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What is the secret to happiness? Is it being surrounded by beauty? Feeling the sun on your face and the cool waves lapping at your feet? Or does it come from within, from the self-confidence that comes from being strong, vital, and fresh? It’s not such a secret to beautiful Sydney, Australia, recently named by Forbes Magazine as one of the happiest cities in the world. The sand, the surf, the laid-back friendliness: you don’t need to be a resident to enjoy the riches of this incredible city.
Sydney, known as “Harbour City,” is located in New Wales, in the southeastern portion of Australia. It is the country’s oldest and largest city and has always been the cultural hub as well. Sydney has a rich heritage and a great deal of cultural diversity: one-third of its residents are born overseas, and many have English, Irish, or Scottish ancestry. The White Australia Policy limited immigration to northern European countries in the 20th Century– though a good number of Chinese people emigrated. After World War II, immigrants from eastern and southern Europe and Asia began moving to the city. Today, the city boasts an interesting and diverse population that is reflected in its art, cuisine, and its many cultural offerings.
Even the land is diverse in Sydney; where else can you find lush tropical rainforests, refreshing beaches, marshes, and agricultural fields? This variety benefits not only the Sydney economic and ecologic systems, it also provides numerous opportunities for adventure for its residents and visitors. You may have images of kangaroos bouncing around the Outback, but also picture world class opera and theater, beautiful botanic gardens, beaches and gorgeous mountain views, wonderful parks, and interesting architecture.
Anthony Trollope wrote the following in 1888 of the Sydney Harbour: ‘It is extremely difficult - and in truth, well-nigh impossible - to convey to one who has not visited Sydney any adequate idea of the beauties of its scenery. Words can give you a glimpse into this incomparable world, but to experience the many beauties of Sydney, walk along its gorgeous beaches, stand beside its rushing waterfalls. Discover, explore, and see why this is “where everybody wants to go.”
Sydney Population: 177,000 permanent residents
Sydney Metropolitan Population: 4.4 million
Sydney Metropolitan Area: 12,144.6 square kilometers (4,689.1 square miles)
Telephone Area Codes: 2, country code +61
Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD, $)
Time Zone: Standard Time Zone (UTC/GMT +10 during Standard Time and UTC/GMT +11 during Daylight Savings Time)
Language: English, Australian English
Electricity: 240 volts, 50Hz. V-shaped, flat prongs, either two or three flat prongs.
When traveling, it can be tempting to stick to the beaten path, so you don’t get lost in unfamiliar cities. But while in Sydney, make sure to get out there and explore! There is a whole world of wonder and beauty waiting, and all it takes to discover it is a willingness to venture a bit further, and of course, a bit of knowledge about the area.
Sydney can be divided into different neighborhoods or districts, and each contains wonderful sights and opportunities for visitors and residents alike. Whether you want to spend lazy afternoons on Bondi Beach, bike around Bicentennial Park, or visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales, you can do it all with just a little planning. And with knowledge comes the confidence to take advantage of all the unexpected treasures you will find on the way. The following are important districts to include in your visit to Sydney:
Usually the first stop on any visitor’s agenda, Darling Harbour is surrounded by attractions, not the least of which is the boardwalks affording some of the most spectacular views in the city. There are beautiful fountains, an aquarium, parks, and many popular restaurants lining the waterfront. Window shop, dine, and experience some of Sydney’s nightlife - there are a host of tourist attractions to take advantage of. Darling Harbour offers a wonderful introduction to Sydney.
Move over, France and California. Australia is making a name for itself in the wine industry, and Hunter Valley is Sydney’s own wine district. Visit one of the 80 wineries, including small boutique winemakers. Sip the robust, full-bodied fruits of their labor, and enjoy this side of Australia. It’s perfect for a romantic weekend escape.
Kings Cross, east of Darling Harbour, is known to most Australians as a red light district, and for many years, most visitors to the city steered clear of it. Today, however, trendy shops and cafes are springing up and the area is trying to reclaim its past as a cultural center. As apartments and buildings are restored and new ones built, this area is experiencing new life. The Kings Cross Food and Wine Festival is certainly a delicious step in the right direction.
