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The Allure of Sydney, Australia
Sydney is the oldest city in Australia. It's one of those cities that most people say they want to visit during their lifetime. With so much to see and do, travelers to Sydney will be able to explore five national parks, Sydney Harbor, one of the largest harbors in the world, vibrant and eclectic neighborhoods, and participate in a variety of outdoor activities which include rock climbing and hiking.

Sydney Harbor and Other Neighborhoods

Start your vacation to Sydney with a trip to Sydney Harbor. Known for its mix of boats, yachts and cruise ships, take a day cruise around the city or a short tour in order to get some great pictures. Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens that overlook this harbor. The harbor is also home to four small islands that have exhibits that give you a glimpse into how Aboriginal tribes used to live.
There are also plenty of restaurants and shops to visit as well.

In addition to visiting Sydney Harbor, there are other neighborhoods in Sydney that include Balmain, City Centre, and Chinatown. Balmain is home to many artists and creative types. Here, you will be able to find fine dining, hotel accommodations, small cafes and night clubs. Shops are also plentiful in this neighborhood.

City Centre is the neighborhood to visit when you want to find designer clothing and other goods. You will also find museums, restaurants, and public transportation to other areas of the city. City Centre is also where many office buildings and other commercial real estate is located.

Because Sydney is a diverse city, you will find many ethnic pockets throughout. Chinatown is a great place to eat lunch or dinner. You will find small shops, gift shops and antique stores. Located near Chinatown is the Spanish Quarter where you can find Latin food and entertainment.

Getting to Sydney

The easiest way to get to Sydney is to fly. Major airlines including Qantas offer daily flights to the Sydney Airport (Kingsford Smith International Airport) from all over the world. To find a flight, visit your travel agent or make arrangements online. You can take public transportation from the airport to your hotel once you arrive if you don't wan to rent a car.

There are many hotels, inns and apartment rentals in Sydney. Accommodations should be made in advance as many tourists travel to Sydney to spend time on the beach or participate in outdoor activities. Because the city is close to the Blue Mountains, Sydney has much to offer those who want to spend as much time outside during their vacation as possible.
About the Author
Brad Jacobs is 38 and is now permanently in Australia after less permanent stays in a lot of the other cities of the world. He now works for an Australian travel insurance company and lives in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.
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