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Sydney

Soak up the city's gorgeous harbor, seductive outdoor lifestyle and great natural beauty. Kayak under the Sydney Harbor Bridge or wave at the Opera House as you ride a ferry across the harbor to Manly. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach or swim in the calm waters of Coogee. Lose yourself in the cobblestone cul-de-sacs of The Rocks or in the markets, boutiques, cafes and pubs of Paddington. In addition to having a world-famous harbor and more than 70 sparkling beaches, Sydney offers fabulous food, festivals and 24-7 fun. You'll soon agree there's no place in the world like Sydney.

Sydney's Surroundings

Listen to jazz amongst the vines in the Hunter Valley, bush walk in the Blue Mountains or float down the Hawkesbury River on a houseboat. Watch dolphins from Port Stephens and Forster and lose yourself in the World Heritage-listed wilderness of Barrington Tops. Escape to the hills, forests, valleys and heritage villages of the Southern Highlands. Surf on the Central Coast or on the South Coast, where you can also see Kiama's famous blowhole. These mountains, rivers, beaches, parks and rich tablelands are just a short drive from Sydney.

Next: Hang glide on the North Coast and snorkel at Lord Howe Island
FROM: Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure
Published on January 18, 2011

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