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Take a trip to Sydney, Australia

The word Sydney will conjure up many associations to the traveller looking into booking flights to Australia. The name will of course evoke images of the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, soaring majestically over the water. Or the iconic Opera House, which has become a symbol for the whole of Australia, its sail-like fins watching over the ships that choose to visit.

But there is much, much more to holidays to Sydney than simply gazing at its perfect picture postcard views. For those who know it, it is small wonder that the city was recently ranked the top city to visit in Australia. And for the tourist who has time to delve into the city's secrets, a trip to Sydney can be one of the most rewarding travel experiences of a lifetime.

Australia's laidback centre

Although it is situated on the south-eastern corner of the country, Sydney has always been at the centre of Australia, helping to shape what it means to be Australian.

To get a truly Australian holiday experience, tourists should head to one of the many stunning beaches that are easily accessible from downtown Sydney. With 70 harbour and ocean beaches in the metropolitan area, including the world famous Bondi Beach, travellers may find themselves spoiled for choice.

Looking the part

Of course relaxing on the beach is all about looking the part and tourists who want to fit in with the locals may want to try their hand at that most Australian of sports, surfing.

Sydney boasts a whole range of beachwear and bikini shops, so even if you fall off your board with every wave that hits you, you will fit right in as you chill around the barbeque at the end of the day.

The country's beating cultural heart

Tourists catching cheap flights to Sydney Airport may be glad to know that holidays in Sydney offer more than just the city's stunning beaches.

Since it was founded over 220 years ago, Sydney has been Australia's beating cultural heart. It is no wonder that the Opera House has become one of the country's most celebrated landmarks - and the productions that take place inside are as stunning as the building's remarkable exterior.

Elsewhere, Sydney offers up culture in spades, with regular art festivals and concerts taking place at galleries and concert halls across the city.

As one might expect from a seaside city, the food in Sydney - and the seafood in particular - is simply stunning. Recently the city's Quay in the Rocks was voted the best restaurant in Australia.

And of course, we all know about the Australians' passion for the sporting side of culture, not least because British teams lose against them with alarming regularity. But the city's stadia, including those used to host the 2000 Olympic Games, are sure to delight winners and losers alike.

Getting around Sydney

Once you disembark for your holiday in Sydney, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that the city, despite having over four million inhabitants, is as easy to navigate for foreigners as its people are welcoming.

Getting around Sydney is easy, as extensive train, bus and ferry networks connect all the major attractions, while taxis shuttle tourists around town regularly.

Finding a place to stay should also not prove too much of a problem and tourists will be able to decide where to stay in Sydney before they leave.

With all the stunning sights, sounds and smells of Sydney easily accessible to tourists taking holidays to Australia, it is no wonder that Sydney has been named by Brits as one of the world's must-see locations.ADNFCR-2328-ID-19144934-ADNFCR

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