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!

Bradley's Head (1905) - Mosman, Sydney | Mosman

Standing proudly beside the mast of HMAS Sydney, Bradley's Head Lighthouse is the lowest in New South Wales. The light source is 7m above sea level. Built in 1905 the lighthouse has served as a channel marker to the rocks on Bradley's Head and is easily seen from the port side of a ferry trip from Circular Quay to Manly. Bradley's Head was named after William Bradley, an officer on the 'Sirius', g...

Cape Bailey (1950) - Kurnell | Kurnell

Cape Bailey Lighthouse standing on spectacular Kurnell Peninsula in Botany Bay National Park is the first of five lighthouses that span the Illawarra coast. Enter via Sir Joseph Banks drive, Kurnell.

Macquarie (1883) - South Head, Sydney | Sydney

Francis Greenway received his pardon from Governor Macquarie for his design of Macquarie Lighthouse on South Head. The building was completed in 1818. In 1883 it was reconstructed as an almost exact duplicate to a design by James Barnet, due to the inability of the porous sandstone blocks to withstand the corrosive forces of wind and sea spray.

Western Channel Pile (1947) - Sydney | Sydney

Known colloquially by Sydney Harbour sailors as "Wedding Cake" the Western Channel and Eastern Channel Pile lights at the South-West end of Sow & Pigs Rocks mark the outer bounds of Sow & Pigs made recently famous again by America's Cup helmsman Dennis O'Connor who managed to run his 12 metre aground in a attacking duel Jill in Sydney Harbour. The rocks also sealed the fate of the famous tea clipp...

Eastern Channel Pile (1947) - Sydney | Sydney

The Eastern Channel Pile Light in Sydney Harbour located on the approach to Watsons Bay is known as the 'Wedding Cake'

Grotto Point - Front (1911) - Sydney | Sydney

Grotto Point Lighthouse together with Parriwi Head Lighthouse located in Sydney Harbour National Park near Spit Bridge define the incoming passageway through Sydney Heads to the Harbour.

Hornby Light (1858) - South Head, Sydney | Sydney

Located at the Northern end of South Head Heritage Trail, Hornby Lighthouse was completed in 1858, less than a year after 'Dunbar' was wrecked a short distance South from South Head with the loss of 120 lives.