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From the moment you glimpse the brilliant white outlines of the Sydney Opera House, or see the forest of yacht sails melding with the shimmering skyscrapers of Darling Harbour, you may well feel tingles at actually being here, in a city so mythologised by endless photographs. The state capital of New South Wales is the stuff of Australian superlatives. It's the largest city in the country, and the oldest – the National Maritime Museum will reveal how the first colonists came here in the 1780s. But it's more than just heritage. Sydney pulses with modern life, too. The Rocks district thumps with live music joints and centuries-old pubs. Kayakers whizz over the harbour waters during the day, while surfers tear up the Pacific in world-famous Bondi Beach. It's a kaleidoscope of adventure.
Sydney holiday rentals offer a way to convert your trip into an authentic stay in this fun-loving metropolis. Away from hotel staff and organised tours straight from the lobby, you'll be free to explore and adventure from the Darling Harbour to the headlands of Bondi Beach, all at your own pace and without interference. What’s more, Sydney holiday apartments are often considerably larger than standard hotel guestrooms, leaving you with plenty of room to relax in after flitting between the historic sites of The Rocks. And you'll get other perks, like proper kitchens and balconies with scenic views, each adding to the experience of having your own home from home in Sydney.
Once you’ve settled into your holiday rental in Sydney, how about a lesson in local Aussie history? You’ll have a revelatory experience in the Australian National Maritime Museum, not to mention the Museum of Sydney. A stroll through the aged Rocks district is another top thing to do - you’ll find English-style pubs and food markets as you go. And when you want to feel the spray of the Pacific, the ferries from Darling Harbour promise a dramatic journey past the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and other landmarks, out to the rolling surf and cool shacks that start at the beachside suburb of Manly.
As holiday apartments in Sydney can be peppered all over the vast cityscape, it's worth getting to grips with the town's various public transportation networks. The one you're most likely to use is the Sydney train system, which covers all of the major points, along with several more off-beat areas. There are also regular bus routes ringing the CBD and going out to the beach towns from the main interchange at Circular Quay. Ferries are great for hopping over the water from bank to bank, and there are also boat links to the shimmering sands of Manly Beach. Hiring a car should be considered if you're planning on heading out to see the rugged Blue Mountains in the west.