Saturday 30, April 2011
On a continent as vast and diverse as Australia, tourists are sure to
flock to a multitude of destinations, whether they prefer white water
rafting through rain forest regions or riding camels through red desert
sands. In fact, Australia sees more than five and a half million
visitors every year, both tourists and students who wish to learn more
about this remarkable land. About half of those visitors make it a point
to visit Sydney. Sydney also hosted more than 20 million domestic
visitors in 2009.
Sydney is home to the world-recognized Sydney Opera House and the
Harbour Bridge, as well as the Australia Museum, Taronga Zoo, the Sydney
Aquarium, and a number of museums, parks, and gardens. Tourists and
Sydneysiders both find many of these places intriguing, but there is so
much more to Sydney for visitors to explore and enjoy than favoured
Families and friends can learn to surf on beautiful Bondi Beach. People
can go snorkelling in Sydney Harbour or along the northern beaches of Sydney and
learn about the leafy sea dragon or even see stingrays. Others may
choose to go whale watching along the coast. Visitors in search of
adventure can go abseiling in the Blue Mountains or bushwalking in the
Royal National Park.
Visitors to Sydney can also enjoy browsing historic sites including
forts and batteries, the Australian National Maritime Museum, or the
Museum of Sydney. Sydney Harbour is home to several romantic dinner
cruise options, as well as the Bridge Climb, where people have the
opportunity to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The Sydney CBD, or central business district, is a shopper’s paradise,
with retail stores and a thriving bar scene. It is also home to the
Sydney Tower, the tallest structure in Sydney. The CBD boasts many
cultural attractions, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the
Powerhouse Museum and hosts the Sydney Festival every year.
With so many things to do and see here, Sydney truly is a microcosm of
Australia, a must-see stop no matter what your ultimate destination.