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Sydney is Australia's largest city and its most iconic tourist destination. Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, this city is a mix of the country's best beaches, coastal and hilly hikes, modern art galleries, affluent shopping and lavish fine dining. Australia has fast evolved as a melting pot of cultures from across the world, and Sydney is perhaps the city which epitomises that the most anywhere in the country.
The shores of Sydney are synonymous with some of the best surf spots in Australia. A much-loved sport across the country, surfers from across the country and outside descend upon the city each year to tackle the waves. Being an important coastal city, seafood is another essential part of the experience the city has to offer. Many renowned Michelin-starred restaurants in the city offer sumptuous dishes highlighting the quality of the local marine fauna.
Sydney also offers a plethora of activities and sights for urban tourists who love exploring the innards of a modern-day metropolis. A cruise against the backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and sipping some coffee in the cafe of the Sydney Opera House are highly recommended. Large parks dotted around the city are great spots to lay back and relax on a sunny Australian day.
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Day 1 -
Embark on a day tour of Sydney. Visit famous sites such as Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Manly Beach among others. Later, go to the nearest King Street Stop, Darling Harbour, and explore the Sydney Aquarium. In the evening, enjoy the Sydney Showboat Standard Dinner Cruise and soak in. the city lights.
Day 2 -
On this day, head for the very popular Blue Mountains Tour. Along with the Blue Mountains Tour enjoy the Wildlife Park and RiverCat Cruise. Enjoy the Scenic Railway, Rainforest Walkway, and glass-bottomed Skyway cableway for 360-degree views.
Day 3 -
Head out for a winery tour to Hunter Valley. There are over 100 wineries in this region, which let you sample some of the finest wines in the country. Also, take part in cooking classes and learn about the local produce. There are other activities such as golf or horse riding to be enjoyed in Hunter Valley as well.
1. Circular Quay and the Rocks
Here is where some of the iconic historic buildings and famous tourists sites of Sydney can be found. These include Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and colourful streets like Miller's Point which is full of character. There are several historic pubs here as well, to gulp down beer like a proper Aussie would. Most restaurants and hotels are quite expensive here so keep that in mind.
2. Central Business District (CBD)
The hub of shopping and dining in Sydney, the CBD is where the city is most crowded. With trendy bars, upscale cocktail joints, swanky cafes and restaurants on offer, tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink in this neighbourhood.
Probably the most popular and instagrammable neighbourhood in Sydney, Bondi is all about the beach, pools and beach bars and boutiques. While not the most affordable in the city, it draws in many sunbathers, surfers, and couples who wish to soak in the Sydney sun in style. The rooms directly near Bondi beach are the most sought after and are almost always booked well in advance.
4. Newtown & the Inner West
Sydney's most student and urban hippie friendly neighbourhood, Newtown & the Inner West are characterised by artsy cafes and vegen friendly restaurants. You can expect to find colourful signs, tiny bars, old bookstores and quirky antique shops to explore every corner in this area.
Quite remarkably, traces of human activity have been dated as far back as 30,000 years in the Sydney region. However, the history of the city begins with the onset of colonialism. Colonialism came to Australia when the English needed a new place to send their prisoners.
The name Sydney was given to the city by Arthur Phillip, who was responsible for establishing the colony. A lot of the city was built in the early 19th century by prison labour. Sydney became a city in 1942, and the 1890s, the colonies of Sydney formed a federation of the Commonwealth of Australia.
However, significant developments in the city only started during World War II, when Sydney got involved in the war, too, because of Britain. The industrial requirements of the war gave a boost to Sydney's employment and economy. The city built on this and grew throughout the rest of the 20th century, becoming the metropolis it is today.
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