Sydney, Australia is one of the world's most exciting, must-see modern cities. Home to the famous Harbour Bridge and Opera House – two of the most iconic cityscapes on Earth – the capital of New South Wales has a visual wow factor that most other cities can only dream of.
Defined by the rugged Pacific coastline that surrounds it, Sydney is a timeless, cosmopolitan metropolis that is easy to fall in love with.[ReadMoreMob] The imposing Darling Harbour, plus the smaller Circular Quay Port are the hubs of waterside life, with the revered Royal Botanic Garden nearby. For the more adventurous, Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.
Compared with its Australian counterparts, Sydney is loud and brash. It has glamour and casualness in equal measure: there is a balance between the beach culture found on Bondi Beach and the fine dining and vibrant nightlife found in Kings Cross and Oxford Street.[ReadMore]
Museums and memorials abound and include The Australian Museum, which opened in 1857 with the purpose of displaying the natural wealth of the colony, and the modern Museum of Sydney, which details the city's development. The Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park is a public memorial dedicated to the achievement of Australia's armed forces in World War I.
The neoclassical Greek frontage of the NSW Art Gallery underlines the prominent and gregarious role art has in Sydney society. Major international exhibitions regularly arrive here and there's an outstanding permanent collection of indigenous art. And everything that’s best in contemporary Australian cuisine can be found at Circular Quay and The Rocks.
For those wanting to escape the city and go off the beaten path, the spectacular Blue Mountain or the Australian Bush offer spectacular sights and experiences. Sydney Harbour National Park protects large swathes of bushland, while Botany Bay’s history and connection to Britain is a big draw.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
One of the most iconic sights in Sydney, the magnificent Harbour Bridge is not to be missed. Known affectionately as the Coathanger by locals, this architectural wonder, which opened in the 1930s, is the world’s largest steel arch bridge – its painted surface area is equivalent to 60 football fields.
Sydney Opera House
Another must-see for any visitor to Sydney is the beautiful Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the arts venue was completed in 1973 and is renowned for its unique design of a series of shell-like sails.
Declared a World Heritage Site in 2000, the stunning Blue Mountains are situated to the west of Sydney, near Katoomba. Australia’s Grand Canyon gets its blue haze from rays of sunlight striking oil from nearby Eucalyptus trees and small drops of moisture.
One of the world’s most famous beaches, Bondi is home to stunning golden sands and inviting turquoise waters. Located approximately seven kilometres from Sydney, Bondi, which is the most photographed beach in Australia, is also the most popular in the region.