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If you've heard about Sydney, you'll know about Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach. Why don't you take the chance to see them for yourself?
A few hours at Luna Park or the Open Air Cinema is a wonderful opportunity for some family bonding. If that isn't enough to wear the little ones out, why not make the trip to Sydney International Aquatic Centre and the Fox Studio Australia as well?
Magical aquatic worlds are waiting to be discovered at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. For even more adventures of the underwater kind, take the dive into Oceanworld.
Discover the animals, both big and small, that call the Taronga Zoo and the Featherdale Wildlife Park home. You can also learn about the world of wildlife at the Wildlife Sydney and the Roar & Snore.
Try to keep your eyes wide open as the expert racers tear around the course at the Sydney Speedway. One blink at these speeds and you're going to miss it!
Interested in sipping and swirling your way through several of region's top wineries? The Jubilee Vineyard Estate and the Grosset Wines are great places to experience some of the local drops. Afterwards, head on to the Tizzana Winery for an even deeper look into wine production.
Even if you're not the gambling sort, it's always a thrill to visit a casino. And the Star Casino is definitely no exception. Pick a few roulette numbers or just grab your favourite cocktail and soak up the shimmering atmosphere.
This destination takes its plant collecting seriously, so there are plenty of places where you can go and see botanic species from both local and international landscapes. A stroll through the well-kept gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Australian Botanic Gardens is not to be missed. If you just can't get enough, the floral exhibits at the Sydney Tropical Centre and the Australian Botanic Garden are also rather unique.
When you want to get away from the concrete jungle, head to a green spot like Bicentennial Park or Arcadia Park. Alternatively, head outside and get moving at Cahill Park or Newport Park.
Make the most of your trip to Sydney by getting some help from the experts at Parramatta Heritage Centre. Kurnell Visitor Centre and Sydney Visitors Information Centre also offer visitors a range of handy resources such as brochures and maps.
Keep your eyes peeled for the diverse birdlife at Thirlmere Lakes National Park. Or, if you're in the mood for a bit of action, why not enquire about water activities at The Basin?
No trip is complete without some time at the seaside! Round up the kids, grab a Frisbee and enjoy a leisurely day at Newport Beach or Manly Beach. You can also enjoy a leisurely walk along Coogee Beach and Bronte Beach.
Sydney is home to a multitude of natural reserves, such as Circular Quay and Royal National Park. For those who haven't quite had their fix, Sydney Harbour National Park and Botany Bay National Park are two more worth experiencing.
Not only are areas of marine conservation necessary for preserving delicate ecosystems, they also give us the opportunity to find out more about these captivating underwater worlds. No doubt, there are still many more things to discover at Manly Quarantine Station and North Harbour Aquatic Reserve.
After intriguing displays? Head straight for the Australian Museum and the Powerhouse Museum. Remember to ask the friendly staff about any special events. After more? Also head to the Customs House and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Embark on a journey through the seven seas at the Australian National Maritime Museum, a valuable repository of the region's seafaring traditions.
Increase your knowledge on the latest in scientific innovation at Sydney Observatory. The venture of discovery doesn't have to end there. The Powerhouse Discovery Centre is packed with even more science artefacts and exhibits for you to explore.
For a day of exploration, head to the Nicholson Museum. Here you can find out about a variety of intriguing and bizarre things.
Whichever genre of art spins your wheels, there's a chance you'll find it in Sydney. Why not begin your day of gallery hopping at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Art School Gallery? If you need more artistic inspiration, also feast your eyes at the King Street Gallery and the Brett Whitley Studio.
Learn all about the impact that Sydney's past events and characters had on the nation, and sometimes the world, at the Museum of Sydney and the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. For an even greater insight into yesteryear, also think about visiting the Colonial House Museum and the Elizabeth Farm.
Eager to peer into Sydney's past? Head to the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. If you're eager for more, Government House and Fort Denison should be next on your itinerary.
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Pyrmont Bridge are time-worn spans that should be on the must-see list of visitors who are interested in historic structures. Pylon Lookout offers a way to see the waters of Sydney from a different angle.
Learn more about the area's cultural beliefs at St. James Church and St Mary's Cathedral. The Sze Yup Temple and Hillsong Church will also appeal to anyone looking for some quiet self-reflection.
It's better to reflect on your life and say, "Can you believe I did that?," rather than, "I wish I had done that." So, while you are here you shouldn't miss the chance to see some of the less well-known sights, such as The Intersection and Taylor Square. Pitt Street Mall and Italian Forum are some other options.
Can't wait to secure your hotel in Sydney? With about 485 properties listed on ebookers' hotel travel guide, finding a place to nod off in the state capital is a piece of cake.
Backpackers and other thrifty travellers will find a room rate to suit their budget at the Big Hostel or The Woolbrokers at Darling Harbour. Theses accommodations are proof that excellent service doesn't have to come at an expensive price. Alternatively, let the expert staff at the Park Hyatt Sydney treat you like a king or queen. After all, you are on a holiday!
