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Where to Take First-time Visitors in Sydney

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by Margaret Swanton (subscribe)
I am a freelance blogger and writer. I love my hometown Melbourne. I was away for couple of years and now, I am back eager for more of the city's unique atmosphere.
Published October 1st 2014
Having friends from another city, or even another country coming over is a pretty big deal. You feel that urge to show them everything there is to see, but there are so many places worth visiting that you often find it hard to decide where to go first. This is especially true if you're from Sydney. It is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city with rich history and vibrant culture, offering you thousands of opportunities. So if you're wondering where to go and what to do while in Sydney, here are some suggestions that you'll definitely find attractive.

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1. As the popular meme goes, one does not simply go to Sydney without visiting the Opera House. No tour of the city would be complete if you don't visit it. It was identified as one of the 20th century's most distinctive buildings in the world, which definitely makes it worth seeing.

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2. Another popular tourist destination is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, also known as "The Coathanger". The majestic view that opens up from the 134 metre summit of the bridge will take your breath away and make you fall in love with the city forever.

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3. A walk around the Harbour or a picnic is also a great idea. It is one of the world's most beautiful harbours but you really have to go and see for yourself. What's more, you could combine the bridge climb with the tour of the infamous Sydney Harbour and really get the most of your time in the area.

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4. After this tiring but lovely trip you can go to Blu Bar on 36. The bar which is found on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel is an attraction in its own right. There you can enjoy a cocktail while looking at yet another jaw-dropping view of Sydney.

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5. Spend the day in Taronga Zoo. Being less than 15 minutes away from the city by ferry there is always something happening in Taronga Zoo. Meeting the koalas or enjoying one of the many keepers talks, tours and concerts in Taronga, you are guaranteed to have a great time there.

6. Escape the city and go have some fun at Bondi Beach. Spending some time there will make you never want to leave. You could sign up for a surfing lesson or take the most-walked track in Sydney Bondi to Bronte. It is around two hours of walking, but the sights are just incredible.

7. If there's anything we Australians know with absolute certainty, it's that non-Aussies fear sharks the most. What better way to entertain (and scare) your foreign friends than taking them to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary where they can explore the dangers of the deep and meet face to face with one of the most feared predators on Earth.

A final, and probably the most important advice by far, if you want to be a good host don't smother your guests. Don't try being their guide, maid or mother. There's definitely a lot to show them but you've got to keep in mind that they've come to do what they like and have some good time. So let them take the initiative and discover Sydney for themselves. In the end, you might even discover something new for the city as well.
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I have my partners brother and g/f coming over to visit from Sweden in Dec/Jan for 3 weeks and its _just not enough time_ to show them everything I want to show them. Have a trip to northern QLD planned, a trip to jervis bay, to wine country...and then there's much to see.
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