A premiere world travel destination and the cultural centerpiece of modern Australia, Sydney is home to many of the country's most recognized landmarks and a vibrant modern reckoning of civilization.
Because of it's relative youth as a civilized area, Sydney won't wow you with a dispersion of pre-colonial buildings, Roman aqueducts, or other boasts of longevity, but it provides a great access point to Australia's unique cultural history. It is is also home to the two most easily recognized landmarks in the country: the Sydney Opera House, with it's inviting white sails waving from the harbor, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, an iconic construction on which the more adventurous (and willing to spend their money) may ascend. But there is more to Sydney than these two highlights. Whether you are scouring the park system for signs of aboriginal life, learning about the struggle for gold in dustier corners of New South Wales, or enjoying the modern amenities of city center and Darling Harbour, there is plenty to make your trip pleasurable.
Indicators of international culture exist throughout Sydney, whether you head to Chinatown for Chinese food and architecture or to any other point in this massive city for a range of international flavors. Then again, if you're just looking to do a few museums or landmarks, you'll find that a day of walking through the Central Business District and adjacent harbor neighborhoods like Darling Harbour or The Rocks will do the trick.
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