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About Sydney

Few cities in the world offer such a wide-range of multiculturalism like Sydney, it is a city with the best quality of life for everyone. Its good infrastructure, transport facilities, cultural and natural areas combined, attract tourists from across the globe.

The city that hosted the 2000 Olympic Games offers a wealth of attractions. The majestic Opera House. This populous city in Australia. which is also the capital of the State of New South Wales, was founded in 1788 by the British Arthur Phillip. Sydney Harbour Bridge (bridge of the port of Sydney), The Tower, The Australian Museum, Hyde Park, Taronga Zoo, The Aquarium and the many beaches on the Pacific Ocean are part of the major tours of the city, where also is based The Kingsford Smith International Airport.

Climate

Hot summers and cold winters are compensated to form the mild climate that characterizes the city of Sydney. The proximity of the sea allows that the climatic conditions are moderate, with the most extreme temperatures in the inner western suburbs.

There is a rainy season, but that is balanced throughout the year. Sydney may be visited in any of the twelve months of the year, Travelers who want to enjoy the beach, should however, plan there trip for the month of January, the warmest month, with temperatures averaging between 18.6 and 25.8 ° C.

As for the coldest month of the year is July, with a minimum average of 8 ° C. In coastal areas, in any case, it is unusual that the temperature drops below 5 ° C. Snowfalls are not recorded in Sydney since 1836.

Major regions

Central Business District

Central Sydney suburb is known as The Central Business District (CBD) of the City. This is the most commercial district of the city and is known for the large number of businesses and financial institutions, although its range is much wider.

This area of Sydney combines a long succession of high skyscraper and large parks (like Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens. George Street is one of its main streets and provides access to several tourist attractions such as Chinatown, with multiple restaurants and typical shops of the Asian community), and St. Andrew's Cathedral, consecrated in 1868), the Queen Victoria Building is one of the main shopping centers of the city, and the pedestrian area of Martin Place.

The Governor Phillip Tower is one of the tallest buildings in the city, which stands at 254 meters high. On the ground floor is the renowned Museum of Sydney. World Tower (230 meters) and MLC Centre (228 meters) are other towering skyscrapers in the CBD of Sydney.

Those who are interested in learning about the cultural life of the city can enjoy a visit, sites such as the State Library of new South Wales, The Royal Theatre, built in 1827, and the City Recital Hall.

The Central Business District also has in its peripheral The Sydney Opera House, The Australian Museum, the Museum of contemporary art, and the art gallery of new South Wales, among other attractions that entice millions of travelers.

North Shore

North Shore is the informal name used to refer to the residential area in the north side of sydney. This informality makes its limits not accurate, although it is usually located within this region to the West of Ryde Bridge.

North Sydney, Chatswood, St Leonards, Crows Nest, Gordon and Neutral Bay are some of the districts that are part of the North Shore. Each one has attractions that deserve to be taken into account in the agenda of the tourists.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is located between the CBD and the North Shore. It was opened to the public in 1932 and appears on the most famous postcards.

Another attraction of the North Shore is the Taronga Zoo, opened in 1916 and the residence of some 2,600 animals at present. Elephants, giraffes, kangaroos, Tasmanian Devils, hippos, chimpanzees and crocodiles are just some of the inhabitants in this zoo.

Kirribilli House is the official residence of the Prime Minister of Australia. The history of this House dates back to 1854, when Adolphus Frederic Feez purchased land and built a picturesque Gothic style mansion.

A must see for the whole family, but especially for children, is the Luna Park in Sydney, a huge amusement park. It was built in 1935 and lived tragic moments: in 1979, a fire in the ghost train that ended the lives of six children and one adult. After this fact, most of the Park was demolished and new attractions were built.

Greater Western Sydney

The area west of the metropolitan area of Sydney receives the generic name of Greater Western Sydney. The furthest point between this region and the Central Business District, about 30 minutes by car.

Parramatta (a commercial district considered as the second CBD), Fairfield, Blacktown, Penrith and The Blue Mountains are some of the districts that make up Greater Western Sydney, where live more than 1.8 million people who enjoy a temperature between 12 ° and 23 ° C.

Olympic Park of Sydney, was developed for the 2000 Olympic Games and currently home to various events, being one of the most popular venues in the region. Australia Stadium or ANZ Stadium (which holds a capacity of 83,500 spectators), the Acer Arena (which hosted concerts by artists such as Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas and Britney Spears), the Sydney International Aquatic Center and the bicentennial Park, are some of its main places of interest.

Greater Western Sydney also the region of the Blue Mountains, Westfield Penrith shopping centre, The Lennox Bridge, Auburn Gallipoli mosque, and the Presbyterian Church of Wentworthville. Perhaps this is not the most famous tourist places of the capital of Australia, but any traveler who wants to know in depth the city should go and visit the attractions of this region.

