Sydney Guide

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The backdrop to big-screen feats such as 'Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith,' 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Australia' — here's how to explore the picturesque city in a day.

The Hot Spots

Explore the map above to see all of The Hollywood Reporter's recommended Sydney hot spots. See a full-screen version here.


Brenton Thwaites

8 AM - Rev Up at Bronte Beach
The Gods of Egypt star, who hails from Queensland, likes to start his day with an oceanside cup of coffee. A quiet escape amid the nearby and bustling Bondi Beach and more expansive Coogee Beach, Bronte provides the same breathtaking views without the crowds. Head to one of the cafes, bakeries or bistros on Bronte Road or Macpherson Street for baguettes and a brew. (Bronte Beach)

Jai Courtney

10 AM - Suntan and Surf at Tamarama Beach
Birthed as "Glamarama" Beach in the '80s and '90s, the small cove flanked by the Bondi to Coogee Walk has lured beautiful beachgoers for decades. Here, the brag-worthy surfing conditions match the beach bums decorating its less-traversed sands. "I love to go to the beach," says the Jack Reacher star, who grew up in a suburb of Sydney. "Getting out to the coast was a big part of what we did on the weekends. If you’re in Sydney and not getting your head under the water, you’re doing something wrong." (Tamarama Marine Dr.)

Jai Courtney

12:30 PM - Cool Down With Scoops of Gelato
The action star does, however, recommend a trip to the popular Bondi Beach for another local find, Gelato Messina. This sweet shop, voted Best Gelato in Australia by Good Food Guide, freshly churns 40 flavors daily at Bondi, one of its 11 locations across Sydney. The choices range from Pear & Rhubarb to Bananas Foster and best-seller Salted Caramel and White Chocolate. (6/61 Hall St., Bondi Beach)

"If you're in Sydney and not getting your head under the water, you're doing something wrong." - Jai Courtney


Greg Basser

1:30 PM - Grab a Pint and Hop a Ferry
More than 14 million people per year opt for ferry rides in and around the glistening harbor, with daily fleets running out of Sydney Ferries. "You have to do a ferry ride across the Sydney Harbor," says the Hollywood exec and Village Roadshow CEO. Start at The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, where you can sip a beer from Australia's oldest pub brewery, and take a ferry under the Sydney Harbour Bridge and out to Taronga Zoo. "The views from the zoo are absolutely spectacular." (19 Kent St., The Rocks)

Megan Hilty

3 PM - See a Show at Sydney Opera House
Acknowledged as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, Jørn Utzon’s revolutionary creation — the city's most iconic landmark — is an itinerary staple. "It’s so stunning and so breathtaking," says Australian actor Hugh Sheridan. "They always have the best performances. If you could only do one thing in all of Sydney, go see the ballet or the opera and check it out." If you're there during Vivid Sydney, the city's annual 23-day summer light festival, Hilty says the installation at the Opera House is also a must-see. "The projections were timed to music and it was breathtaking," recalls the singer and Rules Don't Apply star.

Rebel wilson

5 PM - Set Sail on Sydney Harbour
The multi-venue landmark on the waterfront boasts no shortage of things to do both inside and outside the Opera House, where a bustling arts fair sets up shop each weekend. "Sydney Harbor is so beautiful," says the Pitch Perfect 3 star of renting your own water ride. "I love to take my boat out on the harbour — and hopefully not crash into anything because I’m not that skilled at boating — but it's one of the most beautiful things to do." After working up a pre-sunset appetite, "go get fish and chips and bring it back on the boat."

Luke bracey

8 PM - Fork Up at Lucio's
Australian art lines the walls as well as your menus at this family-run Italian spot in Paddington. Owner Lucio Galletto, whose portrait hangs among the fine art on display, is on-hand to make sure the waiters don't leave any glass in the room half-full. "It’s my favorite restaurant in town," says the Point Break star. Order the handmade crabmeat pasta. (47 Windsor St., Paddington)


Hugh Sheridan

10 PM - People Watch at Darling Harbour
The harbor next to Sydney's city centre is a tourist playground. Home to museums, the Sydney Aquarium and the many bars and restaurants of King Street and Cockle Bay wharfs, this recreational and cultural hub floods with foot traffic. "The cool thing is that it's very touristy," says the Australian actor of his favorite spot to post up and take in the bustling Sydney crowds. "During the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was the first time I really appreciated so many people speaking so many different languages in one place." (Sydney NSW 2000)

luke bracey

11:30 PM - Sip Cocktails on Crown Street
Though many visitors might opt for the nighttime adult playground The Ivy, the Hacksaw Ridge star says there are many "less crazy and better" options for a drink. "I love The Clock in Surry Hills," he says of the retro-chic and modern pub that overlooks Crown Street from its balcony. "If I'm not staying at a family member's house, there's a great place somewhere in Surry Hills to spend the night. Anywhere around there, really." (470 Crown St., Surry Hills)