Sydney Sights

Sydney is a giant, stretching nearly 80 km (50 miles) from top to bottom and about 70 km (43 miles) across. The harbor divides the city into northern and southern halves, with most of the headline attractions on the south shore. Most travelers spend their time on the harbor's south side, within an area bounded by Chinatown in the south, Harbour Bridge in the north, Darling Harbour to the west, and

the beaches and coastline to the east. North of Harbour Bridge lie the important commercial center of North Sydney and leafy but somewhat bland suburbs. Ocean beaches, Taronga Zoo, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and great shopping in the village of Mosman are the most likely reasons to venture north of the harbor.

Within a few hours’ drive of Sydney are the World Heritage–listed Blue Mountains and the renowned Hunter Valley vineyards. Although both these spots are worthy of an overnight stay, they're also close enough to visit on day trips from the city.

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The Opera House and the Royal Botanic Gardens 5

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Bondi Beach

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Wide, wonderful Bondi (pronounced bon -dye) is the most famous and most crowded of all Sydney beaches. It has something for just about...

Bronte

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If you want an ocean beach that's close to the city, has both sand and grassy areas, and offers a terrific setting, this one is hard...

Clovelly

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Even on the roughest day it's safe to swim at the end of this long, keyhole-shaped inlet, which makes it a popular family beach. There...

Coogee

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A reef protects this lively beach (pronounced kuh -jee), creating calmer swimming conditions than those found at its neighbors. A grassy...

Tamarama

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This small, fashionable beach—aka "Glam-a-rama"—is one of Sydney's prettiest, but the rocky headlands that squeeze close to the sand...

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