Sydney Airport (SYD)
This beachy metropolis offers more than 300 sunshine-filled days a year and boasts an instantly recognizable skyline. Sydney's most architecturally significant and striking structure is the stunning and dramatic Sydney Opera House, a must-see. Overlooking the nearby harbor, the Royal Botanic Gardens prove that nature is never far away in Sydney. There you can enjoy endless walking trails, rare birds, over 7500 species of vibrant flowering plants and vistas with panoramic views of the city skyline and ocean.
With 217 miles of coastline, 38 beaches and your pick of quiet secluded coves or wild surf, Sydney is an aquatic paradise. And for those who'd rather not swim in open water, you don’t have to give up the ocean setting — many beaches have public waterfront swimming pools built out of the native rocks. Some lie next to the harbor while others offer priceless city views or are touched by ocean waves.
Wildlife and Nightlife
Towel off and head to the Aquarium and the Taronga Zoo. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, put on your best safari vest and visit the Royal National Park in the late afternoon for a little kangaroo watching. It requires a bit of patience to spot them, but to experience Australia's native wildlife in their natural habitat will be well worth the effort.
Get ready for a culinary scene of astonishing caliber. The country’s bounty hails from the freshest seafood, most heavenly wines and bountiful produce. For the full Sydney experience, try a restaurant with a view, like Café Sydney, Otto Ristorante or Icebergs Dining Room and Bar perched on the cliffs of South Bondi beach.