Sydney Travel Guide (NSW, 2000)

Sydney is a vibrant city bursting with character stretching from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the foot of the Blue Mountains. Whether you seek exhilaration and exploration or 100% relaxation Sydney boasts an impressive list of urban attractions including dining, shopping and recreation.

The personality of Sydney's dining scene is as distinctive as the city itself, reflecting its multicultural diversity and willingness to embrace new things. Find a fresh approach to flavour combinations at numerous gourmet restaurants, many of which are on the harbour and enjoy outstanding views. While high-end dining experiences are plentiful, cafe society thrives in Sydney's inner precincts and beaches. Paddington and Balmain have flourishing pub-dining scenes and quality food is also on offer at historic pubs in The Rocks.

Sydney's shopping offers everything your heart could desire. The City Centre is home to major retail centres offering a range of boutiques and specialty stores, and international designers including DKNY, Versace and Gucci. Find Australian designers such as Morrissey, Collette Dinnigan and Alannah Hill in Oxford Street, Paddington.

Recreation is a specialty of Sydney's, a city that takes full advantage of its natural environs. Soak up Sydney life on the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk, just one of many on offer. The Rose Bay to Watson's Bay and The Spit to Manly walks hug the harbour offering spectacular views. Challenge yourself by climbing Sydney's Harbour Bridge or enjoy a thrilling jet-boat jaunt.

Gain an insight into Sydney Harbour's history on a cruise, or board a yacht to explore the harbour's hidden coves. For further relaxation experience the holiday feel of Sydney's Northern Beaches stretching from Manly to Palm Beach. Escape to Outer Sydney to explore areas steeped in history and rich in natural beauty.

Feel free to take part in the Sydney experience, tasting the lifestyle along the way!

Cenotaph, Martin Place, Sydney | Sydney

The Cenotaph was erected in 1927 to honour the Australian soldiers and sailors who fell in the first World War. It is built of Moruya granite. The bronze figures of a soldier and a sailor which stand at either end of the main stone are the work of the Australian sculptor, Sir Bertram Mackennal. There are three principal annual ceremonies at the Cenotaph: the Dawn Service at 4.30 am on Anzac Day 2...

Centennial Park | Centennial Park

Originally swamp land and then set aside as land for a water source for Sydney, Centennial Park opened in 1888 following reconstruction as a public park. At the time Sir Henry Parkes vision was to create a "People's Park" in which the citizens of Sydney could "take in the air" away from the Sydney town centre. The park covers an area of 189 hectares and has been designed in the Victorian period ...

Darlinghurst Court, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst | Darlinghurst

Darlinghurst Court is an impressive colonnaded building, an example of Greek Revival architecture. The central portion was designed by Mortimer Lewis in 1837. The Old Gaol is now part of East Sydney Technical College on Forbes Street, is open daily during the school term. Enclosed inside a massive wall, a collection of austere buildings radiates from a round house, once a chapel. Begun in 1835, t...

General Post Office, Martin Place | Sydney

The General Post Office is a mounmental example of Renaissance-inspired architecture. A massive bulk of building, it was designated by James Barnet, who is depicted in one of the sculptured panels on the Pitt Street side.

Lower Fort Street, Rocks | The Rocks

Lower Fort Street, in the western section of the Rocks area, marks the site of several gracious old Georgian buildings. Numbers 59 and 61 are particularly elegant, and so is Bligh House, number 43, built in 1833. Of an entirely different order is the Hero of Waterloo Hotel, a prestigious name for a pub that witnessed the return to sea of many an unwilling sailor through the underground tunnels th...

Susannah Place Museum, Sydney | The Rocks

Susannah Place is a row of 4 terraces located in the heart of The Rocks that incorporates a working corner shop. Rare in the city, it provides an opportunity to explore domestic working class life from 1844 to the late twentieth century. The many stories collected from former tenants tell the richness of community life that once existed in The Rocks whilst surviving layers of paint, wallpapers a...

Sydney to Bulli Pass & Royal National Park Trip | Sydney

The route is by Botany Bay, Brighton-le-Sands, Aqua Flora Park (stop 30 minutes), to Sublime Point and Bulli Pass, where lunch is obtainable. These two vantage-points afford magnificent panoramas of ocean, mountain, and forest and, on a clear day, the blue Pacific can be seen rolling on to golden beaches for a distance of 48 km. The journey continues down the Bulli Pass to Greater Wollongong, then...

