beautiful, Sydney sits nestled in the sandstone cliffs overlooking Sydney
Harbor, basking in its role as a gateway for travelers, a mecca of culture and a
playground for tourists and its 5 million residents alike.
region was populated for 100,000 years by the Aborigines, captain Arthur
Phillips sailed his First Fleet into Sydney Cove in 1788, bearing nearly 1,000
exiled convicts from British prisons. Settled as a colony of the crown and named
"New South Wales," the country grew as more exiled convicts joined free settlers
in forming the basis for the community that would become a major financial and
cultural center of the Asia-Pacific region.
Sydney abounds with modern interpretations of its colonial past. At waterfront
Circular Quay, where Phillips first landed, street entertainers ply their trade
along Writer's Walk, where famous writers' words about Australia are fixed in
the sidewalk with gold medallions.
region has evolved in truly contemporary fashion, from the site of Australia's
first permanent European settlement to its current status as a leading
shopping venue that offers some of the city's finest gifts, souvenirs, and
native crafts. It is also known for great restaurants and cheerful pubs. The Victorian suburbs
offer a living history lesson with their cobbled streets and alleyways giving a sense of the former seaport
region's rich colonial past.
the Harbourside dining and shopping complex, the National Maritime Museum and
the Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbor invites visitors to enjoy
free music and entertainment on weekends. Outlying beaches stretch for miles,
and visitors join locals on the sparkling sand.