Sydney Travel Guide
Introduction to Sydney
It’s not the capital of Australia, but such semantics matter little to Sydney. Big, brash and undeniably beautiful, Sydney is the country’s oldest, largest and most populous city. Home to Australia’s most ambitious residents who want it all – and now. Obsessive real estate monitoring for covetable beachside or harbourside locations is de rigueur and flash cars, fantastic plastic and designer denim (paired with Havaianas thongs, of course) is the norm.
Sydneysiders are probably just trying to compete with the city’s stunning natural attributes of the harbour, beaches, national parks and world-famous structures - no mean feat. From convict beginnings in The Rocks, Sydney has made a mockery of its outpost status as the place the Brits (and everyone else in the world) now wants to live in.
Natural beauty aside, Sydney is truly one of the world’s most happening international cities with an energetic vibe fuelled by amazing weather that’s perfect to enjoy the lush green parks and picturesque beaches near the CBD. The city also plays host to renowned annual festivals and events such as Mardi Gras, TropFest, Australian Fashion Week and the huge New Year’s Eve celebrations that show off the colour, creativity and diversity of this multicultural city perfectly. Around 30 percent of Sydney’s population were born overseas and the city is known for its vibrant gay community. Sydney is also home to the iconic structures of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as well as Federation and terrace houses in popular inner-west and inner-east suburbs respectively.
The buzz around Sydney certainly hasn’t died down since it hosted the 2000 Olympics (‘the best games ever’) and is still on the ascent as Sydney continues to position itself as one of the world’s great cities with an enviable lifestyle, location and future. Just ask its residents!