Sydney is where most people fly into first when planning their Australian vacation. It is a great start to your adventure. It is a vibrant city, we compared it to Manhattan, but with a beautiful harbour, incredible landmarks, amazing history and some great day trips.
Make sure you spend at least 3 days here. One to tour the main part of the city, one to check out the beaches (Bondi or Manly beach) and maybe a suburb, and one to do a day trip to the Blue Mountains or the Wine Region.
Sydney is a city, and is not to be missed, however it is more like a western city than what you might picture Australia to be. So make sure you take in more of Australia than just this city when planning your holiday.
This is a great first look at of this vibrant and exciting city from National Geographic.
The morning after we arrived in Sydney, we set off to see the city. It was very cold that morning as it was August (their winter). We got a hot chocolate (or tea) and off we went.
We wandered down to the Opera House and the Harbour bridge area. This was Warren's first comments about the trip and some great shots of the Harbour bridge:
Things to do in the Sydney Opera House area:
This is a great video showing the nightlife of the city, down by the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour.
This is a great video of things to do in Sydney including:
More things to do in Sydney:
Check out more vacation ideas for Oz and see some great videos giving you an overview of how great Australia is to visit, and get a feeling for the people that live there a.
When planning your Australian vacation, make sure you check out a map to get a sense of how large the country is and how you have to account for significant travel time from place to place.