The A to Z Guide to Sydney

Written by in New South Wales on November 15, 2018

The Vivid Event in Sydney shows a building lit up in colours from multiple projections

It’s hard to narrow this amazing city down to a list of just 26 items, but we’ve done our best. Read on for the A to Z of where to live and what to see and do in Sydney.


Australia Day – Sydney hosts Australia Day celebrations at Darling Harbour, with DJs, kids activities and live music for the whole family to enjoy.


Bondi – This famous beach is every bit as amazing as you might imagine, but don’t forget your sunscreen!

An aerial shot of people relaxing on Bondi Beach in Sydney

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Circular Quay – Popular with tourists, Circular Quay is also home to the City of Sydney Library and Museum of Contemporary Art.


Darling Harbour – Gorgeous views, boutique shops and amazing restaurants are on offer every day at Darling Harbour, with special events at Christmas, Australia Day and New Years’ Eve.


Easter Show – Held over the Easter long weekend each year, the Sydney Royal Easter Show is jam-packed with fun stuff to do for the whole family.


Football – In Sydney, “footy” usually refers to the National Rugby League, although the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney AFL teams are growing in popularity.


George Street – Australia’s oldest street and possibly the busiest in Sydney, this historic thoroughfare is home to more high-rise buildings than any other street in Australia.


Harbour Bridge – Completed in 1932, this feat of engineering is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks.

Sydney Opera House


Ironman – With so many beautiful beaches, it’s no wonder surf lifesaving and ironman triathlons are popular amongst the Sydney locals. And for the little ones, there’s Nippers.


John Howard – The former PM was born in the Sydney suburb of Earlwood in 1939.


Kings Cross – Once the heart of Sydney’s red-light district, Kings Cross has been transformed thanks to the NSW lockout laws. It’s also the sight of the first ever supervised injecting room in Australia, a pioneering step in the way we deal with drug addiction in the community.

Kings Cross in Sydney at night - the streets are busy and filled with neon lighting.

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Leichhardt – The place to be if you feel like a good pizza or pasta, this inner-western suburb is also known as Little Italy, and plays host to the Italian Fiesta every October.


Mardi Gras – Held in February and March each year, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in one of the biggest LGBTIQ pride festivals in the world.


New Year’s Eve – The best New Year’s Eve celebrations in Oz occur on Sydney Harbour, with stunning fireworks, aerial shows and traditional Indigenous ceremonies.


Opera House – The iconic sails of the Sydney Opera House are famous the world over, and the venue has played host to performers, politicians and even Pope John Paul II over the years.


Palm Beach – If you’re a Home and Away fan, you absolutely must visit Palm Beach, site of the fictional “Summer Bay” in the series.


QVB – The Queen Victoria Building in the CBD was constructed in the late 1800s in the Romanesque Revival style, and is now home to a number of stores and cafes.


Regatta – Another water sport popular in Sydney is sailing, with the Sydney Harbour Regatta in March a highlight of the calendar.

A few sailing boats around the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Summer cricket – Sydney might not get to host the Boxing Day Test (that honour is reserved for the MCG), but there’s plenty of action for cricket lovers throughout the summer, with domestic and international one-day, T20 and Test matches on offer.


Tennis – The Sydney International Tennis tournament is held in January each year, where you’ll catch the best players in the world in action on the court, and loads of family fun off-court.


Ultimo – This inner-city suburb has a super-cool name, and is the site of the ABC headquarters in Sydney.


Vivid – An annual festival of light, music and ideas that’s sure to get your mind buzzing.



Woolloomooloo – A harbourside suburb with no less than eight O’s in its name, handy to memorise if you’re heading to a trivia night.


X-rated – the prevalence of drugs, crime and prostitution in Sydney saw it earn the nickname Sin City in the mid-1900s, with the suburb of Kings Cross becoming synonymous with all things seedy and sleazy.


Yacht Race – The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race commences on Boxing Day each year, and attracts competitors from all over the globe.


ZooTaronga Zoo was opened in 1916 and plays a major role in conservation and education, particularly for endangered species.