Sydney Travel Guide


One of Sydney’s premier shopping destinations, Ivy is a complex of bars, restaurants, and retailers in the central business district.

Set just east of Bennelong Point and the Opera House (translation: right alongside sweeping views of the harbor), this sprawling 75-acre park is one of the city’s most beautiful places.

Located in the central lounge of Sydney Airport’s Terminal 1, Lonely Planet is a retail shop for world travelers. The store’s shelves are lined with travel guides and maps for destinations around the globe; portals link users to online interactive digital content from Lonely Planet.

If it’s after midnight in Sydney you can often be left wondering where to eat.

Inside Kit Willow's chic, bi-level boutique, you'll find flirty draped frocks in organza and tulle.

This patchwork of urban green spaces protects most of the city’s foreshore and islands. Hermitage Foreshore Walk, a mile-long trail, reveals vest-pocket beaches, hidden coves, and rock outcroppings along Rose Bay in Woollahra.

Open to first-class passengers on Qantas and British Airways flights (along with British Airways’ oneworld club members), the recently revamped Qantas lounge is the white-marble vision of designer Mark Newson.

Sure they’re Brazilian, but comfy Havaianas flip-flops may very well be Australia’s signature footwear. Pick up a pair, along with items from the country’s homegrown beach labels Billabong, Quiksilver (now based in California), and Mambo.

The Sydney Fish Market is the largest fish market in the Southern Hemisphere and sells nearly 14,500 tons of fish each year.

At practically any hour of the day, you can look at the Sydney Harbour Bridge and see what looks like a procession of ants moving slowly along its vertiginous upper arch (known locally as “the Coathanger”).

The store carries Aboriginal craftwork, such as the one-off lampshades traditionally woven with bush string.

The archetypal Aussie hotel (really just a pub with a few rooms to stagger upstairs to), the Australian has a charming brick exterior, terrific beer, and a lively atmosphere.

The hospitable Young sisters deliver on their promise of “coffee couture” in this white-and-robin’s-egg-blue space. Their rich, smooth brews are from beans finished in their sleek black roaster.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit Sydney’s fantastic Aboriginal art galleries, there’s still time to see some great indigenous arts and crafts.