Home to Aboriginal tribes until the arrival of James Cook in 1770, Sydney is now often mistaken for Australia’s capital. It is the country’s biggest city and its showpiece for bedazzling architecture, state-of-the-art museums and some of Australia’s finest restaurants. With its Aboriginal heritage and modern outlook, Sydney is a city of many dimensions. Combining breathtaking cityscapes, hundreds of miles of coastline, and a warm tropical climate, Sydney provides everything needed for a memorable stay.


Sydney is a city full of breathtaking views. From Sydney Harbour, the city’s working port, take in Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the sea beyond. For a wonderful view of the city, the coastline and the mountains in the distance, take the lift up to the city’s highest point at the top of Sydney Tower. For a taste of the old Sydney, have a wander around historic Macquarie Street, full of Victorian buildings.

There are many ways to soak up some culture in Sydney: go to The Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art. For a browse through the city’s literary heritage, follow the Writers’ Walk at the Circular Quay. Discover Sydney’s dark past at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum where you will experience Nineteenth Century prison life. Sydney is home to some outstanding landscaping such as the Chinese Garden of Friendship and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

For some time out from the bustling city, head to Taronga Zoo or discover the city’s exquisite coastline at Bondi Beach where you can indulge in some of Australia’s favourite pastimes: beach volleyball and surfing.


From one-off boutiques to chic designer labels, Sydney is a shopper’s paradise. Head to Pitt St. Mall, one of the main shopping areas for luxurious brands, and visit the Queen Victoria Building for over 200 shops. For custom made tailoring, Paddington is the place to be, and do not miss Castlereagh Street for jewellery and accessories. Go to the Rocks area for speciality purchases, where the tourist market on George Street is filled with wonderful gifts.

Nightlife and Eating Out

With a tradition of al-fresco restaurants and bring-your-own. drinks, eating out in Sydney is a real pleasure. From Asian to European cuisine, there is plenty to offer for every palate.

Head to Chinatown for some traditional Asian cooking, or over to the Rocks for pubs and bistros. Kings Cross offers lots for variety, from simple cafés and traditional pubs to fine restaurants.

Tourist Information

Sydney Visitor Centres are located at 106 George Street, The Rocks and 33 Wheat Road, Darling HarbourSydneyTel: +61(0)2 9240


The city is well served by Sydney Airport which is found 9km (6 miles) south of the centre. A direct train can be taken from central Sydney to the airport in 10-15 minutes.

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