Sydney Regional Info

Sydney is Australia's shining gem. With beaches sprinkled in pristine sand and sparkling blue water, an international palate of food from all corners of the globe and a city pulsing with all the excitement of the worlds best capitals while still retaining the quiet coastal charm of small town Australia.

Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales is the largest and most populated city in Australia, over 4.5 million people inhabit the metropolitan area. Located on the south-east coast, the city was built around beautiful Port Jackson, commonly known as Sydney Harbour. First visited by the British in 1770 when Captain James Cook sailed the Endeavor to Botany Bay. The First Fleet arrived later in 1788 led by HMS Sirius and under the command of Governor Arthur Phillip, a total of 11 ships brought convicts and officials to Port Jackson establishing Australia's first British colony. The city's portfolio of achievements include the construction and opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932, The Sydney Opera house in 1973, Centerpoint tower completed in 1981 and The Harbour tunnel in 1992. The city has also hosted many international sporting events the biggest being the 2000 summer Olympic games voted the most successful games to date.

After spending just a few days in Sydney it's not hard to know why many visitors make it their home. There is a seemingly never ending list of reasons why people love this beautiful city. Most travellers and many locals alike don't drive a car, they travel using public transportation or simply walk which is the best way to see most of the inner city attractions. With the Imax theatre, Aquarium and many of the city's best restaurants set to a backdrop of the incredible Sydney Harbour and just a short stroll from the city's centre. Sydney's CBD is a cosmopolitan hub with enough shopping to keep even the most serious shoppers satisfied and if your not buggered after all that, the nightlife in this city runs 24 hours and doesn't stop until you do. There are such a variety of things to do for all walks of life. For the holidaymaker looking to relax you could take a walk through The Royal Botanic Gardens, stroll around Circular Quay and Darling Harbour or explore the Rocks where you will find yourself transported back in time to the place the first fleet first docked in Sydney. For those craving a bit more action you could experience the city from a variety of different perspectives. Jump aboard one of Sydney Harbours adrenaline pumping jet boat tours or climb to the summit of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge 134 metres above the water and enjoy a 360 degree view of the city. If you love nature and breathtaking scenery then head to the Blue Mountains, around 50 minutes drive from Sydney central. For those keen surfers there are many legendary breaks along the coast of Sydney, none more famous than Bondi and Manly but explore a little and you will find some hidden gems.

Each of the regional areas within Sydney hold a unique charm that sets them apart from one another and all have something to offer it's just a matter of finding them. With your local travel guide, your in the right place.

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Blue Mountains Circular Quay Kings Cross Olympic Park Sydney City CBD
Bondi Beach Darling Harbour Manly Beach Sydney Beaches The Rocks