Whether you’re a history or culture buff or a plain pleasure-seeker, Sydney, Australia has everything to offer quite enough to keep you occupied and at the end of your journey you won’t want to leave.
The state capital of New South Wales with a population od 4,504,469, Sydney is the largest and most popular city in Australia. Historically, the city is the site of the first English settlement on the continent in 1788 after Capt. James Cook landed in Port Botany and claimed the land for the British Empire.
However, long before the Europeans turned up Sydney was home to the Guringai aboriginal people.
Sydney is endowed with natural beauty, stunning climate, inspiring arts and culture, and pleasant people. Its icons and famous places make Sydney so … Sydney.
Most visible iconic landmark of Sydney is the Sydney Opera House, designed by Danish architect John Utzon and constructed between 1959 and 1973. Considered one of the architectural masterpiece of the 20th century, the Sydney Opera House showcases everything from ballet to opera to Shakespeare, playing host to over 2,500 performances and events each year. An hour-long behind-the-scenes guided tours reveal the inner workings of this renowned icon.
Contrasting with the Opera House convex sails is the dramatic steel presence of Sydney Harbour Bridge. You can climb via catwalks and ladders to the 134-meter high apex of Sydney’s famous “coathanger” and savour the panoramic view of the Harbour. Or you can just drive across it or simply gaze at it from any angle and for sure you’re bound to love it.
Explore “The Rocks” and Circular Quay on foot, Sydney’s oldest quarter because this area was the first port of call for early European settlers. The Rocks with cobbled laneways, old brick warehouses and historic pubs, modern eateries and contemporary galleries has a fine collection of boutique shops and heritage buildings plus the colourful Rocks Open Market.
Sydney is home to world’s most well-known beaches, Bondi Beach and Manly patrolled daily by professional lifeguards.
The Chinatown of Sydney is a lively district close to the city centre, offering an eclectic mix of mouthwatering cuisine and groovy Asian boutiques and food/convenience stores. Quite a busy place making it so hard to find a parking spot.
We enjoyed the Royal Botanical Gardens, an oasis of 3o hectares of natural parklands in the heart of the city, and the Sydney Aquarium, where we walked underwater and discovered the largest collection of all-Australian aquatic life. You could come face to face with sharks and giant rays in the Great Barrier Reef habitat.
To the west of Sydney lies the UNESCO world heritage listed Blue Mountains located at Katoomba, noted for striking scenery, rainforests and wildlife. It takes about 2 hours by car to get to the famous Blue Mountains – called Blue because the eucalyptus trees that cover their slopes make them look literally blue.
After viewing the wilderness of the Blue Mountains from the windy “Flat Rock”, also called the Kings Tableland, we had a relaxing bushwalk to the most breathtaking waterfalls in the area, the Wentworth Falls.
We stopped at the Scenic World and rode on the Scenic Railway, world’s steepest incline railway and returned by riding “The Cableway” to the top of the canyon where the mountains are best seen in all its glory. From Echo Point we viewed the famous and legendary “The Three Sisters” rock formations.
After five days we left Sydney with a heavy heart.