Sydney

Sydney Travel Guide

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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Ivy

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.

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

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

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.