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!

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...