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Issue 10: Sydney

Discover a locally curated guide to the city's finest experiences

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    Photo courtesy of Sydney Opera House Trust.
     
    Before a show.
    Photo credit: Jack Atley.
     
    Photo credit: Jack Atley.
     
    Photo credit: Jack Atley.
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      Issue 10: Sydney

      Wanna catch a wave? Situated on the northern shore of Sydney just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, Manly Beach was the birthplace of Australian surfing–and its pretty vistas, a laid back vibe, and big breaks still make it a perfect place to hang ten. Happily, for novices (or anyone in need of a refresher), it’s also home to one of New South Wale’s most respected surf academies, Manly Surf School. Choose from private or group lessons–or splurge for a daylong surf tour of the northern beaches–all staffed by professional surfers who pride themselves on hands-on instruction with patience and plenty of humor.

    • Bathers enjoy a beautiful day. Photograph by Vanessa Levis.
      Bathers enjoy a beautiful day. Photograph by Vanessa Levis.

      Issue 10: Sydney

      A little white-sand oasis tucked in between two lush headlands, Tamarama Beach has a peaceful vibe that feels worlds away from the bustle of Bondi. Not that it’s a yawn: nicknamed “glamarama” for its top-notch (often topless) people watching,  Tamarama ‘s surrounding parkland also plays host to the annual Sculpture by the Sea festival.

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      Eye-catching textiles. Photographs by Vanessa Levis.
       
      A vibrant bouquet.
       
      Homemade bread.
       
      Baubles and bangles.
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        Issue 10: Sydney

        Established in 1871, the grand Art Gallery of New South Wales rivals the world’s best museums with impressive holdings of classic and contemporary international art. But for visitors from abroad, the don’t-miss attraction is a robust and inspiring collection of 19th-century Australian works, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander art–including desert paintings by residents of the remote Western Desert and bark paintings from the Saltwater People of the coast.

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          Issue 10: Sydney

          One of the world’s best zoos, Taronga offers not only fabulous exhibits featuring Aussie icons like koalas, kookaburras, wallabies, and Tasmanian devils, but also a perch high on a hill with jaw dropping views of the Sydney Harbour and Bridge and Opera House. Families may want to sign up for the “Roar & Snore”–an overnight “safari” in the zoo that includes accommodation in luxe tents, a delicious fireside feast and up-close encounters with wildlife like lions, elephants, snow leopards and meercats.