Sydney, Australia

Found in the only country that is a whole continent, Sydney is an amazing city that flourishes spectacularly in a wild land. It boasts a colorful history; it was originally inhabited for more than 50,000 years by Aboriginal people. The British arrived in 1788, and from 1788 to 1900 it was the capital of the British colony of New South Wales. In 1900 it became a state capital. Today, Sydney is Australia’s largest city.

There are many wonderful things to do in Sydney. Some examples include:

  • Vivid Sydney: on the advent of winter, the city puts on an amazing festival of lights that includes some of the most notable buildings of Sydney such as the Opera House. Accompanying the light show is VIVID LIVE, a set of concerts at the Opera House and VIVID IDEAS, which allows businesses and creative industries to come together and talk about entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Sydney Harbor: Considered one of the most awe-inspiring natural harbors in the world, Sydney Harbor has 150 miles of sandy shoreline and more than 30 square miles of sparkling blue water. Home also to the Sydney Harbor Bridge, it is breathtaking to see at sunset, when the sky reaches down to lend its magnificent colors to the water.
  • Sydney Opera House: the Sydney Opera House is one of the most widely recognized buildings in Sydney with its sail-like structure and location that provides excellent views of the Sydney Harbor and Sydney Harbor Bridge.
  • Bondi Beach: Bondi Beach is the most popular beach, found closest to Sydney. It hosts one of the world’s oldest surf lifesaving clubs and its 1km of great surfing attracts 40,000 visitors on an average weekend for not only water activities but also sunbathing and a coastal walk all the way to Coogee Beach.

Some tips when visiting Sydney:

  • To help prevent accidents such as shark attacks, when swimming at Sydney’s lovely beaches, be sure to swim between the red and yellow flags.
  • Australians drive on the left side of the road, so any Americans should keep that in mind when crossing streets or driving.

There are many amazing food festivals throughout the year such as the Night Noodle Markets in October and Taste of Sydney in March. Be sure to check them out if they occur during the time you are there; it is a delightful look into the different cultures of Sydney.

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