Fans of natural history and creatures great and small should visit the Australian Museum. An internationally-renowned institution, the museum has millions of items on display, including dinosaur fossils, insects and various cultural artefacts. Or if you’d rather see live animals, why not visit Taronga Zoo? This beloved Sydney venue houses lions, elephants and iconic Aussie animals like koalas and the Tasmanian Devil. Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, the view from the zoo is incredible too!
Shopaholics will find plenty to keep them occupied in the Sydney CBD too. Upmarket shoppers will love the luxury stores along King and Castlereagh Street as well as the many boutiques which have set up shop within Westfield Sydney. The Queen Victoria Building, a shopping arcade featuring late nineteenth-century architecture and a ten metre clock, is popular with both shoppers and tourists alike. If you’re on a budget, visit Paddy’s Markets.. Here you can find everything from souvenirs to fresh produce. If you’re in the Chinatown area on Friday night, take the time to wander through the Chinatown Nightmarket, which is open from 4PM to 11PM.
Once you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, head back to your Sydney City hotel to drop off your bags before going to explore Sydney’s nightlife. Sydney is also one of the perfect places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Watch as fireworks burst over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, illuminating the water and the night sky as thousands ring in the new year.
If you’re not in Sydney during the new year but are keen to see the city light up, make sure you mark Vivid Sydney on your calendar. Held during May and June, the festival sees various locations around the CBD come alive with neon lighs, resulting in a spectacular visuals arts display. The Sydney Film Festival is also on around this time, which showcases the latest local and international films of the year.
With Sydney Airport located 15 minutes from the CBD, it’s easy to grab a cheap flight to Sydney and begin exploring the sights straight away. Our Sydney CBD accommodation includes great deals for solo travellers and also family-friendly hotels with two or three bedrooms. So wot are you waiting for? Book your Sydney CBD hotel with us and experience Australia’s most popular city.