Sydney is a thriving city and is a great place to take your holidays and spend some time seeing the sights. The half way stopping point for round the world flights, it has so much more than sand and surf to offer any visitor. Head to the airport, hop on a flight and begin the trip of a lifetime.

Sydney Airport is the gateway to this fine city. The airport is well provided with duty free shopping and airport parking, having 3 main public car parks with shuttle service. Car hire here is easy and can be arranged in advance of your trip.

Hotels are available in all grades, from basic bed and breakfasts, to luxury, five star accommodation and whatever your budget, Sydney will have something to suit any holidays.

Of course, Sydney is famous for the Sydney Opera House and it is easy to take a cruise around the harbour for great views of the Opera House and the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

If you like your holidays varied and interesting, then you can take a trip to see the whales as they pass by. Experienced sea captains will take you close to these amazing gentle giants without disturbing them. This is a once in a lifetime experience that just shouldn't be missed.

For a bigger taste of the marine variety here in Sydney, then head for West head Oceanic Park. There is a chance to see dolphins, humpback whales and the majestic, soaring albatross in their natural habitat.

If you love beach holidays, then of course you won't be disappointed. You will need to wander along to the world famous Bondi Beach. Also known as the Peoples' Beach, it is home sunbathers, surfers, tourists and those who just come to soak up the atmosphere. The beach also hosts some great plays and other exhibitions when the Sydney Festival is on.

There are more places to be thrilled by along this spectacular Pacific Ocean vista. Walk on a little further and you can take a dip in the Bondi Icebergs rock pool and catch the thrilling waves at Tamarama.

Marine activities for tourists to experience on their holidays here include snorkelling and scuba dicing at the more secluded location of Gordon's Bay, or at the familiar Clovelly.

You can take a tour up to the Blue Mountains, which are spectacular. Combine that with breakfast with the local kangaroos and you have an enchanting encounter to remember.

Also in the Blue Mountains National Park are a cableway, scenic railway and the wonderful Three Sisters rock formation. This natural feature is just breathtaking from any angle.

Back to the city itself and it is time to explore the markets, especially on Saturday. Oxford Street and Woollahra are packed with art galleries and displays, charming boutiques and antique shops. There are even authentically restored terraces from the Victorian era at the Victoria Barracks Army base.

Of course the Sydney nightlife is a thriving colourful affair. Cinemas, all night cafes and bookstores, sit alongside fabulous restaurants and pubs full of friendly staff and great entertainment on a regular basis.

If you like your sport, then you can watch cricket, Rugby League, Australian Rules football and tennis, which are all popular here. You may also see some of the most famous sporting events, such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

This is just a sample of the amazing time you can have with holidays in Sydney. It is possible to combine a stopover in Sydney with many round the world flights, so although there is ample entertainment for a whole holiday, you could just stay a day or two.

Whatever reason you are in Sydney, be it a stopover or for your annual holidays, this remarkable city is sure to capture your imagination.

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