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Sydney Travel Guide - A Destination Overview of Things to do in Sydney, Australia

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The cosmopolitan metropolis of Sydney is awash with modern architecture, a spectacular harbor and countless attractions. Sydney has become a world-class destination that offers visitors cultural diversity and modern flare.

With a history dating back just over 220 years, Sydney has evolved into a magnificent city. The Rocks district is the oldest part of colonized Australia and has some fascinating sandstone structures built in the late 1700s by convicts brought over on the first fleet. The cobblestone streets are full of charm and takes visitors back to early Australian days.

The city is constantly being developed with new sights and attractions; this ensures tourist will never run out of things to do. Sydney has the perfect mixture of the historic past and the modern future.

Things to do in Sydney - Central Business District

The CBD encompasses Circular Quay, The Rocks, Hyde Park and Chinatown as well as iconic landmarks and tourist attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. At the heart lies Pitt Street Mall, an amalgamation of shopping arcades.

Shopping and Nightlife in Darling Harbour, Sydney

Darling Harbour is a beautiful area of the city with an exciting mixture of entertainment, shops, restaurants and nightlife. During the daytime the area is filled with tourists and families enjoying the sunshine and street performers and then at night, the trendy bars are filled with party-goers.

Chinatown, Sydney’s Asian Influenced Shops and Restaurants

Centrally located in the heart of the city, Chinatown is a colorful part of Sydney with an abundance of Asian influenced design, shops and restaurants. Walking through Chinatown is the best way to experience the diverse culture and entertainment; and for the Asian food lovers, dining in one of the restaurants in Chinatown should be included in the list of things to do in Sydney.

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Ports and Ferries in Circular Quay, Sydney

The city's international cruise liner port and its ferry service are located in Circular Quay, Sydney. Tourists can take a passenger ferry to other parts of the city and also to the northern beach of Manly.

North Sydney Attractions

Positioned on the northern side of Harbour Bridge, North Sydney is a small and bustling business district that is also home to the famous Luna Park amusement park. There are numerous green parklands and harbor lookout points in the area.

The Rocks

The Rocks was the first area settled after the colony's formation in 1788. The historic area has a wealth of history and heritage, boasting some fantastic 18th century structures and charming cobblestone streets. There are tour buses which you can jump on and off as you please that take visitors around the sprawling district.

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Bondi Beach

Probably Australia's most well-known beach, Bondi Beach is a popular spot located just three miles from the city's CBD. The wide beachfront has clean white sand and breaking waves that are ridden by surfers and body boarders. The area also has a multitude of cafés, bars, restaurants and pubs that offer a great place to enjoy the warm climate. 

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