Spotlight: Sydney

Sydney has it all with world-renowned landmarks and beautiful landscapes. Also known as the Harbor City, Sydney is Australia’s largest, and oldest city. Set next to pristine beaches, the city is exploding with beautiful nature, a vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine.

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Any first time traveler to Sydney must check out the main landmarks. The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognizable buildings of the 20th century. Take a tour inside to see the multiple performance venues that host over 1,500 shows annually. Both inside and out the architecture is exquisite enough to take your breath away.

After your trip to the Opera House, take in the stunning views that encompasses the building of the Sydney Harbour. Secluded beaches and quite coves surround the harbor and is framed by the Sydney Harbour Bridge. After you’ve had enough sun check out “The Rocks.” The Rocks is a section of the city (where the Opera House is located) and is full of craft and souvenir shops as well as historic-themed pubs.

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Of course, no trip to Sydney is complete without a trip to one of its beautiful beaches. However, we suggest hitting 2 in one day with the “Bondi to Coogee Beach Coastal Walk.” This 6 kilometer walk features amazing views of the beaches, cliffs and rock pools. The walk takes approximately two hours to complete and is not difficult to complete. Both beaches offer picnic areas if you would like to bring your meal to enjoy after your stroll.

If history is more of your thing, then Sydney has plenty for you as well. St. Mary’s Cathedral is considered a hot spot for tourists, however, it is well-deserved. The foundation stone for the first St. Mary’s was laid on 29 October 1821, unfortunately, the first one was destroyed by a fire in 1865. However, it was rebuilt only a few years later into the enormous gothic style church that sits there today. Like many churches, the architecture is as beautiful on the inside as it is the outside, and definitely worth a look. Another great stop for not only history, but science buffs, is the Sydney Observatory. Built in the 1850s, the Sydney Observatory sits atop Observatory Hill, overlooking the Sydney Harbour. The observatory is home to vintage and modern-day space observation equipment. The observatory offers tours and stargazing sessions for a small fee.

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As for booking your trip down under, we suggest December through January, as this coincides with the Australian Summer and most likely vacation days for you. However, September through November is also usually dry and warm, as it is Spring.