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As one of the world’s top cities to visit, Sydney has a vibrant buzz year round with its endless list of high profile events, iconic landmarks, popular beaches and stunning harbour. If you want to get a feel for Sydney, here’s a tip: head straight to Sydney Harbour, one of the most photographed locations in the world. Nothing compares with seeing the harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House with your own eyes.
Take a stroll along Circular Quay and soak up the atmosphere. As well as being a main transport hub, Circular Quay has some of the city’s best restaurants, including Quay, Aria Sydney and Café Sydney. Only a 10 minute stroll from the Sydney Town Hall, Darling Harbour is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious harbourside meal or experience the energetic nightlife.
As an absolute shopper’s paradise, there are seemingly endless options whatever you’re looking for. In the heart of the CBD is the Queen Victoria Building, dating back to the 1890s, this grand and beautiful building is one of the city’s premier shopping destinations. Further south you’ll find Chinatown, with Paddy’s Markets and some great Chinese restaurants on offer.
There is no denying it: Sydney is one of the premier destinations for events in Australia. The city ends each year and kicks-off every new year with a world-renowned display of fireworks, plus there are countless festivals, cultural exhibitions, days of celebration, and sporting events filling Sydney’s calendar.
Discover famous coastal beaches such as Bondi, Bronte, Coogee, Manly and Palm Beach, all popular with backpackers, billionaires, board riders and the body beautiful.
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Starting at one of the world's most famous beaches, you’ll get to have a yarn with the famed Bondi lifeguards, watch how they ensure the beach goers are safe and learn a thing or two about safety in the chop. From here your local guide will show you Bondi’s favourite café, where you can hang with the golden hued ‘ressies’ and chat over an eggs benny.
Renowned for beautiful golden beaches, surf culture and a laid-back lifestyle that’s just a little bit hippy, luxury resorts and fi ne restaurants sit alongside yoga schools and market stalls offering treats like locally grown organic coffee. Once you’ve experienced the spectacular coastline, head into the hinterland where you’ll find more stunning natural scenery including national parks like Mt Warning and Mooball.
Ten times older than the Grand Canyon, the Blue Mountains combine adventure, romance, fine dining and indulgent shopping, all within coo-ee of Sydney, an easy 90 minute drive away. A few nights here and you’ll feel recharged and refreshed thanks to the crisp, fresh mountain air. The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area stretches for over a million hectares filled with a fascinating mix of wildlife, rainforest, canyons and tall forests.
In the Hunter Valley, a region that extends inland around 150km from Newcastle, there are over 120 cellar doors where you can sample the best known product of this region. The Hunter also offers award-winning spas and golf retreats in which to relax and unwind after the rigours of all that sampling, or you can simply sit back and soak up the scenery: acres of
undulating vines, all hemmed in by the beautiful Brokenback Range.
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 up and coming designers as well as jewellery, antiques, toys and collectables.
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 eateries.
This lovely walk combines 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!
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, along with historic streetscapes, art galleries and stylish cafés lining the main streets
The Sydney CBD is an energetic hub of creative industries and every year the Vivid Sydney Festival celebrates this. For three weeks Sydney becomes a colossal canvas, as iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are turned into giant works of art using interactive light sculptures and building projections.
Sydney is one of the world’s great dining destinations. You can dine by the harbour in 5-star style, enjoy
a traditional pub bursting with history or find sublime Sydney views at a cool rooftop bar. Treat yourself to a mouth-watering taste of Sydney’s best food and wine, served in stunning locations around the city.
Visit the stunning location of the popular Home and Away set and re-live some of your favourite scenes whilst soaking up the Summer Bay lifestyle. If you’re lucky you may see some filming and fingers crossed you get a photo with one of the cast.
See Sydney at its best! Reach the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134 metres above sea level, right in the
heart of Sydney Harbour for an uninterrupted panorama of the city and surrounds. From dawn until dusk the view is always different.
When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway. The Hop on Hop off Harbour Explorer Pass is the easy way for visitors to explore Sydney visiting up to 10 famous harbour precincts including Darling Harbour, ICC Sydney, Barangaroo, Circular Quay, Taronga Zoo and many more! The red rocket ferries criss-cross the harbour throughout the day. Combines easily with attraction entry.
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