Sydney Locality Guide
"Truly a Spectacular Modern City of Diverse Cultures"
Situated on one of the Worlds Truly Great Harbours
Sydney is Australia's first city, settled in 1788, and is still the most visited city in Australia.
It is truly a spectacular city, with its famous harbour and cruises, its 'coat hanger' bridge, the 'sailed' Opera house, Luna Park, fabulous restaurants and wonderful night life.
Sydney is surrounded by parks and gardens and a fabulous working harbour, with wide walking paths set right at the waters edge. Starting at Circular Quay take a stroll around the harbour or the historical Rocks area; the walking track passes the white sailed Sydney Opera House and on to the Botanical Gardens. From here the visitor can see the docked cruise ships and watch the ferries and other vessels leave the Quay on their journey past the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge.
At night the city almost explodes with the glitter of all the lights. It is a city of diversity, no matter which way you turn there is something happening. Where modern buildings mingle with the old sandstone and limestone buildings erected by convicts a couple of centuries ago, the amount of shops and places to visit in inner Sydney are endless. The Rocks, Chinatown and Darling Harbor are all within walking distance from the city and the modern mono-rail circuits the city for when the feet get tired. Unfortunately you will not see kangaroos or koalas in the streets but you can take a visit to Sydney Taronga Zoo right on the north shore of the harbour and enjoy not only the unique array of animals but also the spectacular scenery.
Sydney has two world class sporting arenas in the Sydney Cricket Ground and the modern Homebush Olympic Park complex where there is a football stadium, basketball arena, aquatic centre, athletics arena and other sporting auditoriums. There are parks and sporting complexes all over the city and suburbs with a great variety of sporting facilities of all sorts.
It is a convenient central point for a number of scenic drives and railway tours; north to Gosford and the Central Coast, south to Wollongong and west to the Blue Mountains and Katoomba. The city and environs has more than serviceable freeways, bus routes and train services. Inter-city trains run to Newcastle and Wollongong and most suburban trains run every twenty to thirty minutes, even on weekends and public holidays.
Sydney Transport is very efficient and a daily ticket or weekly ticket that can be used right across the transport system allows you to ride the trains, ferries and buses without continuously getting new tickets. A great day can be had just traveling around on the trains and watching the scenery go past.
Accommodation is available of all sorts and budgets. There are five star hotels and budget hotels and motels, backpacking hostels and self-contained units. Then there are also camping grounds and caravan parks in some of the most scenic places overlooking rivers, beaches and in forest reserves.
Sydney is a city of diverse culture, with a great ethnic blend, fabulous shopping and warm friendly people all ready and waiting to offer fantastic experiences to all visitors. It is a photographers dream, with Darling Harbour, Kings Cross and our fantastic beaches. However there is more to Sydney than the harbour. In just a short drive you can be in the Blue Mountains, the Jenolan Caves, Lithgow and the wine country enjoying a glass of Australia's world famous wines. Or go further to the outback towns.
Visit the most popular attractions, like the Opera House, The Botanical Gardens and Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, take The Harbour Bridge Walk across the top of our famous 'coat hanger', the views are spectacular and explore the Tank Stream under the city. Any visitor must take a ferry ride on our wonderful harbour and go over to Manly to shop and swim in the surf at the beach.
Golden city surf beaches like Bondi and Manly are only minute's away by ferry or bus. There is a great choice of fine dining restaurants including Harry's Café de-wheels pie and peas. Accommodation is plentiful and Sydney welcomes over three million international visitors every year.
The cities night life compares to the best in the world and Sydney's New Years Eve party is celebrated by thousands that watched on television by millions and rivals those of cities like Paris, London and New York.