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Sydney is an east coast city with outstanding landmarks and a cosmopolitan population. Be a Sydneysider for a few days and take in the night as you gaze across the water at the majestic Sydney Opera House. A visit to The Rocks will take you back a couple hundred years as you learn about early European settlers. Bondi Beach, with its bronzed surfers, seafood restaurants, and water activities, is a day well spent in a city that bursts with Ozzy spirit and international influence.
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
When it comes to seeing what Sydney has to offer, Darling Harbour delivers. Begin your day with a visit to the sea life aquarium, where you can explore the world’s first beluga whale sanctuary. After, stop off at one of several seafood restaurants and treat yourself to fresh oysters with a glass of chardonnay.
The Sydney Opera House is a multipurpose arts venue that’s not only easy on the eye but the ears. Some of the world’s finest performers, from opera singers to some of the most famous bands in the world, can be enjoyed at this standalone venue throughout the year. Enjoy world-class acoustics, fine dining, and a night at the opera at this elite venue.
When it comes to steel arched bridges, Sydney has the world’s largest. The bridge was opened in 1932, and is the perfect place to pause and watch as boats splash in the waters of Port Jackson. Feel the breeze on your back as you walk across this stellar bridge, which rewards you with panoramic views of this breezy city.
Feel the invigoration of Bondi Beach, a place where surfers ride a wave and bodies bronze in the midday sun as kites fly overhead. Enjoy a stroll along these white sands with an ice cream, or perhaps take a kite yourself. Electric barbecues are available to those who wish to dine Ozzy style at this laidback beach full of water sports and fun activities.
Stroll the cobbled streets and laneways of The Rocks, a place rich with a history that reflects early European settlement. Several of the houses are in their original sandstone state and open to visitors. For the arty, the Ken Done Gallery celebrates Australian works, while Susannah Place Museum is a chance to learn of over 100 families who lived in houses that come with backyard and outside bath.
At 30 hectares, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney invites you to get lost in nature. Plants with Bite is a creepy walking trail that lets you explore the bizarre world of carnivorous plants at this living exhibition. A garden full of colourfully sculpted koalas takes you on a fun trail that reflects the work of local artists. End with high tea at your leisure after a day surrounded by beautiful plants in this Sydney institution that dates back 200 years.
A 30-minute ferry ride from terminal Circular Quay is Manly Beach, a great spot if you’re looking for a slightly more chilled out experience than the popular Bondi Beach. Manly Beach offers white sands and coves to explore, as well as boardwalk strolls. If you wish to indulge in some water activities, you can, of course, go for a snorkel or dive, which is the perfect introduction to the country’s magnificent marine life that includes the Green Sea Turtle.
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