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How to make the most of being in Sydney

Sydney, Australia is a dynamic city boasting incredible architecture and wonderful views. The city contains cultures from historic times as well as contemporary ones. You can arrive here from almost any destination at the Sydney International Airport. From there it is easy to get to your accommodation or any place you want to visit by using a private car service or by car hire.

If you do hire a car to get you around, make sure you read the rental agreement properly so that you know exactly what you will be liable for if you should have an accident. Most specialist insurance products such as rti gap insurance and breakdown insurance will generally be taken care of by the hire car company so you do not need to worry about these things. Make sure that you are covered for 24 hours and that you know what to do if you have a breakdown!

Once you have your transport and of course your travel insurance sorted, enjoy discovering this amazing and vibrant city. Sydney has a lot to offer; here are some of them.

Sydney Opera House - The Sydney Opera House is actually more than just an opera house. It have five different performance spaces which include dramatic arts, the opera theatre and concert hall. They also have festivals and concerts in the courtyard area.

Global recognition for this building is guaranteed almost everywhere. There are more than a million two-tone tiles on this famous building. There are guides who will show you round the Opera House; you can also take the path that surrounds it.

Bondi Beach - Bondi Beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the country. It is nearly a kilometre long and shaped like a crescent. Here the 2000 Olympic Beach Volleyball was held. This is also where you can start a cliff-top walk from the spectacular Bondi to Coogee. Restaurants and cafes abound, as do interesting Sunday markets.

Museum of Contemporary Art - The Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in a stunning Art Deco building. The collection of over 7,000 pieces includes one floor of permanent exhibits and four floors of temporary ones.

This is the place to see sculptures, post modern art and contemporary Aboriginal art.Works from Hockney, Warhol and Christo are permanently exhibited. Each day offers free tours; a cafe is also available.

Sydney Harbour Bridge - The Sydney Harbour Bridge, known to the locals as the Coat Hanger, was the longest single span bridge in the world at the time it was constructed in 1932. It spans 1605 feet and has two train tracks and eight lanes for traffic. A film about the construction of the bridge can be seen in the Pylon Lookout Museum. Cyclists and pedestrians are not charged for crossing the bridge.

Bridgeclimb - The Bridgeclimb is for the adventurous who want to see a panoramic view of Sydney. Climbing to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, a distinctive city landmark, is possible. The incomparable view from the top will be a magnificent reward for the ordeal of climbing the 1,337 steps.

In addition you will receive a free group photo of the climb. Between three and four hours are necessary to complete all of the tour and climb. If you are pressed for time, there is an express climb that can be done in about two hours. Either the evening or the day is suitable for the climb. Children under ten are not allowed to make the climb.

Manly Beach - Manly Beach was Australia’s first resort area and offers a carefree relaxed environment. This is where you will find excellent restaurants as well as a swinging night scene. There is no shortage of interesting pubs and art galleries here.

The beach is on a peninsula surrounded by the ocean, Sydney Harbour National Park and the Harbour. If you visit Sydney in the first week of June, you can enjoy the Food and Wine Festivals; in October the Manly Jazz Festival is held.

Taronga Zoo - The Taronga Zoo has been open since 1916. There are more than 4,000 animals in this stunning zoological garden. Magnificent views of Sydney Harbour are revealed from this position. Whilst you are here you can have your picture taken with a koala. Every year thousands of visitors enjoy the Bird Show and the Seal Show. Tropical birds from Northern Australia and Papua New Guinea can be seen in the rainforest aviary.

Sydney Tower Centrepoint - The Sydney Tower Centrepoint is the highest observation deck in the southern hemisphere. It is the tallest structure in Sydney and is 1,000 feet tall. The great sweeping view from the Blue Mountains to Wollongong will become visible. The tower is extra resistant to strong winds by containing a hefty 35,000 gallon water tank. A virtual tour of Australia, the OzTrek, is an additional attraction.

Ever changing panoramas and consistently excellent food are provided by the two revolving restaurants. Each year athletes race against each other to be the first to get to the tower’s top.

Sydney is a mesmerising city that has something for everyone. To be in Australia without visiting this would be crazy.

This short city guide was provided by the UK’s leading contract hire gap insurance and car warranty specialists – the Click4Group.

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