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A Beginner's Guide to Sydney, Australia

Sydney is the most famous city in Australia, despite Canberra being the capital. If you're contemplating a vacation down under, definitely consider spending some time in Sydney. Here are just a few of Sydney's must see attractions.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is the one of Australia's most famous beaches and has been admitted onto the prestigious Australian National Heritage list.

Each year hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to Bondi Beach, to sunbath or surf. Bondi Beach is so popular due to its picture perfect white sand, turquoise water and its prime location.

If you're keen to give surfing a go, Bondi Beach is the perfect location to learn, as numerous surf schools offer lessons for all ages and abilities.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The steel constructed Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Sydney's most famous landmarks.

If you're brave, or are unfazed by heights, why not book a bridge climb. It's possible to climb up to the very top of the bridge, which towers at a staggering height of 134 meters. If you conquer the climb you'll be rewarded with one of the best possible views of Sydney.

The Pylon Lookout

If you'd like to delve into the history of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, then make sure to visit the nearby Pylon lookout.

The first few floors are dedicated to the history of the bridge, while the top of the Pylon serves as a lookout. This is a great inexpensive option for those who aren't brave enough to climb the bridge itself.

Sydney Opera House


Only the Sydney Opera House can rival the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as Sydney's most famous attraction. A trip to Sydney isn't complete until you've seen this iconic building with your own eyes. If you've got time, why not book tickets to see a show?

Many tourists make the mistake of simply admiring the building from outside, however it's well worth taking a tour inside, to see the Sydney Opera House in all its glory. One of the most popular tours is the fully guided all access backstage tour.


Chinatown is located within close proximity to Circular Quay, which is home to both the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. To walk from Circular Quay to Chinatown takes approximately 15 minutes. Chinatown is a bustling hive of activity and celebrates the unique culture of Australia's Chinese immigrants.

If you visit Chinatown make sure to have a meal at one of the many dining establishments. Chinatown definitely offers the best noodle bars and Asian restaurants that Sydney has to offer. Also make sure to save room for Chinatown's legendary dim sums.


If you're a history buff, then be sure to visit at least one of Sydney's many award winning museums. Museums on offer include the Australian Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Rocks Discovery Museum and the Australian National Maritime Museum.


Visitors are spoilt for choice, when it comes to accommodation. Sydney offers a wide range of accommodation options including hotels, motels, serviced Sydney apartments and backpackers. Here are just a few examples of the options available.

The Westin, Sydney

The Westin is ideally located in Sydney's central business district. This hotel is a great base to explore Sydney from. It's also located within 1km of Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera house and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Marriot Sydney Harbour at Circular Quay

The Marriot Sydney Harbour is located within a stone's throw of many of Sydney's most popular attractions. This hotel boasts beautifully decorated rooms and even offers free wireless internet.

Sydney Central YHA

The Sydney Central YHA is the perfect option for those on a budget. It's located across the street from the Central Railway Station and is within walking distance of Circular Quay. This hostel even boasts a bar and a swimming pool. Staying in a hostel doesn't necessarily mean roughing it.

If you've always dreamed of visiting Australia, why not book a ticket to Sydney? Sydney is a great destination for tourists, as it boasts stunning beaches, a fascinating history, a great selection of attractions and a vibrant atmosphere. Sydney is definitely a city which you have to visit at least a few times, before you run out of attractions to visit.

Tara Blair

Tara Blair writes about finance, busininess and current events for leading news sites and blogs. She says that it is important to understand the terms of your debts to avoid complications and the possibilty of bankruptcy

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