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Sydney is a truly dynamic and colourful global city. With arts, culture, restaurants and nightlife everywhere – Sydney will keep any visitor on their feet exploring.

Iconic attractions like the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are beautiful but there is so much more to Sydney!

Instead of just taking pics of the Bridge, why not take an exciting climb to the top of this modern wonder of the world? 

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Wander through the heritage inner- city area called the Rocks. With its cute cobbled paths and unique cafes and galleries, this historic area where Sydney began is a mix of modern culture and history along the sparking waters of Sydney Harbour and Mrs Macquarie's Chair.

After that, hop on a ferry and pass the harbour and visit Manly beach (right).

Come face to face with some of Australia's most deadliest animals at Oceanworld Manly! If you want to see more critters, head to Taronga Zoo. Take a guided tour of Australia's native animals; platypus, echidnas, kookaburra, wombats and frilly- necked lizards.

Sydney Acquarium is the place to go for sea creatures in Sydney. It has the largest collection of Australian aquatic life, over 11,500 animals call Sydney Aquarium their home.
 

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For more information on things to see and do in Sydney, check out Sydney.com and VisitNSW.com, or just keep reading!

Hidden Secrets: Sydney City

By Rachel Carpenter

Its your first time is the iconic Sydney city, you have a hire car, a GPS and spare time. What to do…? Read below!

By now you have visited the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and have tried not to end up on TV's “Bondi Rescue” while having a swim at the famous Bondi Beach. There is so much more to Sydney than the landmarks and here is a quick guide to get you there.

Things to See

Fish and Chips
As the sun sets over the city head out to the Northern Beaches and grab a dinner wrapped in paper and head for the beach. Manly has an abundance of shore line to enjoy and many takeaway shops along the Corso to prepare your meal. Just don't feed the seagulls.

Spooky
So you've sat in the beach and had dinner now what well grab your hire car and head round to North Head in Manly. This area was used Military Station and Quarantine Station and the feeling of history is everywhere. Take part in one of the ghost tours they run at night and enjoy the spooky.

Places to Go

The Rocks
Great weekend markets, restaurants and theatres makes The Rocks a great escape. Located in the city it wont take you long to work out why its called The Rocks.

Palm Beach
Head north to Palm Beach and explore the real Summer Bay. Palm Beach has been used by the producers of Home & Away as the external set for the fictional town since it began back in 1987. Palm Beach is 40km from the CBD and can still offer you the feel of a small seaside resort town. It's the perfect escape from the big city.

Short Trips

The Hunter
One of Australia's famous wine districts lies just North of Sydney. The Hunter Valley is just two hours drive from the CBD and a world away. Take a tour of a winery in a horse drawn carriage, take an exhilarating balloon ride as dawn breaks and enjoy the serenity. The Hunter Valley will sooth your weary soul and renew your spirit

The Highlands
Head to the New South Wales Southern Highlands for a taste of Scotland, good health and a legend.
Bundanoon made international headlines moving to ban bottles water in the town. This area has a strong connection to Scotland and is home to Solar Springs Health Retreat. Bowral is a short drive from Bundnoon and is a gorgeous town that was the home of Sir Donald Bradman.

Favourite Eats

Rockpool
George St.
The Rocks
For over 20 years, Rockpool has been at the forefront of Sydney cuisine and introduced a new style of celebrity chef to Australia. Neil Perry's vision has been shaped and lead by the top quality Australian produce. Neil has opened several restaurants around Australia but Rockpool has remained the flagship.

Longrain
Commonwealth St.
Surrey Hills
Located in Sydney and Melbourne you can thank Longrain for all the time you now spend at the bar. Longrain is the home of the stick drink in Australia. That's the cocktail that requires the bartender to “muddle” or bash fresh fruit and herbs with alcohol and ice.
The food at Longrain is Asian fusion and is a flavourful as the cocktails.


The Sydney Royal Easter Show

by Rachel Carpenter

There are many things that may bring you to Sydney It could be the beauty of Sydney Harbor and the beaches, the internationally famous landmarks, the fashion and shopping , fine dining and premium entertainment but some are drawn by the smell of sawdust and the lure of best in show.


