Australia may seem like a long distance away, but if you stay for several weeks it is well worth all that inflight entertainment. Sydney is a hub where you can really appreciate all things creative from fashion to music and art, attracting international talent. Ocean beaches will leave you refreshed while the harbour is a great asset and a place where you will feel you can leave the stresses of your daily routine behind you.
Retail therapy is on offer around the city, and you can combine this with a look at some of Sydney’s historical sights. The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a high-Victorian building which was at one stage in danger of demolition. Restored in the mid-1980s, 200 speciality shops are now thriving in a centre where original features include the wrought-iron balconies, Byzantine dome, mosaic floors and stained glass shopfronts. Lovers of architecture could spend hours in admiration here and surprisingly the shopping might even take a backseat. However from designer fashion stores to local jewellers, you can pretty much find anything you want to take home.
Queen Street is a refined, tree lined avenue where summer chestnuts hang from the branches – a must for those looking to source some unique antiques. An upmarket village feel pervades; people sit outside delis in the sunshine and you can take your time on those long hot days. Artisanal glassware sits alongside silk cushions, the fashion is sophisticated and there are many individual pieces to be collected – you could even find that perfect wedding dress.
Something a little more causal can be discovered at the Rocks Market where 150 stalls sell all sorts of items from faux Aboriginal art to fossils and opals – if you are a tourist looking for some souvenirs this could be the place for you.
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