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!

Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, Sydney | Sydney

This memorial, to perpetuate the memory of the men and women of New South Wales who served in the first World War, was built from the proceeds of public subscription and a State Government grant. The structure is 100 metres high, its exterior being finished in red granite and the interior in New South Wales white marble. On the main approach is the Lake of Reflections bordered by poplar trees. O...

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...

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney. | Sydney

The Art Galley of New South Wales is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm each day with the exception of Good Friday and Christmas Day. Admission is free with the exception that some charges apply to special touring exhibitions. The Gallery has many famous permanent collections including Aboriginal Art, Australian Art, European Art, watercolours, contemporary art, Asian art, Melanesian art, photography and...

Australian Caravan Safari Trails | North Strathfield

Fancy exploring this beautiful country of ours by caravan, motor home or mobile camping vehicle, whilst enjoying the camaraderie of group travel with like-minded people?If so, NRMA Motoring & Services and the Caravan, RV and Accommodation Industry of Australia have an exciting range of Caravan Safari trails just for you. Suitable for both the novice and experienced traveller there are usually six ...

Australian Museum, College Street, Sydney | Sydney

This collection was commenced in 1830, and contains many interesting exhibits in all departments of natural history. Of particular interest are the specimens of Australian native fauna, rocks and minerals, and exhibits dealing with the life and customs of Australian aborigines.

Belmore Returned Services & Community Club | Belmore

This friendly, relaxed club is situated on Burwood Road, in the heart of Sydney’s cosmopolitan suburb of Belmore, which is less than 20 minutes from the city centre. The club has an array of function facilities and a large entertainment area on the ground floor where members and guests can enjoy a drink and play light-hearted games for prizes. The club is particularly proud of its’ First Choic...

Bondi Beach, Sydney | Sydney

Bondi Beach faces south and whilst in the Winter months the sunrise is obscured by the north headland, the beach itself remains protected from the Summer north-easterly winds that bring considerable chop to the surf and to Sydney's famous stinging bluebottles. The beach is safe, protected by lifeguards 365 days a year and is famous for its wonderful white fine-grained sand.

Botanic Gardens, Macquarrie Street, Sydney | Sydney

The Botanic Gardens are located on the site of the first government farm, established by Governor Phillip in 1816. A succession of botanists later developed the three distinct areas of the gardens along scientific lines with collections of rare plants and trees. The upper garden was the site of the international exhibition of 1879 and purpose landscaped in Victorian style with statues and formal w...

Cenotaph, Martin Place, Sydney | Sydney

The Cenotaph was erected in 1927 to honour the Australian soldiers and sailors who fell in the first World War. It is built of Moruya granite. The bronze figures of a soldier and a sailor which stand at either end of the main stone are the work of the Australian sculptor, Sir Bertram Mackennal. There are three principal annual ceremonies at the Cenotaph: the Dawn Service at 4.30 am on Anzac Day 2...

Centennial Park | Centennial Park

Originally swamp land and then set aside as land for a water source for Sydney, Centennial Park opened in 1888 following reconstruction as a public park. At the time Sir Henry Parkes vision was to create a "People's Park" in which the citizens of Sydney could "take in the air" away from the Sydney town centre. The park covers an area of 189 hectares and has been designed in the Victorian period ...

Conservatorium of Music, Sydney | Sydney

This building, at the northern entrance to the Botanic Gardens, was erected by Governor Macquarie in 1818 as stables for Government House, It is estimated to have cost 30,000. Before the building was completed, however, its "useless magnificence" was much criticized, and it was officially characterized as "a palace for horses, while human beings remained unhoused". To-day it is the State Conservat...

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...

Darlinghurst Court, Taylor Square, Darlinghurst | Darlinghurst

Darlinghurst Court is an impressive colonnaded building, an example of Greek Revival architecture. The central portion was designed by Mortimer Lewis in 1837. The Old Gaol is now part of East Sydney Technical College on Forbes Street, is open daily during the school term. Enclosed inside a massive wall, a collection of austere buildings radiates from a round house, once a chapel. Begun in 1835, t...

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 ...

Elizabeth Farm, 70 Alice St., Rosehill | Rosehill

Elizabeth Farm House, with its deep shady verandas and restful grounds, is a rare example of an early Australian colonial bungalow. Commenced in 1793, it was built for John and Elizabeth Macarthur, pioneers of the Australian wool industry. Elizabeth Farm is situated in a re-created 1830s garden and reflects the architectural ideas of the colony’s first 50 years. There are no inhibiting room b...

Emu | Mosman

The emu, with the kangaroo, supports the Australian coat-of-arms. It is the largest of Australian birds, being 1.7 metres in height and second in size only to the ostrich, which, in many respects, it resembles. It is powerfully built and gracefully proportioned, and its entire body is covered with soft, drooping feathers of a greyish-brown colour. Like the ostrich, the emu has long since lost the ...

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...

General Post Office, Martin Place | Sydney

Covering an entire city block, the General Post Office was constructed in three stages from 1866 to 1886. The building is the work of colonial architect James Barnet and was conceived in the form of a great renaissance palazzo with a central 70m high clock tower. There are 20 monumental polished granite columns to the ground floor arcade. The building is simply magnificent.

General Post Office, Martin Place | Sydney

The General Post Office is a mounmental example of Renaissance-inspired architecture. A massive bulk of building, it was designated by James Barnet, who is depicted in one of the sculptured panels on the Pitt Street side.