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Sydney Australia

Sydney is the capital city of the south-eastern Australian state of New South Wales, situated on Port Jackson, a waterway including Sydney Harbour, Middle Harbour, North Harbour, and the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers. With a population of just over 4.25 million, Sydney—the "Harbour City"—remains the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia. Sydney holds a reputation worldwide as one of the world's most beautiful and liveable cities, brimming with historical associations and globally influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, cuisine and design. The city is also home to many unique architectural styles, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on the planet.

Sydney is a dynamic centre for Australian economic activity and one of the most important cities for finance in the Asia-Pacific region. Sydney was also the host of the 2000 Olympic Games, which successfully raised the city's global profile. Though comprised of a large, sometimes sprawling population, Sydney nonetheless retains many large public spaces and lush green parklands—the city is literally surrounded by national parks, which extend even into the suburbs and the shores of the harbour.

Sydney has a compact city centre surrounded by suburbs and districts, sprawling over 40km to the north, west and south. The city and its suburbs (many of which are cities in their own right) form a vast metropolitan area.

Owing to the city's size and variety, the districts of Sydney are difficult to categorise.

Central Sydney

  • Sydney City (CBD) - The busy centre of government and finance, but also home to many of Sydney's famous tourist and cultural attractions.
  • The Rocks - Just to the west of Circular Quay, The Rocks includes the first colonial village of Sydney and the iconic Harbour Bridge.
  • Darling Harbour - An extensive leisure and entertainment area immediately to the west of the CBD.
  • Haymarket and Chinatown - On the southern side of the city centre, near Central Station, are markets, cafes, chinese culture and cuisine.
  • Kings Cross - To the east, chic bars, blinding neon signs and hip night clubs. Kings Cross is also well known as Sydney's red light district.
  • Darlinghurst - Once the site of countless brothels and speakeasies, now filled with chic and stylish eateries and the heart of the gay community.
  • Paddington - Oxford Street ranges from the camp to the posh and is a must for upmarket fashion addicts and drinkers.

North of the Harbour

  • The North Shore - Over the Harbour Bridge are leafy residential areas stretching northwards. The North Shore also has major commercial and retail areas at North Sydney and Chatswood, many smaller boutique shopping areas, and many parks and gardens.
  • The Northern Beaches - From Manly stretching North along the coast to Palm Beach.
  • The Northern Districts area includes Sydney's Silicon Valley at Macquarie Park, and the northern side of the western reaches of Sydney Harbour.
  • The Hills District is a largely residential area around 30 minutes to the North and West.

Heading East

  • The Eastern Suburbs - Between the City and the sea, includes the world-famous Bondi Beach and other city beaches, which are strong drawcards for visitors and residents in the city during summer.

Heading West

  • The Inner West - Sydney's original suburbs are now bohemian and are a hub of cheap eats, shopping and inner-city culture.
  • Sydney Olympic Park - Home of the Sydney Olympics, now an area of parks, and venues for sports and outdoor activities.
  • Parramatta - The second centre of European settlement in Australia, is now a thriving commercial, tourist and retail district, and is easily accessible from Central Sydney in around half an hour by train or ferry.
  • The Outer West stretching from Parramatta out to the Blue Mountains
  • The South West centers of Liverpool and Campbelltown are a large swathe of residential and commercial Sydney.

Heading South

  • Southern Sydney - The area south of the CBD and north of the Georges River, including the areas surrounding Sydney Airport and Brighton Le Sands on Botany Bay.
  • Sutherland Shire- Is the district to the far south and east of the city center including Cronulla and Captain Cooks Landing Place.

Satellite towns

Some of the areas on the far western edge of Sydney developed long before the expansion of the suburbs to their doorstep, and are still considered to some extent separate towns:

  • Richmond.
  • Windsor.

See

  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge crosses the harbour from the city to North Sydney. You can walk or cycle across the Harbour Bridge free of charge. You can climb the arch with BridgeClimb or fly over it with Red Baron Adventures
  • The Sydney Opera House . Located in the city, millions of tourists a year throng the building just to see it, even if they have little or no interest in Opera. The Sydney Opera House is easily one of the most famous structures ever built.
  • Darling Harbour is a large tourist precinct and includes a range of activities, restaurants, museums and shopping facilities.
  • Sydney Olympic Park, . Home of the 2000 Summer Olympics and now parklands and sporting facilities.
  • Luna Park, 1 Olympic Dr, Milson's Point, tel. 02 9033 7676. Is a large theme park situated near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It's mouth-shaped entrance can be seen from many areas of Sydney as well as the large Ferris Wheel.
  • Sydney Tower also called Centrepoint Tower. The tallest structure in Sydney, the tower contains a buffet, cafe and a rather large restaurant and attracts many visitors a year. You can stand over the city on a transparent platform, over the edge of the top of the tower with Skywalk.

 

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