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Rediscover the magic of Sydney

Been there, done that? Think again. Sydney will keep you coming back for more with new adventures and old classics to enjoy.

You’re an out-of-towner granted honorary Sydneysider status ever since your best friend or brother moved there. Or work sends you to conferences and cross country get-togethers every other month.

Or you are a Sydneysider, and getting about life in the big smoke is just that: life.

Either way, the magic of this magnetic city becomes hard to see when the daily grind or travel itineraries get in the way.

But if you look with fresh eyes, Sydney’s beauty is hard to beat. Just when you think Australia’s largest and oldest city has shown all its cards, there are plenty of hot spots to hit and classics to rediscover on a weekend in The Harbour City.

The Rocks today they are a far cry from the dark alleys and Victorian slums brought to life in Playing Beaty Bow, but it’s where modern-day Sydney all began. Its chequered past is worthy of attention. From large scale demolition after the Bubonic Plague to restoration as one of Sydney’s most thriving hotspots, The Rocks’ rich history is one not to miss. Take a tour of Cadman's Cottage, Sydney’s oldest residential building, step back in time at The Rocks Discovery Museum to explore a rare collection of artefacts, or take in art from across the world at The Museum of Contemporary Art.

Bondi Icebergs, the most photographed place in Australia located at Sydney’s most famous beach needs a second look. It’s been a popular landmark for about 100 years when lifesavers established the club to keep fit during winter, and today Bondi Icebergs Club is a playground for swimmers and fun seekers alike. And for a $9 fee for pool and sauna access to take in spectacular views on a hot lazy afternoon, why not?

Feel the heartbeat of this energetic city with a street photography tour. Tours like this from The Aperture Club will improve your photography skills while taking in the best a city can offer in urban culture, art, architecture and more.

A short ferry ride across Sydney Harbour and you’ll arrive at Cockatoo Island. Learn about the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s past as a convict penal establishment and naval shipyard or take a kid friendly Dark Past Tour or adults only Ghost Tour.

Sure, you’ve seen Sydney Harbour from the bridge, a hotel window, by ferry or even by boat, but have you explored the harbour by kayak? Sydney by Kayak offer private tours for those who want to take in Sydney Harbour from a serene vantage point.

Foodies rejoice! Sydney has more food tours than you’ve had hot dinners. Tours like Gourmet Safaris, Taste of Sydney or those run by the Sydney Fish Market get you up close to the best in Sydney’s food and wine experiences.

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