The beautiful city of Sydney, Australia
A traveler to Sydney is able to enjoy one of the most cosmopolitan cities, located on one of the most beautiful harbors, in the world. Port Jackson is not only the heart of Sydney; it symbolizes the sun, water and outdoor spirit of those who inhabit it.
The history of Sydney
First settled in 1788 by convicts and military personnel from mother England, and now a bustling metropolis of four million people, the early township was founded at Sydney Cove, a small bay on the southern side of the harbor. This cove, now called Circular Quay, is today the departure point for the Sydney ferry service.
On the western side of the cove, known as The Rocks, restored shops, together with modern restaurants and Irish pubs, provide an important entertainment area for workers in the nearby CBD (Central Business District). By day, many eager tourists wander to get a glimpse of early Sydney and the southern aspect of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The billowing sails of one of the world’s most beautiful buildings – the Sydney Opera House, dominate the eastern side of Sydney Cove. Stately and serene beside the botanical gardens, with its striking design it fittingly houses the artistic muse of modern Sydney.
People immigrating to Sydney, Australia
Although Britain and Ireland have provided the cultural and ethnic roots of European settlement in Australia, since the Second World War an active immigration program has seen the arrival of migrants from many different countries, in particular from Italy and Greece. More recently, a lot of the arrivals have come from eastern Asia, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand. Newcomers from Asia have tended to settle in the capital cities and they have developed an active, thriving Chinatown on the southern outskirts of Sydney’s CBD.
Beaches in Sydney
A visit to Sydney would not be complete without a trip to one or more of its famous beaches. There are several dozen sandy beaches that nestle along the suburban coastline. Bondi is about 15 minutes from the CBD by taxi (and there are plenty of buses) and is in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. A trip to beautiful Manly on the northern side of the harbor is only about 30 minutes from the city traveling by ferry from Circular Quay. This has to be one of the most relaxing, picturesque and enjoyable rides you will ever experience!
Restaurants to visit in Sydney
The arrival of migrants since the fifties has given an enormous boost to the variety and quality of Sydney’s restaurant cuisine. These abound in popular areas, such as The Rocks, and Bondi. Important clusters are also to be found in near city suburbs, including Oxford Street; King Street, Newtown; and Glebe Point Road, Glebe. For a special treat try the revolving restaurants atop the Sydney Centrepoint Tower – beautiful by day, glorious by night!
Sydney has developed into one of the most appealing and friendly cities you could hope to visit. You can walk the streets without fear; enjoy theaters, restaurants, gardens, sporting activities, cultural events, beautiful beaches and magnificent views – all within close proximity to the city center.
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