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Sydney, spectacularly draped around its glorious harbor and beaches, has visual wow factor like few other cities. Scratch the surface and it only gets better.

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Things to Know

From what to pack to local culture and etiquette, here's what you need to know before you head to Sydney.

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Best Neighborhoods

Beaches, nature, pubs and restaurants: Sydney has multiple neighborhoods blessed with a bit of everything.

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Day Trips

Sydney's regional areas are varied and spectacular. And amazingly, they're also accessible on easy day trips from the city.

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Money and Costs

Sydney is not a cheap city to visit. However, there are ways to make your dollars go further in Sydney.

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Sydney's public transport network is reliable, reasonably priced and way more convenient than driving – plus its largely air-conditioned.

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Free Things to Do

You don't need a fat wallet to enjoy the glamour and chic of Sydney. These free experiences, attractions and Sydney icons won't cost you a cent.

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