Blue skies, blue seas, the iconic white gleam of the Opera House, the soaring span of the Harbour Bridge... This is an image we can all recognise from travel brochures selling us the dream of antipodean life.
But there's more to the city than just the harbour. When I visited Sydney in 2010 (once with a friend, once with my parents), yes, I spent time wandering along the waterfront in Sydney Harbour, but I had other favourites, too.
These favourites included: the Botanic Gardens, where bats dangle from the trees and flap their wings against deep blue skies; Luna Park, all bright colours and old-school fun; and the Rocks, full of social history, waiting to be explored.
Possibly the best part of all of this was that it was possible to see it all on a budget, too - though as I've talked about this before, I won't go into it here.
The other best bit? That it was beautiful, of course!