Discover the iconic Sydney Harbour, golden sand beaches, lush national parks, delectable restaurants and a buzzing calendar of events. Sydney sparkles all year round and it’s the perfect holiday spot for families, couples and friends. So, what do you want to see?
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Love is in the air in Sydney. With its stunning harbour, great weather, world-class dining and beautiful beaches, Sydney offers endless opportunities for a romantic getaway. Find fairy-tale romance with your loved one on this ultimate Sydney Playcay for lovers.
Located on Sydney Harbour with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pier One Sydney Harbour offers the perfect escape for couples in their luxurious Admiral Suite. Watch the sailboats glide by from your private balcony.
Pier One Sydney’s Luxe Igloo Suites are perched high above the harbour for a private and romantic setting to enjoy a beverage and some nibbles while the sun sets.
Settle in for a date night under the whimsical pendant lights at LuMi Dining. The restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist and their seven-course tasting menu showcases local and seasonal ingredients.
Order room service and enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your king bed.
Visit The Darling Spa for a luxurious couples’ treatment. Try the Li’tya Ocean Dreaming Bath package for a relaxing massage and cleansing and revitalising bath.
Settle in for a leisurely picnic lunch at Dawes Point, curated by Sydney Picnic Co. Snack on a seasonal selection of gourmet dishes like Australian king prawns or burrata with cherry tomatoes.
Order champagne to your room and take in the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from your private balcony.
Unwind in the cosy ambience and enjoy fabulous French cuisine by candlelight at Restaurant Hubert. Nothing says romance more than champagne, oysters and caviar – bon appetit.
Check out The Doss House, an intimate underground bar with a stylish vintage interior, and enjoy a nightcap to end another dreamy day in Sydney.
Depart Circular Quay on La Dolce Vita for a VIP transfer to Mosman. Take in stunning harbour vistas aboard the Italian wooden Sportscruiser.
Delight in beach views and brunch favourites at Bathers' Pavilion, situated in a coastal art-deco building in Balmoral. After, stroll The Esplanade along Balmoral Beach and go for dip in the crystal clear water before returning to Circular Quay.
Nature is right on the doorstep of downtown Sydney. The glittering Harbour City is bordered by magnificent national parks, sandstone cliffs and sandy beaches. The edges of this bustling metropolis are softened by vast vistas of ocean and untouched wilderness at every turn, but even within the city you’ll find lush greenery and stunning landscapes where forest meets city. Get outdoors in Sydney on this ultimate Sydney Playcay itinerary.
Arrive at Ovolo Woolloomoooloo and check into your room overlooking Sydney Harbour. Located on a peaceful wharf, next to the CBD and the Royal Botanic Garden, the hotel includes an indoor pool, restaurant, bar, and a fitness centre.
Take a private cycling tour with BlueBananas and pedal past iconic Sydney landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as through the city’s spectacular parks.
Enjoy stunning views of the city at sundown from the newly revamped Bar 83 at Sydney Tower, the highest bar in Sydney. As night falls, you’ll see the lights sparkle below you through floor to ceiling windows that give a 260-degree panorama of the city.
Jump behind the wheel of a snazzy little red speedboat for a self-drive tour of Sydney Harbour with Explore Sydney Harbour. Feel the wind in your hair as you zip around Australia’s most famous waterway.
You’ll feel a million miles away from the Big Smoke when walking the Hermitage Foreshore Track. Join a walking tour with Australian Luxury Escapes and visit historical coastal defence sites, a lighthouse and Vaucluse House, a great spot to stop for lunch.
Rent SUPs or take a lesson with Watssup and enjoy an afternoon paddle. Soak in the amazing views of the city while gliding along the calm protected waters of Watsons Bay.
Finish the day with a glass of NSW semillon and dinner on the waterfront patio at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Watch the sun set behind the Sydney skyline while you dine on fresh oysters, prawns and mussels. Afterwards, catch a ferry back to Circular Quay.
Enjoy an early morning kayak on the harbour as the sun rises with Sydney by Kayak, departing from North Sydney. Notice the incredible juxtaposition of steel and nature as you paddle underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
On the way back to your hotel, stop at Industry Beans for coffee and a bit of breakfast, then enjoy some time to refresh at your hotel.
Enjoy an early lunch in the heart of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden at Botanic House. Chef Luke Nguyen’s tasting menu marries Southeast Asian flavours with native Australian ingredients.
Dreamtime Southern X’s Aunty Margret provides an interesting and informative Aboriginal Dreaming Tour around The Rocks, highlighting the history of cultural significance of the area.
Barangaroo House lives in a unique three-level hive covered in greenery. Sip a rooftop drink at Smoke Bar and watch the ferries come and go from Darling Harbour.
