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Sydney

Introduction

Sydney is one of the world's most instantly recognisable cities. The magnificent Opera House and Harbour Bridge form a dramatic backdrop to the Sydney Harbour. The city beaches, including the famous Bondi, are close to the city centre allowing the visitor to experience both city attractions and beach in the same day.



Getting there

Air: Sydney Airport is Australia's biggest and busiest and has international flights to a host of destinations as you would expect. The two domestic terminals offer flights to the other state capitals as well as many regional destinations. To search for flights to Sydney look at Expedia.com.au

Rail: Train travel is not the most common way to travel long distances in Australia although there are several classic train journeys such as Sydney - Perth (4000km!!). There is an extensive rail network in the Sydney region including links to the other large towns in the state.

Road: Driving distances in Australia are huge. If you are on a road trip you can drive easily between Sydney and Melbourne or Brisbane as well as numerous destinations inland. Various coach firms offer an alternative to driving.

Accommodation

Sydney has a wide range of hotels to suit all budgets as you would expect from a large tourist destination. Search for great value city break hotels at Expedia.com.au

What to See and Do

Sydney's numerous atttractions include the following:

Sydney Harbour: Walk around the Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay and take in the views of the Harbour Bridge which is known to locals as "The Coathanger". Continue around the shore to the Opera House at Bennelong Point. Make sure you have enough space on your memory card as your camera will be in overdrive!

Coogee - Bondi Coastal walk: This walk along the cliffs between two of Sydney's Eastern beaches will take around 2 hours. With plenty of refreshment stops along the way you can be sure of satisfying your thirst on even the hottest days. As you pass through the beach suburbs there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip in the Pacific or top up your tan. If you finish the walk at Bondi why not finish with a swim at the famous Icebergs pool followed by a beer as you watch the surfers in the water below.

The Rocks: Have a walk through the oldest part of the city at the southern end of the Harbour Bridge. Visit many old pubs, most claiming to be Sydney's oldest, and walk around the boutique shops. There is often a market in George Street on Friday nights.

Manly: The best way to see the harbour from the water is not to take an overpriced cruise but to simply buy a ticket and jump on the Manly Ferry. The journey of around 40 minutes gives you great views of the Sydney Harbour. At Manly you have the choice of an ocean beach or a harbour Beach as well of plenty of bars and restaurants.

Getting Around

Sydney has a suburban train network which can be useful in reaching some destinations. The best way to visit the eastern beaches is by bus. The air conditioned fleet has an extensive network with regular departures from the city.

The ferry is one of the more unusual ways to get around Sydney. The network hub is Circular Quay from where all services depart. You can travel up river as far as Parramatta or down the harbour to the suburb of Manly. Many shorter ferry trips are also possible.

Sydney also has a fleet of Water Taxis. The main point of departure for the water taxi fleet is Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.