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Sydney Encounter
(Lonely Planet) ISBN 978-1740598392

Lonely Planet's Sydney sightseeing guide helps visitors find attractions, restaurants, entertainment, beaches, hotels and shopping in Australia's oldest and largest city.

Palm-sized and well organized, the travel guide codes each section with color to make it easy to use.

What to see

Sidebars provide information on Harbour Bridge statistics, best weekend markets, best galleries for indigenous art, best local pubs, best surfing beaches and bus routes from Circular Quay.

In the Neighbourhoods section, Worth The Trip sidebars suggest Sydney attractions like the Sky Safari Cable Car and the nightly Roar & Snore family attraction at the Taronga Zoo.

Local transportation

The Directory contains practical information on attractions, shopping, restaurants, bars and theaters. Transportation advice includes SydneyPass information, useful bus routes, how to get to Bondi Beach, Paddington, other districts and the airport.

Snapshots specify websites and tips, like the best places to stay in Sydney on a budget and by the beach.

City maps

Colored maps and images of beaches, shops, nightlife and attractions illustrate the guidebook.

Sydney Encounter helps visitors explore eight things to do in Sydney:

  1. Sydney Opera House - architecture, performances and Sunday market
  2. Sydney Harbour Bridge - walk, rollerblade or drive across, climb over and sail under
  3. Sydney Harbour - sailing, ferry, walking trails, picnic spots and waterside parks
  4. Kings Cross - Art Deco buildings, strip joints, tourist shops, restaurants and bars
  5. Sydney Beaches - where to surf, swim, sun and find family and topless beaches
  6. The Rocks - theaters, markets and historical sites
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens - free guided walks and summer concerts
  8. Art Gallery of NSW - permanent collections, special events and kids' programs

Walking tours

For easy reference, money conversion rates, banking, useful telephone numbers, pub and restaurant hours are on the inside front cover. An excellent fold-out map, with CityRail routes, helps visitors get around Sydney.

The Sydney Walking Tours section features trails to Aboriginal rock carvings, lookouts, beaches, markets and parks. Each trail description includes the route and a map with a legend identifying the distance, duration, start and end points.

Lonely Planet Sydney Encounter


  • The author
  • This is Sydney
  • Highlights
  • Sydney diary
  • Itineraries
  • Neighbourhoods
    • City Centre
    • The Rocks and Circular Quay
    • Chinatown and Darling Harbour
    • Inner West
    • Surry Hills
    • Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and Around
    • Paddington and Woollahra
    • Bondi, Bronte and Coogee
    • Manly
  • Walking Tours
    • Bondi to Coogee Clifftop Trail
    • Manly Scenic Walkway
    • South Head Shuffle
  • Snapshots
    • Accommodation
    • Gay and Lesbian Sydney
    • Health and Fitness
    • Sydney Cuisine
    • Drinking
    • Gallery Scene
    • Parks, Wildlife and the Great Outdoors
    • Shopping and Markets
    • Spectator Sports

Sydney Encounter author

Australian Charles Rawlings-Way lives in Melbourne and is a frequent visitor to Sydney.

More things to see & do in Australia:

Outback Cuisine

Australia Aboriginal Tours

Tjapukai Cultural Park

What to do in South Australia

Australian Wine Tours and Culinary Trips

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