SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA - Australia's Largest City|
Sydney is Australia's largest city, it is the oldest, established in 1788, and
it is the capital of New South Wales.
Spread around the beautiful harbour, and with the Blue Mountains as a backdrop,
it has a population of around 4 million and enjoys international significance
as one of the world's prettiest cities. Its famed Harbour Bridge 'the coathanger',
and the unusual Opera House highlight the character of the city. It is innovative,
exciting and mainly clean. A series of expressways built in the last 20 or so
years have provided speedy access between suburbs and the city centre, while
the reconstruction of the Darling Harbour and 'Rocks' areas has provided a contrast
from the usual urban boredom af large cities. Near its heart, Kings Cross is
an exciting venue which contains dozens of night clubs and strip clubs, and
goes all night. Around the city famous beaches like Bondi, Manly and Maroubra
provide excellent swimming and the harbour and nearby bays are popular for yachting
There are abundant parklands and sporting facilities, and the new complexes
constructed for the 2000 Olympics provide an ongoing interest in outdoor activities.
In the hinterland are the famous Blue Mountains, the Hunter Valley wine
producing area, and the Southern Highlands. Stories about them will be found
elsewhere in these pages.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
The Rocks: Sydney's original settlement fully restored and loaded
with history. Quaint streets, buildings and a host of restaurants, coffee lounges,
galleries and hotels make it a delight to visit.
Cadman's Cottage: Now the National Parks Information Centre (Ph: (02)
9247 8861) located in The Rocks area it is a restored building from early settlement.
In Susannah Place you can see how the workers lived and played last century.
The Rocks Visitors Centre will be found at 104 George St. Sydney Ph: (02) 9247 4972
Darling Harbour: A visitor centre is open 7 days from 9am to 5pm. (Ph:
9286 0111) at Darling Harbour to explain the many things there are to see and
do. Nearby is Chinatown, providing excellent Chinese meals and the famous Paddy's
Market. A skytrain monorail operates from stations around the city and passes
through Darling Harbour.
Sydney Opera House: Finished in the early 1970's from a design the late
Joern Utzon, it is one of the most recognised buildings in the world. It
is the centre for performing arts in Sydney, Bookings on 9250 7111. Magnificent
views of the Harbour Bridge can be seen from the Opera House.
The Royal Botanical Gardens: Spread along the harbourside the gardens
provide a pleasant respite from sightseeing around the harbour.
Sydney Tower: The tallest building in Sydney with panoramic views and
revolving restaurant at the top.
- Childhood Museum: The Rocks. Ph: 02 9241 5099
- Earth Exchange: The Rocks. 02 9251 2422
- Harris Street Motor Museum: 02 9552 3375
- Justice and Police Museum: Phillip St. Ph: 02 9252 1144
- Sydney Jewish Museum: Darlinghurst. Ph: 02 9360 7999
- Sydney Casino: Ph: 300 300 711
- The Rocks: Circular Quay. Ph: 02 9255 1788
THE EASTERN SUBURBS:
Kings Cross. At the top end of William Street is the renowned red-light
district of Kings Cross. With the well lit El Alamein fountain bubbling away
in its centre it reflects the vibrant attitude of the people who visit and live
here. Clubs and bars are open till all hours, and there is plenty of accommodation
about. A visit to Kings Cross can be an exciting part of your Sydney holiday.
Further east the boutique suburbs of Rushcutter Bay, Double and Watson's
Bays, and Vaucluse reflect the wealth of Sydney. Palatial homes abound with
magnificent views across the harbour. Some of these homes are open to the public.
Elizabeth Bay House, Vaucluse House, and Lindesay
can all be visited.
A drive along Old South Head Rd and New South Head Rd towards the beachside
suburbs of Bondi, then across to Maroubra is a pleasant experience. Some coach
companies conduct these tours and point out places of interest along the way.
The yachts moored in Rose Bay and the foreshore heritage walk are particularly
rewarding. Until the late 1960's Flying Boats operated out of Rose Bay connecting
with Lord Howe Island on the Great Barrier Reef, and with Tasmania.
The eastern suburbs are particularly well known for their beaches. Here
you will find Bondi, possibly the most famous of Australian beaches. Others
include Bronte, Coogee, Maroubra and Malabar. All are safe swimming beaches.
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