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Introduction to Sydney

The 2006 census showed that of Sydney’s urban area population approx 175,000 were born in the UK, 109,000 in China, 81,000 in New Zealand and 62,000 in Vietnam. This gives some indication of just how much of the local population is comprised of expats - Sydney in fact has the seventh largest percentage of foreign born population in the world - more than London or Paris.

 

We provide a selection of useful Sydney related websites further down this page. In the mean-time here is an article summarising our first visit to Sydney.

A Special Escape to Sydney

We always planned to visit Sydney and so we eventually headed to this spectacular city which is the largest city of Australia. There are now over 4.5 million people living in Sydney.  Sydney is positioned in the south-east of Australia.

Upon arrival at Sydney International Airport  we took a taxi to our hotel the Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney. The hotel is perfectly located close to the Rocks, Circular Quay, The Royal Botanic Gardens and more. Luckily the sky on the morning of our arrival was nice and clear so we decided to head out to the Sydney Tower being the tallest building in Sydney. The Tower offers its famous Skywalk making you feel like you are really on top of the world, an Observation Deck and more. We only went to the Observation Deck which was experience enough. We had magnificent views over Sydney and its surroundings from Sydney Harbour up to the Blue Mountains. Sydney has so much to offer that it was very difficult for us to decide what to see next and what we could see during our stay.

The following day we had an interesting tour around the majestic Sydney Opera House. The Opera House presents a range of shows throughout the year in the Opera Theatre, the Concert Hall, the Utzon Room, the Playhouse as well as in the Studio.  It was built by Jørn Utzon and opened up in 1979 and in 2007 it turned UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can have some very nice views from the venues and luxuriate in some relaxing time at the steps in front of the Opera House.

After the Opera House we spent quite a while at the Museum of Contemporary Art offering some really good exhibitions and soon after we walked along the Rocks, did some shopping and wrapped up our day with the Harbour Bridge.

On our 3rd day we started the morning from the peaceful Royal Botanic Gardens. These wonderful gardens offer many different plant life and animals. We had been particularly surprised by all the flying bats and really enjoyed discovering some exotic plants at the Sydney Tropical Centre. The Tropical centre is placed in glass houses of which one is in the shape of a big pyramid.

In the afternoon we visited the Australian National Maritime Museum containing a variety of displays presenting maritime history, artefacts and offering some activities. This is a good way to discover the maritime history. After the museum we went for dinner to the Harbourside shopping centre nearby the museum and of course did some shopping while having another opportunity.

As you can find more than seventy beaches in Sydney, we decided to go to the beach on our last day. We took a bus to Coogee Beach which took approximately 45 minutes and after some time there we walked to Bondi Beach. On our walk we enjoyed some astonishing scenery making it the icing on the cake. On our day of departure, we all agreed that we've got to return to this phenomenal city as there is certainly much more to see.

Sydney Airport
Radisson Hotels
Sydney Tower
The Rocks
The Royal Botanical Gardens
Australian National Maritime Museum
Harbourside shopping centre
City of Sydney
Sydney Opera House

Art Gallery of New South Wales - The gallery is Australia's leading art museums showing Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art.
Address: Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Australian Broadcasting Corporation Head Office
Address: 700 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW, 2007

Australian Museum - Australia’s first museum established in 1827. The museum offers a variety of collections, exhibitions, natural science and indigenous cultures.
Address: 6 College St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Australian National Maritime Museum - The museum contains great maritime artefacts, lively exhibitions, fun activities and even the chance to board ships and experience life on the water.
Address: 2 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000

Balmain Hospital - Sydney South West Area Health Service which specialises in aged care, rehabilitation and general medicine.
Address: Booth St, Balmain, NSW, 2041

Balmain Market - Sydney's third oldest market.
Address: Cnr Darling St & Curtis Rd Curtis Street, Balmain, NSW, 2041

Bondi Markets - The markets are open every Sunday at the beachfront grounds of Bondi Beach Public School.
Address: Campbell Pde, Bondi Beach, NSW, 2026

Cadman's Cottage - The sandstone cottage was built in 1816. The cottage is named after John Cadman who was a convict transported in 1798 for horse-stealing and later he was granted a full pardon. He lived there with his wife until 1845.
Address: 110 George St, The Rocks, NSW, 2000

Capitol Theatre
13 Campbell St, Haymarket, NSW, 2000

Centennial Parklands - The 220-ha big parklands are less than 5km away from Sydney central business district. It offers a rose garden, statues, arranged walks and more.
Address: Parkes Dr, Centennial Park, NSW, 2021

Chifley Plaza Shopping - Here you can enjoy food, shop for cloth and jewellery and more.
Address: 2 Chifley Square, Sydney, NSW 2000

Chinese Garden - Built by Chinese gardeners and landscape architects, the garden uses the four key elements of water, stone, plants and architecture.
Address: Darling Harbour, NSW

City of Sydney - official website

Darling Harbour website

Elizabeth Bay House - The house was built from 1835 to 1839 for Alexander Macleay. It contains a beautiful staircase, and the finest colonial interior.
Address: 7 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay, NSW, 2011

Glasshouse Shopping Centre - The centre offers jewellery, clothes, travel services, Medicare products and more.
Address: 150 Pitt Street Mall, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Glebe Market - The market offers second-hand goods, records, furniture, arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery.
Address: Glebe Point Rd & Derby Pl, Glebe, NSW, 2037

