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Probably the most famous of all Sydney’s attractions is the Opera House. The Opera is built in 1973, and today it is the home of various music companies, such as Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company… The picture of the Opera House, most often taken from the harbor or from the air, is most common representative of Australia, so when in Sydney, it would be a shame not to go and see it up close.
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Close to the Opera House are Sidney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, established in 1816. As everything in Sydney, the gardens are relatively informal. The Gardens tours are free and last about 40 minutes, and the guides will show you rain forest area, cacti display and a rose garden. Inside you can relax in the Gardens Restaurant.
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Sydney has one of the largest aquariums in the world. You can pass trough its massive underwater glass tunnels and watch all types of fishes, especially sharks, that this aquarium are most famous for. Walk beneath the ocean with the sharks and stingrays passing only inches over you, then go to a touch pool and let your kids play with real starfish and sea cucumbers. A special part of the Aquarium is Seal Sanctuary, where you can observe sea lions and fur seals show off their speed and agility.
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After the city tour, you can go to one of Sidney’s many beaches. Voluntary life savers patrol most of them, but you should keep in mind to stay within the flagged area, because the sharks are a real danger there. If you are more of a sports type, you may want to check cricket ground or golf courses, or visit the Olympic Park, built for the 2000 Olympics. Getting there is easy, by ferry, bus or train, and you can even find very affordable accommodation if you decide to stay for a few days.
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