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A harbourside city of non-stop sparkle

With wow factor to burn, Sydney is one of the world's great cities. It's a glamour-packed wonderland of restaurants, galleries and creative enclaves to explore. Add in the stunning Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House and postcard-perfect beaches and Sydney is one holiday destination sensation.

Fun things to do: Sydney

  • Hang out on Bondi Beach then take the coastal walk along to Coogee 
  • Take a tour of the Opera House and take in those harbour views 
  • Go shopping and bar hopping in Sydney's vibrant inner west 
  • Dive into contemporary at MCA, then relax with a cocktail on the terrace 
  • Meet the animals of Taronga Zoo, overlooking the harbour

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Get beachy at Bondi

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Bondi Beach is a real-life postcard.

Dive in for a swim at Australia's iconic Bondi Beach. Aim for the patrolled area between the flags in front of the heritage-listed Bondi Pavilion. Learn to surf at one of the accredited surf schools or get your confidence up at Bondi Icebergs, one of Australia's oldest swimming clubs. It's open to the public and the wading pool is ideal for kids. Bondi Beach is just 8km from the city centre and easy to get to by public transport. Do the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk to discover other nearby beaches like Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly.

Take a tour of the Opera House

Sydney Opera House surrounded by the harbour on a sunny day. Image credit: stock.adobe.com/inguskstock.adobe.com/ingusk
Discover backstage secrets on an Opera House tour.

Go behind the scenes of this world-famous icon with a Sydney Opera House tour. There's a range of tours to choose from, including kid-friendly, multilingual and accessible ones, and tours especially for architecture fans. Check out a show there and you'll have a whole new appreciation for it. The Opera House sits right on Sydney Harbour and catching the Manly Ferry is a budget-friendly way to see it from the water. For seriously next level views, buckle up and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Get into the gallery scene at MCA

Circular Quay with wisteria trees in the foreground and MCA building in the background on a sunny day. Image credit: Destination NSWDestination NSW
Catch the latest in contemporary art at MCA.

Immerse yourself in Sydney's art scene at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), which showcases national and international modern art. Spend the day on an art-filled adventure, checking out the live events, tours and fun workshops this stunning harbourside gallery presents. Finish up with a cocktail on the terrace and a little something from the tempting gift store. Other galleries to check out include the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Carriageworks

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