With its sparkling harbour, iconic harbour bridge and stunning opera house, Sydney is Australia's largest city. Head down to the waterfront where the historic Rocks area is packed with restaurants, caf├ęs and shops, or enjoy a stroll around Sydney's famous Botanic Gardens. Daredevils can enjoy a guided bridge climb on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or if that doesn't appeal, catch the lift to the top of the Centrepoint Sydney Tower for fabulous views across the harbour and city. Shoppers are spoilt for choice with world class boutiques and colourful markets to browse for bargains. Sydney's Darling Harbour is hard to beat for entertainment, with its shopping, dining, casinos, theme parks, the Sydney Aquarium and vibrant China town.

Sydney's sandy beaches offer a break from the hustle of the central city. Catch the ferry over to Manly Bay or head down to famous Bondi and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and the great surf. Nature lovers can pay a visit to Taronga Park Zoo or enjoy one of Sydney's scenic walking and cycling trails. Sydney's beautiful harbour walk from Taronga Zoo to Balmoral Beach takes in panoramic coastal views and historic military sites along the way. Further out of Sydney, you can check out native wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park or Featherdale Wildlife Park. For a change of pace, book a harbour cruise to see Sydney from the water.

Geographic Location

A city built around the spectacular natural Sydney Harbour with numerous bays and inlets, 240km of beaches and many parks and gardens.

Population

4.5 million

Climate

Sydney has a warm temperate climate with average maximum summer temperatures of 22 degrees C (although temperatures have been known to hit 40 degrees), and average maximum winter temperatures of 13 degrees C.

Major Attractions

Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Royal Botanic Gardens, Bondi Beach, Darling Harbour, Queen Victoria Building, Centrepoint Sydney Tower, Powerhouse Museum, Homebush Bay.