Gather your crew and show the kids the best parts of Sydney. Take your pick from surfing lessons to zoo expeditions and ocean pool dips. Here’s your guide to a family-friendly long weekend in the harbour city.
Start your Sydney adventure by delving into the indigenous culture of the city. This engaging tour blends nature and traditional learnings in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. You will learn from an experienced Aboriginal guide who will share stories about the traditional owners of the land, the tools they used and the bush food they gathered and ate. Your kids will love sampling some of the native bush foods, too, selected by your guide.
Take a short stroll past the sails of the Sydney Opera House then along the harbour’s edge to Circular Quay and take the kids on a ferry ride across the water to Taronga Zoo. Spend the afternoon spying all walks of wildlife from towering giraffes with a city skyline backdrop to cheeky meerkats. Treat the kids to a bite to eat at Taronga Food Market, watch the popular Seal for the Wild Show, then settle in for a fascinating keeper talk. Don’t forget to download your Taronga Zoo app for an interactive map in your pocket and fun missions for the kids. Before you go, why not tackle the Wild Ropes Adventure to see Sydney from new heights and wave to koalas and kangaroos along the way as you navigate suspension bridges, climbing walls and flying foxes.
After you’ve finished your wild and wonderful zoo adventure, catch a ferry across the harbour back to Circular Quay, then around to Barangaroo for an early dinner at Belle’s Hot Chicken – the delicious crunchy fried chicken comes in different levels of spice to suit everyone. Afterwards, grab a sweet gelato or thickshake from Rivareno and wander the streets and grassy spaces of Barangaroo.
The first half of day two is all about aquatic adventures. Head to Sydney’s most iconic beach, Bondi, and hit the foamy peaks with a Lets Go Surfing lesson: you can even book a private family session. If everyone still has energy to burn, start the coastal trail from Bondi and follow the path that hugs the ocean’s edge around to Bronte Beach. Cool off in the rockpool and fuel up at local favourite the Bogey Hole Café.
From Sydney’s east, start moving towards the city to Darling Harbour for an afternoon discovering the fascinating nautical history at Australian National Maritime Museum. Kids can climb aboard tall ships, a cold war submarine and many other vessels, go and peek below the surface of the harbour or get involved in plentiful kids’ activities.
Afterwards, spend a bit of time at Darling Quarter Playground, one of the best and largest playgrounds in Australia, with a 21m flying fox, climbing ropes and water games. For dinner, visit nearby Chinatown and slurp delicious noodles at the bustling and vibrant Friday night markets or dine on tasty dumplings along Dixon Street.
Start day three on top of the city, with a walk across Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Pylon Lookout. You’ll see sweeping views of the entire CBD, north shore and Circular Quay. If you want to ascend the bridge right to the top, prebook a BridgeClimb tour. The ‘Summit Express’ is a slightly shorter climb – and remember kids need to be eight years or older and at least 1.2m tall. Get an iconic photograph of the family atop one of the world’s most famous bridges.
Head down to the water and elevate the excitement with a thrilling boat ride across Sydney Harbour with Thunder Jet Boat. This is sightseeing with a twist, literally – as you race around the water past the Sydney Opera House, the iconic architecture that fringes the shore and dodge a few ferries while your experienced driver performs thrilling slides, twists and fishtails.
Back on land, calm your adrenaline rush with an ice cream, then head to the light rail station to jump aboard the tram to Hyde Park. Walk through this lush inner-city park and you’ll come to the Australian Museum, Australia’s oldest. Here, the whole family will marvel at the interactive dinosaur exhibition, with more than 400 animal exhibits at Wild Planet and a fascinating history and climate change exhibit Surviving Australia.
Sydney is a vibrant city with a rich multicultural heritage that contributes to its diverse culture and exciting arts scene. In the inner city precincts, the epicentre of Sydney’s arts and culture, you’ll find wonderful galleries, public artworks and fantastic annual events, showcasing that Sydney is a world class destination for the arts. Here is your ultimate creative weekend in Sydney.
Arrive at The Old Clare Hotel and check in to the Showroom Suite, complete with a vintage bar, salvaged and restored from the former brewery building onsite. The beautifully appointed, design-forward room includes vintage furniture and lamps, a super king-sized bed and a modern oversized bathroom.
Stop in at White Rabbit Gallery, which presents four floors of vibrant, original, thought-provoking art. The work of at least 35 artists is on show at any one time including painting, photography, sculpture, video art, drawing and installations. The gallery also houses one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art.
Chin Chin melds Australian and Southeast Asian flavours in a modern converted warehouse space in Surry Hills. Try their tasting menu ‘Feed Me’ for a selection of dishes to share.
