Sydney was my final stop in Australia before heading back to Korea for another teaching stint. I arrived at the beginning of July, 2009 and stayed for a month, taking it easy and spending time soaking up the city for all it offers. Being winter, the weather was perfect for long walks with the camera and cozy days sitting in cafés with a good book.
With its idyllic location sprawling around the very beautiful Port Jackson and Sydney Harbor is best known for its Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach, but there is much more to the city. Beside these iconic landmarks, there are also ample world-class museums, limitless gastronomical opportunities, enviable weather and tons of people watching to be had in this multi-cultural hub.
Although the central city, where most of the sites are located, is compact and very walkable, the city and region are well connected with train service and the well established ferry routes crisscrossing the harbor, which provide easy access to points near and far. From Central Station, its easy to jump on a train to the airport or further afield to the spectacular Blue Mountains or one of the many regional smaller cities nearby.
Beyond the buzzing central business district lie the suburbs, the most attractive of which are located in the east and northeast and can be reached easily via a quick train or ferry ride. The wealthy eastern suburbs contain many miles of beaches and glorious coastline, which make a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the central city.