Beautiful Sydney, the country’s secret capital, seduces visitors with its natural beauty, its multicultural flair, interesting architecture and the open-mindedness of the Sydney-siders. The city, which is home to over 4 million people, boasts some of the world’s most famous beaches, as well as some incredibly beautiful gardens, busy markets and some great traditional pubs and bars.
The city’s number one landmark is the famous Opera House. Designed by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this architectural marvel took 14 years to construct and more than 10 times the budget, which was originally planned. It was opened by the queen in 1973 and has since drawn many a visitor from near and afar. Sydney Harbour, the city’s natural harbour, which is also known as ‘Port Jackson Harbour’ boasts the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, which has been nick-named ‘the Coat Hanger’ thanks to its unique shape. For a rather unusual experience, you should try climbing the bridge: from the very top, you can get the most spectacular view ever. For more great views of the city, go on a sunset sailing cruise of Sydney harbour, where you’re guaranteed to have an amazing time.
Situated on the southern end of the Harbour Bridge is the oldest part of the city, the Rocks. The streets, lined with cobble stones are a great place for shopping, enjoying a pint or two, and visiting the market held each weekend. For some upscale shopping, you should visit the fancy boutiques in Paddington. For partying, head to Kings Cross. This busy district is especially popular with hippies, bohemians and backers, making it a great place to hang out and meet new people. Take a stroll in Hyde Park or the Royal Botanic Gardens for some fresh air and time to relax.
Surrounded by the Blue Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Sydney is the perfect city for all nature lovers and sports enthusiasts. Among the most popular beaches are Bondi beach, which has been used as a setting for many surf movies, as well as Coogee Beach, which is especially popular with the younger crowds, and Manly Beach, which is located on the North Shore and easily accessible by ferry.
Other popular attractions include the Homebush Bay Olympic Site, with its beautiful parks, swimming pool and stadium. Don’t miss the Powerhouse Museum, the Sydney Observatory, home to the Museum of Astronomy, the Museum of Sydney or the Sydney Aquarium. From the top of Sydney Tower, which is at 305 meters, you can get an amazing view of the city.
Sydney is a great destination to visit year-round. While the city may be crowded during the summers (from December through February), these are the warmest months. Perhaps the most pleasant time to visit Sydney is in spring (from September to December) and fall (from March to June). For more information on Sydney and many other destinations in Australia, join our community and meet fellow travellers. Using our search engine, you can also book online cheap flights to Sydney.
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