Belvoir St Theatre is one of Australia’s most respected theatres, with Cate Blanchett and other stars gracing its stages. For over 30 years, this much-loved venue has engaged prominent and promising playwrights, actors and directors for an evocative annual artistic program.
Soak up the culture of the Inner West, starting with breakfast in Newtown. Located at the heritage site of Newtown Station, Cuckoo Callay is a quirky cafe serving colourful brunch and great coffee.
Curate your own cheese board at The Stinking Bishops using a selection of 40+ hand selected artisanal cheeses. You can also choose from cured meats and light grazing meals, all paired with an extensive wine list.
Explore the unique boutiques, bookstores and vintage shops in Newtown, like SWOP, U Turn, Pentimento Papeterie, P&V Wine & Liquor, Rising Sun Workshop, Better Read Than Dead, The Social Outfit, Made590, Milk & Thistle and Status Anxiety.
Priscillas at The Imperial is a jewel of the Inner West. Join the fun at ‘Rood Food’ Drag and Dine and be treated to a delicious vegetable-forward dinner and drag show. You might even be called on stage for an impromptu performance.
A truly creative space, Henry Lee's is located in the 16 Eveleigh Creative Precinct. Admire original artworks including “Lucky Penny” designed by Vince Frost of Frost Collective.
Drop in to the Art Gallery of NSW to see the latest exhibitions including Under the Stars: Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists highlight our shared understandings of the night sky; and Streeton: A significant retrospective of Australian impressionist artist Arthur Streeton (coming 7 November).
Walk through The Domain and make your way to the MCA to enjoy lunch on the patio at Graze MCA. Overlooking Circular Quay and the Sydney Opera House, enjoy dishes like twice cooked duck leg and pan-seared king prawns with linguine.
Discover the MCA’s exhibitions including Today Tomorrow Yesterday: Considering the impact of the past on the art of today; and Lindy Lee’s Moon in a Dew Drop: A major survey exhibition by Australian Chinese artist Lindy Lee (coming 2 October).
The ArtHouse Hotel lives in a refurbished 1836 arts school, and is the perfect spot to send off the fabulous weekend that was. Enjoy drinks and dinner in the Graffiti Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge and cheers to an arts and culture-filled weekend in Sydney.
Sydney’s buzzing CBD and beautiful harbourside precincts offer visitors plenty of ways to experience luxury, from world-class dining to opulent accommodation and specialised tours. Enjoy the exclusive side of the Harbour City while discovering Sydney’s best-kept local secrets. Here is your ultimate luxury weekend in Sydney.
For the ultimate room with a view, splash out on the Sydney Suite at Park Hyatt Sydney. This two-bedroom suite offers sweeping 360-degree views of Sydney Harbour and comes equipped with a private butler and spa bath overlooking Sydney Opera House. Say no more.
Sip an expertly-crafted cocktail at Maybe Sammy, listed on the World’s 50 Best Bars List. Try their extravagant Negroni from their Vintage Cocktail list – a suitably high roller concoction crafted from the creme de la creme of ingredients including 1970s Gordon’s dry gin, 1970s Campari and 1960s Carpano Vermouth.
Enjoy dinner at Aria Sydney, one of the city’s most exceptional fine-dining experiences. Feast on the very best of local NSW produce and order the seven-course Tasting Menu with premium wine pairings. You can even hire out the private dining room for a truly special experience with up to 10 of your nearest and dearest.
Book in for a blow out with celebrity-stylist Renya Xydis at Paddington’s Valonz. Guys can book into The Men’s Grooming Room for bespoke barbering with principal barber Aiden Xydis.
For an incredible only-in-Sydney experience, catch a Sydney Seaplane from Rose Bay to Bert’s Bar & Brasserie at The Newport for lunch. Enjoy an aerial tour of Sydney tracking up the glorious Northern Beaches before landing on sparkling Pittwater. Start in the Champagne Bar before enjoying fresh Sydney rock oysters, caviar and dressed crab from the Oyster Bar.
Book a private chef to cook a bespoke dinner to eat on the private balcony of your hotel suite featuring fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
Take a short stroll to neighbouring Campbell’s Cove Wharf to step aboard Tango, the largest private charter vessel on Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a leisurely cruise on one of the world’s most magnificent natural harbours whilst indulging in brunch and bubbles prepared by The Grounds Catering.
Explore Double Bay, one of Sydney’s most prestigious suburbs on a personalised shopping tour with Splendour Tailored Tours. Your personal stylist will guide you around Double Bay’s best boutiques, including a visit to celebrity milliner Nerida Winter – the perfect stop to get “hat ready” for the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival season. Plus pick up a new piece of signature jewellery from Jan Logan.
