For many this is one of the most striking and iconic images of Australia and there is nothing like standing between the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House and watching the sun set or the world go by. Once of the best views in the city is from the Opera Bar under the great sails of the Opera House at twilight.
The waterfronts that harbour creates are some of the most beautiful and vibrant urban landscapes on the planet and by far the best way to appreciate them properly is to be on the water itself. Head to Circular Quay, the hub of the harbour, which is always bustling with ferries and cruises that can take you all over the city from Darling Harbour to Taronga Zoo.
A visit to Sydney, isn't complete without a stroll over the Harbour Bridge to North Sydney, which is just one more of the thousands of views that cast the city and it's harbour in a different light and if this is too tame for you, why not climb over its record-breaking arch?
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Just a short walk west along the water brings you to The Rocks, the oldest district of Sydney, which now hums with cafes, bars and restaurants, each with their own spectacular harbour-views. Perhaps surprisingly, the historic charm and integrity of the area is not dented by the buzz of the crowd and the character and historical importance of the district really is its main draw. Be sure to not miss The Rocks Market each weekend.
Although often associated with the city, Sydney harbour is also home to some wonderful natural beauty with the urban escape of The Royal Botanic Gardens just around the water's edge from the Opera House and great swathes of bush land hiding in the cosmopolitan modernity of the city at North Head near Manly, South Head, Shark Island and Bradley's Head.
Sydney Harbour has been called the most beautiful natural Harbour in the world; it's time to come and find out why...