Each Easter, Sydney welcomes the country into its bustling heart for the biggest Agricultural show in Australia. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is the oldest and most prestigious of “ag shows” in Australia featuring the best in produce, livestock, show bags and entertainment.


As one of the largest Agricultural Shows in the world the Sydney Royal show is designed to show case the best produce, livestock and arts and crafts New South Wales and Australia has to offer. The Show began back in 1823 to promote primary industry in New South Wales. The show has now grown to include some of the most prestigious horse events, domestic animal shows and international acts.
Some of the “do not miss” things to see at the show include the Extreme Sports displays, the Grand Parade where all the Grand Champion animals are on parade and the District Exhibit Displays where each of the regions create amazing displays with local produce. It needs to be seen to be believed.

 

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Of course there is the lure of sideshow alley and the rides that get bigger every year. The show bag pavilion does big business every day with a range that will almost blow a small child's mind. The “Berti Beetle” Bag always remains a favorite and a brilliant option for the budget conscience.
For those who enjoy trying new and exotic foods the many stalls around the grounds that will temp your taste buds. Along with the more traditional Dagwood Dog you can find Thai food, a good Aussie Beef Burger or Cheeses from all over the country. Try the deli for some amazing food and brilliant coffee.


Just when you think that you have seen everything including the diving pigs the night sky lights up with the Laser and fireworks finale display.

Head on down to Sydney and take part in the Sydney Royal Easter. Your VroomVroomVroom.com.au car hire will get you there and provide a great way to get your show bags home, too!

Top 5 TOURS in Sydney

Sydney is considered as the largest and most populous city in Australia and is also the state Capital of New South Wales.  It is located in the south-east coast of the Tasman Sea. Being the largest City in Australia, expect Sydney to be a very busy place. There are lots of activities offered to explore Sydney's large area. Hiking and biking and car rental are some of many ways to explore the magnificent beauty of Sydney. But of course, there are still many other ways to have some fun. Here are some of the top things to do on the Capital of New South Wales.

1. For those that love biking, try “Bonza Bike Tours”. The best thing to do while exercising is learning about the history and culture of Sydney. Bonza Bike Tours is considered as the best bike tour and bike hire experience in Sydney since 2004.  In this popular bike tour, you'll see parts of Sydney you'll never get to see from a bus, walking or taxi cab tour. This is the only guided tour in town that shows you the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and over 30 more great attractions - all at once!

2. If you prefer walking than biking, the “I'm Free Tours of Sydney” will be very appealing to you. Without any booking and a 3-hour bonding time with a knowledgeable tour guide, you will experience the culture, lifestyle and history of the largest city in Australia. Anyone who wants to join this tour meets at 10:30am at the anchor beside the Sydney Town Hall Building.

3. The third in the list is the “Real Sydney Tours”. In this tour, you will experience Sydney from a different perspective – not from a tourist's point of view but from a local's. It gives a rare glimpse into Sydney, certain to leave a lasting impression. The tours are usually for up to six people but larger groups can also be catered for in special accredited vehicles. The tour is full of magnificent surprises along the way and you will discover Sydney by enjoying a beautiful day exploring it's coastline and interesting suburbs.

4. Another of their popular tours is the “Wine Tours with Jason”.  It is considered as the “Ultimate Hunter Valley wine tour experience” – a tour of boutique wineries in Hunter Valley with a difference. Jason will accompany you through the wine experience of your life.  If you want to know what this “ultimate experience” means, join this superb tour. The small tours can be up to 10 guests. Private charters are also available.

5. And the last but not the least in our top 5 list is the “Boutique Tours Australia” where their small group departures run every day from Sydney. The tour offers the best regions on Sydney's doorstep. You should sit back, relax, chill and enjoy the day of touring the stunning view of the Blue Mountains and the outstanding wineries of the Hunter Valley. The destinations are the most beautiful and the guides are the most fabulous that Sydney has to offer. The breath-taking views, the magnificent experience, the amazing guides, these plus the very good service of vehicles. What else could a tourist not find in Sydney, Australia?
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