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Foodie and cultural capital of Australia, Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Following the weakening of the Australian dollar, new direct flights from the likes of Dallas and steady progress in taking back its reign as the foodie and cultural capital of Australia, Sydney is poised to shine in 2016. Not that that’s hard for the sunny, stunning “Harbour City”. The Barangaroo Reserve, a terraced finger of sandstone and native plants that juts into the harbor – the first section of the massive Barangaroo development – has been raking in landscaping and sustainability awards since opening in August. Just south is another new outdoor landmark: the AU$15-million Goods Line, which took inspiration from New York’s High Line and transformed an old rail corridor into an elevated walking and cycling path lined with greenery and metal ping pong tables. Those wishing to stay nearby can bed down at the Old Clare Hotel, the crown jewel of the emerging Kensington Street precinct, housed in the old Carlton United Brewery building. And that’s just a taste of Sydney’s new hotel offerings, which now range from the transformed Langham and new InterContinental Sydney Double Bay at the upper end to the funky-fresh QT Hotel, overlooking the turquoise waves of Bondi Beach.