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...

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 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.

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...

JFHarmony Images | Sydney

Beautiful hand-made Australian photographic cards on-line. The photographer is the well-known Sydney artist, Jeni Foran. Her work covers iconic Sydney -- the great tourist spots such as The Rocks, Manly and Bondi -- and goes wider to Australian native wildflowers and animals, stunning landscapes of coastal and bush scenes, rivers, the outback and the wetlands. Jeni's actual photographs, in gloss...

Justice & Police Museum, Sydney | Sydney

Originally the Water Police Court (1856), Water Police Station (1858) and Police Court (1886), the Justice and Police Museum features a Magistrate’s Court; a Police charge room, a remand cell; a gallery of mug shots of Sydney’s early criminals; and an array of spine chilling weapons; forensic evidence from notorious crimes; displays exploring police history, bushrangers and punishment in socie...

Mitchell Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney | Sydney

This is the State reference library, housed in one of the finest buildings in Sydney. It contains about 650,000 volumes and includes: a general reference department centred round one of the world's largest reading rooms; a circulation department for public libraries and country residents; the Shakespeare Tercentenary Memorial Library which contains the only copy of the First Folio in Australia; th...

Museum of Contemporary Arts, Sydney | Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art (abbreviated MCA) in Sydney, Australia is a museum solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world. Housed in the Art Deco-style former Maritime Services Board Building on the western edge of Circular Quay, the MCA is one of the youngest of the chief cultural venues in Australia's largest...

Museum of Sydney, Corner Bridge & Phillip Streets, Sydney | Sydney

A modern museum built on the historic site of first Government House, built for Governor Phillip in 1788. The Museum of Sydney takes you on a journey exploring Sydney's people, places and cultures from dreamtime to modern times. It is a place of many layers: from the archaeological remains of the colony's first Government House built in 1788 to the award-winning sculpture 'Edge of the Trees', in...

Powerhouse Museum, Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney | Sydney

This museum, situated within a few minutes' walk of Central Railway Station, contains exhibits related to the applied arts, science, and industry. Also among the exhibits is a working model of the Strasburg Astronomical Clock. Lectures on its numerous and complicated movements are given twice daily at 3 pm and 4 pm when the procession of apostles takes place. There is also a planetarium about whic...

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 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...

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.