<p>Photo: The harborfront</p>

Sydney’s harborfront is one of its greatest treasures, with miles of trails and views of the Harbour Bridge, known locally as the "coat hanger."

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Like any great harbor town, Sydney takes its prompts from beyond its shores as much as from within. A multicultural metropolis of 4.3 million people, Sydney, with its sunny days and sparkling waters, offers world-class dining, shopping, and nightlife. The ocean seems to be everywhere: sea vistas, surf beaches, and quiet harborside parks abound. “Sydneysiders” take full advantage of this wonderful setting: Life happens on the streets, and any excuse is good enough for a swim at the beach.

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