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One of the world’s most renowned cities, Sydney is an extremely popular destination both locally and on a global scale. It is a diverse city that is home to many contrasting neighbourhoods and contains endless attractions and points of interest. Visitors can delve into the urban metropolis to discover the entertainment, shopping and architectural delights, and then retreat to one of Sydney’s renowned beach or park areas. In short, a trip to Sydney rarely disappoints.
The two most recognisable sights of Sydney are undoubtedly the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Situated in the heart of the city, these two monuments somewhat define the city in terms of image and for purposes of orientation. Indeed, Sydney Harbour has many nearby hotels allowing visitors to enjoy quick access and views of this renowned area. The core of the city centre lies to the south of the harbour and it is here the city’s financial district is located. However, this central region also offers a great deal to tourists as well, with endless restaurants and shops plus a host of historical architecture in between. There are two nineteenth century cathedrals, namely St. Mary’s and St. Andrew’s, which are popular with history enthusiasts, the Queen Victoria Building and Strand Arcade are two further examples of historic Sydney. Also in the central area lies the Art Gallery of New South Wales, one of the most prominent spots to view and understand some of the Aboriginal culture that has helped shape Sydney. In terms of accessing the downtown, Circular Quay is one of the city’s key transport hubs. From there guests can take ferries to further suburbs as well as a variety of tour boat cruises into the harbour. Moreover, there is a train station at Circular Quay enabling convenient access to the city from any hotel in Sydney.
To the west of Circular Quay lies a district known as The Rocks, a very significant historical part of Sydney which also has a contemporary feel with many trendy hangouts. It is from The Rocks that visitors access the Harbour Bridge and obviously, this forms a focus of the area, however there are also many museums and historic buildings throughout. The Sydney Observatory is a popular destination for its astronomy viewing opportunities, plus its location provides sublime panoramic views of downtown Sydney. Nearby, Susannah Place, Colonial House Museum and Cadman’s Cottage all present glimpses of how Sydney looked in its early colonial days. Some of Sydney’s oldest pubs are found in The Rocks and the lively evening atmosphere continues as you head south into the Darling Harbour district, also well-frequented by party-goers. Darling Harbour houses many leisure and entertainment facilities, plus attractions such as Sydney Aquarium and The National Maritime Museum. A variety of the larger international hotels in Sydney can also be found around Darling Harbour, with visitors enjoying the close proximity of many restaurants and shopping areas.
For all the urban activity Sydney possesses, its beaches and parks are a proud element amongst locals, with some of Australia’s most iconic beaches lying in the vicinity of the city. Bondi Beach in the Eastern Suburbs is famous for its beautiful sands and excellent surfing opportunities, thus is of course a very busy and developed area. However, it retains a fashionable appeal and sees a huge array of young travellers visiting the area with a consequent array of backpacker accommodation. Manly Beach is the city’s other most notable beach; in the opposite direction to the north of the centre it forms the beginning of a series of beaches stretching tens of kilometres. Manly is accessible from Circular Quay via public ferries, thus a trip here also enables a close-up experience of Sydney Harbour. The Manly area is also home to Sydney Harbour National Park, a peninsular area offering pockets of tranquillity amongst stunning sheltered beaches and historic sites. Closer to the city centre, two notable parks are Hyde Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens, both in the heart of central Sydney, just minutes’ walk from a multitude of hotels.
For many visitors, the access to the region comes through the Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport, situated to the south of the city centre. The airport is well linked by public transport with most of the central hotels accessible within forty-five minutes, but there are also several accommodation options near to the airport itself. The well-known Kings Cross district lies in between Sydney airport and the city centre and is home to much of the city’s nightlife. Consequently, there are many cheap hotels and backpacker options in the area, benefiting from the district’s well placed location. Further examples of Sydney’s nightlife can be found in various sub-districts including those in the Inner West, such as Newtown. Boasting an array of hipster hangouts and trendy bars, Newtown provides an excellent opportunity to experience Sydney in a more localised fashion. Also in Inner West lies the city’s Olympic Park, home to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games as well as regular sporting and cultural events. One of the most popular and widespread events on the city’s annual calendar is the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with hundreds of thousands of people involved over a few weeks each February.