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Hop-on Hop-off Sydney

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Hop-on Hop-off Sydney Bus Tour; Credit - express000
Whether you drive, stroll or take a bus through Sydney you cannot help but notice that it is a really beautiful city. It sprawls around one of the most beautiful harbours in the world – Port Jackson more famously known as Sydney Harbour. The presence of rivers and the sea; the numerous inlets and coves that make up the city all means that the place is chock-a-block with the sails of hundreds of boats. This makes for a wonderfully picturesque setting.

Research has shown that the Sydney area has been inhabited by humans for over 30,000 years but modern settlements came up after James Cook landed at Botany Bay in 1770. The site of the first town in Australia was at Sydney Cove in 1778, which was a penal colony. Today the city is spread out over the surrounding hills and coastal areas that include the famous Bondi and Manly Beaches.

Despite the dominating presence of water, Sydney also boasts some really attractive and well-maintained parks and green areas such as Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The city is also surrounded by several National Parks.

Along with natural beauty, Sydney offers great shopping and dining experiences. The best eating places are around the beaches and waterfronts. It also hosts many international sports events and arts festivals.

Sydney enjoys generally fine weather and is a great place to visit throughout the year. It has plenty of sunshine and fabulously blue skies. So the hop-on-hop-off open top bus tour is a great and most convenient way to see the city and that too at your own pace. It allows you to follow your own sightseeing plans.

The hop-on-hop-off bus tour includes stops at the following places:

•    Circular Quay
•    Wynard Arcade
•    Queen Victoria Building
•    Town Hall
•    William St
•    Kings Cross
•    El Alamein Fountain
•    Woolloomoolloo Bay
•    Sydney Opera House
•    Botanical Gardens – (Scenic walk to
•    Mrs Macquarie Chair)
•    Parliament House/NSW Library
•    Hyde Park
•    Australian Museum
•    Central Station
•    Power House Museum
•    Sydney Fish Market
•    Star City Casino
•    Maritime Museum
•    Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
•    Imax/Chinese Gardens
•    Sydney Aquarium
•    King St Wharf
•    Campbells Cove
•    The Rocks

Notes:
•    The tours include full English commentary. Some include entry fees to several attractions.
•    They don’t include meals, drinks, tips and gratuities.
•    Children below 4 years old are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat.
 

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See the Sights in Sydney

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When you think “Sydney” chances are the first thing that comes to your mind is the Sydney Opera House. A Sydney Opera House tour is obviously a must-do activity but there are plenty of other things to do in Sydney. From a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb to Wine Appreciation Course, here are our picks for the best things to do:

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  1. Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
    This is one of the most popular things to do in Sydney for good reason. Climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivalled views of the city. You can choose the time of day you want to climb from dawn, day, twilight and night.
  2. Surfing Lessons
    Hang ten! What place could be better than Bondi Beach to learn to surf? Bondi Beach is renowned for having the best waves in Australia. This lesson is perfect for those looking to catch their first wave.
  3. Sydney Opera House Tour
    You know what it looks like from the outside, but this tour will show you what it looks like on the inside! You’ll learn about the history of the Sydney Opera House then visit its major concert halls, where a staggering 2,500 performances are staged annually.
  4. Sydney Harbour Cruise
    Dine under the stars on an evening Sydney Harbour Cruise. The perfect romantic night out, you’ll see the twinkling lights of Sydney Harbour while enjoying a sumptuous three-course meal.
  5. Hunter Valley Tour and Wine Appreciation Course
    Enjoy a tranquil day sampling some of the finest wines in Australia. On this comprehensive tour, you will learn about the winemaking process from vine to bottle, all while sampling some fine wines and tasting platters.

 

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A to Z of Places to See (Cities N-S)!

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N is for Nice, France: Ideally situated between vineyards, hills, and the hotspots of the French Riviera, Nice is, well, quite nice. With shopping, museums, Roman ruins, warm beaches, and plenty of nightlife, the city is a tourist’s paradise, without all of the crowds.

O is for Orlando, Florida: The ultimate family destination, Orlando is easy to navigate, and full of child-friendly destinations. Take the kids to Sea World or Universal Studios. Spend a day at the beach, and swim with the dolphins, or dine with a NASA astronaut. And, for kids of all ages, Walt Disney World is located just south of the city!

P is for Pamplona, Spain: In need of a little adrenaline boost? Come to Pamplona for the San Fermín festival. Running each summer from July 6-14, this festival hosts the “running of the bulls”. Though you can catch a bullfight almost anywhere in Spain, only in Pamplona do you actually get the chance to hop the fence and run along with them. Think you can handle it? continue reading

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Stand next to a woolly mammoth in Sydney

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Travellers on Sydney tours will be offered the unusual opportunity of standing toe-to-toe with a woolly mammoth at a special exhibition running over the coming months.

Tourists will be able to visit the When Mammoths Roamed display at the Australian Museum until June 24th.

