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!

Salsa at Docks Restaurant, Darling Harbour | Sydney


Salsa at the Pumphouse | Sydney

Salsa at the Pumphouse Bar, Sydney's leading salsa dancing Monday night venue, usually every night, with Club (9-1am) & Classes (6-9pm) Performances, DJ MAMBO-G. The Pumphouse Bar is located in Darling Harbour next door to (just to the north of) the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and a little to the east of the Sydney Exhibition Centre. The Bar is only a few minutes walk from Chinatown, Cockle Bay ...

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 ...

Strand Arcade, Sydney | Sydney

Strand Arcade built in 1891 and links Pitt and George Streets between Market and King Streets is the sole survivor of grand Victorian and Edwardian Edifices that once lined Pitt Street.

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 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 City | Sydney

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales, and the largest city in Australia, is built around the shores of Port Jackson, the site of the first settlement in Australia. In 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip arrived at Botany Bay with the first thousand white people to settle the new land in the South. He had charted his course in accordance with the navigation directions of Captain James Cook who, eight...

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...

Sydney Hospital and Parliament House, Macquarie Street | Sydney

The history of these buildings begins with an extraordinary contract which arose from the colony's lack of a sound currency and the urgent necessity for a general hospital. In 1810, Governor Macquarie agreed to give a syndicate the sole right to import spirits into the colony and to sell it at their own price, in return for the construction of the building, which became known as the "Rum Hospital"...

Sydney Maritime Museum, Pyrmont | Sydney

The Australian National Maritime Museum, on the western shore of Sydney's Darling Harbour, is in a lively heritage precinct with many attractions. The distinctive main building, with a roofline evoking waves and sails, houses exhibitions that explore Australia's links with the sea and how maritime activities and issues have shaped the lives of people in Australia. The exhibitions are arranged aro...

Sydney Opera House | Sydney

Opera Australia is the principal opera company in Australia and based at the Opera House in Sydney. The performance season runs for approximately eight months of the year, with the remainder of time spent in the The National Arts Centre in Melbourne. In 2004, the company gave 226 performances in its subscription season in Sydney and Melbourne, attended by more than 294,000 people. Like most oper...

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 Kurnell & Botany Bay Trip | Sydney

The drive to Kurnell proceeds from the City to the outer Domain and enables tourists to see Centennial Park, Sydney Cricket Ground, Showground, and Randwick Racecourse en route to Cronulla and its excellent beaches. After visiting Kurnell, the landing-place of Captain James Cook, the return trip to the city is made via the University of Sydney.

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 Palm Beach Trip | Sydney

Sydney to Palm Beach via Coal and Candle Creeks and through the Terry Hills and Church Point, is a pleasant short round trip of about 104 km to one of the most sought after beach resorts in Australia.

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...