Sydney is bursting with character. As one of Australia’s most exciting cities, there so much to see and do here that a lifetime might not even be enough to see it all. This collection of Sydney’s best neighborhoods range from lively city-centre spots to beachy suburbs and historic ‘hoods.
The Rocks is one of the most exclusive areas of Sydney due to its proximity to the harbour and Opera House, but it’s also home to a lot of history too. This is where European settlers first landed in Sydney, which give it a times-gone-by feel today: small cobbled streets, traditional pubs and post-colonial architecture. Head here at the weekend for The Rocks Market, where you can buy all your Sydney souvenirs.
We know everyone’s got a lot of love for Bondi, but we can’t help but have a soft spot for Manly. This area to the far north of the city is home to an abundance of cafés, bars, and restaurants, making it one of the city’s liveliest suburbs. That’s not even mentioning one of its greatest assets: the beach. Vast stretches of sand run alongside the suburb, which come alive in the sunshine, attracting surfers, beach dwellers, and locals looking to get away from the inner city.
A hub for countless things to do in Sydney, and a crossroads for many of the public transport links, Circular Quay is the center of a lot of the action in Sydney. Here you can watch the ferries come and go across the harbour, soaking up the spirit if Sydney. From here you can also hop on a boat yourself to join a tour of the harbour to see Sydney from the water. Lots of bars and restaurants can be found here, which are more often than not alive with a buzzing atmosphere.
Certainly one of Sydney’s most fashionable locales, Oxford Street is lined with shops, cafés, and restaurants and nightclubs. If you’re in the city to shop, this is one of the best streets to stroll along as there are plenty of boutique stores. Also check out William Street if you’re looking to shop ’til you drop; more unique stores await you here, and many of these sell handmade items. Oxford Street is also home to a large portion of Sydney’s gay community, so there are lots of lively bars and places to go dancing here.