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Sydney.com.au: General Overview
Sydney, with a population of almost 4 million, and covering almost 1120 square kilometres (700 square miles), is a remarkably easy city to move around in. An excellent train, bus and ferry service covers all points of the greater metropolitan area. Roadways, although congested in peak hour times, are generally well planned and driving is not too harrowing an experience.
Unless visitors to Sydney are specifically seeking out friends in outlying areas, most will have no real need to travel too far away from the central city area and the harbour. Most Sydney tourist attractions are either within the central business district, close to the CBD, or at points around the harbour. The exceptions are Bondi and Manly - surf beach suburbs situated south and north of Sydney Heads.
Sydney Sightseeing Pass: Smartvisit Card
See Sydney and beyond with a See Sydney Card. It's the smart travel companion for every visitor to Sydney. There are various options to choose from, allowing you to select the best card to suit your itinerary. A one day See Sydney Card allows you to visit three of Sydney's top attractions in one day. A two, three or seven day See Sydney Card gives you unlimited access to over 35 of Sydney's top attractions over two, three or seven consecutive days. The Five in One Attraction Pass gives you to entry to five of Sydney's top attractions over a 3 month period.
The See Sydney Card offers exceptional value, with free entry to tours, walks, museums, cruises and wildlife attractions. Top Attractions include Sydney Opera House, Sydney Aquarium, Oz JetBoating, WILDLIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye, Magistic Cruises and many more
Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour, takes you on a tour of the seas and oceans surrounding Australia's vast coastline and the rivers, waterways, estuaries and swamps of our large and diverse yet dry land mass.
Situated in Darling Harbour the aquarium houses over 11,000 animals from over 630 species of Australian fish, reptiles and mammals that have an affinity with water.
Joined by near to 60 metres of underwater tunnels, the Sydney Aquarium presents the animals according to the regions in which they can be found in the waters around and within Australia: Southern Rivers; Northern Rivers; Southern Ocean; Northern Ocean.
Six million litres of water house this varied and colourful exhibit. See these animals up close, as they swim about in their "near to natural" environments and observe them as they look back at you and as you wonder about them, they're probably doing the same of you. Captain Nero has nothing on this!
Getting There: Take a train to Town Hall, 15-minute walk from station to Darling Harbour; or a ferry from Circular Quay and alight almost near the front entrance in Darling Harbour
Harbour Bridge Climb
The Sydney BridgeClimb® is a 3½ hour unparalleled experience. In groups of 14 climbers you make your way from the base to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge's famous arch. The Climb takes you over ladders, catwalks and arches, in all weather conditions (excluding electrical storms) during the day, in twilight or at night.
Sydney Opera House
Even if you’re a local who’s watched many a sunset on a summer’s day, ice cold beer in hand, listening to chilled out beats in the ‘world’s best beergarden’ and think you know us like the back of your hand – we reckon we’ve still got a few secrets beyond the sails to share.
Perhaps you’ve dreamed all your life of seeing the Opera House with your own eyes and finally the moment has arrived. If you’ve travelled from near or far – we’d like to welcome you and make your visit a little easier.
No matter who you are, where you’re from – no matter what your budget, or how long you’re with us for: there’s something in here for everyone.
View of the City: Sydney Tower
The Sydney Tower sits a whopping 250 metres above Sydney city, the views from the tower are breathtaking and take in from as close as the Harbour Bridge and Opera House to sights as far away as the beaches to the mountains. You'll look down on one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Beaches in Sydney (from Cnngo.com)
When it comes to best beaches in Sydney, it’s hard to know where to begin.
Around 100 beaches are speckled around the harbor and along the coast, both north and south of the Harbour Bridge. The only vex for travelers and locals can be picking the best one. Luckily, Sydney’s climate affords an adventure to most over the warmer seasons.
Manly Beach After alighting from the 30-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, there’s a sign at Manly Wharf that reads: “Five miles from the city, a million miles from care." Such is the lifestyle of “God’s Country.”
A cosmopolitan mall and promenade add to the sight of young, hip, beautiful and sun-kissed bodies. A day trip here is enough reason to consider relocating to the northern beaches. Whether it’s from the beach itself, or one of the nearby cafés, Manly is a pleasing place to catch a wave or simply to people-watch.
Tamarama Beach Known as ‘Glamarama’ for the eye-catching locals sun-baking on the beach –- it’s traditionally been a haven for the gay and modeling communities.
Parking near the beach is impossible, but it’s worth the fight because the beach is as beautiful as the locals adorning it. Being small and intimate adds to the feeling that this is an exclusive beach reserved for the lucky ones.
A word of warning, though: it’s also one of Sydney’s most dangerous beaches, with two rips coming in from either side of the bay. While this makes it a haven for surfers catching waves from the northern head adjoining nearby McKenzies Beach, it can be tough if you’re not a strong swimmer.
Bondi Beach Australia’s most famous beach is more than 100 meters wide and stretches for well over a kilometer. This allows plenty of space for the overwhelming amount of tourists -- and locals -- that park themselves along the sands. On a good day every grain of sand is covered with bodies, with crowds swelling into Bondi Park and into nearby bars and cafés.
Bronte Beach Bronte’s sea pool offers a protected ocean swim and is regarded as one of the best in Sydney -- and much like beach culture itself, it’s free.
The nearby parkland has spacious barbecue areas for gatherings and is the most family-friendly beach in the eastern suburbs. On public holidays, the park becomes a sea of frenzy as parties take place.
Bronte’s east-facing beach picks up plenty of swell and swimming can be tricky at times thanks to the bulky headlands and underwater rocks. Waves can dump close to the shoreline.
Nielsen Park Beach It still calls itself the city’s “hidden secret” despite near-impossible parking and a crowded beach, but Nielsen Park is a little gem. The more adventurous can walk along the harbor foreshore through a national park to reach it.
It feels secluded, even though it’s packed, and has a quaint charm because it’s not touristy -- you won’t find a backpacker in sight.
The views back across the bays to the city center are impressive. A net, which makes it a family picnic or snorkeling special, encloses the swimming area.