The old Virginia Slims advertising slogan, "You've come a long way, Baby," could have been written expressly for the city of Sydney, Australia. Sydney has sprung a long way from its nefarious days as a British penal colony of ill repute.
Located at Sydney Cove and lining the shores of Sydney Harbour, today's Sydneysiders enjoy a cosmopolitan way of life that encompasses all aspects of a worldly big city style. But they also enjoy beautiful parks and open spaces that are often teeming with native flora and fauna, and that offer plentiful opportunities for an active life style.
One of the biggest surprises to first-time visitors is the wild flocks of rainbow-colored Lorakeets and yellow-crested white cockatoos that also inhabit the city. Don't be surprised to see them land on your windowsill - they're used to people leaving breadcrumbs for them.
To learn more about Sydney City, visit Sydney.com
While there are no direct flights from the United States to Sydney, Air Canada and WestJet offer flights with one or two stops from most major U.S. cities.
Things to Do
If you've never visited this largest and most populated Down Under city, here are six must-do attractions for first-timers...