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Sydney is Australia’s most popular destination, for good reason. This city has it all, from stunning natural beauty to a thriving art scene. After you’ve , here are a few things to add to your itinerary.
Explore the City
There is much to see in the city of Sydney, but a visit is not complete without . On the weekend, you can take a stroll through the weekend markets at The Rocks, the historic neighborhood where Sydney got its start. After some shopping, climb the beautiful Harbour Bridge or, if you prefer, catch a ferry over to Sydney’s popular Taronga Zoo.
Art lovers will want to set aside some time to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Another must-see is the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which is accessed through some beautiful botanic gardens. There are so many other museums and historical landmarks to be discovered while exploring the Macquarie Street area that you can easily spend a full day here. Just be sure to make it to Watson Bay in time to watch the sun set over the city skyline; you won’t regret it.
Hit the Beach
A trip to Sydney is not complete without a day (or days!) at the beach. Hop on a bus to , where you can lie out in the sun or try your hand at surfing. If you need a break from the sun, there are a ton of unique boutiques and restaurants to explore in the area. Also, if you visit on a Sunday, be sure to check out the Bondi Beach Markets, where you can score vintage clothing finds that you won’t see anywhere else. Other beaches around Sydney include the picturesque Shelly Beach and Cabbage Tree Bay (a must-visit for scuba enthusiasts).
Sip Some Wine
If you love wine, you won’t want to pass up the chance to visit nearby . A number of tour companies are ready to whisk you off to this vine-lined valley, or you can hire a car service for a more intimate experience. Once you arrive in Hunter Valley, consider renting a bike so that you can spend the day cruising your way through some of the 120-plus wineries in the area. Horse-drawn cart tours are also very popular for those who prefer to sit back and relax in between winery visits.
Even if you’re not a huge wine drinker, there is still plenty to see and experience in beautiful Hunter Valley. Foodies will be in heaven tasting local cheeses and olive oils. You can even get hands-on with a gourmet cooking lesson or wine-pairing class. If you want to extend your stay in the valley, book a night at one of the many quaint bed and breakfasts in the area and schedule a spa day or a tee time at one of the three championship golf courses nearby. Finish off your stay with a relaxing horseback ride up and down the countryside’s rolling hills for a unique view of the grapevines.