Located on Port Jackson, a waterway that runs through the harbor, Sydney is a vibrant, sunny city waiting to be explored on study abroad or gap year travel. One of the oldest cities in Australia, it has a cosmopolitan flair. From the glistening waters of the port to the streets exploding with culture and history, student travelers love coming to Sydney. There is always the bonus of incredible year ‘round good weather. And if that doesn’t spark your interest maybe the incredible food and exotic nightlife will lure you in. There is usually something new and exciting to do here, and flight deals make Sydney especially attractive. You will find a wide variety of student discounts, awesome youth hostels, and cheap hotels in Sydney.
For the best view of the city go to North Sydney. From here you can see the beautiful skyline and all of the buildings. Walk or take a bike ride across the Sydney Harbour Bridge into the main streets and into North Sydney. Spend part of a day at Darling Harbour. Take a bike ride, picnic along the water, and window shop ’til you drop. It is a very relaxing way to enjoy the scenery. If you are a fan of the Olympics, come to Olympic Park, home to the 2000 Summer Olympics. Luna Park, located here, has a large ferris wheel that overlooks the city high in the sky. Sydney Tower is the tallest building in Sydney and is open to the public. On a transparent platform, look out over the city; this is also a great night activity. Plus there’s a restaurant at the top with large windows on all sides. The Rocks and Parramatta are Sydney’s oldest sights. In Parramatta you can visit some preserved old buildings from the colonial period. Sydney Hospital has also been preserved and is one of the oldest hospitals on the island. One of the most scenic views is of Sydney’s gorgeous harbors. Sailboats and paddleboats can be rented and you can enjoy a nice long afternoon on the water.