As one of the most iconic cities in Australia, it comes as little surprise that Sydney is also one of the most popular with people who are visiting the country as part of their cruise holiday.
With ships docking in the heart of the city, you’ll be right in the heart of the action from the moment you step ashore with two of the most prominent landmarks in the whole of Australia accessible in a matter of minutes.
Sitting alongside the main harbour, the unique design of the Sydney Opera House makes it instantly recognisable around the world and the performing arts centre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is well worth a visit.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is also just minutes away from your ship and is another of Australia’s most iconic sights – and one that you can even climb if you want to take in the most unique views across the city landscape.
The nearby suburb of The Rocks is also worth visiting with its various shops and bars, whilst there is a popular weekly market where you can pick up some souvenirs as a reminder of your visit.
For those who want to explore history and culture, there are multiple museums across the city including the Australian Museum, which is the oldest in the country, as well as the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Maritime Museum and the Museum of Sydney; the latter helping to tell the story of Australia’s most populated city.
There are two zoos within the city as well as an aquarium, whilst various parks provide some green space where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.
The Royal Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park are particularly popular, with the latter being home to the ANZAC War Memorial.
Outside the heart of the city, there are numerous popular beaches, with Bondi, Coogee and Manly arguably the most famous, whilst further afield are the impressive Blue Mountains.
Home to the some of the most scenic landscapes in New South Wales, the mountain area is well worth a visit if your time ashore allows, as are the vineyards of Hunter Valley if you are a lover of fine wines and local produce.
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