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!

Government House, Macquarie St., Sydney | Sydney

Built between 1837 and 1845 with additions in 1873, for the then Governor of New South Wales, Government House is the most sophisticated gothic revival building in the colony. The state rooms were decorated in 1879 by Lyon, Cottier & Co. to coincide with the Sydney International Exhibition of that year. The interiors display an exceptional collection of colonial furniture by leading Sydney craft...

Hero of Waterloo, 81 lower Fort St. | The Rocks

Live music, award winning food, ghost tours and a heritage landmark classification The hero is a must see when visiting The Rocks, There are many stories surrounding The Hero. The best known is that of the tunnel which runs from the cellars of the hotel to the Harbour. The tunnel was used for rum smuggling and involuntary recruitment of sailors. This Historic Australian landmark is classified b...

JFHarmony Images | Sydney

Beautiful hand-made Australian photographic cards on-line. The photographer is the well-known Sydney artist, Jeni Foran. Her work covers iconic Sydney -- the great tourist spots such as The Rocks, Manly and Bondi -- and goes wider to Australian native wildflowers and animals, stunning landscapes of coastal and bush scenes, rivers, the outback and the wetlands. Jeni's actual photographs, in gloss...

Jordons Seafood Restaurant. Darling Harbour | Dawes Point

With superb views and centrally located on the foreshores of Sydney's Darling Harbour, Jordons Seafood Restaurant is accessible water taxi or just a short stroll from Sydney's CBD. The restaurant offers commanding panoramic views across Cockle Bay to the city skyline and is famous for sumptuous seafood platters; a tiered tower featuring hand picked crustaceans accompanied by Jordons famous chips...

Justice & Police Museum, Sydney | Sydney

Originally the Water Police Court (1856), Water Police Station (1858) and Police Court (1886), the Justice and Police Museum features a Magistrate’s Court; a Police charge room, a remand cell; a gallery of mug shots of Sydney’s early criminals; and an array of spine chilling weapons; forensic evidence from notorious crimes; displays exploring police history, bushrangers and punishment in socie...

Kookaburras | Mosman

The kookaburra belongs to the same family as the little blue kingfisher which frequents the creeks and rivers of northern and eastern Australia, but it is considerably larger. Its diet consists chiefly of lizards, mice, and even young birds and on occasions it has been known to kill and eat small snakes. The kookaburra makes no attempt to build a nest, appropriating a hollow limb, a tree-stump, a...

Lands Department Building, Sydney | Sydney

Located at corner of Macquarie and Bridge Streets the Lands Department Building was constructed between 1877 and 1890 and is arguably the best example of the work of colonial architect James Barnet. Built with beautifully consistent honey coloured sandstone the building yields a magnificent glow in the morning sun. Decorative carvings of early Australian explorers adorn the facade.

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...

Lyre-bird | Mosman

The lyre-bird is found only in the heavily-forested areas of the eastern coastal districts. Dark brown in colour and about the size of a domestic fowl, it gains its name from the shape of the male bird's tail-feathers which, when carried in an upright position, closely resemble the ancient Grecian lyre. The bird is a highly-accomplished mimic and can imitate almost any sound. Frequently the noise ...

Matthew Flinders | Sydney

Matthew Flinders (1774 to 1814). In his short life of 40 years the accomplishments of Matthew Flinders are simply overwhelming. At age 15 he joined the Royal Navy, serving under Captain William Bligh, a future governor of New South Wales. After arriving in Sydney in 1795 his first expedition travelled southward from Port Jackson to Botany Bay, which had earlier been entirely surveyed in 1770 by Ca...

Mining Museum, George Street North | The Rocks

Sydney's Mining Museum at 28 George Street North, contains one of the best displays of geological specimens to be found in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you will see mineral ores, rocks, fossils, and gemstones.

Mitchell Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney | Sydney

This is the State reference library, housed in one of the finest buildings in Sydney. It contains about 650,000 volumes and includes: a general reference department centred round one of the world's largest reading rooms; a circulation department for public libraries and country residents; the Shakespeare Tercentenary Memorial Library which contains the only copy of the First Folio in Australia; th...

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney | Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art (abbreviated MCA) in Sydney, Australia is a museum solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world. Housed in the Art Deco-style former Maritime Services Board Building on the western edge of Circular Quay, the MCA is one of the youngest of the chief cultural venues in Australia's largest...

Museum of Sydney, Corner Bridge & Phillip Streets, Sydney | Sydney

A modern museum built on the historic site of first Government House, built for Governor Phillip in 1788. The Museum of Sydney takes you on a journey exploring Sydney's people, places and cultures from dreamtime to modern times. It is a place of many layers: from the archaeological remains of the colony's first Government House built in 1788 to the award-winning sculpture 'Edge of the Trees', in...

National Mutual Building, Sydney | Sydney

Constructed in the early 1890s and designed by American architect Edward Raht with a spectacular facade. 13m wide arches support the upper 4 stories.

Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney | Sydney

Observatory Hill was once the site of a stone fort constructed by Governor Phillip. The observatory was erected in 1858 with a tall central tower and a corner structure topped with a revolving dome housing a large telescope. A ball on the staff of the tower once dropped at 1 o'clock each day to provide exact time to harbour shipping.

Petersham RSL Club | Newtown

Petersham RSL Club plays host to major touring acts, DJs and comedians. The level one lounge provides free entertainment 7 days a week with a crowd capacity of 200. Ticketed entertainment is available on level two with a crowd capacity of 380. Both levels are fully licensed. The club caters for private functions.

Platypus | Mosman

When the first stuffed specimen of a duck-billed platypus was exhibited abroad even the scientific men of the day in Great Britain and Europe thought it was a fraud which some practical joker had managed to make lifelike by fastening together the parts of several animals and birds. This is scarcely to be wondered at, for an adult platypus has a duck's bill, a furred body, and four webbed-metres wi...

Possums | Mosman

The possums, medium-sized, thick-furred marsupials, are by far the most common of all Australian mammals, being found in practically all parts of Australia, except Cape York Peninsula. The common possum is about the size of a Persian cat and is covered with thick soft fur. It has a beautiful, long, prehensile tail and is quite harmless. At one time hunted for food by the aborigines, the possum wa...

Powerhouse Museum, Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney | Sydney

This museum, situated within a few minutes' walk of Central Railway Station, contains exhibits related to the applied arts, science, and industry. Also among the exhibits is a working model of the Strasburg Astronomical Clock. Lectures on its numerous and complicated movements are given twice daily at 3 pm and 4 pm when the procession of apostles takes place. There is also a planetarium about whic...