Sailing into beautiful Sydney Harbour for the first time in the race’s history will be a highlight for the fleet.
The crews will sail past design gem Sydney Opera House and under the iconic Harbour Bridge, following in the footsteps of the First Fleet who landed in Botany Bay 225 years ago.
Governor Phillip described the natural harbour as “one of the finest in the world” on arrival and since then, it has become one of the most photographed locations globally thanks to its sunny climate, glittering beaches and glamorous locals.
Australia’s first city’s rich maritime history and melting pot of cultures complement its vibrancy and welcoming Australian hospitality.
Sydney is best explored by foot or on one of its many ferries which can whisk you to secluded bays and national parks with stunning views of the harbour in minutes. You can also hire kayaks from Rose Bay and take your own picnic for a harbour adventure exploring its picturesque coves and native bushland.
Special cruises will teach you more about its colonial history, the first settlers and give a glimpse of some impressive prime waterfront homes.
Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or as Sydneysiders say the “coathanger”, will give unrivalled views for those not yet sick of climbing up the mast.
Stroll around buzzing Circular Quay and enjoy live music and cocktails at the Opera Bar or take the famous Manly ferry to explore the rugged Northern Beaches.
Sydney is the perfect destination for sport lovers and adrenaline junkies with its brilliant natural surroundings.
Catching some Pacific waves with Bondi’s surfers or enjoying Bronte’s café culture after walking the scenic Bondi to Bronte coastal cliff path in the eastern suburbs is a must.
Coogee, Clovelly or Manly beaches are best for snorkeling, but always make sure you swim between the flags as it’s not just Australia’s infamous animals that can be deadly.
Rugby, Australian Football League and soccer all attract big crowds at various stadiums and you will quickly find yourself chatting to the locals over a schooner (a three-quarter pint – pints don’t exist in Australia).
There are many easy day trips from Sydney including to the dramatic Blue Mountains to enjoy canyoning, rocksports, horseriding or to relax in a spa. For bushwalking or camping, head to the nearby Royal National Park or Palm Beach, where soap Home and Away is filmed.
Foodies will be thoroughly spoilt in Sydney with a big choice of international and modern Australian restaurants in areas such as Darling Harbour, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Newtown and Paddington.
For traditional pubs that were the watering holes of sailors and former convicts, the Rocks is a quaint cobblestone area that also holds lively food and arts and crafts markets on the weekend.
And for wine aficionados, head to the Hunter Valley a few hours drive away to try Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon grapes on a wine tasting tour that also visit cheese and chocolate factories.
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