Travel guide - Sydney

With its sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and futuristic skyscrapers, Sydney has managed the improbable: successfully combining the lifestyle of a lovely seaside resort with the bustle and excitement of the big city. This brilliant mix is one of the main reasons that Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the most pleasant cities to live in.

Australia's largest city, Sydney is certainly not afraid of the twenty-first century. Neither has it forgotten its past as one of the first English colonies, as the Rocks, Sydney’s most historic area, reminds us. A charming district, the Rocks is a tranquil, green corner of the city, ideal for a stroll.

At the crossroads of civilizations, your trip to Sydney offers you the opportunity to find out more about Aboriginal culture, which is gradually returning to its rightful place.

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, nature has a special place in Sydney, and it is hardly surprising that its most important monuments are set against an idyllic backdrop. The Sydney Opera House, the city’s emblem, designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, or the Harbour Bridge spanning the bay, are some of the finest examples.

During your stay in Sydney take the time to visit the Royal Botanic Garden, one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in the country, as well as the Sydney Aquarium, which will shed light on the diversity of the fascinating fauna and flora found in Australia.

On your trip to Sydney, you will of course want to explore the cultural vitality of the city where art is part of life. The Gallery of New South Wales and the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) illustrate the creativity of Australian artists.

In multicultural and cosmopolitan Sydney, everyone converges on the famous Bondi Beach. Its miles of sand draw families, tourists and surfers to the beautiful Pacific waters.

Don’t forget to visit Darling Harbour during your stay in Sydney. This amusement park and extensive pedestrian zone is an ode to fun and entertainment.

Often copied but never equalled, Sydney will take you on a journey towards an earthly paradise with an extremely pleasant way of life.

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