Located on Australia's south-east coast, Sydney is the largest and most populated of the Australian cities. Due to its scale, Sydney is often mistaken for being the capital, fuelling its long-standing rivalry with Melbourne.
Sydney offers the best of both worlds. On the one hand you have the epic harbour, home to the world-famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. On the other hand, a mere 20 minutes drive will take you to some of Australia's most famous beaches such as Bondi and Manly.
Sydney is home to a variety of highly cosmopolitan suburbs suiting every walk of life. A perfect day could be spent browsing the boutiques of Paddington, exploring the bohemian shops of Newtown or checking out the fabulous galleries in the CBD (central business district).
Foodies will especially enjoy the rich café and restaurant culture that you can immerse yourself in. You could spend the morning eating delicious macaroons at the Zumbo Patisserie in Balmain, lunch at the fabulous Winery Restaurant in Surrey Hills and drink long into the night, celeb spotting at ivy on George St.
Of course, Sydney isn’t all about expanding your waistline. For the more adventurous, the Blue Mountains are located just two hours out of the city, home to some of the most spectacular scenery in New South Wales. If time isn’t on your side, there are a variety of inner-city adventures to be had, including the Bondi to Coogee walk.
If you’re after culture, Sydney plays host to a variety of events throughout the year including the world renowned Sydney Festival in January. For the more hedonistic, Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival (February-March) is not to be missed.
With excellent flight, bus and train links across the rest of the country, Sydney is the perfect base to start your Australian adventure.