Australia’s largest city and capital in all but name, Sydney has show-stopping good looks and plenty more beneath her glamorous surface. Most visitors start their Australian holiday in this city, strolling the peaceful Royal Botanic Gardens, taking obligatory snaps of vibrant Darling Harbour and shopping for souvenirs at Paddy’s Markets. For those that don’t plan to leave the confines of metropolitan Sydney, the renowned Taronga Zoo in the inner north is the best place to see native Australian critters as well as many exotic creatures from all over the globe. The city’s location in one of the world’s largest natural harbours means that the sea is never far away, so al fresco dockside dining, scenic ferry rides and all the pleasures that waterfront living entails are at your fingertips. It also offers stunning beaches including Bondi Beach – famous for its surf and sand, glitzy bars and cafes, farmers market, boutiques and scenic walking tracks.
Sydney is the most common starting point for holidays in Australia.