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Top 5 Sydney Attractions

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by Justine Crowley (subscribe)
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Published March 15th 2012
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There are many things to do in this chic, cosmopolitan and ever changing city that is called Sydney. There is definitely something here for everyone, and it all depends on you and your budget. Here are the very best attractions in Sydney, for locals and visitors to Sydney alike.

1. Sydney Harbour Bridge

There is so much to enjoy around this area of the city. It is a real buzz to hop on a ferry (or go on a more formal cruise) and actually find yourself gliding right underneath the Harbour Bridge. If you wish to walk on the Harbour Bridge, you will find yourself at The Rocks, and then the next minute you will find yourself right near trendy Kirribilli and Luna Park. If you wish to walk nearby the Harbour Bridge, then Pier One (right near the Hyatt near Circular Quay) or Milson's Point (on the other side) make way for great leisurely strolls on a warm day, or on a day that isn't so windy. You might be lucky to find a Mr Whippy van on the Pier One side.

Also, Bridgeclimb is worth checking out if you want to walk on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

2. Sydney Tower Eye Skywalk

If the Sydney Harbour Bridgeclimb does not take your fancy, then walking (and finding yourself) on the top of Sydney Tower (the highest vantage point in Sydney) is a real buzz. Not recommended if you are really scared of heights.

3. Palm Beach

Find yourself near the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and at the locale where many of the Home and Away episodes have been filmed. A peaceful oasis, and an area where many Sydneysiders choose to retire, unless you are happy to commute in a bendy bus for three hours, back and forth into the city. A great relaxation hot spot with great views of the Central Coast with many beaches along the way.

4. Manly

There is plenty of fun at Manly, and the fun begins by clicking here for further inspiration and to plan your Manly trip in advance.

5. Royal Botanical Gardens

If you love nature, then start your Sydney park trek at the Royal Botanical Gardens; head along the Domain and then (chances are) you will find yourself in nearby Hyde Park, in a world of peace where you can easily lose yourself. The open air cinema, nearby the Royal Botanical Gardens, in the summer periods is also an adventure worthwhile pursuing also.

For further inspiration, there are other great free events and free things to do in Sydney that will also enable you to enjoy a great day out in this popular and cosmopolitan city.
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