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!

Randwick Racecourse, Randwick, Sydney | Randwick

In a country that loves the "Turf" and is well-equipped with racecourses, Randwick Racecourse ranks highly. The most important events are the Autumn meeting (at Easter), when the main races are the Doncaster and Sydney Cup; and the Spring meeting (in the first week-end of October), when the Derby, Epsom, and Metropolitan are run. These meetings are great social events and the fashions displayed by...

St Andrew's Cathedral, George Street, Sydney | Sydney

When the "Old Church of St. Phillip" proved inadequate to meet the needs of the Anglican community, Governor Macquarie planned a new church on a considerably larger scale and laid the foundation-stone of the Metropolitan Church of St Andrew in August 1819. He was unable, however, to complete it, the necessary accommodation being provided by converting the partially-built court-house into St James'...

St. James' Church, Cnr. King Street and Queen's Square | Sydney

St. James' Church faces the northern end of the park. Designed by talented convict-architect Francis Greenway and built in 1819, the church is a fine example of Georgian architecture, noted for its copper-sheathed spire and its pleasing proportions

Taronga Park Zoo, Mosman | Mosman

Taronga Park, made beautiful by gardens and lawns, picnic grounds, and natural bushlands, is a zoo uniquely placed on a steep part of the harbour foreshores. It houses a large collection of native and imported animals and birds in surroundings as near as practicable to their natural haunts and, from this aspect, it is one of the best in the world. In addition to the more common types of animals, t...

Town Hall, George Street | Sydney

As early as 1843, the old burial-ground in George Street was granted as a site for the Town Hall. At this time, we are told, it was not uncommon to see prisoners doing penance for their sins in the stocks outside the Police Court on the opposite side of Druitt Street. A quarter of a century elapsed before any practical move was made towards erecting a building on the site. In 1868, the Duke of ...

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...

Artista Famosa Events | Ultimo

Beginner through to advanced level dancers receive the very best instruction in ALL STYLES OF LATIN DANCING from Branka Zeljic, one of Sydney's leading if not most gifted Salsa teacher! Of Serbian background, but living in Sydney for over 20 years, Branka has been teaching Latin Dancing as well as organizing & promoting Latin events for over 15 years. Her support for the Latin Dance Scene in Austr...

Australasian Native Orchid Society | Willoughby

The official website of the Australasian Native Orchid Society dedicated to cultivation, conservation and scientific study of native orchids in the Australasian region. Information is available on "the Orchadian" the official journal of the society as well as the many orchid groups throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Bus and Truck Museum | Tempe

Located in the renovated 1912 Tempe Tram Depot Sydney Bus and Truck Museum features a variety of beautifully restored vehicles including buses, vintage trucks, milk floats and London taxis. Enjoy a free ride to Newtown in a vintage bus.

Coogee Beach, Sydney | Coogee

Coogee is a popular ocean beach within easy reach of the city. It is flood-lit for night bathing throughout summer. Bathing and shelter-shed accommodation is provided under the concrete promenade. At either end of the bay there are rock-cut swimming baths and grass reserves for picnic parties. The beach may be reached by bus from the city in 30 minutes. © LBH

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'

Exchange Hotel, Balmain | Sydney

A fine example of a 1900 century Victorian corner stone building found throughout the suburb. Since 1885 the Exchange Hotel has offered refreshments to locals.

Garden Island | Sydney

Garden Island has been a major naval base since 1883. The base has a large collection of colonial buildings dating from various periods including the office building of 1895.

Garraway Lookout | Linley Point

Located in a tiny park at the Crescent, Linley Point near the footbridge crossing on Burns Bay Road is a delightful children's park. Slippery dip, small house, ladders to climb and swings.

Grant Reserve | Coogee

Located in Grant Reserve adjacent to McIvers Baths Grant Reserve has many stimulating activities for children including climbing, running, hiding, jumping, elevated timber walks and extensive sand pits.

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.

Gunyar Hotel | Belmont

Gunyar Hotel offers great water views over beautiful Lake Macquarie. Excellent accommodation. Enjoy good food, fishing and surfing. Tours organised.

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.

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.

Newtown Gym | Newtown

Open from Monday to Friday from 6am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 8pm Newtown Gym is a great place for your health and fitness needs. Here you will find extensive resistance and cardio training areas, a comprehensive fitness class timetable and qualified professional staff. The gym's motto is "let us help you enjoy life more through better health and fitness".