The Langham Sydney has all your wellness needs covered. Equipped with a health club, rejuvenating day spa, and indoor pool, the hotel has all the ingredients for a tranquil stay in Sydney.
The Day Spa by Chuan, located in your hotel, is a sanctuary in the city. The 90min, full-body Nourishing Wellness Massage will leave every inch of your skin feeling moisturised and strengthened.
Chef Danielle Alvarez’s signature farm-to-table cooking at Fred’s is complemented by a selection of organic wines. Enjoy dinner in the beautiful-styled, open concept restaurant. After dinner, head downstairs to Charlie Parker’s for a nightcap, or head back to your hotel to get your beauty sleep.
Sky-Lab in Surry Hills will help you develop your flexibility and awareness of your body in space with their low-intensity aerial Vinyasa class. Using an aerial hammock, float through various poses with the support of expert instructors.
Grab a green juice and nutritious breakfast from Kawa Cafe. Try their hearty ‘Big Vegan Breakfast’ with avocado, pumpkin, roasted tomato, mushrooms, homemade baked beans and hummus.
Discover beautiful boutiques and local lifestyle products along Crown Street in Surry Hills, including Elms Store, Luna Naturopath and Provider Store.
Try the tasting menu at award-winning vegetarian restaurant Yellow. The warm and inviting restaurant lives up to its name, with yellow accents throughout the room. Sit back for a leisurely dining experience all about veggies.
Alkaline’s ‘Pick-me-up’ Facial includes a facial cleanse, exfoliating compresses, face polish and mask, and will leave your skin feeling absolutely radiant.
Dine on sustainably-caught local seafood in Barangaroo at love.fish. Overlooking Darling Harbour, enjoy fresh seafood dishes like Sydney Rock oysters and chargrilled Clarence River octopus.
Untied Rooftop has just the elixir for you - their Watermelon Mint Seedlip Spritz cocktail is practically a health drink!
Treat yourself to a morning float at Sydney Float Centre in Darlinghurst. Clear your mind as you relax in a zero-gravity lightless, soundless ‘float pod’.
Enjoy a locally sourced meal Silly Tart Kitchen in Kings Cross, complete with homegrown produce and herbs picked from the restaurant’s garden in Goulburn.
Welcome to the flavour capital of Australia. Sydney’s multicultural heritage, a local passion for food, and the fresh produce and seafood on its doorstep come together to create one of the world’s best places to eat and drink. Discover an array of delicious experiences, from gourmet restaurants to alleyway cafes, bustling markets, glamorous cocktail bars and classic neighbourhood pubs. Here is your ultimate foodie weekend in Sydney.
Learn something new at a rum spicing masterclass and distillery tour at Brix Distillers. You’ll be guided through the rum blending process and get to bring home your own special spiced rum blend.
Paramount House Hotel’s onsite restaurant and wine bar Poly is known for its extensive wine list and inventive snacks. Grab a seat at the bar, or order to your room.
Choose Chef Lennox Hastie’s five-course tasting menu at Firedoor. It changes daily, depending on what local and seasonal produce is available, but dishes such as kangaroo grilled over juniper with malt flatbread, Davidson plum and macadamia or woodfired rum baba often feature. Every dish is cooked over hot coals, even the salads, and the open kitchen allows guests a clear view of the action.
Discover delicious food stalls and fresh produce at the Carriageworks Farmers Markets. Caffeinate at Roasters with Altitude and grab a fresh juice from Parkers Organic Juice. Pick up some freshly-baked bread for later from Flour & Stone and tasty crumpets from Pepe Saya.
Learn the secrets of traditional Italian pasta-making using local ingredients with Pasta Emilia’s cooking school. From filled ravioli to cappelletti, long linguine and twisted strozzapreti, you’ll create different shapes and sizes of fresh pasta, and enjoy a three-course meal of your own creations, as well as a complimentary glass of organic wine.
Tucked away in Angel Place alleyway, Restaurant Leo serves delightful Italian dishes using seasonal and local produce. Try the lobster maccheroncini and the veal saltimbocca.
Sip a post-dinner drink at the tiny, 20-person-only Cantina OK!. Try one of their signature Mezcal or tequila cocktails, like the Spiced Coconut Margarita.
Indulge in Nour’s Middle Eastern Sunday brunch and enjoy dishes like Bekaa chicken wings and spanner crab Turkish scrambled eggs.
Learn about Aboriginal bush foods and the significance of the land on which the Royal Botanic Garden sits on an Aboriginal Cultural Tour.
Following your tour, find a grassy spot to enjoy a gourmet picnic from Redfern’s Bistro St Jacques – they will deliver to you by bike. Snack on local cheeses, freshly baked bread, Pambula oysters, charcuterie and salad served with a magnum of French champagne.