In the beautiful Sydney Harbour is the small Sydney Cove. Here you will find Circular Quay, just a short walk from many of the city’s best attractions. The quay offers visitors an incredible view, and from the peaceful walkway, you can easily get to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Taronga Park Zoo. Circular Quay is a great jumping-off point for your Sydney adventures or a beautiful place to sit and take in all the Aussie air.
Along with Circular Quay, the Centre and the Rocks comprise the oldest, non-Aboriginal settlement in the city. The Rock is just below the beautiful Harbour Bridge and is home to many of Sydney’s historical landmarks. Known for years as Sydney’s museum outdoors, the area now has shops, restaurants, and trendy cafes. The Centre, the Rocks, and Circular Quay have been revamped, and visitors will love strolling down the cobblestone streets in this historic district, shopping, dining, and sight-seeing. Don’t miss the Rocks Discovery Museum and the Farmers Market. A special treat for weekend visitors is the Rocks Weekend Market, where you can look for artwork, house wares, beauty products, and fashions by up-and-coming designers.
Stylish Darlinghurst is vibrant, young, and fresh. South of Kings Cross and to the east of Darling Harbour, this trendy area is fully stocked with great restaurants, cafes, and clubs. Stanley Street holds Sydney’s Little Italy, where you will find delicious, authentic cuisine. While here, make sure to visit Potts Point and see the many Victorian and art deco buildings. Darlinghurst is also home to Woolloomooloo, one of the oldest sections in Sydney. You will find parks, the Australian Museum, and much more in Darlinghurst. Make sure to come hungry and sample some of Sydney’s best food.
Manly is a wonderful place for a budget-friendly Australian vacation. The accommodations are affordable, and there are a host of fun attractions nearby, such as Ocean World, the Art Gallery and Museum of Manly, the Corso, a huge pedestrian-only mall, and of course, beaches! Along Sydney’s North Shore, the Manly Region has three kilometers of harbour and ocean beaches. A great way to spend some of Sydney’s 342 days of sunshine.
Sydney is known for its gorgeous beaches. Hit the East side and visit the famous Bondi or Coogee Beaches. You can surf, swim, dive, snorkel, and sunbathe to your heart’s content. Dine with excellent views of the water. Don’t miss Tamarama Beach and Bronte Beach if you have children: there are a lot of fun activities for families. Clovelly Beach is a mellow destination, particularly for snorkelers and divers. There is certainly no shortage of exceptional beaches from which to choose. Each has its own character.
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117 Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Welcome to the InterContinental Sydney Hotel, located next to Sydney landmarks such as the Royal Botanic Gardens and Circular Quay. The InterContinental Sydney Hotel is the ideal hotel for those who are travelling to Sydney and offers travellers access to the very best...
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156 Parramatta Road, Ashfield, Sydney, 2131, Australia
The Best Western Ashfields Philip Lodge Motel is located within an easy drive to Sydney's Olympic site and sporting complex, Sydney Entertainment Centre and Darling Harbour. It offers queen size beds and spa rooms, executive rooms, with some family units available. For...
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4 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Ideally located in the heart of Sydney, the Best Western Stellar Suites Wentworth Syndey Hotel is a charming retreat offering affordable luxury, which is appealing to both business and leisure travellers. In a location of convenience, the Best Western Stellar Suites...
30 Pitt Street, Sydney, NW, Australia
Hotel Description: The Sydney Harbour Marriott is ideally located in the central business district just one block from Circular Quay and Sydney Harbour. Guests can enjoy views of the botanical gardens, the city skyline, historic Macquarie Park,... more
7 Hickson Road, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Welcome to Sydney, one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in the world. Choose to stay at the Park Hyatt Sydney Hotel on your next visit to Sydney, Australia and find out why this Sydney hotel has been voted ‘The best hotel in Australia’.
