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As one of the most exciting and popular destinations for expats to relocate to, Sydney is bursting with fabulous attractions and activities for new residents to enjoy.
A great way to get one's bearings and familiarise oneself with this stunning city is to take a tour, learn about its history and do some sightseeing in Sydney while getting to know the public transport system.
Recommended sightseeing in Sydney
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Sydney’s beaches are one of its main attractions. Lucky expats will be able to while away the hours soaking up the sun, engaging in the fun water sports and the assortment of surfside activities which abound off the coast of the city. Don’t miss the iconic Bondi Beach, a local hotspot, and don’t forget the sunscreen.
One of Sydney’s most famous landmarks, Harbour Bridge stretches across the gap which connects the CBD to the North Shore. There’s no better way to view Sydney than to climb to the top of the bridge and look out over the harbour and across to the famous Opera House.
Once home to music halls and grand theatres, Kings Cross has been converted to house a bustling row of shops and nightlife venues since World War II. During the day, Kings Cross attracts some interesting characters, while after dark it can be quite different, with strip clubs and prostitution proliferating. It is best for expats to avoid any unknown venues in favour of the more reputable nightclubs of the area.
The site of the 2000 Olympic Games has become a favourite attraction in Sydney and the Stadium is still in use today, acting as a venue for various sporting and cultural events.
The Rocks is a European settlement with a long history located near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The restored 19th-century village features souvenir shops and themed historic pubs.
Royal Botanic Gardens
These sprawling grounds in the heart of Sydney contain thousands of species of plants and features paths that criss-cross their way around its ponds, sculptures and horticultural areas.
The Sydney Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions at Darling Harbour. The man-made marine world boasts a huge variety of fish as well as sharks, eels and other ocean entities found off the country's extensive coastline. Its underwater walkways are a great way for visitors to get a first-hand glimpse of what it’s like to be submerged with the exquisite marine life.
Sydney Opera House
The world-renowned Sydney Opera House is one of the city’s architectural masterpieces. The complex consists of a Concert Hall that seats over 2,500 people and boasts some of the finest acoustics in the world, as well as two proscenium theatres, a playhouse, a studio and an outdoor forecourt.
The tallest free-standing building in the city and the second tallest in the southern hemisphere, the Sydney Tower is a great place for expats to admire the breathtaking view across the harbour. Its observation deck towers above the city and features an enclosed viewing platform.
Wildlife Sydney Zoo
Come and meet Australia’s wildlife through the walkways and exhibits at the Wildlife Sydney Zoo. Learn about the koala bears, kangaroos and wallabies, as well as the massive variety of other species that make the zoo their home.
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