Sydney Sights, Opera House & Bondi Beach
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Approximately 5 Hours
Sydney welcomes you and tempts you with her outstanding charms as you orient yourself to the city’s highlights. First, travel back in time to Sydney’s oldest urban village, the Rocks. Australia’s most historic enclave sits in the shadow of the Harbour Bridge and exhibits the heritage of two centuries in its narrow, twisting streets. The Victorian era brought prosperity to Sydney, and endowed the city with scores of handsome buildings. Many of these remain today, nestling among dazzling, modern architecture. Heading through the city center you’ll see the Sydney Tower and the magnificent Queen Victoria Building. Travel east of the city to the most sought-after residential areas in Sydney. From Darling Point to Watson Bay, the shoreline is fringed with vast mansions and expensive apartments overlooking a flotilla of yachts and launches moored along the harbor’s edge. See the sidewalk cafes and chic boutiques of Double Bay, and take in the magnificent city skyline from Watsons Bay. The Sydney Opera House was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973, and is still today indisputably Sydney’s most famous landmark. You will stop there for a short guided tour of this imposing building with its distinctive sail-like roof, and learn about its history, design and current role. Finally, enjoy a brief stop to snap some photos at Bondi, Australia’s world-famous surfing beach where Sydney-siders enjoy the half-mile crescent of sand and surf, and the delightful cafes and restaurants that line the main street. Afterwards, you’ll make your way back to the city and the pier via the narrow streets of Paddington, lined with picturesque terraces framed with iron laced balconies, sandstone houses, designer boutiques, art galleries and cafes.