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!

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.

Vaucluse House, Wentworth Rd., Sydney | Vaucluse

Vaucluse House is the old home of William Charles Wentworth who was one of the first three explorers who crossed the Blue Mountains in 1813. Wentworth studied law in England where he was admitted to the bar in 1822, and, on his return to Australia, devoted his life to the improvement of the colony and the lot of the colonists. His keen efforts for the promotion of higher education contributed to t...

Wombat | Mosman

Wombats, of which there are several distinct species, are small bear-like animals. Their short, furry bodies have a flattened appearance which is accentuated by their stubby, thick limbs, broad muzzle, and short neck. They do not climb trees but prefer to live by day in a capacious burrow, issuing forth at night to search for food which usually consists of grass, roots, and bark. Provided with pow...

Bankstown Airport | Bankstown

Established in 1940 the 313 hectare site comprises four runways, and extensive taxiway and apron areas. The airport is situated 22km south west of Sydney CDB and 5km west of Bankstown.

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.

Centennial Park Playground | Centennial Park

Arguably the best kid's park in Sydney, Centennial Park playground is located in a well fenced area to the east of Paddington gates. Sand pits, swings and climbing frames.

Coogee Bay Hotel | Coogee

Coogee Bay Hotel features live bands Thursday to Sunday nights.

Felton Mathew | Sydney

A website reproducing extracts from Felton Mathew's journal, a government surveyor in colonial New South Wales, and in particular on topics including Voyage to New South Wales (1829), Sydney and Surrounds (1830 to 1832) and treatment of indigenous people. Mathew Felton also kept a significant record of early Australian shipwrecks.

Glasgow Arms Hotel | Ultimo

Glasgow Arms Hotel is an award-winning hotel. Refurbished rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Short stroll to Star City, Darling Harbour and Entertainment Centre.

History House | Sydney

A grand 3 storey Victorian terrace and sole remnant of many similar buildings that once lined the western side of Macquarie Street to Circular Quay. The headquarters of the Royal Australian Historical Society.

Lord Nelson Hotel, Sydney | The Rocks

In the 1940s the Rocks hosted nearly 40 pubs, mostly disreputable. Only a few survived the cleaning up of the area after a plague scare in 1900s. The Lord Nelson, built in 1934 of local sandstone in colonial Georgian style, claims to be the oldest licensed premises in Sydney.

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.

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...

Needlework, Craft and Quilt Fair | Sydney

The Needlework, Craft and Quilt Fair offers scrapbooking, crochet, embroidery, painting and much more. Enjoy workshops, classes and displays. The Fair is held at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Drive, Darling Harbour.

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 ...

Opals Luminous | Sydney

Australia's finest quality black opals from wholesale to retail by one of Australia's leading opal specialists, David Greenslade.

Parliament House, Sydney | Sydney

The present Parliament House and adjacent former Australian Mint were originally built as a large hospital complex. The north wing of 'Rum Hospital' became the present Parliament House with two end additions subsequently added to the original structure. The building became the home of the Australian Mint in 1853.

Rainbow Serpent | Sydney

This family run business established in 1991 offers an excellent range of hand painted silks, silk batiks, painted furniture, sculptures, carvings, paintings, prints, ceramics, homewares and jewellery. Six stores are located throughout Sydney including one at Sydney Airport. There is also a store at Brisbane Airport.