Although it’s not the capital of Australia, Sydney is its biggest city, and it is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world. Built around the idyllic Sydney Harbour, complete with its iconic bridge and opera house, is a thriving multi-cultural hub – more than 25% of residents were born overseas, travelling from over 180 different countries to settle here – and for good reason!  Sydney enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and provides more than 60 different beaches to enjoy them on, as well as restaurants, bars, and nightclubs catering to residents and tourists from across the globe 365 days a year.

Beyond this laid back-reputation Sydney is also a city with a lot going on. It is an academic, cultural, and economic hub both for Australia and for the larger international region. As well as world class education (Sydney has five different globally ranked universities) this position as a truly significant global city means that ambitious students will be spoilt for opportunities for internships, jobs, and vital life experiences, whatever their field. When all this is combined with fantastic public transport, great infrastructure, and low crime rates, no wonder Sydney was recently named the 9th best student city in the world by the QS World University Rankings!

Attractions in Sydney

Sydney Opera House

It is one of the world’s most famous icons. Designed to resemble the billowing sails of a ship at sea, it was described by UNESCO as “one of the indisputable masterpieces of human creativity, not only in the 20th century but in the history of humankind”. As well as admiring the beautiful view from the outside, interested tourists can take daily tours, or eat at the Opera House’s famous restaurant, but the best way to see it is to take in a show! The Opera House boasts 1,600 performances a year, showing everything from ballet and opera to pop music and comedy – and all of them are worth a visit.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The largest steel arch bridge in the world. It is one of the defining images of Sydney. Stretching across the beautiful Sydney Harbour, it offers beautiful views across the golden shorelines and sparkling blue water of the bay – as well as a brilliant perspective of the city itself. Perhaps the most famous way to explore the bridge is to take part in one of the many organised ‘bridge climb’ expeditions which allow brave visitors to strap themselves to the steel of the bridge and climb to the top of its arch – 1,150 meters high! For the less adventurous, a walk across the bridge is both beautiful and free.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is a world-famous destination for surfers, sun worshippers, and anyone who wants to see the best of what Australia’s beach life-style has to offer. Bondi is also a great place to walk, swim, or just enjoy the view of endless white beaches, impressive rocky cliffs and headlands, and pristine sparkling blue water. As well as the natural attractions Bondi Beach offers a huge number of beachside cafes, exciting bars, and world-class restaurants, as well as ancient Aboriginal rock carvings (best viewed on an Aboriginal-led walking tour).

China Town

Sydney’s Chinatown is a vibrant feature of Sydney’s public life, and a sign of how seriously the city takes its embrace of multiculturism. It boasts what many would consider some of the best Chinese food outside China, from casual noodle bars, popular Chinese grocers, and world-class fine dining restaurants. The central thoroughfare of Dixon Street is always packed with life and a huge variety of activities and attractions, especially during the Lunar New Year. The Capitol Theatre has been offering world-class shows in a beautiful building since 1893, while malls, markets and arcades offer every type of shopping experience a visitor could ask for.

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a warm and friendly neighbourhood known for its wide selection of restaurants, shops, and activities. There is something for everyone, from a sunset cruise to playgrounds and fun fair rides. Visitors can spot sea life and Sydney’s famous flying foxes, climb onto a submarine, or visit a museum The SEA LIFE Sydney aquarium and the Wild Life Sydney Zoo give an exciting introduction to animals from Australia and around the world.

Blue Mountains

Australia’s beautiful Blue Mountains are an easy day or weekend trip from the city. A UNESCO world heritage site, the Blue Mountains present visitors with stunning views of forested mountains, valleys, and cliffs, given a blue tinge by millions of fragrant Eucalyptus trees. Getting there is no problem, as the Mountains are well linked to Sydney by bus and train, as well as many local tour operators running daily trips.


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