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Welcome to Sydney

There is so much to do in Sydney. Where will you begin? Exploring all that Sydney has to offer is a great way to spend your time when you’re not studying, and you’ll make memories to last a lifetime.

As Australia’s city with the biggest population (Melbourne is second!), there are nearly 5 million Sydneysiders (that’s what we’re called) living here, working and having a blast. In such a big city, there’s so much to do.

You might want to visit Sydney’s tourism highlights first, to be ready for when you’re showing your friends and family around. Sydney’s Opera House is world famous. You can take an inexpensive tour that will tell you its history and point out why its architecture is fabulous and unique. Have a drink or meal while looking across the water to the famous Harbour Bridge. And of course, don’t leave Sydney without seeing a show. At the Opera House, there are plays, concerts, music and… opera.

The Taronga Zoo is at the top of many “must” lists for the opportunity to meet Australia’s zany wildlife up close, as well as a host of international animals too. C’mon, we know you’ve always wanted to pet a koala and see a kangaroo up close. The Thai elephants, snow leopards and meerkats will amuse and engage you too. Visiting the zoo is a great opportunity to hop about a ferry or boat to glide across that famous Harbour.

It all depends on what you like doing. You could explore Australia’s aboriginal culture with a special tour and Aboriginal art at the Art Gallery of NSW and Museum of Contemporary Art. You can shop til you drop in Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) or in the many shopping precincts and neighbourhoods all over Sydney. Check out the second-hand stores in funky Newtown. Taste some of Sydney’s best coffee in Surry Hills. Get to know your classmates over sensational Thai, Korean and Chinese food around Thainatown and Chinatown. Soak up the buzz of all the people walking around Sydney’s picturesque Darling Harbour.

Sydney’s official website is a good place to start your research, but tourist guides and brochures can help you out as well. We’re sure your family and friends who’ve been to Sydney will also offer you advice. Good luck exploring!