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The world is massive, life is short and your bucket list is never-ending. So buy that ticket, stuff your bags and cross off the sights of Sydney!
Did you know that 4,600,000 people reside in this part of New South Wales? You're certain to have some new BFFs by the time your trip is up!
Sydney is world renowned for its iconic attractions, such as Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.
If you are planning a holiday for the whole family, trips to Luna Park and the Open Air Cinema should definitely make you popular. If that isn't enough to wear the little ones out, why not check out Sydney International Aquatic Centre and the Fox Studio Australia as well?
Marvellous aquatic realms await you at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. For even more adventures of the underwater kind, take the dive into Oceanworld.
Marvel at the animals, great and small, that call the Taronga Zoo and the Featherdale Wildlife Park home. You can also learn about the world of some of our most intriguing wildlife at the Wildlife Sydney and the Roar & Snore.
From checking out what lies under the hood to witnessing what the state-of-the-art machines can do on the race track, the Sydney Speedway has enough spills and thrills to satisfy any visiting motorheads.
Experience another side of the city by venturing to its vineyards and tasting local drops at the Jubilee Vineyard Estate and the Grosset Wines. If time is of no concern, a trip to the Tizzana Winery will also please your palate.
Seeking high-stakes gambling and a sparkling atmosphere? Look no further than the Star Casino! It's the ideal venue to kick off a night out!
This destination takes its plant conservation seriously, so there are a range of places where you can go and learn about botanic species from both local and international landscapes. A wander through the well-kept gardens at the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Australian Botanic Gardens is not to be missed. For those who are more devoted, the Sydney Tropical Centre and the Australian Botanic Garden also have some unique displays.
Ditch your shoes and enjoy the grass beneath your feet at an oasis of greenery like Bicentennial Park or Arcadia Park. Also consider whiling away a few hours at Cahill Park or Newport Park.
Get the most out of your stay in Sydney by getting some advice from the friendly staff at Parramatta Heritage Centre. Kurnell Visitor Centre and Sydney Visitors Information Centre also provide an array of useful resources such as brochures and maps.
You can't go past a day by the seaside. You're spoilt for choice in this area, with Newport Beach and Manly Beach among the top places to dip a toe in the water. Those keen to see more can also check out Coogee Beach and Bronte Beach.
Slip on your comfiest walking shoes and gear up for adventure. There are a number of nature reserves in this area that are just waiting to be explored. The fresh, clean air and natural surroundings at Royal National Park and Sydney Harbour National Park are as rejuvenating as it gets. For a little more breathing space, visit Botany Bay National Park and Lane Cove National Park.
Marine conservation areas are not only crucial for preserving important ecosystems, they also provide the chance to find out more about these wondrous underwater worlds. No doubt, there are plenty more secrets to discover below the surface of Manly Quarantine Station and North Harbour Aquatic Reserve.
The Sydney Jewish Museum and the Justice and Police Museum are tranquil places to escape a stormy day. Peruse the engaging exhibits and ask the staff about group tours and other educational opportunities! Need more? Also pencil in visits to the George Hanna Memorial Museum and the Trainworks.
Head out on a voyage through the seven seas at the Australian National Maritime Museum, a valuable repository of the region's maritime history.
Venture into a world of scientific innovation at Sydney Observatory. Enquire about any tours or simply allow the gizmos and gadgets themselves do the talking. If you've awoken the science geek within, make the Powerhouse Discovery Centre your next stop. It will certainly keep your mind buzzing.
There's nothing quite as fascinating as the creations of the natural world. For a day of adventure and exploration, set your sights on the Australian Museum or the Nicholson Museum.
With such a wide range of splendid art exhibitions to choose from, you might need a push in the right direction. We recommend grabbing a coffee and heading over to the Powerhouse Museum or the Art Gallery of New South Wales. If you need more artistic inspiration, also feast your eyes on the displays at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Art School Gallery.
Learn all about the influence 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 deeper look into past events, also plan an excursion to the Colonial House Museum and the Elizabeth Farm.
To really comprehend the background of Sydney, take a moment to experience the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Why not also investigate the Customs House and Government House?
Sydney Harbour Bridge and Pyrmont Bridge are well-worn crossings that will ignite the curiosity of any visitors with a passion for historic structures. Pylon Lookout offers a way to see Sydney's waterways from another angle.
Want to add a bit of spirituality to your holiday? Visit St. James Church and St Mary's Cathedral. You can get an even deeper understanding of the city's beliefs at the Sze Yup Temple and Hillsong Church.
It's far better to look back on life and say, 'Did I really do that?' rather than, 'I wish I had done that.' So, while you are here you should also discover some of the less famous sights, such as The Intersection and Taylor Square. You'll also find plenty to keep you happy at Pitt Street Mall and Italian Forum.
Whether you're splurging or looking for budget digs, Sydney has you covered! For a cosy room at an affordable rate, check out the Big Hostel or The Woolbrokers at Darling Harbour. Or perhaps you'd rather treat yourself in more luxurious surrounds? Then let the experienced staff at the Park Hyatt Sydney and the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour take care of you.
Sydney is, of course, home to Sydney Opera House. If you want to stay within a short walk of this must-see attraction, the Quay West Suites Sydney is just 0.9 kilometres away. Also popular is the Establishment Hotel, which sits 0.9 kilometres away.
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