488 George Street, Sydney, Australia
Chic and central, the Hilton Sydney hotel boasts stylish bars, the city's largest health club and fine dining at its famous brasserie. Soak up harbor views from the Executive Lounge, do business in one of 23 meeting rooms or unwind with a dip in the pool or indulgent... more
Corner Arden&Carr Streets Coogee Beach Sydney, NSW 2034 AUSTRALIA
Just ashore the Pacific Ocean, Sydney's Coogee Beach boasts of the magnificent terrain of sea and sand, and amidst this enchanting scenery stands Crowne Plaza Sydney Hotel Coogee Beach, offering star class accommodation to the holiday-maker and business traveller... more
1 Columbia Court, 2153, Baulkham Hills
Crowne Plaza Norwest Sydney is ideally located at the gateway to the Norwest Business Park on the Corner of Windsor Road and Norwest Boulevard. Just 40 minutes drive from the Sydney's CBD and within the heart of the North Western Business District. Only minutes from... more
61-101 Phillip Street, 2000 Sydney, Australia
Sofitel Wentworth Sydney Hotel... more
68 Market Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Swissôtel Sydney boasts a vibrant inner city location, offering relaxed and luxurious surroundings right at the doorstep of some of the best dining, shopping, entertainment and landmarks Sydney has to offer. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the historic Rocks, the Sydney Opera... more
Cnr Mark & Taylor Streets, Lidcombe, 2141, Australia
The Best Western Lidcombe Motor Inn is a modern three story motel with 25 units and six two-bedroom apartments. All rooms are serviced by a lift to each floor, have recently been refurbished and feature natural light from big bright windows. Our friendly staff welcomes... more
260 Pacific Hwy, Artarmon, Sydney, 2064, Australia
Just 10 minutes away from the commercial and tourist heart of Sydney, Twin Towers provides superb 4 star accommodation, a restaurant with panoramic views open for all meals, a pool and spa, ample free parking and friendly, profesional service from our attentive staff. We... more
50 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2000 Sydney, Australia
Hotel Introduction110 luxury apartments located in Darling Harbour. Direct monorail link to CBD and a short stroll to the Convention Centre and Casino. Surrounded by premier Sydney tourist attractions including the Sydney Aquarium, IMAX Theatre and Powerhouse... more
68 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour,PO Box K1205, Haymarket 1240,Sydney NSW,2000 AUSTRALIA
55 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Holiday Inn Old Sydney is a unique hotel nestled between Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, in the historic Rocks area. Magnificent views, by day or night, of the world's most stunning harbour from our rooftop pool. During the day, the deep blue... more
203 Victoria Street,Potts Point,Sydney,2011 AUSTRALIA
290 guest rooms and 7 suites 8 floors Complimentary parking for in-house guests or conference guests. The hotel car park has approximately 120 car spaces available. It is an undercover security car park, with access by room key card or intercom to reception.... more
Cnr Railway and Sherbrooke Streets,Rooty Hill,Sydney NSW,2766 AUSTRALIA
Bourke Road and O’riordan Street,,Sydney 2020,,Australia,
The beautiful Holiday Inn Sydney Airport... more
818-820 George Street, Po Box 7082, Nsw, 2000 Sydney, Australia
Hotel IntroductionLocated in the heart of the entertainment district next to Central Railway Station. Within walking distance of Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Easy access to the CBD. 2 restaurants, 1 bar, rooftop indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. Conference... more
Cnr Grand Pde And Princess St, 2216 Brighton Le Sands, Australia
Hotel IntroductionA 296 room hotel opposite Brighton Beach with sweeping views across beautiful Botany Bay. Located only 15 km from Sydney City and 5 minutes from Sydney Airport. All 296 rooms boast a private balcony and the hotel offers a variety of leisure... more
100 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2009 Pyrmont, Australia
Hotel IntroductionLocated in the heart of Darling Harbour, adjacent to the Sydney Convention Centre and surrounded by the premier attractions of Sydney, including the Sydney Aquarium, Maritime and Powerhouse Museums,Star City Casino and the Entertainment... more
150 Day Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
Located on the city-side of Darling Harbour, the PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney Hotel offers premium accommodation within minutes of the city’s most popular sights and attractions more
70 Murray Street, Darling Harbour, 2000 Sydney, Australia
Hotel IntroductionIbis Hotel Darling Harbour is centrally located. Many of the 256 rooms offer spectacular views of Darling Harbour. Star City casino, and the Sydney Aquarium are both within walking distance of the hotel. Hotel facilites include a restaurant,... more
382 -384 Pitt Street Sydney 2000 Australia
Hotel IntroductionHotel Ibis World Square is located in the heart of Sydney City. This 166 room hotel is within walking distance of shopping areas, Chinatown and theatres. A short stroll to monorail and light rail stations. Hotel facilities include breakfast room... more