SYDNEY
(NEW SOUTH WALES)

Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge & Skyline

Sydney, a free spirited, vibrant city with scores of sparkling beaches within easy reach of its cosmopolitan heart - that's Sydney, capital of New South Wales, Australia's largest and oldest city, where the first settlers landed in 1788. The First Fleet with convicts, established Australia's first settlement at Port Jackson, the site of modern Sydney.

Situated on Sydney Harbour, adjacent to Circular Quay, The Rocks lies beneath the giant arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and overlooking the famous sails of the Opera House. This historic quarter of Sydney was the site of the first colonial settlement in Australia in 1788. The Rocks is home to colourful characters, residents and artists.
The Sydney Visitor Centre is a good place to start. Pick up a map, chat with the friendly information officers and view the centre's archaeological exhibition. The Rocks is a waterfront precinct where you will discover beautifully restored historic buildings and lose time as you admire displays in one of the many galleries and museums. This historic precinct offers a wide selection of dining, shopping and entertainment. The Rocks is the "must do" part of every visitor's enjoyment in Sydney. Try the weekend markets, located in the heart of Sydney's old quarter, open every Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4.30pm. The markets specialise in Australian home wares, antiques, collectibles and gifts.

Sydney harbour Bridge

Join a tour with Bridge Climb and climb the arches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or take the stairs up the Pylon Lookout, both providing fantastic views of Sydney Harbour and surrounding suburbs.
Sydney Opera House, a landmark building at Bennelong Point, is home to Australia's opera, ballet and theatre companies and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. There are a number of restaurants located in the complex and guided tours are available. Sydney Tower Observation Level is located in the AMP Centrepoint Tower. The tower provides compelling 360-degree views of Sydney from both the observation level and its revolving restaurant. Sydney Opera House
Darling Harbour is a place where Sydney celebrates. This modern waterside harbour, five minutes from the city centre is accessible by car, ferry, bus, lightrail and monorail. Browse through the 200 shops in the Harbourside Shopping complex and eat in one of the waterfront restaurants at Harbourside or the all new Cockle Bay development. You can visit many world class attractions including the Australian National Maritime Museum, the Panasonic Imax Theatre, The Chinese Garden, and The Powerhouse Museum.
In the city itself, enjoy Sydney's lively theatre, dance, opera, concert and pub entertainment. Kings Cross offers late-night entertainment in bars and discos. For a movie and bite to eat head to George Street. The nearby Sydney Entertainment Centre is the venue for concerts. Choose from one of the many dinner cruises on the harbour offering entertainment and superb scenery, or try your luck at the casino, Star City. Overlooking the harbour, the casino offers gaming facilities such as blackjack, roulette, craps, sic bo and the traditional Australian favourite two-up. Sample some jazz at Soup Plus, The Basement or Harbourside Brasserie, or dance the night away at the Cauldron, Retro or DCM. For rock music lovers there is the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel or for comedy enjoy entertainment at Kaos, Sydney's most popular comedy restaurant. Almost every cuisine is available in Sydney and the quality is very high. Try the local seafood or taste the best from international cuisines. Some of Sydney's best eating can be enjoyed in a number of precincts - Chinatown, The Rocks, Balmain, Leichhardt, Darlinghurst, Newtown and Kings Cross.

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