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Soak up Sydney’s gorgeous harbour, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty.

Kayak under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbour to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. As well as a world-famous harbour and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24-7 fun.


MY TRAVEL AGENT'S suggested "Things To Do" in Sydney:

 

Rocks Markets, Sydney, NSW1. EXPLORE THE HISTORIC ROCKS DISTRICT
 
Discover Sydney’s colorful convict history in the harbourside quarter where it all began. Just five minutes from Circular Quay, you can hear stories of hanging and hauntings on a ghost tour, wander the weekend markets or climb the span of the Harbour Bridge. In amongst the maze of sandstone lanes and courtyards, you’ll find historic workman’s cottages and elegant terraces, art galleries, hotels with harbour views and Sydney’s oldest pubs. See people spill out of them onto a party on the cobblestone streets when The Rocks celebrates Australia Day on January 26th, Anzac Day on April 25th and New Years Eve.
 
2.  VISIT THE ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDENS

 Sydney's Royal Botanical Gardens: Founded in 1816, these gardens offer a little bit of everything. While touring the gardens you will see rose, herb, and Oriental gardens. The tropical plants featured here grow inside an enormous glass pyramid. Many forms of rare and endangered plants can also be found throughout the gardens.

 

Sydney, NSW3. EXPLORE THE WORLD FAMOUS HARBOR

Sail past the Opera House on a chartered yacht or paddle from Rose Bay in a kayak. Take a scenic cruise from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour, past waterfront mansions, national parks and Shark, Clark, Rodd and Goat islands. Tour historic Fort Denison or learn about the life of Sydney’s first inhabitants, the Gadigal people, on an Aboriginal cultural cruise. Watch the harbour glitter from the green parklands of the Royal Botanic Gardens, which curves around its edge. Or take in the view from a waterfront restaurant in Mosman, on the northern side of the bridge, or Watsons Bay at South Head. Walk from Rose Bay to Vaucluse or Cremorne Point to Mosman Bay, on just some of the 16 spectacular routes hugging the harbour foreshore.

4. CLIMB THE SYDNEY HARBOR BRIDGE

The Harbour Bridge is a signature landmark of Sydney that is recognized around the world. If you have the ambition, you can climb right over the top of the bridge. The guided climb takes about three and a half hours. Safety is a strong priority for this adventure. All climbers are given special suits to wear and are given a Breathalyzer test. Climbers wear a special safety harness and are given radios with earpieces to receive communication from their guide.

 

Manly, NSW5. VISIT MANLY ON THE FERRY

Travel across Sydney Harbour on a ferry to Manly, which sits between beaches of ocean surf and tranquil inner harbour. Wander through native bushland on the scenic Manly to Spit Bridge walk, learn to scuba-dive at Cabbage Tree Bay or ride a bike to Fairy Bower. Picnic at Shelly Beach on the ocean and sail or kayak from Manly Wharf round the harbour. Hire a scooter and do a round trip of northern beaches such as Narrabeen and Palm Beach. Explore the shops, bars and cafes along the bustling pine tree-lined Corso and dine at world-class restaurants with water views.

 

6. TOUR THE WORLD FAMOUS OPERA HOUSE

See inside the world's most recognizable sails. Experience this miracle of architecture and engineering. A work of art that came into existence against impossible odds - to become one of the busiest performing arts centres in the world.

 

 

7.  HAVE LUNCH AT THE SYDNEY TOWER

Towering above the city’s skyline, Sydney Tower’s Observation Deck is pefect for planning a day out around Sydney and understanding the intricate layout of this beautiful and cosmopolitan city. Sydney Tower provides a panoramic 360 degree view from the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the north, picturesque Blue Mountains to the west, historical Botany Bay on the south and to the east, the magnificent Pacific Ocean. 

 

Bondi Beach, NSW8. WALK FROM BONDI TO COOGEE

Take in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean as you walk the winding, sea-sculpted sandstone cliffs between Bondi and Coogee. Swim in the famous Bondi Icebergs rock pool or just watch the swimmers with a sunset cocktail from the restaurant above.  See wild waves in Tamarama, nicknamed Glamarama for the beautiful people who lie on its golden sand. From mid-October to November, the stretch from here to Bondi is transformed into an outdoor gallery for the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition. You can surf, picnic on the grass or stop for a coffee at family-friendly Bronte. Or swim, snorkel or scuba dive in Clovelly and tranquil Gordon’s Bay. See the graves of poets Henry Lawson, Dorothea Mackellar and aviator Lawrence Hargrave in Waverley Cemetery, on the edge of the cliffs. Finish your tour in the scenic, backpacker haven of Coogee. 

 

9.  SEE THE ANIMALS AT THE TARONGA ZOO
 
The Taronga Zoo offers Australian animals as well as animals from all over the world. Featured in the "Walkabout Tour" are dingoes, koalas, wombats, kangaroos, and many others. The zoo offers a program called "Roar and Snore" which is a two-hour nighttime tour. Guest can stay over night and sleep in a tent under the stars. The zoo is accessible by car, ferry, or bus and also offers food and gift shops.
 
10.  GO WINE TASTING IN THE HUNTER VALLEY
 
To visit the Hunter Valley is to experience and enjoy the good things in Australian life and to reward yourself.  The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest and one of its most well-known wine regions. Here you will find world-class Hunter Valley Semillon that has been called “Australia’s unique gift to the world’, great Australian Shiraz that lasts for generations, and generations of family winemakers that are here to tell the tale.
 

 
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