Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and is located on the coastal basin of the Tasman Sea. It boasts the world’s largest natural harbour and is bordered by the Blue Mountains in the west, the Hawkesbury River in the north and the Royal National Park in the south. Sydney’s coastline is lined with towering sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches, coves and estuaries, making it one of the most picturesque coasts in the world.
The Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are two man-made iconic structures that define the Sydney Harbour skyline, attracting millions of tourists every year.Places of Interest
- Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Sydney Opera House
- Darling Harbour
- Royal Botanic Gardens
- Koala Park Sanctuary
- Taronga Zoo
- Australian National Maritime Museum
- Luna Park
- Bondi Beach
- Port Jackson
- Sydney Harbour Cruises
- Dinner Cruise with Live Show
- Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
- The Rocks Aboriginal Heritage Tour
- Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk
- Blue Mountain Treks
- Nature and Wildlife Tours
The Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, the busiest airport in Australia, is located on Botany Bay, about 9 km from the city centre. Sydney is also connected to major Australian cities by excellent road and rail networks and is a popular port of call for ships.
Airport shuttles are the most reasonable form of transport to get to your city accommodation. Taxis and trains are available, but at a much higher cost.
If you’re in Sydney for some time, the MyMulti1 pass will come in handy as it can be used on trains, ferries, buses and trams. Trains are generally the best way to get around town and buses will take you to places that trains don’t go. Ferries and harbour cruises are the best way to see everything the harbour has to offer.Environment
Sydney has a temperate climate that boasts warm summers and mild winters. This is a city that has been shaped by its geology with towering sandstone cliffs and gorges lining the coast. It boasts the world’s largest natural harbour, around which the city has developed.
But, the harbour still carries a certain level of contamination – a consequence of Sydney’s industrial past. Though the government and environmental agencies have slowed the flow of pollution and cleaned up a lot of the toxic chemicals, there is more work to be done.
The Sydney City Council is committed to preserving the harbour and its surrounds and maintain it as a desirable place for marine life and people.Demographics
Sydney has a dynamic mix of ethnically diverse people and is one of the most densely populated cities in Australia. The Sydney Region has an estimated population of 4,286,000, based on the findings of the 2011 census, of which, 45,725 are indigenous people.
Sydney has a disproportionately large concentration of migrant communities, in comparison to the numbers in Australia at large. The Lebanese, Fijian, Korean, Ghanaian and Nepalese communities are the visibly large population groups in Sydney.