The Afar Guide to

A City with Beauty and Brains

Surrounded by spectacular harbor and beachfront, Sydney is one of the world’s most stunning cities. But this beauty has brains, too, which visitors experience in the form of cracking cultural attractions, locals-centric events, and innovative dining and drinking that defy the country’s far-flung location. Being far also has its benefits: Sydney takes travelers face-to-face with rare plants and animals and pristine beaches and forests. The city’s temperate climate means that Sydneysiders love spending time outdoors, whether they’re playing in the waves or drinking coldies (cold beer) on a bar patio. In short, Sydney will welcome you in; she might just never let you go.

Essential Sydney Facts to

know before you go

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Serena RennerSydney Local Expert

Serena Renner is a journalist and editor whose work focuses on travel, people, culture, and the environment. Her writing has been featured in magazines including VIA, the Intelligent Optimist, San Francisco, Australian Traveller, International Traveller, and AFAR—where Serena worked as an editor for two years. In October of 2013, Serena moved to Sydney’s Bondi Beach neighborhood, where she’s currently mingling with surfers, travelers, and artists and planning several years’ worth of Australian adventures.