Studying in Australia is an exciting adventure as you learn and discover so much about yourself and an entirely new country and its culture. While you are studying abroad make the most of any vacations, get away from your books and visit some of Australia’s amazing sites and cities. Sydney is well-known for its beautiful harbor, cosmopolitan party atmosphere and wonderful beaches. It offers a wide range of art, music, outdoor adventures and so much. So pack your bag and grab your friends — it is time to explore.

Sydney Harbour

Sydney’s harbour area is alive and vibrant with the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay, plus plenty of restaurants and bars. Take a ferry around the harbor for some amazing water views or you can stroll across the bridge. For the more adventurous, take a power-boat ride through the harbor or book in advance to do the Bridge Climb — a three and a half hour tour with the best 360 degree view of Sydney, according to bridgeclimb.com.

Sydney Harbor

Photo of Sydney Harbour

Beaches

You can’t go to Sydney without taking a trip to the beach. Bondi and Manly are Sydney’s most famous beaches where you can swim off Australia’s amazing coastline or relax in one of the many bars and restaurants offering ocean views.

Manly Beach

Photo of Manly Beach

Taronga Zoo

Known for its excellent animal conservation work, Taronga Zoo is a great way to get up close with some of Australia’s most interesting creatures, according to taronga.org.au. For the real animal lovers, you can even stay overnight at the zoo in a luxurious tent accommodation and wake up to the sound of roaring lions.

Taronga Zoo

Photo of Taronga Zoo

Café Life

Sydney’s café culture is rapidly growing with hundreds of small independent coffee shops appearing throughout the city and in areas such as Oxford Road and Newtown. Still have assignments to complete? Take your laptop to a boutique café and do your work with a delicious latté and slice of cake. Just be aware of people shoulder surfing and stealing personal information from your screen. LifeLock identity theft protection states this is becoming a more common problem with people using mobile phones to take photographs of your screen from behind your back.

Belgian Beer Cafe

Photo of Belgian Beer Cafe

Time to Party

A visit to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without a visit (or two) to one of the many bars and pubs. From relaxed beer gardens to fancy cocktail lounges, Sydney’s night life offers a great range of options. Close to the harbor you can enjoy a nice glass of wine and a magnificent view from some of Sydney’s most prestigious venues. For something a bit more casual, head to Oxford Road or Kings Cross where the parties really happen on a Saturday night. Some of the suburban areas around the city are also good options — Glebe and Newtown have some great bars with live music.

O'Malley's Hotel

Photo of a beer at O’Malley’s Hotel