Sydney, Australia - Exciting City with Friendly People

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    Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia

    Sydney is a long way from the USA--a 15 hour flight from the west coast--but it is an exciting cosmopolitan city with a spectacular harbor and friendly people. Sydney sits on the eastern coast of the most diverse continent in the world, filled with unique plant and animal life and miles of open spaces. Although Australia is about the size of the continental USA, it has only 20 million residents, of which 4 million live in Sydney.

    Cruise ships visit Sydney year-round, with most ships sailing to Australia and the Southern Hemisphere in the months of November through March. The cruise ship pier is conveniently located near the south side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    I flew to Sydney and joined the third segment of a world cruise on the Seven Seas Voyager. We had an overnight on the ship before sailing out of Sydney Harbour, which allowed a day and a half to explore the city on excursions or on our own. The...MORE spectacular harbor makes Sydney one of the best sail away ports in the world.

    Here are some of the Sydney highlights.

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    Sydney Opera House Forecourt and Monumental Steps in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Opera House Forecourt and Monumental Steps in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Sydney Opera House Forecourt and Monumental Steps in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and Grand Organ

    Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and Grand Organ
    ••• Sydney Opera House Concert Hall and Grand Organ. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall seats 2,679 and the Grand Organ took 10 years to design and tune.

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    Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia

    Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sydney Opera House Interior in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Opera House Interior in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Sydney Opera House Interior in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sydney Opera House Interior in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Opera House Interior in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Sydney Opera House Interior in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sydney Opera House Tiles and Roof Structure

    Sydney Opera House Tiles and Roof Structure
    ••• Over One Million Tiles Cover the Roof of the Sydney Opera House Sydney Opera House Tiles and Roof Structure. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    George Street at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia

    George Street at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia
    ••• George Street at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    George Street is the main street of Sydney, and The Rocks is the oldest part of the city.

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    Exhibit at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia

    Exhibit at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Exhibit at The Rocks in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    This woman is made from hundreds (or thousands) of artificial peaches and is advertising an Australian sun screen. It caused quite a stir on the quay.

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    Dawes Point Park Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

    Dawes Point Park Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Dawes Point Park Under the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney Australia

    Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

    Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Bondi Beach is the most famous beach in Sydney. This golden beach stretches for over a half-mile, and is filled with swimmers, surfers, and sun lovers.

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    Sydney Australia Harbour

    Sydney Australia Harbour
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Australia Harbour. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The Sydney Harbour is very busy, with ferry and tour boats gliding along the river and harbor.

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    Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

    Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    North Sydney, Australia

    North Sydney, Australia
    ••• View of North Sydney from Balcony Cabin on the Seven Seas Voyager Cruise Ship North Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

    Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia

    Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Downtown Sydney, Australia

    Downtown Sydney, Australia
    ••• Downtown Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is a challenge that many visitors accept. The BridgeClimb is not cheap, but is a feat worth taking on for those who are fit.

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney Australia

    Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the city's most familiar landmarks. Built in 1932, the bridge's distinctive shape shows its nickname -- the "coathanger".

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Downtown Sydney, Australia

    Downtown Sydney, Australia
    ••• Downtown Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Cruise ships dock near downtown Sydney at either the Circular Quay or one of the nearby piers on Hickson Road.

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Bridge Climbers undergo an hour of training and must wear clothing provided by BridgeClimb in order to make the trek to the top and stand next to the flags.

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    Parramatta River Home in Sydney, Australia

    Parramatta River Home in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Parramatta River Home in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    River ferries are very popular in Sydney, and visitors use them to tour the harbor and the Parramatta River.

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    Sydney Australia Harbor Entrance at the Gap

    Sydney Australia Harbor Entrance at the Gap
    ••• The Gap Marks the Entrance to Sydney Harbour Sydney Australia Harbor Entrance at the Gap. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison
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    Sydney Ferry Stop on the Parramatta River in Sydney, Australia

    Sydney Ferry Stop on the Parramatta River in Sydney, Australia
    ••• Things to Do and See When Your Cruise Ship Is in the Port of Sydney, Australia Sydney Ferry Stop on the Parramatta River in Sydney, Australia. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison

    Fine homes overlook the Parramatta River in Sydney, but ferry boats stop at quaint docks such as this one.

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    Sydney Harbor Entrance at the Gap Overlooking Watson's Bay

    Sydney Harbor Entrance at the Gap Overlooking Watson's Bay
    ••• Sydney Harbor Entrance at the Gap Overlooking Watson's Bay. Sydney, Australia Photo (c) Linda Garrison