Sydney - Australia
Located in the state of New South Wales, Sydney is one of the major cities in Australia. Hosting events like the Olympic Games in the year 2000 and world famous structures like the Sydney Opera House, this place is a popular and well known destination.
There is practically an unlimited number of things you can do. Some main attractions just in the city itself include the best view in town from Centre Point Tower. The viewing deck here lets you look in any direction around the city and even arches outward so you can look directly down! Nearby is Hyde Park with huge trees that create a majestic canopy over the central path. Also in Hyde Park is the ANZAC (Australian New Zealand Army Corp) war memorial. Just across the road is the three storey Hyde Park Barracks with more historical treasures. Nearby, St Mary's Cathedral is spectucular in itself, but underneath the cathedral is the crypt with incredibly intricate and colourful paving and artwork that is a sight truely not to be missed. From Hyde Park, you can walk toward the Opera House but on your way you should visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. These relatively large gardens containing many beautiful plants and flowers, really gives Sydney a beautiful image because of its central location. A popular place to view and take photos of the Opera House and Bridge in one shot (like the one at the top of this section), is at Mrs Macquaries Point. However, if you want to get up close and see what the Opera House is really like, you will have to walk back around Farm Cove. The unique structure of the Opera House is also complimented by it's picturesque location overlooking Sydney Harbour.
You can catch a ferry across Sydney Harbour to visit the popular Taronga Zoo, but even the journey itself has so much to offer. On your way to the ferry you can come across some crazy street performers that do some of the strangest things but are really very entertaining. Just after leaving Circular Quay Wharves, the ferry goes in between the Opera House and Harbour bridge for some really excellent views. If you're lucky, you can even get to see some magnificent old ships sailing by.
Take a train, tram or even the monorail to visit Darling Harbour that has so much to offer. Take a walk through the superb Chinese Gardens or stroll along Cockle Bay Wharf and then visit the Sydney Aquarium for some amazing underwater scenery. The monorail goes over Pyrmont Bridge next to the Australian Maritime Museum with lots to see including the James Craig ship.
Other famous places to visit include beautiful Bondi Beach and the Blue Mountains. The Blue Mountains actually cover a large area that you can easily spend several days exploring, but there are some great day trips available from Sydney.