Top Five Best Things To Do in Sydney
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1. Opera House
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No trip to Sydney can prove complete without a look-see at this iconic locale. Take pictures of its roof of white shells or relax on the steps and watch other tourists--you can even assail their ears with your own aria. Take a tour of the indoors for a fee, or go a step further and purchase tickets for a show. Offerings range from symphonies to Shakespeare parodies and start at about $35.
The bonus with this landmark includes the stellar view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the water and the liveliness of Circular Quay, replete with food huts, street performers and reverberations of didgeridoos.
2. Bondi Beach
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An enclave for wanna-be surfers and Euro backpackers, Bondi lives up to its hype. Even if swimming or surfing aren’t your thing, the views of the water and waves breaking compare to none. Relax with a few cold ones and a fish and chips at the Bondi Pavilion, or stroll up to the main drag, Campbell Parade, to browse galleries and boutiques and survey the array of international restaurants. If you’re up for some exercise, try the Bondi to Coogee walk, a 5K meander past jagged cliffs, a hauntingly handsome cemetery and rocky beaches.
3. Darling Harbour
The wharves comprising this tourist must-see feature more than 40 restaurants and 30 bars in addition to museums and theatres, making it an ideal spot for seeing a lot of Sydney at one location. Animal lovers can visit the Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife World, while movie buffs can go big with a film at the IMAX. Escape to the Chinese Garden of Friendship, with Asian-style pavilions and peaceful waterfalls. A street performer is always popping up somewhere to play with fire or juggle. This harbour’s also the site of events like the Latin and Jazz and Blues festivals and fireworks. Don’t miss out.
4. Sydney Fish Market
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Both an enterprise and an attraction, Sydney Fish Market is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest market of this kind and comes second only to Japan in variety. It daily auctions over 100 sea species and also teaches the future of the culinary world at its seafood cooking school. Six seafood shops reign over the market, offering the freshest barramundi and octopus, in addition to restaurants and a sushi joint. If you don’t like eating things with eyes and tentacles, sample the market’s bakery, bread shop, pizza parlor, bottle shop or fruit and veg market.
5. Hyde Park
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Sydney’s version of London’s famed green space, Hyde can occupy a whole sunny afternoon. Walk all the paths to see statues that give pause and the Anzac Memorial, a salute to soldiers. See the colorful blooms in the large flowerbed and spread out a picnic lunch. Pose in front of the Archibald Fountain and take pictures of St. Mary’s Cathedral. End the afternoon on the western side of the park near the giant board where old and young alike position huge chess pieces against their opponents. Check, mate.