Sydney Australia Tourist Information

Sydney Travel Guide

The sprawling capital city of New South Wales and largest, oldest city in Australia, this "Harbour City" is world renowned for its cosmopolitan flair. With a dynamic economy and overflowing with rich culture and chic fashion, Sydney epitomizes international vibrancy at its finest.

Sydney's indigenous tribes date back to over 40,000 years. It is also the first city in Australia to be settled by Europeans in January 26, 1788 (Australian Day).

Originally used as a place to house prisoners from England, Sydney experienced urban development during the 1830s and 1840s when immigrants wanted a fresh start in the "new" country. The population surged when gold was discovered during the 1850s.

Sydney's population hit the one million mark in the early 20th century with descendants from all over the world. This melting pot is now what gives this city its cosmopolitan elegance and accommodating attitude.

Sydney Tourist Attractions

During the 2000 Olympic Summer Games, the featured landmarks were the Australian renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. The Harbour Bridge connects the city to North Sydney and can be walked or biked across. It is not uncommon for the adventurer to climb the arch. Either way, the view is spectacular and truly worth the effort. The Darling Harbour is a must-see while in the area. It is complete with restaurants, shopping and museums.

The Sydney Opera House is the iconic symbol of Australia, visited by millions of people worldwide. Its unique design and structure has fascinated many - even those who did not have a prior interest in opera.

There is plethora of activities to accommodate any itinerary. The Sydney Tower, also called "Centrepoint Tower", offers a 360 degree of the city's picturesque skyline.

The Fort Denison is one of several popular islands in the area. It was built in the 1800s to defend against Russian attack. Boat rentals are available and are the best way to see all the islands.

Transportation Around Sydney

The Sydney International Airport is only 5 miles from the city centre and offers daily flights to and from most major destinations world wide. Taxis and shuttle buses are readily available. All major car rental agencies are accessible at the airport.

Before traveling to a foreign country, it is highly advisable to get travel insurance. In the event of an accident or illness, medical expenses can be costly. Travel insurance can provide you and your family assurance that your trip will be the most memorable.