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Plan Your Sydney Vacation

Sydney belongs to the exclusive club of cities that generate excitement. At the end of a marathon flight there's renewed vitality in the cabin as the plane circles the city, where thousands of yachts are suspended on the dark water and the sails of the Opera House glisten in the distance. Blessed with dazzling beaches and a sunny climate, Sydney is among the most beautiful cities on the planet.

With 4.8 million people, Sydney is the biggest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. A wave of immigration from the 1950s has seen the Anglo-Irish immigrants who made up the city's original population joined by Italians, Greeks, Turks, Lebanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thais, and Indonesians. This intermingling has created a cultural vibrancy and energy—and a culinary repertoire—that was missing only a generation ago.

Sydneysiders embrace their harbor with a passion. Indented with numerous bays and beaches, Sydney Harbour is the presiding icon for the city, and urban Australia. Captain Arthur Phillip, commander of the 11-ship First Fleet, wrote in his diary when he first set eyes on the harbor on January 26, 1788: "We had the satisfaction of finding the finest harbor in the world."

Although a visit to Sydney is an essential part of an Australian experience, the city is no more representative of Australia than Los Angeles is of the United States. Sydney has joined the ranks of the great cities whose characters are essentially international. What Sydney offers is style, sophistication, and great looks—an exhilarating prelude to the continent at its back door.


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Top Reasons To Go

  1. A Harbor Sail Take a ferry, sail a yacht, or paddle a kayak, but make sure you get out into Sydney Harbour. It's a glorious sight. Check out the Sydney Harbour section for tours of the harbor by boat.
  2. A Night at the Opera From rock to rap, theater to tap dancing, there's always something interesting happening at the world's most famous playhouse.
  3. Exquisite Dining Sydney restaurants are among the finest eateries in the world. Don't miss out on the fresh seafood and top-notch Mod Oz and Asian cuisines.
  4. Glorious Beaches Sydneysiders are besotted by the beach, and you'll be, too. With 40 to choose from, you can watch surfers ride the waves or paddle around the calmer waters of a sheltered harbor beach.
  5. National Parks and Wildlife Sydney's untamed beauty is close at hand. See native birds and colorful wildflowers just a few miles from the city.

When To Go

When to Go

The best times to visit Sydney are in late spring and early fall (autumn). The spring months of October and November are pleasantly warm, although...

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