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ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE Step into your grey jumpsuit and safety harness and climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge; an achievement which rewards you with stunning views over one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbours. WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE Port Stephens lies just a couple of hours north from Sydney and its calm, sheltered bay is a jumping off point for whale watching cruises (May-Nov). WATER PARADISE Bondi Beach is the home of Australian surf culture, and there’s no better place to take a few lessons. It’s also home to the famous Aussie surf lifesavers. SHOPPING Head for Hunter Valley to buy locally produced wines straight from the cellar door; the perfect accompaniment to your own picnic which can be purchased from the region’s many independent gourmet food producers. DATES FOR THE DIARY New Year’s Eve is a very popular time to visit Sydney, and the Harbour Bridge makes a great backdrop for the spectacular fireworks display. Hotels in the city do get very busy, so book early if you want to take part.
BEST FOR KIDS Darling Harbour is the place to take the little darlings, as they’ll love the Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World. SPLASH OUT Hop aboard a seaplane and see spectacular views of Sydney Harbour and Opera House, before heading north to land in one of NSW’s most spectacular national parks and enjoy lunch at one of the state’s best restaurants. LIVE LIKE A LOCAL The bohemian seaside town of Byron Bay is where many Australians come to escape the rat race. Some visit just for the weekend and end up staying forever, seduced by the alternative lifestyles and the laid-back vibe. CULTURE Sydney Opera House is world-famous, but you might be surprised to learn that in addition to opera, it hosts everything from ballet, classical music, dramatic plays and rock concerts. NATURE LOVERS Spend a couple of nights in the Blue Mountains to give yourself time to enjoy some of the many wilderness walks.
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