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Sydney is Australia's oldest city and the country's capital in everything but name. It is blessed with amazing natural attractions, skyscrapers, mouth watering restaurants and friendly environment.
When to go:
Sydney is comfortable to visit at any time of year, but if you want to escape from humidity, keep away in summer.
Autumn is best around March to May, with clear, warm days and mild nights. Generally autumn is a quieter and less expensive time than the Sydney summer.
In Spring (September to November) there's more chance of rain.
The Domain: It contains the Art Gallery of NSW, and includes Mrs Macquarie's Point with fine views of the city, Harbour Bridge, and the Opera House.The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are Sydney's best-known landmarks and international symbols.
Australian Museum which claims to be one of the best of six natural history museums in the world.
Queen Victoria Building - In1986, the QVB was renovated in the style of a 19th Century arcade, preserving its ornate exterior and beautiful stained glass windows.
- Darling Harbour houses Sydney's convention centres as well as several major tourist attractions, shops, restaurants.
- The Sydney Aquarium is regarded as one of the world's best. It has more than 5000 residents of 350 species, including the uniquely Australian platypus.
- The Rocks has the biggest concentration of historic buildings in Sydney.
- One of the best views of Sydney is from Observatory Hill.
- Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras early March each year. It is a major event with floats, bands, dancing troupes and spectacular costumes.
- Manly is one of Sydney's longest and most beautiful beaches. Other beaches are Bondi and Coogee.
- Other attractions include the Parliament, St. Mary’s, Hyde park, Royal Botanic Garden.
Places to eat:
Sydney's multicultural blend and abundant fresh produce have made it a great place to dine and many great chefs have flocked here to set up signature restaurants serving all types of menu. Fine local wines and magnificent harbour views are bonus.
Restaurants here also offer vegetarian food to suit organic, gluten free diets.
Some famous restaurants:
- A Fish Called Coogee
- Flake Me
- Jordons seafood Restaurant
- BBQ King
- Regal Roasts
- Seaside Sushi
There are great pubs, jazz haunts and nightclubs throughout the city.
While in Sydney, make sure to have a drink at Minus 5°, the new vodka ice lounge. Everything here is made completely from ice - the whole room, the bar, tables, chairs, even the curtains.
Welcome to Lenin, the adjoining premium vodka bar, or Fino - the sumptuous wine bar and dining room next door.
Star City is the only legal casino in Sydney and is open 24 hours a day, every day. It offers gamblers 1500 slot machines and 160 gaming tables.
An excellent train, bus and ferry service covers all points of the city. Driving is not too a harrowing experience.
The Sydney Explorer Bus is the best connection to most of Sydney's main visitor attractions.
A sister service – the Bondi Explorer shows you the more scenic side of the city.
Taking a City Circle train, the monorail, or walking is the best way of seeing city attractions, while buses and ferries represent the best way to visit points and attractions around the harbour.