Sites of interest

When Arthur Phillip founded the city in 1788 from a fleet of convicts from the United Kingdom, about 8,000 aborigines inhabited this area. A year later violent clashes between settlers and natives started, and an outbreak of smallpox ended the lives of most of them.

The Museum of Sydney, which is part of the Governor Phillip Tower, is one of the best places to learn the story of the encounter between The Europeans and aborigines. This entity exhibits panoramic photographs depicting the historical development of the city and disseminates all referring to the era when Sydney was a convicted British destination.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is located in Port Jackson (also known as Sydney Harbour). The building, designed by the Dane Jorn Utzon opened in 1973, and is considered one of the most famous of the 20th century.

A wide variety of works in theatre, ballet, opera and musicals are generally developed in the Sydney Opera House, which is part of the World Heritage since 2007.

Its expressionist construction rests on 580 pillars sunk into the ocean to a depth of 25 meters under sea level. The main structures of the complex are the Concert Hall (with capacity for 2,600 people and the presence of the world's largest mechanical organ), the Opera Theatre (with 1,500 seats), the Drama Theatre, the Music Hall and the Studio Theatre, as well as other smaller rooms.

Sydney Tower

The tallest building in the city, also known as Centrepoint Tower or the AMP Tower. located at 100 Market Street, reaches over 305 meters

Construction began in 1975 and six years later, opened the access to the public. In 2009, the base and other areas of the building were remodeled to ensure safety.

Sydney Tower has three major sections that are open to the public. The Observatory is the place preferred by visitors, located 250 meters high and with a panoramic view of 360 °. Restaurants and a gift shop complete the proposal.

In total, the Tower has a capacity for 960 people. Its high-speed elevators move visitors to the highest part of the building in about 40 seconds.

Australian Museum

The Australian Museum is the oldest in the country and one of the most respected in the world in terms of natural history and anthropology. Located in College Street, it has a large collection of Zoology, palaeontology, and mineralogy.

The entity was founded in 1827 and was managed directly, in principle, by the colonial Government. In the Decade of 1980, the Australian Museum began to develop a broad partnership with the Aboriginal population and increased their assets in this regard.

Other important moments in the history of the Museum was the opening of various research centres and the opening of the Djamu Gallery at Customs House, in what was its largest facility outside the College Street building.

Visitors can access the Australian Museum every day from 9.30 to 17 hours (with the exception of holidays).

Activities and attractions

Lounging on the beach, to water sports at sea, learning the fascinating history of the Aboriginal people, or revel in a show at the Opera House, or having a typical Australian beer in the neighbourhood of The Rocks are just some of the options offered by Sydney.

Tourists who want to know the typical sport activities of the city should visit the Sydney Cricket Ground. This stadium opened in 1988 with seating for 44,000 people, football, rugby and cricket, among other sports. Sydney Cricket Ground also hosts concerts and different types of shows.

Interested in religious tourism travellers can choose to go the Auburn Gallipoli mosque (which was built in 1979 and was completed just two decades later), the great synagogue (located opposite Hyde Park) and the St Mary's Cathedral.

Parks

Royal National Park (Sydney) Sydney is known worldwide for its open green spaces. The metropolitan area even has national parks, including the Royal National Park (created in 1879, is the second-oldest in the world). In this park, it is possible to go trekking in a jungle setting or enjoy beaches like Garie, Wattamolla or Burning Palms.

Hyde Park, in the East of the Central Business District, is known for its groves that allow rest and recreation. This urban park also stands out for its monuments, such as the obelisk, the Archibald fountain, the statue of Captain Cook and the ANZAC War Memorial.

One of the most beautiful parks of Sydney is without a doubt the Chinese Garden of Friendship, situated Close to Chinatown, it was inaugurated in 1988, with sculptures of dragons to tea houses, artificial lakes, and a wide variety of species of flowers.

Beaches

Sydney beaches are broken down into all the coastline of the Pacific Ocean and even appear in different places in the bays and rivers. The generally warm climate of the city and the absence of cyclones or storms help tourism development.

One of the most popular beaches of Sydney is Bondi Beach, seven kilometres from the CBD. The beach volleyball, surfing and, of course swimming, are some of the most common activities in this area, which has its moment of glory during the month of January when thousands of tourists come to enjoy the high temperatures.

Wedding Cake island is an island off Coogee Beach, Sydney, which protects the beach from most swells. it has taken its name as the island resembles a wedding cake, particularly when the white water breaks over the island, giving the appearance of icing on a cake.

Palm Beach, Avalon, Queenscliff, manly and Tamarama are Sydneys other beaches. A fact to keep in mind are the presence of sharks and are common in certain regions of the coast. The warnings of the authorities cannot be neglected on the matter.

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