Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Chanel and Hermes. Sydney’s high end shopping can compete with any fashion capital. There’s plenty of fine dining restaurants, museums and art galleries too.

So what sets Sydney apart?

If you’re in Sydney for just a few days and enjoy the finer things in life, Sydney Harbour is the perfect backdrop for a night of uber luxury you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

You won’t find bigger bling than the sparkle off the Opera House sails in the sun. And forget the high fashion – the Coathanger, as the Harbour Bridge is colloquially known, is a design worth admiring.

The Intercontinental, the Four Seasons, the Marriott Sydney Harbour, the Shangri-La – the list of five star hotels clustered around Sydney Harbour is long. But the hotel of choice for visiting royals and rockstars is the Park Hyatt Sydney.

Perched on water at the edge of The Rocks, the Park Hyatt has almost 360 degree views of the Harbour. From the rooftop pool to the spa treatment rooms, you’re never far from the glimmer of the ocean or the shadow of the bridge.

If an A-lister celebrity is town, expect the suite level to be booked out. Yes, the entire floor is often booked for absolutely privacy from those paparazzi lenses – although you’ll often find the celebs happily sun baking on the roof.

So, what to do once you’ve settled into your five star hotel? A Bridge Climb for the birds eye view, a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art for a culture fix or perhaps a short water taxi ride to Fort Denison Island for a private cheese tasting.

Once the sun has gone down, there’s one annual event that draws crowds from across the country. Handa’s Opera on Sydney Harbour is an engineering and artistic marvel held over three weeks in early Autumn. An outdoor Opera is nothing new, but an outdoor Opera performed over the water – that’s something different.