Take In the Water, Waves and Wonder of Sydney
by Roy Witman © 2008
From the culture and elegance of the Sydney
Opera House to the whimsy of that little clownfish,
Nemo, Sydney is one of the most recognized cities in
the world. Nestled in a gorgeous harbour, this
cosmopolitan town offers all the luxuries you might
expect from a seaside city. In addition to the beautiful
landscape, you can also take in any number of water
Sydney's Beautiful Beaches
Because of Sydney's shape and size, you're never
more than an hour from a beach. With 37 to choose
from, it's safe to say Sydney has wall-to-wall shoreline.
One of the most popular is Bondi Beach. With
glistening white sand and some killer waves, surfing is
a top activity at Bondi. Sunbathing and swimming are
high on the list, too. But the fun doesn't stop when the
sun goes down.
Bondi has an awesome nightlife that doesn't
require formal dress. Jeans, t-shirts and sandals are
the preferred attire for most beachfront restaurants as
well as for the Pavillion.
An entire district in Sydney (near the Sydney
Opera House) is dedicated to its history. This area is
referred to as The Rocks. With cobblestone lanes and
buildings constructed out of the original stone The
Rocks was named for, this section of town has a
charming, old-world ambiance.
Take in the attractions The Rocks offers including
the Harbour Bridge. In fact, for those who are
physically fit and daring, you can climb the bridge!
You and a group of 12, along with a professional
guide, will climb to the top of the Harbour Bridge - over
400 feet above the sea! At a length of 3.5 hours, your
tour will have you traversing catwalks and ladders and
being rewarded with the most spectacular views in the
With some of the most exciting sea life in the
world, Sydney is a world-class dive site. If you've
never tried scuba before, you'll be glad to know there
are numerous dive schools in the area who can teach
you in as little as a day.
Under the crystal-blue sea, you might discover
underwater flora and fauna ranging from elegant sea
tulips to mystical sea dragons to massive humpback
whales. It's an adventure filled with wonder and
Depending on the time of year you travel to
Sydney, you can participate in some of the many
festivals held there. From yacht races to Sydney's
version of Mardi Gras to the Sydney Garden & Flower
Show, there's so much to see and do you won't know
where to start.
One of the best ways to see Sydney and the
surrounding areas is via cruise ship. The next time
you plan a visit to the land down under, ask about
tours that include exciting ports such as Sydney.
You'll find a world of exhilaration you won't soon
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