Seductive Sydney is blessed with abundant visual charms

Recognised across the globe as the unofficial capital of the country, Sydney is vast, diverse and never fails to deliver an incredible holiday experience. While two or three nights is nowhere near enough to experience the ever-growing offerings of the harbour city, you will be surprised at how much you can squeeze into a weekend away in Sydney. If you're craving the buzz of the big city, internationally acclaimed entertainment and more delicious dining opportunities than you could ever stomach, a short break to Sydney will see you right.

Sydney: HarbourSydney's Famous Harbour

Heartily multicultural, Sydney's foodie scene is something to behold. Forget counting calories on your quick trip to Sydney with a heavy smattering of tasty ethnic eats (Yum Cha in Chinatown), fine dining establishments (Cafe Sydney at Circular Quay) and dessert bars (the popular Adriano Zumbo patisseries). Bargain hunters head for Paddy's Market in the CBD, those chasing souvenirs frequent The Rocks Markets on the harbour while big spenders visit trendy Paddington, Mosman and Surry Hills. There is always plenty of variety when it comes to free and family-friendly attractions in Sydney – walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens, breathe in the sea breeze at Botany Bay or treat the kids with a visit to Taronga Zoo.

Sydney: MonorailMonorail

One of Sydney's biggest draws is its enthusiasm for the outdoors, especially in the warmer months. World-famous beaches like Bondi and Manly see huge crowds enjoying the sand and surf, while others take to the harbour for kayaking, sailing and ferry cruises. If you are planning a weekend holiday in Sydney, check the events calendar and take in a show while you're there. Whether it's the vibrant Sydney Festival, the latest exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales or one of a kind concerts at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney's arts scene is constant and captivating.

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