There’s something about Sydney. It’s not like other Australian cities. Could it be the cherry blossoms? Or is it the South Pacific setting? Could it be the pristine skyline that looks like it’s just been just taken from a box? Or is it the profusion of iconic settings? Whatever it is, Sydney feels like the New World.
In the city center, you’ll want to see the Opera House or climb the Harbor Bridge. Strolling the Royal Botanic Garden reveals some crazy science-fiction plants, while a wander around Paddington, Kings Cross or The Rocks is an introduction to traditional Sydney bustle (and some fantastic bars/restaurants). A little further out, you can enjoy epic panoramas at McMahons Point, Seaforth and Arabanoo.
The Bondi-Coogee trail is unmissable if you’re after the flavor of coastal Sydney. This four-mile/six km path takes you on a spectacular journey from the surfing paradise of Bondi Beach via Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly beaches to the 270-degree views of the Coogee Pavilion. Alternatively, a short ferry ride from Circular Quay brings you to the 4000 animals of Taronga Zoo.
A highly recommended excursion from the city is to the Blue Mountains, whose Three-Sisters rocks, tiny townships, waterfalls, cliffs and forests are astoundingly beautiful. Look out for the cableway and glass-bottomed skyway in Katoomba . . . and try not to touch any lethal red-back spiders!