Sydney, formerly a British colony for exiled convicts, is now a bustling center of culture -- and its beautiful beaches are a main draw, with amazing snorkeling, scuba diving, and surfing. Though Bondi Beach is one of its most popular, the city has over 60 beaches for visitors to explore.
The cultural scene in Sydney should not be overlooked. One of Sydney's most recognizable landmarks is the Sydney Opera House (although the operas aren't the best in the world), and both the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales feature impressive collections. Many festivals take place in Sydney, one of the most popular being a series of free performances during the Sydney Festival every January. The Koala Park and Taronga Zoo are also popular among tourists, where they can spot kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas.
Sydney is also home to a world-renowned rugby team, the Roosters. The games are usually exciting (and rowdy) and the popular bars and clubs in the city are even more packed with patrons after a rugby match. Another popular sporting event is watching the Sydney Swans play the fast-paced Australian Rules Football at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Sydney has a lot of traffic, but for those that forego renting a car, the public transportation system consists of a network of trams, ferries, and buses that can take travelers to most areas of the city. Note that the city is very expensive.
Sydney is divided into many areas, almost all of which offer a variety of hotels.
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