Visiting Sydney

NYE and beyond

Sydney welcomes visitors from all over Australia and the world throughout the year, but there’s an extra special something in the air for New Year’s Eve.

Things to do and see

The centrepiece of the New Year’s Eve celebrations is no doubt the harbour, which will see the sky burst with bright, breathtaking and kaleidoscopic colour and movement during the fireworks displays.

Don’t worry if you can’t get a front row seat to the show. There are many more special events that are taking place in and around the inner city.

Visit What’s On for more events.

What’s On

Shopping and dining

There’s always a great dish to try, no matter what your budget, from fine dining at some of Australia’s best restaurants, to cheap eats, pub grub or even a quick bite from a street stall at a local market.

If some retail therapy is in order, Sydney will have you decked out in the finest threads with boutiques housing the best of Australian design talent, and there’s always a spot trading in cool, quirky and fun finds that are easy on the wallet – and the eye.

Our neighbourhoods can take you from glam to grunge, rock to rockabilly, highbrow, lowbrow and everywhere in between. Check out the Little Book of Sydney Villages to find something that suits your taste.

Little Book of Sydney Villages

Beyond city limits

Sydney is a huge city, so get out there!

Bondi Beach is known all around the world for its perfect golden sands, great surf and proximity to excellent cafes, restaurants and nightlife. The area is well serviced by public transport and buses are clearly marked, departing from the city or Bondi Junction.

Taronga Zoo is one of Sydney’s favourite spots to get close to the animals, with a population of around 4,000 native and foreign creatures. It is open 365 days a year and minutes away from the city by ferry. Admission includes daily shows and zoo keeper presentations.

No doubt you’ll need a place to rest your weary head, so our friends at have put together some information about fantastic accommodation for all budgets, as well as places to visit in greater Sydney.

Looking for more?

Sydney Culture Walks is an app that will keep the best parts of Sydney in your pocket. The ideal companion for discovering the city on foot, you’ll find out about hidden laneways and new neighbourhoods while learning about Sydney’s fascinating history and the stories behind the city’s most loved public artworks.

Sydney Food Trucks tells you all you need to know about the moveable feast that comes to a location near you – a gourmet fleet serving fresh, delicious and affordable eats.

Public transport services the inner city well, and Transport for NSW features a range of real-time transport apps so you don’t miss your next connection.