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June 27, 2004

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24-hour tour of Sydney keeps visitors moving

Sydney, Australia -- No sane American would travel all the way to Sydney for a mere 24-hour visit.

But what if you did?

The Australian Tourist Commission has put together a 24-hour itinerary for Sydney that's bound to get you dreaming about a trip Down Under.

After breakfast at a local cafe, go window-shopping on Oxford Street, then head to the Royal Botanic Gardens, taking in the view of Sydney Harbor.

Admire the sails billowing from the Sydney Opera House and take a one-hour tour of this famous building. Then walk to The Rocks village, a restored historic area with cobblestone streets and museums. Grab lunch in a pub, check out the aboriginal art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and take a cruise around Sydney Harbor. If you don't tarry, you'll still have time to visit the Sydney Aquarium and take the Monorail for a ride to City Centre.

As evening nears, take in the beaches-to-mountains view from the observation deck of the Sydney Tower, then head out to Bondi Beach where you can have cocktails, dinner and a look at local beach culture. For after-midnight fun, have a drink at King Street Wharf.

Oh, and if you get to stay another day or two, there's plenty more to see and do, from koalas at the Taronga Zoo to an adventurous climb up the catwalks and ladders of Sydney's Harbour Bridge.

For more information, go to www.australia.com or call (800) 333-0262.

Take the weather with you on your next trip

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