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Many visitors say that Sydney Harbour's 150 miles of shoreline and more than 30 square miles of water make it the most beautiful natural harbor in the world, and they just might be right. Blue water laps up to sandy shores over which landmarks like the Royal Botanic Garden and the Sydney Opera House preside. Another iconic site, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, towers above the harbor's waters. But for the best view of Sydney Harbour, travelers must pay a visit to Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, which sits at the tip of one of the area's peninsulas.
Overall, former visitors rave about the harbor, noting that the ferry rides are scenic and that there are plenty of shops and restaurants to explore nearby. For even more picturesque views, try taking a ferry at sunset when the sky comes alive with an array of colors. The harbor's attractions also come alive during Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations, and in May and June when the annual Vivid Sydney color festival takes place.
Sydney Harbour is free to visit. However, many of the neighborhood's attractions have an entrance fee, so plan accordingly. Travelers can walk here, hop a ferry from Circular Quay or park at one of the attraction's parking lots. There are also public restrooms and an array of restaurants, parks and shops throughout.
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