Catch a ferry at Circular Quay for a short hop around the lower North Shore, or allocate half a day to exploring Watsons Bay or heading upriver to Parramatta. Sydney’s wealthiest homes are huddled around the harbour in exclusive nooks such as Vaucluse, Point Piper and Darling Point in the eastern suburbs and Mosman on the North Shore. Even former working-class bastions such as Balmain, west of the city, are now among the city’s most desirable addresses. Large chunks of the scrub-covered coast have been left much as the First Fleet would have found it. The navy still controls some of the land, but most has been turned to Sydney Harbour National Park – if you fancy a wilderness walk in the heart of the city, pick a slice to explore and jump on a ferry.