Visitors can learn all about these fascinating creatures that wandered the icy plains of North America, Europe and Asia over 20,000 years ago.

Arguably the highlight of the exhibition for many people will be the collection of life-sized models of the great animals, which were nearly four metres tall and could weigh up to five tonnes.

The display also includes films, interactive exhibits, pieces of art and much more for visitors to get their teeth into.

People planning Sydney tours before August 1st this year will also be able to visit the Australian Museum to see Up Close and Spineless, an exhibition of photographs of invertebrate animals.

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Relaxing Vacations in Oceania

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As the continent most known for Australia’s walkabouts in the outback and the largest population of dangerous and deadly creatures anywhere, Oceania is a paradise only for the out-doorsy adventurer right? Well, maybe not. Companies have begun launching new cruises and services to make your trip down-under more of a luxury and less of an effort. Those who want to explore the world but not necessarily hike mountains or bunjee jump into the Pacific can now experience even the most rugged of terrains and discover their peaceful neighbors.

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Travellers invited to Drive the NT

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Travellers could squeeze even more into their Northern Territory tours this year by using the latest driving guide launched by Tourism NT.

In conjunction with the Northern Territory News, the tourism agency has revamped its Drive the NT guide to encourage visitors to spend more time in the state and explore regional areas.

Available from visitor information centres across the Northern Territory, the publication provides details on driving routes that take in attractions including Uluru, Kakadu National Park and the cities of Adelaide and Darwin.

Tourism NT chief executive Maree Tetlow said the region boasts "an array of fantastic options for driving holidays".

She added: "The information will enable [visitors] to slow down their trip and get more from the places they visit.

"There is a bit of a misconception that you have to have a four-wheel drive to travel in the Northern Territory, and while we boast some exciting and challenging adventure routes, most of our best known attractions can be accessed by two-wheel drive vehicles."

Tourism NT this year launched a new promotion to boost the number of backpackers visiting northern Australia.

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The UK and Australia Aim to Re-invent Easter Traditions

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Springtime Comes to Britain

Deep into history the day when the cloudy top is lifted off Britain and sunlight finally hits the ground is an epic one. The Saxons originally celebrated this day by munching hot cross buns (bread rolls with crosses on top representing the lunar calendar and the goddess) and dancing in the sun. As Christians arrived on the rain-drenched land mass they brought with them Easter Sunday, the day on which Christian’s believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead. With hot cross buns re-oriented to symbolize The Cross, Christians celebrate the rebirth of their savoir and the rebirth of the earth, spring!

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Lily Allen to tour Australia

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Music fans on Australia tours may get the chance to see contemporary pop songstress Lily Allen in concert this year.

As part of an international series of shows to promote her latest album, Allen will play at the Tivoli in Brisbane on June 8th before giving two shows at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on June 9th and 10th.

Fans will also see the Smile singer perform twice at Melbourne’s Forum on June 12th and 13th before she heads back to Europe.

Allen is currently flying high in the music business after her album It’s Not Me, It’s You, released in February, shot to the top of the charts in the UK, Australia and Canada.

The record also gave the singer her second number one hit in the UK with The Fear, which spent four weeks in the top spot in February.

Travellers looking for some musical entertainment during their travels in Australia can visit the Sydney Opera House, which over the coming months will host The Ultimate Pink Floyd Experience (May 8th), a gig by the Kronos Quartet (June 5th) and other events.

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Visit Sydney for the Italian Festival

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Travellers taking Sydney tours later this year may have the opportunity to attend the Italian Festival from May 20th to June 7th.

This event will come to venues all over the city and celebrate various aspects of Italian life, including food, art, fashion, cinema and music.

One of the most popular reasons for attending the Italian Festival is to sample the cuisine that the Mediterranean nation is so famous for.

In past festivals, the food and wine section has included participation from establishments including La Sala, the Bondi Trattoria, Bacino Bar and Sugo Restaurant.

Last year’s event also featured a concert by the classical pianist Andrea Padova at the Italian Institute of Culture and an exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales exploring the glory of Venice.

As well as enjoying the cultural and social events on offer, visitors to Sydney can take part in popular tourist activities such as climbing the city’s bridge and jet-boating in the harbour.

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Carols for all at the Domain in Sydney

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The warm sunshine and the summer season means that Christmas can be an al fresco affair in Australia – what better way to celebrate by singing carols outdoors with a few thousand or so close friends?

On December 20th the Domain in Sydney will host a huge carol service, in which as many as 100,000 locals and visitors on Sydney tours will flock to this fantastic outdoor venue.

From 15:00 local time a fantastic programme of pre-show entertainment will entertain the crowd before the main event begins at 20:00.

Ex-Neighbours actress and singing sensation Delta Goodrem will be the star attraction, as the entire venue unites to sing some favourite Christmas songs by candlelight.

Broadcast on network television across the country, the event will also be raising money for some important causes such as the Salvation Army.

The Domain is located in the Royal Botanical Gardens, one of the most popular attractions in the city.

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