Hi, I have lived in Sydney for almost four years. I think a nice area is south of Sydney - the South Coast. There is a nice beach area called Molly Mook and a beach called Pebble Beach. You can see wild kangaroos on the beach. The Central Coast - which is north of Sydney is quite nice too. There is a reptile park there near Gosford. Canberra (the capital of Australia) is about a 3 hour drive. The War Memorial and museum are good there. Australia is a fairly new country (as far as European settlement goes - the aboriginal people have been here for a looong time) so I'm not so sure that a lot of places qualify as historical as far as westerners are concernced ie old buildings etc. Anyway, have a lovely holiday. Make sure you do the Bondi to Coogee walk - I always start at the Coogee end if you are active people. It takes about 1 1/2 hours.