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!

Archibald Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney | Sydney

This fountain was erected on the terms of the will of the late J. F. Archibald, a prominent Australian journalist. The work is by the famous sculptor, F. Sicard, and is "Commemorative of Australia and France having fought side by side for the liberties of the world". The sculptor has explained the symbolism as follows: "Apollo (the central figure) represents the Arts (Beauty and Light). Apollo ho...

Argyle Place, Observatory Park | Sydney

Argyle Place, a delightful corner of old Sydney, lies below Observatory Park. Through Argyle Cut, the Argyle Arts Centre in the old bond store offers an intriguing spot to linger; you can shop as well as watch craftsmen at work on silverware, copperware, leather goods, pottery, stained glass, and art enamels. For dinner you might try the Argyle Tavern on Argyle Street. Church of the Holy Trinit...

Darling Harbour, Sydney | Pyrmont

Darling Harbour, a locality of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. is a large recreational and pedestrian precinct situated on western outskirts of the Sydney central business district. The locality extends northwards from Chinatown, along both sides of Cockle Bay to King Street Wharf on the east, and to the suburb of Pyrmont on the west. Cockle Bay is just one of the waterways that makes up Dar...

Domain, Sydney | Sydney

The Domain is an area of 100 acres adjoining the Botanic Gardens. From a point known as Lady Macquarie's Chair (named after the wife Governor Macquarrie) a pleasant view of the harbour can be obtained. Also within its boundaries is the National Art Gallery. On Sunday afternoons a cleared area becomes a forum similar to London's Hyde Park, where speakers stand and proclaim to enthralled or amused ...

Fort Denison (1913), Sydney Harbour | Sydney

Fort Denison Lighthouse sits on top of the beautiful Martello Tower of Fort Denison. The Fort was built in 1850 in response to the then fears of a Russian invasion. Also known as pinch gut, an infamous name given to the island by convicts chained to the former rocky outcrop and deprived of food. A supply ship called at the fort once a week, and the prison's meager food rations earned it the sobriq...

St Mary's Cathedral, College Street, Sydney | Sydney

Though this cathedral occupies one of the most commanding positions in Sydney, Macquarie's grant of the site in 1821 was unenthusiastically received, its position in "un-reclaimed bush, away from the town proper" being considered totally unsuitable for the purpose. A handsome brick chapel with bell-tower was erected, however, but was destroyed by fire on 29th June 1865, exactly 29 years after its ...

Sydney Attractions | Sydney

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.

Sydney Harbour Bridge | Sydney

This arch bridge, which connects the city with the northern suburbs by a single span, was the largest of its type in the world when it was completed in 1932. Its maximum height above mean high water is 138 metres. It is 48 metres wide, and contains over 50,000 tons of steel work. The length of the span is 502 metres, while the total length of the bridge, including approaches, is 4 kms. Work bega...

Kurnell | Kurnell

Kurnell, the landing-place of Captain James Cook, lies is on the south-eastern shores of Botany Bay. It is generally regarded as the birthplace of Australian history for, although other navigators had visited parts of Australia before his visit in 1770, Cook was the first to see the east coast and discover any virtue in the land. Kurnell is now also the site of a large refinery project.