Harbourside Shopping Centre - The centre is located on the water’s edge of Darling Harbour. It offers quality stores and eateries with style.
Address: 2-10 Darling Dr, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Hero of Waterloo Hotel - The hotel is open over 160 years and provides not just accommodation but also live music and a restaurant.
Address: 81 Lower Fort St, The Rocks, NSW, 2000

Hyde Park Barracks Museum - It was built in 1819 for convict men and boy and it was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway.
Address: Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

IMAX Theatre - The biggest IMAX theatre in the world offering a variety of 3D movies.
Address: 31 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000

MLC Centre - Here you can enjoy luxury shopping at Sydney's premier shopping destination.
Address: 19 - 29 Martin Pl,
Sydney, NSW, 2000

Museum of Contemporary Art - The museum is showing a permanent collection and a variety of exhibitions by local and overseas artists.
Address: 140 George St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Museum of Sydney - This modern museum was designed by Richard Johnson.
The museum offers a variety of events, exhibitions, movies, talks and walks.
Address: 37 Phillip St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

NSW Official Tourism website

Paddington Markets - Every Sat over 200 stalls sell a variety of Australian made products.
Address: 395 Oxford St, Paddington, NSW, 2021

Paddy's Markets - Sydney's Paddy's Markets offers a variety of fruit, vegetables, cloth, flowers, home wares and more. The market has two locations. One is at Haymarket and the other one is in Flemington.

Parliament House - NSW Parliament
Address: 6 Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Pitt Street Mall - The centre is Australia's busiest and most cosmopolitan shopping centre.
Address: Pitt St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Powerhouse Museum - This is Sydney's science and design museum.
Address: 500 Harris St, Ultimo, NSW, 2007

Royal Botanic Gardens - Here you can go for peace, relaxation, natural beauty and more.
Address: Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, NSW 2000

St Mary's Cathedral
Address: 2 St Mary's road, Sydney, 2000

State Theatre
Address: 49 Market St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

St Luke's Care - General, surgical and rehabilitation private hospital and also offering quality aged care.
Address: 18 Roslyn St, Elizabeth Bay, NSW, 2011

St Vincent's Hospital
Address: 390 Victoria St, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

Susannah Place Museum - It was built in 1833 by Irish immigrants and today it is telling stories of the often overlooked lives of working class people.
Address: 58-64 Gloucester St, The Rocks, NSW, 2000

Sydney Aquarium - It is one of the world's largest and most spectacular aquariums in the world.
Address: Aquarium Pier, Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000
Website: www.sydneyaquarium.com.au

Sydney Bridge Climb - You can choose from 3 guided bridge climbs that take you 134 metres above Sydney Harbour.
Address: 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks, NSW, 2000

Sydney Conservatorium of Music - The global centre of music is providing excellent education, research and performances.
Address: Macquarie St & Bridge St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre - The centre is located at Darling Harbour.
Address: Darling Dr, Darling Harbour, NSW, 2000

Sydney Fish Market - The market offers more than 100 different kinds of fresh seafood.
Address: 200/9 Bank St, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Website: www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au

Sydney Hospital and Sydney Eye Hospital
Address: 8 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Sydney Jewish Museum - Holocaust and Australian Jewish history.
Address: 148 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW, 2010

Sydney Observatory - The Observatory overlooks parklands and Sydney Harbour. Interesting programs for adults, children, amateur astronomers and tourists.
Address: Watson Rd, The Rocks, NSW, 2000

Sydney Olympic Park 
Address: Sydney Olympic Park, NSW

Sydney Opera House
Address: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Sydney weather - from the New South Wales Government

Sydney Wildlife World - The wildlife world shows you Australia's land-based animals like Koala's, Red Kangaroos, Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies and many more.
Address: Aquarium Pier, 1 - 5 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour NSW 2000

Taronga Zoo - The zoo can be reached by car within 20min from Sydney. It offers a variety of over 2000 animals. The zoo also offers animal shows.
Address: Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman, NSW, 2088

The Entertainment Quarter - It offers cinemas, kids’ activities and EQ village markets.
Address: 122 Lang Road, Moore Park, NSW 2021

The Justice and Police Museum - Between 1856 and 1888 the building of the museum was home to the Water Police Court and Water Police station. It is showing legal and criminal history.
Address: Phillip St & Albert St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

The Rocks Discovery Museum - The museum is home to a unique collection of images and archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks.
Address: Kendall Ln, The Rocks, NSW, 2000

The Sydney College of the Arts
Address: Rozelle Campus, Balmain Rd, Rozelle, NSW, 2039

The University of Notre Dame Australia -
Address: 104 Broadway, NSW, 2007

Theatre Royal
Address: 108 King Street, MLC Centre, Sydney

Tourism New South Wales

Transport City Rail

Transport CountryLink

Transport Sydney Buses

Transport Sydney Ferries

Transport Metro Transport - Metro Transport is operating Sydney's Monorail and Metro Light Rail

University of Sydney - The University offers a range of dynamic courses with flexible degree structures.
Address: City Rd, University of Sydney, NSW, 2006

University of Technology Sydney
Address: 15 Broadway, Ultimo, NSW, 2007

Westfield Bondi Junction - Shopping centre offering clothes, shoes & footwear, jewellery, home & outdoor living, movies and more.
Address: 500 Oxford Street, Westfield Shopping Ctr, Bondi Junction, NSW, 2022
 

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