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Published July 1st 2009
Art and culture lovers, get your walking shoes on! Sydney's Self-Guided Arts Discovery Trail meanders through the heart of our beautiful city, taking in some of our greatest galleries, public sculptures and magnificent museums.
What I love about self-guided tours is that you do them at your leisure, stopping longer at those artworks and icons that make you go 'Wow', and moving on past those that just don't quite grab you. Let's face it - art is a very individual thing.
While you can knock off the tour in a couple of hours, I wouldn't bother. Wait till you have a day to really appreciate Sydney through different eyes, and stop for the odd caffeine hit and a bite of lunch.
Here are a few highlights of this inspiring little voyage of discovery, but there's loads more to explore along the way.
It starts at the Art Gallery of NSW at The Domain, continues through to the art deco Archibald Fountain at Hyde Park and along Macquarie Street to the Sydney Opera House.
Keep your eyes open for a bronze boar called 'Il Porcellino'. If you rub his snout and toss him a coin, he'll bring you good luck. Take a look. He's kinda cute in a piggy sort of way.
Then it's over to Martin Place for some stunning historical architecture, the Museum of Sydney in Bridge Street, and along Alfred Street to the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Rocks.
Getting tired yet? Hence the caffeine hits.
Finish with breathtaking views of the Harbour Bridge at Observatory Hill that will definitely make you go 'Wow'.