SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — FRIDAY, JANUARY 4: Departs 6:30pm
DISEMBARK: MONDAY, JANUARY 14

If you want a snapshot of Australia’s appeal, look no further than Sydney: The idyllic lifestyle, friendly locals and drop-dead natural beauty of this approachable metropolis and its attractions explain why the country tops so many travelers’ wish lists.

The famed harbor is among the top sights — home to twin icons the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is the stepping-off point for some of the city’s best cultural attractions and sightseeing. In one day you can sail around the harbor, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera house and climb the bridge, with time to spare for people-watching over a flat white at a waterfront café.

Speaking of water, when you plan what to do in Sydney, you will want to include the iconic beaches -- some of the most gorgeous shoreline scenery anywhere. Bondi, Bronte and Clovelly are all within easy reach of the Central Business District, as is Manly, a charming seaside town located a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. Beyond the city you’ll discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the chance to encounter Australia’s wildlife — a perfect way to round out your Sydney photo collection.

EXCURSIONS / GENERAL INFO / WIKIPEDIA

»» Holland America’s Shore Excursions for Sydney »»

»» Holland America’s Destination Guide for Sydney »»

»» Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples »»

»» Flora and Fauna »»

»» Wikipedia: Australia »»

»» Wikipedia: Sydney »»

»» Astronomical Heritage: Sydney Observatory »»

»» WhatsInPort: Sydney »»

RESTAURANTS & FOOD

»» Wikipedia: Indigenous Foods of Australia »»

»» Good Food Guide 2018: Australian Dining Scene »»

LOCAL TRAVEL WEBSITES

»» Sydney: Official site (Great Info about visiting Australia) »»

»» Tourism Australia: Sydney: Official Site »»

»» Tourism Australia: Visa Information »»