Draped around a natural harbour, New South Wales’ capital city is a glittering gem on the country’s south-eastern coastline. In Sydney’s vibrant city centre you’ll find Circular Quay, home of the famous harbour, Royal Botanic Gardens and Opera House on the harbour at Bennelong Point. This is also where you’ll find the Sydney Tower, Queen Victoria Building and various shopping malls, museums and galleries. To the west, the quirky Rocks District enchants with its pretty lanes and boutique shops. And Darling Harbour is an area awash with activity, host to an array of attractions and lined with restaurants and al fresco bars.
Circular Quay is the city's cruise port, with many ships departing here for voyages along the Australian Coast, across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand or visiting as part of an epic round-world voyage with Cunard. There are plenty of options for a stay and cruise holiday, for example combining a cruise with a stay in Sydney, or even a Red Centre adventure.
While there’s no denying that Sydney is the major attraction of New South Wales, the surrounding region has so much else to offer. Travel just two hours north or west and it feels a world away, with sprawling fertile vineyards, dramatic hazy mountains and epic desert-like sand dunes. Spend an entire day exploring the Hunter Valley, sampling its fruits as you go; stop for abundant photo opportunities of unique rock formations in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains; and spot marine life in the glistening waters off the coast of Port Stephens. Then head further north along the Pacific Highway on a scenic road trip to discover laid-back costal towns and stunning secluded beaches.
GMT +10 hours
Sydney approx. 20½ hours
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