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The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is the most popular tourist destination for those making their way to Australia. Many visit to enjoy the delights of the city itself, while others use it as a gateway to the rest of Australia.

The city is served by Sydney Airport (SYD), also known as Kingsford Smith Airport. Located in the Sydney suburbs, the airport is the busiest in all of Australia, and the most common arrival point for visitors making their way to the country. Regular buses, as well as limousines and shuttle buses, are available to take visitors to the city center, where a wide variety of hotels – including those suited for almost any type of traveler – can be found.

Sydney features a number of distinctive landmarks, the most famous of which is the Sydney Opera House. Located on the banks of the city’s harbor, the opera house has been open since 1973 and has hosted some of the world’s best musical performers. Its unique design makes it an instant icon, whilst its acoustics make it one of the best-sounding venues anywhere in the world. In 2007, the building was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sitting close to and offering an excellent view of the opera house is another of the Australian city’s most popular landmarks: the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The coathanger-shaped bridge opened in 1932, providing a means to cross the harbor for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike. Those tourists feeling particularly daring should book a trip to climb the bridge, an activity recently added to the long list of things to do in the city.

For those that don’t relish the idea of being harnessed in and facing the 440-foot climb can get a spectacular view of the city from inside the Sydney Tower. The tower is the tallest free-standing structure in New South Wales. Only the Q1 Building in Surfer’s Paradise, Gold Coast, is taller in all of Australia. Visitors ascending the tower are presented with stunning views of the city, the Tasman Sea to the east, and the Blue Mountains to the west.

These city landmarks certainly draw the tourists, but in reality there is something else in Sydney that proves even more popular; its beaches.

Located on Australia’s southeast coast, Sydney looks out upon the Tasman Sea, which separates the country from New Zealand. The warm waters make for the perfect swimming destination, thanks in no small part to the prominent sunshine the region enjoys. It’s also a favored spot with surfers and other water sports enthusiasts.

The most famous of all of Sydney’s beaches, and perhaps all Australian beaches, is Bondi Beach. Here sunbathers and surfers coexist in harmony, whilst a large selection of cafés, restaurants, shops, and other amenities mark the end of the beach and the beginning of the city.

As well as relaxing on the beach, visitors can also enjoy a number of cruise options, including those that offer deep sea fishing and whale watching, not together, you understand.

Back on dry land, like many Australian cities, Sydney has an assortment of green spaces that make ideal destination for those looking to enjoy a stroll or picnic, or those simply looking to sit back and relax. Centennial Park is a popular choice, while the Royal Botanic Gardens make the perfect backdrop against which to stroll until completely content.

Nestled close to the Royal Botanic Gardens is the Government House, another of the city’s historic landmarks. Opened in 1845, the Government House is home to the Governor of New South Wales. It also happens to be a picturesque building well worth a photo or two.

Whilst there are plenty of scenic spots to enjoy within the city, visitors should also take advantage of the numerous coastal walks that can be enjoyed in and around the city. Similarly, an excursion to the Blue Mountains National Park, which includes such features as the Wentworth Falls and the Three Sisters rock formation. This is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most picturesque regions.

Back in the city, Sydney is home to an assortment of museums offering a variety of historical and artistic exhibits. These include the Museum of Sydney, which is located on the site of the original Government House; the Australian Museum, the country’s oldest museum; the Australian National Maritime Museum, located at Darling Harbour; and the Powerhouse Museum, a science and technology museum which, due to its hands-on nature, is particularly popular with children.

Sydney has a variety of attractions suited to children and families, including Taronga Zoo. The zoo, which is located on the north shore of Sydney Harbour, is home to nearly 3,000 animals, including giraffes, gorillas, bears, and giant tortoises. It’s also the site of the first elephant to be born in Australia, an event that occurred in 2009.

The Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is another popular destination. Located on the east shore of Darling Harbour, the aquarium houses a variety of marine life and mammals, including platypuses, sharks, seals, and crocodiles. Nearby, the Wild Life Sydney (formerly Sydney Wildlife World) is a wild life park in which visitors can see the likes of kangaroos and koala bears.

Sydney is also home to Luna Park, an amusement park that is very popular with children. Located on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour, the park has a rather checkered past, but today it is completely safe and provides visitors with an enjoyable day.

Adults visiting Sydney will want to check out The Rocks, which is located on Sydney Harbour’s south shore. The neighborhood is home to numerous pubs and bars, as well as restaurants and other eateries. Be warned though; it’s all too easy for a quiet afternoon’s drink to turn into an outright party here.

Those visitors looking for a touch of the different are recommended to enjoy a ride on the monorail. Whilst it may only take 15 minutes to cover the entire length of its course, there are so few places that you can enjoy such a ride that it would be almost wrong not to give it a go.

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