Sydney is Australia’s largest city and the capital of New South Wales. Home to breathtaking beaches and ancient culture, this popular destination also offers international students all the benefits of a vibrant modern city.

Places to visit

This Australian cultural iconic venue hosts hundreds of stage performances each year. Whether you are a lover of the performing arts or if you would like to watch your first opera or musical for the first time, there’s no better place to visit than Sydney’s Opera House.

To find out all about the culture of Australia, there is no better place to be than the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Packed with modern and contemporary works of art, the museum also displays a vast collection of colonial and 19th-century Australian works, plus many pieces from Asia and Aboriginal arts.

Cockatoo Island is by far one of the most astounding harbours in the country and it welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Relax at one of the many picnic spots available or grab a drink at one of the harbour’s waterfront cafés; if you feel like a day is not enough, why not staying overnight at the waterfront campground?

If you would like to support local artists and communities at the same time as you learn about the rich Australian cultural heritage, Argyle Gallery is not one to miss. Displaying a wide array of aboriginal art and fine crafts, this is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the history of the country.

Things to do

White sand and reliable waves make Bondi beach the desired place for surf lovers and those who are looking for a real flavour of the laid-back Australian way of life. With restaurants, cafés and other amenities around it, this is the perfect place to spend the day with friends or relaxing while walking through the sandstone headlands.

When you hear about Hyde Park you might instantly think about London, but did you know that there is a Hyde Park right in the very heart of Sydney? With over 16 acres of green space, this urban park will be the perfect spot to meet friends after a long day at university.

Rugby fans will find themselves at home in Sydney. As one of Australia’s most popular sports, Rugby plays a big role in shaping the character of the city and the country. Did you know that the headquarters of the National Rugby League are in Sydney? The city is home to 9 of the 16 National Rugby League teams!


Queen Victoria Building is the perfect shopping spot for those who love designer fashion, jewellery and gifts. Built in 1890 and restored in 1980, the building feels like a true palace and is home to over 150 shops! There are also plenty of options if you are looking for a bite to eat including, fine dining, cafés and restaurants and food boutiques.

Looking for a bargain? Visit DFO Homebush and browse through more than 120 stores in this two-level shopping centre. You will find over 80 international and Australian brands which offer savings of up to 70 per cent.

Get insider’s tips, find a bargain, discover hidden gems and learn where the rich and famous like to shop when they’re in town by booking a shopping tour through Shop and Save Tours or Splendour Tailored Tours. These companies will organise a full-day or half-day shopping tour and will create a shopping experience just for you!


Moving around Sydney couldn’t be easier! The city has an extensive network of public transport that allows you to move around through suburban rail, light rail, bus, metro and ferries.

The city also has numerous cycleways and an international airport located just 8 KM away from the city centre!

Did you know…

You can progress from an NCUK qualification to study an Australian degree in Sydney? University of New South Wales accepts students who have studied an NCUK qualification, so start your journey with NCUK today!

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