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30 Aug 2008

When in Sydney, Australia

(Contributed by D Wright – One of our ex-contributors) (30 Aug 2008)
Though not Australia’s official capital city, Sydney is the capital of Australia. The city is filled with many historic sights, a vibrant nightlife and features exciting attractions and restaurants. Whether you want to take a long stroll in one of the Sydney's many parks or you want to visit an art museum or two, you will always find something interesting to do during your stay.

Well known for its beautiful harbour – which boasts the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House – Sydney is a great vacation destination for those who enjoy the outdoors. With a public transportation system that includes buses, light rail, taxis and ferries, it is not difficult to get around without a hire car. You can also walk around specific neighborhoods to experience the variety of cultures that have settled in the city over the years.
Sydney's Beaches
Sydney is well known for its beaches, and for visitors there are many to choose from irrespective of whether you want to sunbathe, swim or just sit and enjoy the sunshine. Popular beaches include Bondi Beach, Collaroy Beach, Manly Beach, and Coogee Beach. In addition to miles of sand, there are also shops, restaurants and cafes to enjoy. Smaller, less populated beaches can be found by going a little way north or south of Sydney.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Australian Museum, The Museum of Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum are just a few of the many museums in Sydney. In these museums, you will learn more about the history of Sydney, how Australia has evolved since the first colony, and you will learn more about Australia’s traditional owners.
Other Attractions
From the Circular Quay, you can take a ferry to different parts of the city. You will be able to visit the Taronga Zoo, Sydney Olympic Park and Sydney Harbor.
Because the climate in Sydney is agreeable for most of the year, you can participate in different outdoor activities during your stay. Cycling tours are very popular because not only will you get a great workout, you will also be able to see many historic landmarks along the way. Cycling tours through the city and along the many beaches are also available.
If you want to see a different view of the city buy a day-pass for the ferry to Manly – a highly recommended half hour trip which takes travellers through the Harbour and outside the Heads. From the ferry, you will be able to see skyline views of the city and the foreshore.
Sydney Nightlife
Depending on your interests, there are many places to eat, dance, drink and socialise in Sydney. Many local bars feature live music, theme nights and large dance floors. Darling Harbour and Oxford Street are two of the popular and trendy neighborhoods to visit if you want to spend the night dancing and meeting new people.

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