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 tourist destinations.
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.