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October 26, 2010

Sydney Travel Guide

Courtesy Quay

Ten reasons to visit Sydney right now.

Situated on Australia’s eastern coast, Sydney is blessed with one of the world’s finest natural harbors and a slew of stunning beaches (Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte), all within 15 minutes of the city’s central business district. And if the expanses of blond sand, blue skies and crystal waters somehow aren’t enough to satisfy even the most discriminating traveler, then the increasingly smart culture and fashion scenes certainly will. Not to mention the gastronomy: With such a wealth of fine local produce and ultra-fresh seafood, Sydneysiders take their food and drink extremely seriously. Beyond the center, Sydney spins off into a variety of neighborhoods: hipster Surry Hills and upwardly mobile Paddington to the east; alternative Newtown and stroller-pushing Balmain to the west; Manly across the harbor and to the north; and residential suburbs all around. It’s all accessible, low-rise, wonderfully green (despite a recent drought) and about to hit its summertime peak. What follows are ten very good reasons to go down under right now.