Destination guide

See Sydney and all it has to offer in the land down under

Set along the east coast of Australia, Sydney pulsates with energy, both on water and land. The city's harbor buzzes with activity, as ships sail under massive bridges and weekend adventurers turn the waterway into a personal playground. Book a Sydney vacation rental and spend your days and nights exploring a lively downtown, where countless restaurants, bars, and shops sit alongside skyscrapers. Parks, aquariums, and zoos help you connect with nature in the heart of this major metropolis, while sandy beaches give you the chance to work on your tan.

Things to do

From the arts to aquariums, Sydney provides all kinds of fun

Dominating the city's skyline, the iconic Sydney Opera House is an arts center that stages operas, plays, music and dance, as well as offers guided tours. If you're looking for a big thrill, walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge or climb its enormous arch. If you're staying in a Sydney vacation rental with kids, they'll love the Royal Botanic Garden, which features rose gardens and a dinosaur-themed children's garden. The Taronga Zoo, home to 340 animals, and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, where more than 13,000 fish and sea creatures swim, are also nearby.


Surfing and shopping the day away in Sydney

Take just 1 step from your Sydney vacation rental and you'll discover a host of activities. Featuring white sand shores, Australia's beloved Bondi Beach offers excellent conditions for sunbathing and surfing the waves. It's also home to a waterfront public pool. Back on land, walkers and joggers can explore cliffside trails that offer sweeping panoramas of the landscape. Darling Harbour is Sydney's popular waterfront district, home to shopping centers, restaurants, bars, and casinos. The area also hosts farmers' markets, festivals, and concerts throughout the year.


Surf, sand, and sunshine… but not as much as you think!

Despite its reputation as a beach city with year-round sunshine, Sydney receives a lot of rain, averaging close to 50 inches each year. If you're visiting Sydney in February or April, the city's wettest months, make sure you bring an umbrella and galoshes. Winter (June through August) and fall (March through May) feature mild daytime temperatures in the 60s. Things warm up into the low 70s in the spring, which is September through November. By summer, December through February, the city nears the 80s and becomes very humid.

Natural features

Hopping with excitement—kangaroos in nature

Water plays a big role in Sydney's landscape. Not only is the city surrounded by the world's largest natural harbor, the Sydney Harbor, but the Tasmanian Sea lies just to east. If you have time, book a boat ride in the harbor, and take in the sweeping views of the city's skyline. Blue Mountains National Park, 2.5-hours west of the city, is home to rugged mountains, towering waterfalls, narrow canyons, and craggy rocks. The mountains and foothills are also home to some of Australia's most famous residents—kangaroos, koalas, and dingoes.

Where to stay around Greater Sydney?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,385 vacation rentals near Greater Sydney. From 2,477 Condos/Apartments to 2,354 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Greater Sydney are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Greater Sydney?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Greater Sydney. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sydney: 3,275 vacation rentals
  • Sydney: 2,173 vacation rentals
  • Bondi Beach: 294 vacation rentals
  • Manly: 1,378 vacation rentals
  • The Rocks: 3,262 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Greater Sydney! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Greater Sydney?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Greater Sydney:

  • Sydney: 3,275 rentals
  • Bondi Beach: 294 rentals
  • Manly: 1,378 rentals
  • The Rocks: 3,262 rentals
  • Coogee: 2,960 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Greater Sydney?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Greater Sydney are:

  • Sydney Airport (SYD): 3,598 vacation rentals
  • Sydney International Airport (SYD): 3,581 vacation rentals
  • Sydney, NSW (RSE-Rose Bay Seaplane Base): 3,938 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Greater Sydney?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Greater Sydney. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Darling Harbour: 1,529 rentals
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge: 1,495 rentals
  • Coogee Beach: 3,610 rentals
  • Australia Square: 3,916 rentals
  • Sydney Opera House: 4,023 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Greater Sydney listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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