There aren’t too many big cities that offer beautiful beaches and blue skies on their doorstep as standard. But then there aren’t too many cities like Sydney. This vibrant, multicultural city melds all of the above with fantastic food and rich cultural offerings to create something pretty special. Catching the ferry up to Manly, enjoying rock oysters down at the harbor, relaxing with a drink in Surry Hills or another of the city’s trendy neighborhoods – the Sydney Opera House is indeed magnificent, but that barely begins to scratch the surface of what this city is all about. Things only get better outside of the city, which is almost entirely engulfed by either the deep blue sea or a series of stunning national parks.