Sydney Travel Guide

Some of Sydney’s best beaches lie just across the harbor from the main part of the city. Although they’re easily reachable by car (just drive across the Harbour Bridge and head north along the coast), it’s much more fun to get to them by ferry.

Sydney Theatre Company, as the premier theatre company in Australia, has been a major force in Australian drama since its establishment in 1978.

With regular live music and stunning Harbour Bridge views, Opera Bar draws a steady crowd of opera and theater patrons and foot-weary tourists.

The boutique stocks block-printed tube and tunic dresses come in colors as bright as the Sydney sun.

You’ll have to pass through the Volare bistro and beer garden and take an elevator to get to this bird’s-eye-viewing deck. It’s the perfect perch for catching a glimpse of the planes as they take off and land.

Want to continue the Man from Snowy River fantasy after you return home? Pick up a jaunty Akubra hat made from rabbit fur (try the Traveler or Cattleman styles), a pair of pull-on craftsmen boots, and an all-weather Driza-Bone jacket from this legendary outback outfitter.

The Skywalk, part of the Sydney Tower, is the highest open-air attraction in the city. A viewing platform with a glass floor, the Skywalk extends off the Sydney Tower Eye, an observation deck located on level four of the tower.

Part of the mammoth Market City shopping complex, the Thai Kee IGA Supermarket is a one-stop shop for all things Asian. The store has aisles and aisles of Asian merchandise, including produce items and kitchen tools.

Tim Tranter’s 40 years of living in the Blue Mountains makes him a formidable guide to this World Heritage-listed wilderness area (which begins about a 90-minute drive or train ride west from Sydney).

The shopt carries Ross Longmuir's streamlined beds, tables, and sofas, all made from Australian hardwoods (don't worry, they'll help with shipping).

Established in 1827, this natural history and environmental sciences museum is a favorite for family outings. The institution also has an excellent indigenous Australian collection.

Outdoor tables, feisty servers, and a decidedly neighborhood feel are as attractive as the sustainably grown, high-grade beans from exotic plantations. Make yours a short black—a.k.a. an espresso.

This popular chain is known for its stylish—and affordable—clothes and accessories for women. Look for great shoes (especially summer sandals), oversize handbags, and flirty dresses and skirts.

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