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Art Gallery New South Wales

Featuring the Yiribana Gallery, the world's largest permanent exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Australia's foremost art museums. Among its most impressive exhibitions is its Australian art collection, extending from the early colonial period to the mid 20th century. The Asian Galleries showcase the gallery's significant Asian collection and touring exhibitions. Shortlisted portraits in the Archibald Prize (Australia's most prestigious and controversial art award) are exhibited here annually.

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Art Gallery New South Wales
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Blue Mountain

A 90-minute drive west from the city, along the Great Western Freeway, the dramatic, forest scenery of the Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a major attraction for nature lovers. The cool eucalyptus (gum tree) forests harbour numerous bush walks and radiate a blue haze that gives the area its name. The area's most famous attraction is the Three Sisters - a geological feature named after an Aboriginal legend.

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Blue Mountain
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Bondi Beach

Bondi is one of the world's most famous beaches, a crescent of sand strung between two rocky headlands, just 15 minutes from the city centre. During the summer visitors jostle for towel space on the beach while the promenade bustles with activity. Campbell Parade serves up a mixture of busy bars, seaside cafes, and the ever-popular Sunday market. Swimmers should always swim within the patrolled areas marked by the red and yellow flags. The coastal walk, which starts at Bondi's southern end and runs along the coast to Coogee, is a must for any visitor.

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Bondi Beach
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Darling Harbour

A former dockside area, this small harbour has been transformed into a major tourist site. The vast, paved and landscaped recreation ground is packed with restaurants and shops, as well as a number of tourist attractions. These include the Powerhouse Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Aquarium, IMAX Theatre and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a gift to Sydney from its sister city of Guangdong in China.

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Darling Harbour
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Hunter Valley

One of Australia's premier wine-producing districts, beginning approximately 100km (62 miles) north of Sydney, 'The Hunter' has more than 70 vineyards and is a UNESCO World Heritage ste. Although busiest during the harvest months of March and April, most vineyards remain open to the public on a daily basis and offer a range of tours, restaurants and accommodation. Two of the more popular vineyards are Lindemans and Rothbury Estate, famous for its concerts throughout the March/April Harvest Festival.

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Hunter Valley
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Sydney Wild life

Sydney Wildlife World boasts the largest variety of Australian flora and fauna under one roof, providing a complete all-Australian wildlife experience in the heart of Darling Harbour. Visitors can watch over 6,000 animals including wallabies and wombats, sugar gliders and scrub pythons, living in their natural habitats and ecosystems.

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Sydney Wild life
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