Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. It is situated on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbor, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west. Residents of Sydney are famous as “Sydneysiders”. Sydney is the second official seat, and second official residence, of the Governor-General of Australia, the Prime Minister of Australia and the Cabinet of Australia.
Top five tourist destinations in Sydney are:
Joern Utzen’s architectural masterpiece turns 35 this year, but still just like a piece of youthful whimsy. Many tourists enough on having their photograph taken in front of the white, scalloped roof. Others will want to catch a show – the Opera House boasts a busy program of theatre, jazz, ballet, comedy and, of course, opera.
Completed in 1932, the “Coathanger”, as it locally known, is beloved by Sydneysiders who commute across it by car, train, bus, and bicycle. A vital piece of Sydney’s industrial heritage, the bridge can be explored independently on foot, by bicycle (there’s a separate bike path) or by joining one of BridgeClimb’s (www.bridgeclimb.com) well-organised expeditions – the tourists also can even scale the bridge at night. The south-eastern pylon houses an fantastics museum, viewing platform and information centre.
Once called the crucible of Australian democracy, Bondi Beach does not discriminate on the basis of wealth – only physique. Some may dismiss Australia’s famous arc of sand as tacky and overcrowded (up to 40,000 people pack onto the sand on a hot day) but the tourists must experience it for themselves at least once. For a gentler take on Bondi, explore the rock pools at the northern end or follow the coastal path to Tamarama. Escape the throng with a swim at the Bondi Icebergs Club’s 50 metre outdoor pool. The view is unbelievable beautiful.
Few cities do seafood as well as Sydney and when the tourists can visit this scruffy, smelly and haphazard collection of buildings they will understand why. The variety, freshness and profusion of fish available is truly astonishing – everything from mammoth slabs of tuna to the most delicate fillet of whiting. There are mountains of cockles, prawns, oysters, mussels, crabs and crayfish, plus some aquatic creatures you’ve never seen before. Grabbing some sushi or some cheap fish ‘n’ chips while the tourists were here. For real fish fanatics the market offers regular cooking classes and tours.
The Blue Mountains are much more than the chintzy tearooms and novelty train rides depicted in the tourist brochures where it is just located 65 km from downtown Sydney. This is, in fact, a remarkable wilderness packed with great walks, breathtaking views and endless eucalyptus forests. Don’t miss the Norman Lindsay Gallery in Faulconbridge, the Three Sisters in Katoomba and 400-million-year-old Jenolan Caves. And don’t forget their walking boots.