Sydney, New South Wales


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Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city. With a population of five million, it is the hub of Australia's economy and identity. Attracting 4 million international visitors and 12 million domestic visitors each year, Sydney is known for its recognisable landmarks, its stretches of beaches, its top-notch cultural, artistic and sporting venues and events, and its blend of urban excitement and access to natural areas.

We drove 290 km from Canberra to Sydney, where we were happy to abandon the car and travel by metro and ferry. We enjoyed criss-crossing the harbour and getting to know this dynamic city.

Sydney's beautiful natural harbour is both a major port and the city's playground. It stretches 20 kilometers inland to join the Parramatta River.

With hundreds of skyscrapers in the downtown area and many more in the outlying districts, the skyline of Sydney is considered one of the grandest in the world.

Circular Quay is the transportation hub for international passenger ships, and for ferries and trams,  and a public piazza, heritage area and tourism precinct.

Our apartment was in a converted wool warehouse  in the central district of Ultimo, from where we viewed this rainbow over the rooftops.

The streets of central Sydney are impressively lined with Victorian buildings and modern skyscrapers.


The iconic Opera House is dramatically situated on the eastern headland of Circular Quay.


Sydney Harbour Bridge links the south and north shores.  On the North Shore is the visible landmark of historic Luna Park amusement park.

Darling Harbour is a waterfront leisure park on the city centre's western edge. Nearby is the Sydney Aquarium and the Maritime Museum.

Impressive museums in Sydney include the National Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum, the Australian Museum, Nicholson Museum, and Hyde Park Barracks.

Sydney's first European settlement was established on "The Rocks." The area is full of cobbled lanes and colonial buildings such as the 1848 Garrison Church.

Sydney is recognized as being one of the most diverse and multicultural cities in the world. 45% of the population was born outside of Australia.

A member of the dharawal-yuin tribe offers an interpretive demonstration at Circular Quay.

At the Outback Center visitors learn how to use the didgeridoo.

The style of Aborigine and Torres Strait Islanders is incorporated into modern art and design.

Although there is criticism of the treatment of Australia's indigenous people, there is a growing appreciation of the culture and wisdom of their 60,000 year-old civilization, and a growing number of tours and attractions highlighting Sydney's aboriginal heritage.

We took a ferry 13 kilometers up the Paramatta River to Sydney Olympic Park, the site of the 2000 Olympic Games.

At the Olympic Park there are parklands, playgrounds, trapeze activities and interactive sculptures like this Forest of Poles.

Manly is a lovely community on a narrow peninsula at the North Head. It boasts an inner harbour beach and an outer ocean surf beach lined with Norfolk pines.

Sydney is reknowned for the sandy beaches and surf of its beachside suburbs which include Manly, Bondi, Cogee, Bundeena, and Dee Why.

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