Sydney: sexy lifestyles // Sydney: sexy lifestyles (Andrew Watson/Lonely Planet)

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Sydney: sexy lifestyles

An early morning stroll around the harbour - the city's gorgeous natural attribute that most Sydneysiders maddeningly take for granted - reveals the buffed bodies of surfers and sailors, cyclists and body-builders, all blending into a sassy urban portrait of the good life. Sydney long ago dropped the cliché, beloved of the jealous British, of the uncultivated Australian simpleton. The city excels at sexily designed buildings, frocks... and lifestyles, for that matter.

The beautiful people flock to Finger Wharf, with its marina, buzzy bars and Blue Sydney, a showstopper hotel in the crazily named neighbourhood of Woolloomooloo Bay. Babes in strappy dresses schmooze in Tank nightclub, in the city centre; you can dine in style nearby at the famed Est restaurant.

From such fine-dining establishments to sand-between-your-toes cafés, Sydney is renowned as a place to satisfy your culinary lusts. The sleek set tuck into seafood at Guillaume at Bennelong, overlooking Circular Quay. At Bill's, in Darlinghurst, the celebrity chef Bill Granger is credited with creating so-called Aussie brekkie chic, with his tantalising corn fritter brunches. In Sydney, hedonism comes sizzling on a plate.

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