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Great DrivesStretching for 70 km east-west and 60 km north-south, and with a population of almost four million, Sydney is Australiaís largest city. Itís also the most vibrant and exciting, with an incredible range of attractions!

Viewing the city and its surrounds from high up in the AMP Tower is one of the best ways to start your visit to this lively metropolis. Itís the perfect place to get your bearings and youíll be able to see Sydney Harbour and its famous bridge, the suburbs, and as far as the Blue Mountains, over 60 km away.

Back at ground level, The Rocks is a must. This was Australiaís first village and the precinct is full of historic streets and buildings, small museums, shops and a market, and some great restaurants. From here, walk to nearby Circular Quay, home to the cityís ferry wharves and the Sydney Opera House, and on to the delightful waterfront Royal Botanic Gardens. Cruising Sydney Harbour is another sightseeing essential - take a ferry trip from Circular Quay, or join one of the many cruises that are on offer.

The city centre is home to many absorbing museums and galleries - the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Australian Museum are particularly recommended - while the Darling Harbour region offers the Australian National Maritime Museum and Powerhouse Museum. Darling Harbour is packed with many other attractions, from shopping and fine dining to the tranquil Chinese Garden and the Sydney Aquarium.

And thereís much more to see and do further a field - there are glorious beaches and unspoilt national parks to enjoy; you can visit historic Parramatta and Sydney Olympic Park, the main venue for the 2000 Olympic Games, at Homebush Bay, and select from a wide variety of tours and adventures.

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