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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  • 1. Bondi Beach

    Bondi Beach | Beach

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

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  • 2. Aboriginal Culture Cruise

    Sydney Harbour | Historic District/Site

    Former Sydney tugboat the Mari Nawi is owned by the Tribal Warrior Association, an organization committed to empowering disadvantaged Aboriginal...Read More

  • 3. Chinatown

    Haymarket | Neighborhood/Street

    Bounded by George Street, Goulburn Street, and Paddy's Market, Chinatown takes your senses on a galloping tour of the Orient. Within this compact...Read More

  • 4. Elizabeth Bay

    Elizabeth Bay | Neighborhood/Street

    Much of this densely populated but still-charming harborside suburb was originally part of the extensive Elizabeth Bay House grounds. Wrought...Read More

  • 5. Kirribilli

    Kirribilli | Neighborhood/Street

    Residences in this attractive suburb opposite the city and Opera House have million-dollar views—and prices to match. Two of Sydney's most important...Read More

  • 6. Lower Fort Street

    The Rocks | Neighborhood/Street

    At one time the handsome Georgian houses along this street, originally a rough track leading from the Dawes Point Battery to Observatory Hill...Read More

  • 7. Nurses Walk

    The Rocks | Historic District/Site

    Cutting across the site of the colony's first hospital, Nurses Walk acquired its name at a time when "Sydney" and "sickness" were synonymous...Read More

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  • 8. Quarantine Station

    Manly | Hospital

    From the 1830s onward, ship passengers who arrived with contagious diseases were isolated on this outpost in the shadow of North Head until...Read More

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  • 9. Suez Canal

    The Rocks | Neighborhood/Street

    So narrow that two people can't walk abreast, this alley acquired its name before drains were installed, when rainwater would pour down its...Read More

  • 10. Upper George Street

    The Rocks | Market/Bazaar

    The restored warehouses and Victorian terrace houses that line this part of George Street make this a charming section of the Rocks. The covered...Read More

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