Travel guide - Sydney

Sydney is a remarkable gateway to your discovery of the Australian continent. From the hot sands of Bondi Beach to the hip warehouses of The Rocks, you can find all the island continent’s many facets concentrated and fused together in this single city. On the waves and in the lively streets of Kings Cross, Sydney has the palpable nonchalance and constant good humour that characterises the Australian way of life.

Street art, shopping and concept stores

During your stay in Sydney, you are sure to notice the locals’ legendary casual attitude and trendy lifestyle. It’s difficult to ignore when you find yourself in popular spots like King Street, in the Newtown neighbourhood. Along with its ever-present street art, King Street is particularly appreciated by the locals for its numerous restaurants housed in 19th century buildings, colourful independent bookstores, vintage boutiques, concept stores and specialised shops.
The area known as The Rocks is quintessentially Australian: not only was the city founded in the streets of this neighbourhood, but it is today considered to be the most stylish part of Sydney. Amidst the lively narrow streets and inner courtyards, you can find the Fortune of War, the city’s oldest pub, along with former warehouses that have been converted to workshops and trendy concept stores such as Argyle Gallery and Atty Gallery.

Australian refinement

A visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art will give you insight into Sydney’s avant-garde side. Behind its Art Deco walls, the MCA, as it’s known to frequent visitors, displays a permanent collection of no fewer than 4,000 works by contemporary Australian artists. Themed exhibits are organised often with a recurring focus on Australian history.  The symbol of an entire country, the Sydney Opera House is a perfect setting for a fairy tale evening near the historic neighbourhood of The Rocks. As the lights of Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour illuminate the darkness, this gigantic shell-shaped building surges out of the night. Welcome to the Taj Mahal of Australia.

An encounter with local wildlife

Even in the 21st century, Australia still feels like an undiscovered land. The country’s immense deserts attest to its wild side, but there’s no need to head into the bush to discover Australia’s biodiversity. You can find everything you’re looking for in Sydney, especially if you head to one of the country’s most impressive zoos: Taronga. Located north of Sydney, the zoo offers visitors the chance to see koalas, wombats and kangaroos. While you’re here, you can also enjoy the extraordinary view of the city. 
The Coastal Walk, a path that follows the shoreline from Bondi Beach to Coogee, offers a panoramic view of the sea. The spectacular 5.5 kilometre-long path takes you above coral reefs, along cliffs, and past splendid coves like Gordons Bay.

Try surfing in Sydney

Surfing is an integral part of the Australian identity, and Sydney is the national capital of the sport. On Campbell Parade, along Bondi Beach, the spirit of Australian surfing is omnipresent, from specialised boutiques to its facades decorated with street art. As the sun shines brightly down and you look out at the deep blue waters, admire the gracious dance of local surfers riding the waves. If the ocean is too wild for you, head to the magnificent Bondi Icebergs pool overlooking the sea.
North of Sydney, your taste for new experiences, sea air and rollers will take you to Manly, the authentic, wilder version of Bondi Beach. Less brazen than the downtown coastline, the commune of Manly is divided into two seafronts: one on the Pacific Ocean, and the other on Sydney Harbour. Naturally fascinating, the wild waves found here make the beach popular with surfers from around the world. 

With its proximity to the elements, natural strength and relaxed lifestyle, a trip to Australia is a siren call to adventure. It is a destination rich in flavours and curiosities, which should be appreciated with enthusiasm.

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