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Sydney Highlights, Australia

Australia Pierre Toussaint; Tourism NSW

Sydney Highlights, Australia

story by: Inspire Sydney & Surrounds

If you want to get a feel for Sydney, here’s a tip: buy a Bridge Climb ticket. From 134 metres up you can look down on The Rocks, where the original European settlement was started. Its haphazard alleys and streets now house a variety of stylish shops, gourmet restaurants and trendy bars. Now be brave and look out across that sparkling harbour where stately ferries, brash jet boats and busy water taxis share the water, past the gleaming Sydney Opera House, past the vast Botanic Gardens. Let your gaze sweep south to the CBD with its glass towers and enticing shops, then north, to where leafy hillside suburbs like Mosman sit, contentedly soaking up that Aussie sun. Finally, look inland across the suburbs, each a distinct ethnic village with its own culture, restaurants, shops and inhabitants. With all this on offer, it’s little wonder Sydneysiders feel a little smug about the place they call home.

• PADDINGTON – Or ‘style mile’ as it is known, really comes alive with its famous markets held every Saturday from 10am-4pm. The market is a well established outlet for upand- coming designers as well as jewellery, antiques, toys and collectables.
• SURRY HILLS – Has a colourful past as the centre of the fashion and publishing trade; now it’s one of Sydney’s most chic destinations, particularly renowned for its vintage fashion, homewares and food trends.
• BONDI TO BRONTE COAST AL WALK – Is a unique walk combining beaches, parks and spectacular views. Allow one hour walking time from start to finish. If you finish at Bondi, you may even see the world-famous Bondi Surf Rescue in action.
• SYDNEY FISH MARKET – Is home to Australia’s leading cooking school and is worth a visit just to marvel at the huge range of fresh seafood in every shape and size imaginable.
• BALMAIN – A short ferry ride from the city, with a village atmosphere and a great pub culture. It’s home to the artistic set, where locally made art is a specialty, and historic streetscapes, art galleries and stylish cafes line the main streets.

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