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Sydney is Australia’s largest and most headline-grabbing city—and it’s likely to be your first stop if you’re arriving Down Under from abroad. If you’re short on time or just want some help getting your bearings, tours of the Harbour City abound. Many begin in Sydney Harbour, where the futuristic, concrete-sailed façade of the Sydney Opera House and the towering Sydney Harbour Bridge provide a spectacular backdrop to events like the New Year’s Eve fireworks display and the legendary Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

1. Sydney Opera House

There’s no attraction more iconic to Australia than the famous Sydney Opera House. Standing as a strong sentinel with its series of white-tiled sails that jut along the Sydney Harbour, the landmark is easily the most recognized building in the country, if not the entire world.

The Sydney Opera House is set on Bennelong Point, lapped by the waters of Sydney Cove and Farm Cove. Circular Quay’s ferries, trains and buses are less than a five-minute walk away. Unless visiting on a guided tour, travelers are unable to access the Concert Hall and Joan Sutherland Theatre foyers or performance spaces.

2. Taronga Zoo

Easily the wildest place in Sydney, the Taronga Zoo is a sprawling sanctuary where over 4,000 animals crawl and chirp just minutes from the heart of downtown. Situated on Sydney Harbour a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, the sprawling sanctuary ranks as a top Sydney destination, with a range of tours, keeper talks, animal shows, and activities suitable for kids and adults.

Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking through the extensive grounds. The zoo is large and exhibits are spread out, so you might like to jump on the miniature train to get around.

3. Sydney Harbour Bridge

Along with the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a vital part of the city’s downtown skyline. Rising 442 feet above the waters of Sydney Harbour, the arched, steel-riddled structure has eight lanes of traffic, plus a pedestrian and bike lane, connecting Sydney’s North Shore with the bustling Central Business District.

If you plan on climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge, expect to spend between 1.5 to 3.5 hours, depending on the length of the climb.

4. Blue Mountains

Visible on a clear day from Sydney’s observation towers, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains region is a popular destination for idyllic day trips away from the urban hustle. Visitors to Sydney who opt to venture outside the city on a mountain day tour are rewarded with outdoor activities, memorable experiences, and the natural beauty found in Blue Mountains National Park, including rugged sandstone outcrops, cavernous valleys, and towering eucalyptus forests. This stunning scenery draws visitors from the U.S., Europe, and the rest of the world.

At 80 miles (130 km) northwest of Sydney Harbour in New South Wales, the Blue Mountains can be reached from the city in lessthan two hours by car or bus. It’s also a scenic train trip from Sydney to the mountains, with stations in Wentworth Falls, Leura, Katoomba, Medlow Bath, Blackheath, Mount Victoria, and Lithgow.

5. Bondi Beach

Australia’s most famous beach is a curving golden stretch of pale gold sand and turquoise waves. Attracting beach bunnies, surfer dudes and beach lovers alike, it’s one of Sydney’s favorite hot spots for catching the sun and people watching.

Bondi Beach is in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, only a few miles from the city centre. Giving its name to the connecting suburbs of Bondi Junction and Bondi Beach, it faces the crashing waves of the Pacific ocean rather than calmer Sydney Harbour. Youcan catch buses direct to Bondi Beach from central Sydney, and buses run from the city centre to Bondi Junction, a quick bus trip from the beach.

6. Sydney Tower Restaurant

Take your pick of buffet or a la carte dining atop the Sydney Tower Restaurant (formerly Sydney Centrepoint Tower). Australia’s tallest revolving restaurant is set more than 80 stories above central Sydney, with 360-degree panoramic views to accompany your dining experience.

Sydney Tower is in the heart of Sydney’s shopping district. St James is the closest train station, just a short walk along Market St, and Circular Quay is a 5-minute stroll.

7. The Rocks

With its Georgian sandstone buildings, narrow alleyways, historic pubs, and regenerated warehouses, The Rocks is one of Sydney’s oldest and most popular precincts. Set back from Circular Quay, it was one of the earliest parts of Sydney to be settled. Formerly a raffish area, today this city-center quarter has been gentrified and given a good polish.

You’ll find Sydney’s oldest pubs here, a vibrant weekend street market specializing in handicrafts, historic Cadmans Cottage, the Sydney Observatory, Museum of Contemporary Art, and a swag of shops and boutiques. Some of Sydney’s best restaurants are also here, including Sailors Thai, Altitude, Neil Perry’s Rockpool, and Doyles at the Quay.

8. Hunter Valley

This fertile patch of paradise north of Sydney is one of Australia’s prime wine-growing and gourmet-food producing regions. Lushly carpeted with vineyards and dotted with historic country towns, it’s a popular tourist region attracting holidaying families, gourmet food and wine lovers, and Sydneysiders wanting a relaxing weekend break from the big-city hustle-bustle.

Follow the wine trail past more than 120 wineries, where famous names like Lindemans and McWilliams produce award-winning semillon and shiraz wines, then book into a boutique guesthouse for spa pampering and gourmet local produce tastings.

The Hunter Valley is 75 mi (120 km) north of central Sydney, around a two-hour trip by car via Hwy 1. Singleton and Maitland are two of the region’s major centers, with other towns including the cheese and wine-making village of Pokolbin, the charming town of Cessnock and historic Wollombi.

To get here by public transport, catch a train from Sydney’s Central station to Maitland, Singleton, Muswellbrook or Scone. Hunter Valley Buses connect towns across the Hunter Valley region.

9. LGBT history of Sydney Tour

Explore the LGBT history of Sydney during an entertaining and informative 2-hour walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Garden and over to rainbow-bedecked Oxford Street to hear about Sydney’s history and modern-day status as one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities, and home to the famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Wrap up with a complimentary drink at a gay bar on Oxford Street.

Where to stay in SYDNEY?

Sydney has several gay districts, however the Central Business District offers the most convenient places to stay, close to the bars, clubs and tourists attractions of the city. Sydney city centre (comprising Pyrmont, Circular Quay, The Rocks and the Central Business District) is relatively compact and can be explored on foot or by public transport, ride sharing and taxi.

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