi Beaches to spectacular Harbour Bridge.
Why visit Sydney
- It epitomises the laidback, sunny, fun-filled Australian lifestyle.
- To soak up the sun on beautiful Bondi Beach.
- Fun-filled Luna Park was created to keep kids happy.
- To relax in its numerous green parks.
- It’s a very diverse city, a melting pot of cultures and cuisines.
- To explore its spectacular harbour.
- To sample superb wine on its outskirts in Hunter Valley.
- To experience its legendary coffee culture.
- To visit its numerous museums, including the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
Sydney is Australia’s crown jewel, a city filled with entertainment, sights and activities, fabulous shopping, great restaurants, and superb white-sand beaches. If you come to the city first before you explore the rest of Australia, you may well have to return, as you’re likely to spend all your time exploring Sydney and enjoying its many fabulous attractions. It’s that exciting – and offers so much to do, and so many places to visit that you’re guaranteed a jam-packed holiday. Thompsons Holidays can offer you the quintessential Sydney holiday package, so contact us right away to make your 2024 booking.
Things to do in Sydney
It may not be Australia’s capital, but Sydney is the country’s most famous city – and the most visited for a holiday. Sydney’s numerous attractions, including renowned Sydney Opera House and Harbour Beach, are just part of the reason people come here on holiday – the restaurants, world-class shopping, white-sand beaches and outdoor activities are others.
There’s also the superb year-round weather and the fact that the city offers visitors so many things to do and so many places to visit. Sydney is cosmopolitan, exuberant, laidback and sunny with plenty of festivals and events year-round to keep people coming back time and again. Whatever type of holiday you’re after, whether it’s an urban discovery or a beach break, you’ll find it in Sydney.
What to do in Sydney
- Climb the famous Harbour Bridge.
- Go snorkelling in Gordons Bay.
- Enjoy music, ballet or opera performances at the Sydney Opera House.
- Embark on a kayaking trip to Shark Island.
- Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens on the hop-on, hop-off trackless train.
- Go hiking in the beautiful Blue Mountains, 2 hours’ drive from Sydney.
- Cruise to Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo and Manly.
- On weekends, shop for bargains in The Rocks Markets.
- Take a walk along the waterside in Darling Harbour.
- Go surfing on Bondi Beach.
- Dive to explore shipwrecks and coral reefs in Sydney Harbour.
- Enjoy an Australian wildlife experience, including the Koala Encounter and Kangaroo Walkabout at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.
Sydney is a city that never sleeps, so you can find something to do and places to see 24/7. Each neighbourhood has its own distinct personality and set of sightseeing attractions, which is what makes Sydney such an exciting place to visit. Ready to pack your bags and explore this exhilarating city? Browse our packages to Sydney and book now!
Know before you go...
What must I pack?
- Depending on when you visit, lightweight clothing for summer, warm clothing for winter, rain gear, ski wear and beachwear if relevant. Choose items that can be layered.
- Dress modestly when visiting sacred sites – no shorts or tank tops. Legs & shoulders must be covered. Long, loose pants and long-sleeved cotton shirts are best.
- Comfortable walking shoes.
- Sunscreen, lip balm, hat and sunglasses for summer holidays.
- Mini first aid kit and regular prescription medication.
- Hand sanitiser and insect repellent.
- Travel adaptor.
- Sydney has an excellent transport system, including trains, buses and ferries.
What can I do to be a responsible traveller?
- Wherever possible, buy local food and souvenirs and support local artisans.
- Avoid single-use plastic; rather take fabric shopping bags with you and use refillable water bottles (when local drinking water is available).
- Respect each other's cultures and customs and avoid imposing your beliefs.
- Do not support animal encounters and wildlife activities that are harmful or unethical.
- Always have a map (or app) on hand, especially when travelling at night.
- Be safety conscious: don’t display cash or valuables. Leave jewellery and expensive watches at home.
- Keep your belongings safe – use the hotel safe for passports and valuables and watch out for pickpockets and bag snatchers when out and about.
What do I do in an emergency?
- If passports or valuables are stolen, report the theft to the hotel or police immediately. Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist.
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