One of the most cosmopolitan cities of the modern world, Sydney is not only a prime destination for world travelers, but also ranks consistently high in terms of livability for its citizens, meaning that the city not only hosts iconic cultural landmarks, but is home to a happy and welcoming people. When you think Sydney, you think of two of the great structures of modern technology and design: The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, both of which are instantly recognized from around the world. But this metropolis of over 4.5 million people has much more going for it than a few pieces of architecture; think proximity to a bevy of national parks, gorgeous Pacific coastline, and epic natural adventures. Think aboriginal rock art, creatures wholly Australian (drawing a blank? Kangaroos and koalas, oh my!), and the lineage of culture that has influenced this burgeoning city, well represented in museums and attractions that give testimony to the native aborigines, the penal populace that followed, and the many that continued to pour in with the gold rush and beyond. For example, aboriginal rock carvings and paintings can (strangely enough) be found at the golf course in North Bondi, a suburb of Sydney, while Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park just north of the city and Heathcote National Park just south are known for an abundance of aboriginal art. The Hyde Park Barracks Museum is a glimpse into Sydney's convict labor roots, while museums like the Museum of Sydney and the Australian Museum both display extensive information and insight into the Australia's colonial and aboriginal past. It doesn't hurt that both are free.
No destination is worth your time without some incredible nightlife, and Sydney is no exception. Whether you are looking for the most chic lounge atmosphere, five floors of club music, the best live music in Australia, or just a dive bar to grab a few cheap drinks, this is your city. If you're looking for specifics, check out the Sydney nightlife page. You like food? Doesn't everybody? Some of the most renowned restaurants in the world are here in Sydney (Quay and Tetsuya's). Not that you need to to only eat at places that cost a week's paycheck; Sydney is notable for an excellent array of options no matter what neighborhood you're in. Again, you may want to delve a little deeper on our Sydney cuisine page. Also, public transport is massive, punctual, and safe; if you're planning on staying within the city limits, this is your best bet. Otherwise, rent a car or check train schedules for day trips to any of our included activities.
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