One of the world's most singularly striking architectural feats, the Sydney Opera House has been an iconic presence on Sydney Harbour since its completion in 1973. Over 30 years later its value and uniqueness was recognised as it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The masterpiece of Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the opera house took 16 years to complete. The decision to choose the unknown Utzon has been vindicated time and again, and as well as providing a great sight from the outside, within you will find no fewer than six world-class venues offering opera, theatre and concerts.
Not content with one world famous construction, Sydney Harbour boasts another in the form of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The through arch bridge has been providing an imposing and elegant crossing between the North Shore and central Sydney since opening in 1932. Rising to a height of over 130 metres above the water level and stretching for over a kilometre, the huge structure transports trains, cars, cyclists and pedestrians on a daily basis. But that is not the only way to get onto the bridge: thanks to an innovative tourism company, you can even climb part of it. The upper arch and lower chord can both be climbed with the aid of all the relevant safety equipment. As well as offering engineering buffs a unique view of the bridge's structure it gives a fantastic vantage point from which to look out upon Sydney.
It is easy to forget you are just over an hour from the centre of Sydney when you find yourself in the Blue Mountains, an idyllic World Heritage Site to the west of Australia's biggest city. So named because of the blue haze through which they are viewed from a distance, the seven national parks in the area have been a centre for rest, relaxation and enjoyment for over a century. Walking trails, cycle paths, caves, waterfalls and even a cable car are just some of the attractions on offer in this vast area.
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This is one of the holy grails of surfing, and anyone who has ever thought about picking up a board has dreamed of a trip to this kilometre-long stretch of golden sand in the Sydney suburbs. But don't worry, it's not just for professionals: the difficulty and danger posed by the waves ranges along the bay. There is no shortage of enthusiastic surfing instructors along the beach ready to impart their wisdom and watch you tumble into the waves as you find your feet.
If surfing is not your scene, there is still plenty to do at the beach, including the two-mile walk from Bondi Beach to Bronte. At times clinging to the high headlands and at others swooping down so close to the ocean you can almost touch it, the Bondi to Bronte walk offers a breathtaking view of this coastline. Keep your eyes peeled as you go as sightings of the area's impressive marine wildlife are common; large numbers of whales and dolphins have been spotted in the area. If two miles is not enough for you, push on past Bronte as the path winds through Coogee Beach on its way to Maroubra Beach, the end of the line.
In this vibrant hub of fashion, Sydney's emerging designers first find their feet in the hubbub of Paddington Markets. A network of over 200 stalls in the eastern suburb of Paddington, the markets are the perfect place to spend a lazy Saturday, checking out the clothes and accessories on offer and taking a break to sample the huge range of cuisine served up. Everything from barbecue and Thai food to coffee and cup cakes is available.
The ‘Sydneysiders’ love their sport, and there's nowhere better to witness this passion than the atmospheric Sydney Cricket Ground. Over 45,000 people regularly crowd in to the stadium to witness the country's biggest sporting events, from cricket to Australian rules football.
Domestic and international flights leave from the three terminals of Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, on Botany Bay. Beware that Terminal 1 is almost three miles from Terminals 2 and 3, so make sure to leave adequate time if you have to transfer.
There are a number of options when it comes to getting into the city from the airport: the commuter network CityRail extends out to the airport but can be busy at peak times; small mini-buses will pick up tourists and drop them straight to their hotels; the local bus is the cheapest option but luggage space is limited.
Available to be hailed down in the street or at the numerous ranks dotted across the city, Sydney cabs are a handy – if pricey – way to get around. Be warned, however, that during rush hour and weekend evenings, free cabs can be hard to come by. Also be aware that if you pass through tolls it is the passenger that pays the charge.
Sydney has a large rail network, which makes it easy to get to the surrounding suburbs from the centre. Various tickets, daily and weekly passes are available from stations.
Offering a peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of taxis, buses and trains, a range of ferries leave Circular Quay offering harbour tours as well as single journeys to some of the best-known tourist attractions.
With plenty of beaches, quirky suburbs and the Blue Mountains to explore, hiring a car is a great idea, so check out our options for car hire in Sydney.
The elegantly understated Springfield Lodge Hotel is only a brisk walk away from the heart of Sydney. The design of the hotel fits perfectly in an area full of great bars and shops. Complete with a charming Parisian style cafe and the Pink Lounge for a relaxing cocktail, the Springfield Lounge is the ideal refuge at the end of a hard day exploring Sydney. If you have exhausted the attractions of the Potts Point neighbourhood, the Sydney Harbour and Bondi Beach are within easy reach by public transport.
Looking out upon Sydney Harbour from an enviable location on the eastern bank of Circular Quay is Quay Grand Suites Hotel. From the balconies of the suites the view takes in Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the unmissable Sydney Opera House. Within the suites you will find a combined lounge and dining room as well as a kitchen armed with all the necessary equipment, the choice of one or two bedrooms and a bathroom with spa bath.
The Sheraton on the Park Hotel can be located on the edge of Sydney's green refuge, Hyde Park. The 550+ rooms are stylishly furnished and the large windows have a great vantage point over the city skyline and the park.
The graceful Grace Building is one of Sydney's most imposing structures and these days houses the Grace Hotel. Set in the city centre, the 382-room hotel also numbers among its attractions a rooftop health and fitness centre and a range of dining options with a cafe, restaurant, and Irish pub on site.
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