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    5 reasons to visit Sydney
    Including: swimming pools in the ocean, seaplane rides to top restaurants, and a walking tour of breweries
    An ocean pool in Sydney. Credit: Andrew Watson / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images
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    1) Ocean pools

    Anyone can swim in Sydney’s beachside pools year-round for free. Often attached to the local lifeguard club, these saltwater pools are for sunbaking, laps and showing off your Crossfit-honed abs.

    2) Fruit inflatables

    Sydneysiders spend every summer weekend in water – and a fair percentage do this while lounging on oversized inflatables shaped like fruit (complete with pineapple drink holders).

    The Grifter Brewing Co, Sydney

    3) Craft beer walk

    Some of Australia’s best beer is accessible by foot across a one-kilometre-square patch of warehouse brewpubs in Sydney’s Inner West. Check out GrifterWillie the BoatmanWaywardBatch and Young Henrys.

    4) Frankie’s Pizza

    dive bar where you can wash down provolone-and-truffle pizza with its signature Bloodsucking Geeks red IPA to a soundtrack of Fleetwood Mac and the Steve Miller Band. Afterwards, there’s a room full of 1990s pinball machines to attend to.

    Sydney Seaplane flying over Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House

    5) Seaplane to Jonah’s

    Fly in Sydney Seaplanes’ De Havilland Beaver from Rose Bay to Jonah’s restaurant at Whale Beach for a long lunch and even longer view.

    This story was originally published in November 2017 and updated in September 2020. Hero image:  Andrew Watson / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images

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    Country / Region
    Australia
    Language
    English
    Airport code
    SYD
    Currency
    AUD
    Time zone
    GMT +09:00/10:00
    Climate
    Humid subtropical
    Country / Region
    Australia
    Time zone
    GMT +09:00/10:00
    Currency
    AUD
    Airport code
    SYD
    Language
    English
    Climate
    Humid subtropical
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