You can't come to Sydney for a city break without ticking some of the most famous sights off your to-do list. Climb the harbour bridge if you're feeling adventurous or try and catch a performance at the opera house. Browse the excellent art collections on show at the NSW Art Gallery and discover more about the country during a visit to the Australian Museum.
Escape the busy city streets by taking a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens before taking to the water and exploring the harbour aboard one of Sydney's ferries.
Surf and sun
Being a coastal city, you won't have to travel far when visiting Sydney to get to one of the outstanding beaches in the area. Bondi Beach has become inextricably linked with the popular notion of Australian beach culture and it's certainly worth visiting if you have time. The golden sands of Bondi are the closest to the centre of Sydney and while fun in the sun is guaranteed, this is not the place to come for a quiet afternoon away from the crowds.
With so many leading stores and fashion boutiques dotted across the city centre, you'll have no problems picking up essentials and gifts or having fun browsing. Enjoy the wonderful late 19th-century architecture and excellent range of shops at the Queen Victoria Building, or perhaps head over to Surry Hills where you'll find even more vintage shops, boutiques and antique specialists.
Out and about
Sydney is known as a buzzing metropolis with nightlife that will impress even the most experienced partygoer. Start the evening at one of the city's top gourmet restaurants such as Momofuku Seiobo or Bentley Restaurant & Bar. Marque in Surry Hills is known for its mix of Australian-influenced French cuisine.
Unwind after a busy day in one of the city's sports bars or opt for a rooftop bar such as El Topo or Pool Club. Consider finishing the night with a trip to Club 77 in Kings Cross, World Bar or Civic Underground.