Sydney Travel Guide
The state capital of New South Wales and Australia’s most populous city, Sydney sits on the south east coast of the Tasman Sea and the aim of our Sydney travel guide is to bring travel and tourism information to first time visitors. It was the first British colony to be founded in Australia, in 1788, as a penal colony, but is now one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. With its status as the economic centre of the country and most populous city, one would think that Sydney is the capital of Australia.
Better known as Sydney Harbour, Port Jackson houses the famous Opera House, Australia’s most iconic landmark which is immediately recognisable all over the world. This is an incredible feat of modern architecture which, with the equally famous Harbour Bridge, stands proudly against the dramatic Port Jackson backdrop. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Suite, this is one of the busiest and most active venues for performing arts in the world, attracting 1.2 million people annually to its one and a half thousand performances. The harbour can be explored by ferry or paddle boat or by a 3.6 km monorail which ranges around it.
Sydney is a great place for families with children to visit. With parks, zoos, museums and water parks there is plenty to keep children occupied. Kangaroos and koala bears can be seen up close and a pelican sanctuary draws in the crowds at feeding time. With Wildlife World, Aquarium and Reptile Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens, your visit can be a real education as well as great fun. Bicentennial Park is great for family picnics but there is no shortage of cafes and restaurants of every description in Sydney.
Like everywhere else in Australia, life centres around Sydney’s beaches, which are only deserted in the depths of winter. Some of these, like Bondi and Manly are the most famous beaches in the world; some, like Tamarama and Palm Beach are considered the most exclusive; then there is Cronulla, known particularly for its excellent surfing; Coogee for its family-friendliness and lots of lesser known, secluded little beaches for romantic trysts or just to get away from it all.
The world can’t be wrong about Sydney. In the last few years they have chosen it as a venue for the Olympic Games, the Rugby World Cup and for the World Youth Day celebrations. It ranks in the top ten of the world’s most desirable places to live and is an exciting, cosmopolitan city which has truly earned its status as an Alpha plus world city.
Sydney is filled with a large number of pubs, nightclubs, lounge bars, dance clubs, as well as casinos, which forms part of the active nightlife of the city. The city is renowned for having one of life's most exciting nightlife in the world. Especially with its famous rave parties. Kings Cross is the area known to be a mecca for nightlife. That is also where a large number of backpackers are!