Ethan Rohloff; Destination NSW
Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens is a 30 hectare oasis in the heart of the city. Wrapped around Farm Cove, from the Sydney Opera House to Woollomoolooo, the landscaped Gardens occupy one of Sydney's most spectacular positions and are home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas. Wander through the gardens, established in 1816, to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, which was carved out of a rock ledge for colonial Governor Macquarie's wife, Elizabeth. To this day, the views she so famously loved, are truly spectacular.
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Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

There's no better way to enjoy the beauty of the Sydney coastline than from the winding cliff walk between Bondi and Coogee beaches. These paths become a stage for whale watching during winter, the backdrop for Sculpture by the Sea in late spring, and a summer vantage point for spotting surfers and dolphins. Take in Aboriginal rock carving at Mark's Park, big surf at Tamarama, snorkelling at the coves of Clovelly and Gordon's Bay, and the golden sands of Coogee beach. Stop off at the Bronte café strip along the way and cool off with a refreshing dip in an ocean pool.
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Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Stepping into this fascinating garden in the middle of bustling Chinatown, is like stepping into a haven of tranquility. The garden combines old world Chinese architectural principles, with an harmonious balance of running waterfalls, wooden bridges, towering willow trees and colourful koi and carp swimming in lotus-filled lagoons. Look out for the Courtyard of Welcoming Fragrance and the Twin Pavilion, then take a jasmine tea in the traditional Chinese Teahouse.
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Kings Cross

Kings Cross

Glamorous five star hotels and backpacker hostels sit side by side in this urban neighbourhood, and the nightlife swings with bars, bistros, fine dining restaurants and clubs tucked into every lane and alleyway. The El Alamein “thistle” fountain flows in the square and theatres complement the nightclub acts, including the Griffin at the Stables, which produces some of the finest plays in town. Look for the giant neon Coca Cola sign and people dressed to party, and you'll know you've arrived.
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