Sydney to Burragorang Trip | Sydney

Sydney to Burragorang via The Oaks, is the Mecca of the caravaner who wishes to laze on the green carpeted banks of the fish stocked Wollondilly River. Return trip 205 km

Sydney to Colo River Trip | Sydney

Sydney to Colo River via Penrith and Richmond, and return through Windsor, takes the traveler through farming country to Penrith and then provides a panoramic view over the Nepean district from Lapstone Hill. On the return trip there is unusually pretty river side scenery near historic Windsor. The round trip is about 201 km.

Sydney to Hawkesbury River Trip | Sydney

The Hawkesbury River rises in the tablelands south of Sydney, where it is known as the Wollondilly and later as the Warragamba and later the Nepean After flowing along the edge of the Blue Mountains it enters the ocean at Broken Bay. From a scenic standpoint the Hawkesbury is one of Australia's finest rivers. Anthony Trollope wrote of it, "The Hawkesbury has neither castles nor islands, nor has ...

Sydney to Mount Victoria Trip | Sydney

Sydney to Mount Victoria via Blackheath and through to Kurrajong, is the most famous mountain circuit in Australia, giving excellent views of the Blue Mountains and a choice of some of the best tourist hotels. Kilometres vary between 289 and 320 km according to the number of diversions.

Sydney to Royal National Park, Audley Trip | Sydney

This reserve of 36,300 acres is a sanctuary for bird, animal, and plant life, less than 32 km south from Sydney. It can be reached by Prince's Highway or the Illawarra Railway. The Park includes many kinds of vegetation and scenery typical of the sandstone areas surrounding Sydney. On the sea coast are a number of delightful beaches, such as Garie and Wattamolla, where surfing and rock or beach fi...

Sydney to Sydney City Sights & Beaches Trip | Sydney

After leaving Martin Place, the trip Hyde Park, St. Mary's Cathedral, the Domain, the Botanic Gardens, and Government House, and, driving around the harbour foreshores to ladys Macquarie's Chair, continues to Vaucluse (where a stay of 30 minutes is made at Vaucluse House) and Watson's Bay. The return journey is by Bondi and Coogee beaches to Centennial Park, then past the Show-ground, Cricket Grou...

Sydney to Terrigal Trip | Sydney

Terrigal on the coast 94 km north of Sydney is famous for its long surf beach and a peculiar rock formation known as the Skillion. The route via Gosford is through pleasant citrus country, and the coast road from Avoca to Terrigal is famous for its scenery. The return trip is about 201 km.

Sydney to Wallacia Trip | Sydney

Sydney to Wallacia. 16 km from Penrith on the banks of the Nepean River are two interesting towns, Mul-goa and Wallacia. The return trip may be made through Luddenham to Cobbity and back through Campbelltown and Liverpool to Sydney.

Manly Beach, Sydney | Manly

When Captain Arthur Phillip made a preliminary survey of Port Jackson in 1788, he visited a beach on the north shore of the harbour. So impressed was he with the manly bearing of the natives that he named the spot Manly Cove. To-day Manly, with the advantage of both a harbour front and an ocean beach, is one of Sydney's leading pleasure resorts. Ferry steamers make regular half-hourly trips fro...

Old Mint, Macquarie Street | Sydney

The Old Mint, on Macquarie Street, is one of the surviving wings of the Old Rum Hospital - so named because the three colonists who built it (between 1811 and 1816) did so in exchange for a virtual monopoly on the colony's rum trade. The structure's simple design and side verandas are typical of buildings constructed in the British colonies during this era. From 1855 to 1926 the building was part ...

Randwick Racecourse, Randwick, Sydney | Randwick

In a country that loves the "Turf" and is well-equipped with racecourses, Randwick Racecourse ranks highly. The most important events are the Autumn meeting (at Easter), when the main races are the Doncaster and Sydney Cup; and the Spring meeting (in the first week-end of October), when the Derby, Epsom, and Metropolitan are run. These meetings are great social events and the fashions displayed by...

St Andrew's Cathedral, George Street, Sydney | Sydney

When the "Old Church of St. Phillip" proved inadequate to meet the needs of the Anglican community, Governor Macquarie planned a new church on a considerably larger scale and laid the foundation-stone of the Metropolitan Church of St Andrew in August 1819. He was unable, however, to complete it, the necessary accommodation being provided by converting the partially-built court-house into St James'...

St. James' Church, Cnr. King Street and Queen's Square | Sydney

St. James' Church faces the northern end of the park. Designed by talented convict-architect Francis Greenway and built in 1819, the church is a fine example of Georgian architecture, noted for its copper-sheathed spire and its pleasing proportions