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Mirror Holidays: What a good day, sport.

Y OU'VE all got Olympic rings under your eyes from watching the Sydney Games. And I'll bet most of you have thought: "That's my kinda town".

Sydney truly is one of the world's must-see cities - and the key to its breathtaking beauty is water.

No matter where you are in Sydney, you'll catch a glimpse of sunlight off the bays and rivers that make this city an Antipodean Venice.

Imagine this as a typical day out: after breakfast in one of the many cafes that line the waterfront in Darling Harbour, stroll through the city's impressive financial district down to Circular Quay.

On the left is the Rocks area, overshadowed by Sydney Harbour Bridge. On the right is the city's other most famous landmark, the Opera House. You've seen it on posters, on TV, in adverts and there it is for real, dazzling in the early morning sunshine. Now buy a ticket for the Manly Ferry. As it pulls away from the Quay you get a great view of the city behind you.

After a 20-minute trip, passing flotillas of small yachts and the odd windsurfer, you arrive at Manly.

Next to Bondi Beach, this little town is one of Sydney's most popular playgrounds. The water at the ferry docks on the bay-side is calm and clear. Walk straight through the town, passing scores of souvenir shops, pubs and open-air cafes, and you reach the ocean, with a superb sandy beach.

Settle down for a spot of swimming and sunbathing- be careful, the sun's very strong Down Under - then it's time for lunch.

From Manly catch the ferry back to Circular Quay, but make sure you stop off on the way at Watson's Bay.

Here, set on the water's edge in a little park with shady trees, is arguably Sydney's most famous restaurant, Doyles.

After a long lunch of superbly-cooked fresh seafood and a bottle of Australian chardonnay, take the ferry to the zoo, perched on a hill on other side of the bay from the Opera House - whether or not you like zoos, there are magical views of the city.

Oh, and try not to bump into the kangaroos that lollop along the paths. Back on the ferry across to Circular Quay and then perhaps a visit to the Opera House. Or if you're feeling really energetic, pre-book a guided climb on the Harbour Bridge. The views from the top are unforgettable.

In the evening there are dozens of restaurants to choose from around the Rocks area, where you can dine out under the huge Aussie night sky to round off one of the best days of your life.

IAIN MAYHEW

FOR more information contact the Australian Tourist Commission on 020 8780 2229.
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Author:Mayhew, Iain
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 30, 2000
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