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Sydney is the largest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Blending the history and sophistication of Europe, the oriental mystery of Asia, and the relaxation of the South Pacific, Sydney is a city as diverse as it is glamorous. You can laze away on its dazzling beaches, admiring some of the world's most beautiful landscapes. Its sunny climate is ideal for everything, whether you're there to yacht, surf, sailboard, swim, water-ski or just enjoy the sun. The harbour is at the very heart of Sydney and on a warm day, with a clear blue sky, there is no better place on earth.
The Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's most famous landmarks and is the world's largest steel arch bridge, with its top 134 metres above the harbour. Suggestions for an iron bridge to link the northern Milson's Point side and the southern Dawe's point side of the harbour were put forward as early as 1815 by Francis Greenway. As it was technically difficult and costly to go ahead with such a project, it wasn't until 1900 that designs were called for, and even then, none of them were deemed suitable and construction stalled once more.
From the Harbour Bridge you can see the Sydney Opera House, another amazing structure with a unique design. In 1956 the NSW government held an international design competition with an independent jury, with a brief that required the design of two performance halls, one for opera and the other for symphony concerts. The commission was awarded to Jørn Utzon, a Danish architect who had a radical approach to the construction of the building. Over several years, he made gradual changes to his original concept so he could develop a way to construct the large shells that cover the two halls. He went through extensive testing and eventually developed a design based on the idea of the complex sections of a sphere.
With the subtropical climate in Australia, the 70 beaches of Sydney are very welcome to spend some of your days. The world-famous Bondi Beach is a paradise for surfers from all over the world and the best place to meet people. At Manly Beach you can swim and relax or do some shopping on the "Corso". Both beaches are close to Sydney city center. You can chill out as long as you want! Do you want to see more of the sea? Go to the Sydney Aquaria. It give you a spectacular impression of the Australian live in the ocean.
Sydney's come a long way from its convict beginnings, an infamous history that says so little of Australia today. Since the 1950s, the Anglo-Irish immigrants who made up the city's original population have been joined by successive waves of Italians, Greeks, Turks, Lebanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thais, and Indonesians. This ethnic mix gives Sydney a taste of the world, a unique flavor like nowhere else. Check it all out, relax and have a wonderful time!