Breezy, cosmopolitan and sun-soaked, Sydney has always had an enviable reputation of being one of the most easy-going Aussie town and is regarded as one of the most liveable cities in the globe. The stunning Harbour City is not only a financial hub with a plethora of global banks and multi-national corporations but is also leading in advanced market economy, manufacturing and tourism. Its world-class gourmet, cutting-edge architecture, state-of-the-art infrastructure, luscious parks, sandy surf beaches and trendy fashion styles together define Sydney.
Begin the tour by visiting the number one attraction in the megalopolis - Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most attractive and striking points on the shimmering harbour. Architecturally-rich, this magnificent building was designed to replicate a ship at sea with its roof appearing as a billowing white sail. The Sydney Opera House is renowned to be one of the busiest performing centers in the globe as it is home to a huge complex of theatres, halls, studios, exhibition rooms, a concert hall and cinema.
Nicknamed as 'the Coathanger', the Sydney Harbour Bridge is nothing short of an engineering wonder. The Bridge Climb gives visitors an opportunity to walk and get to the top of the 50-storey-high bridge and have a fantastic view of vehicles running across the deck below. Perched at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks is the city's historical birthplace. Packed with winding streets, sandstone cottages and some of Sydney's oldest pubs, the area is old-charm personified. It is now a tourist magnet brimming with restaurants, galleries, museums, weekend markets and innumerable souvenir shops.
Darling Harbour, a former dockside area is now a major tourist haunt with the zone brimming with restaurants and shops as well as an array of attractions such as Powerhouse Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Aquarium, IMAX Theatre and the Chines Garden of Friendship. Tired of the hustle-bustle plaguing the city? Then drop by at the Royal Botanic Garden that spans about 30 hectares (74 acres). Home to over a million specimens, the Sydney Tropical Center and the Rose Garden are some of the highlights.
Stroll around the Centennial Parklands, an elegant green space designed in European style for it features landscaped gardens, statues, historic monuments and homes, ponds, formal gardens, wildlife habitat areas and grand avenues. For entertainment, there are eating outlets. Renowned to be the tallest tower in the city, the Sydney Tower rises as high as 309m (1041ft) and offers stunning views of the city. The Art Gallery of the New South Wales features the globe's largest permanent exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.
Travelling with kids? Be sure to visit Taronga Zoo (home to over 350 different species of animals - ranging from elephants, gorillas and giraffes to a collection of Australia's native wildlife such as koalas, kangaroos, platypus, echidnas and wallabies) and WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo (highlights includes Koala Encounter and Kangaroo Walk-About and gives visitors a chance to experience Australian wildlife as the animals are kept in their natural habitats and ecosystems).
When it comes to shopping, be on the look-out for souvenirs such as skin boots, opal jewellery, aboriginal art and artifacts and stuffed kangaroos and koalas. As for cuisine, don't leave Sydney without trying some of their local delicacies from a an array of eating outlets in the city.
The stay options in Sydney are abundant with the city being home to the best luxury hotels, private apartments and cheap accommodations. Tourists can pick and choose the kind of stay they would prefer based on their budget and taste.
Sydney experiences temperate climate. The best time to visit the city would be during spring (September-November) and during autumn (March-May) when the temperatures are pleasant.