At some stage you’ll almost certainly end up in this neck of the woods – you haven’t really been to Sydney if you don’t. Set aside the best part of a day to see the sights. Return at night to clink glasses at an upmarket restaurant, to down a schooner in a historic pub or to catch a show. Sydney Cove carries the weight of Sydney iconography, with the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House abutting each point of its horseshoe. Circular Quay’s promenade serves as a backdrop for buskers of mixed merit and locals disgorging from harbour ferries. Australia’s convict history began at the Rocks with a canvas shanty town on a rocky shore, and its raucous reputation lives on in atmospheric laneways lined with historic buildings, more than a few of them still operating as pubs. Sure, the place is overrun with overpriced stores and tourists, but there are some great museums here as well.