Sydney

Tour Guides

New South Wales Tourism: Sydney's laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world's easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. The people who live here are a friendly, energetic bunch with a tell-it-like-it-is approach to life as visitors to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games found out for themselves.

All of its attributes lie within easy reach of the city centre. Sydney's harbour is its natural playground, the dominant factor in so much of what the city has to offer. The city has a wide-ranging cultural life, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.

Wikipedia: Sydney is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.28 million. Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales, and is the site of the first European colony in Australia, established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip, leader of the First Fleet from Britain.

Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast. The city is built around Port Jackson, which includes Sydney Harbour, leading to the city's nickname, "the Harbour City". Sydney is a major international tourist destination notable for its beaches and twin landmarks: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. The metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and contains many bays, rivers and inlets.

Sydney Travel Bureau: Sydney is a rare jewel - sparkling both day and night - and the city reflects the Australian personality - a bit brash, a bit cheeky but warm, outgoing and friendly. And it knows how to party! There is something for every visitor - first class hotels, restaurants, beaches, theatre, sight seeing, nightlife and its overall vibrancy.

Historical Sights

Sydney Highlights

Telegraph-The sights of Sydney: Top things to do in Sydney? The guidebooks all say the same thing: go to Bondi Beach, The Opera House, the harbour bridge and Darling Harbour. But are they right? I began by hitting the beach. A return ticket to Bondi from Central station, via train and bus, costs only A$7 (£3) but the journey didn't get off to the best of starts.

The Rocks: A great place to discover Sydney's fascinating history is at The Rocks Discovery Museum, which combines interactive technology with archaeological artefacts found in The Rocks. One of the many free things to do at The Rocks – it's the perfect complement to any of the Sydney tours you may be interested in taking. Explore the ‘secrets of the sandstone' and local events and history in a 90-minute walking tour with The Rocks Walking Tours. The guides will entertain you and bring to life the stories of The Rocks' colourful past.

The Rocks Ghost Tour takes you on a journey from this world to the convict colony of The Rocks. Discover the dark side of death, murder, hangings and hauntings of the past in one of Sydney's most entertaining tours.

Darling Harbour is one of the world's great waterfront destinations. With its spectacular harbour setting, Darling Harbour has many of Australia's key tourist attractions in addition to a favourite place for Sydneysiders to spend their time relaxing and celebrating. Day and night, there's always plenty of things to do at Darling Harbour. Explore this website for information on great places to eat and drink, shopping, attractions, arts, accommodation, and free events – all within a 20-minute walk of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney Bridge Climb is the ultimate experience of Sydney, guided Climbs to the top of the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour. Climbers can choose between two 3 ½ hour guided experiences - The Bridge Climb is the original experience. It takes you along catwalks, up ladders, and steadily to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Experience the satisfaction of conquering the upper arch of the Bridge while taking in city surrounds, the World Heritage listed Sydney Opera House, the harbour and the Bridge itself beneath your feet.

Blue Mountains: Experience fresh mountain air as you rise above Sydney and enter the spectacular Blue Mountains region. The Blue Mountains is perfect for exploring the best that nature has to offer. Bushwalking, galleries, fine dining, shopping, pampering day spas, golf, and numerous attractions. The Blue Mountains is the ideal destination for that romantic getaway or family escape.

Beaches

Go Australia: In Sydney, except in the far western suburbs, you're never more than half an hour away from one of the popular Sydney beaches. Between the Hawkesbury River in the north and the Royal National Park in the south, the city is dotted with Sydney beaches where it faces the Pacific, starting from the ever-popular Palm Beach down to the endless stretch of beaches at Cronulla. Palm Beach is a finger of land ending north at the Barrenjoey Head and you can walk from the beach on the Pacific side to Barrenjoey Beach on the western side facing Pittwater. Across the Pittwater are Great Mackerel Beach and Currawong Beach east of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Discover Sydney: Sydney is famous for its excellent surfing beaches. There are also some popular beaches along the harbour foreshores that don't have any surf including Redleaf, Nielsen Park, Parsley Bay and Camp Cove. There are some less accessible nudist beaches such as Lady Jane and Obelisk. Most of Sydney's 37 beaches are situated within 30 minutes of the city's CBD by public transport.

Activities

Historical Walking Tours: These self-guided historical walking tour brochures have been developed by the City of Sydney History Program to introduce you to different aspects of Sydney's fascinating history. Each brochure features a clear map of the walk with numbered points of interest, detours and museum stops suggested along the way. Each tour takes approximately 1 to 2 hours.

Water Sports In Sydney: The waters of Sydney are abuzz with activity. If it is not a scuba diver poking and probing into its depths, then it's a sailor who is riding its waves. Surfing, snorkeling, sailing, water skiing and windsurfing are some of the popular water sports in Sydney.

Tours

River Country Adventours have been serving the tourism industry with well-organised, quality day and extended coach tours since 1993. We cater for both small and large groups throughout Regional Victoria, and beyond. Most of these tours depart from Melbourne and are fully escorted by accredited tour operators who have a good knowledge of the history and heritage of the regions.

Sydney City Life: Commences at Sydney and concludes Sydney, New South Wales. Sydney is a vibrant city, with its rich mix of Colonial and Indigenous history, multi-cultural foods and festivals, museums, exhibitions, theatres, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Experience the majestic beaches, beautiful national parks and the stunning harbor for yourself on this city stopover package.

Australian Wild Escapes: Departing your city hotel at 8.30am, travel through the charming historic Rocks precinct, with its quaint old cottages, pubs and the first church in Australia. This drive takes in Observatory Hill overlooking Darling Harbour, Bridge Street, the financial precinct of Australia and Sydney, Macquarie Street with the Parliament House of NSW government, the Mint and Hyde Park Barracks. Traveling past St Mary's Cathedral, you visit the Sydney Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens. Here we take a short stroll to view Mrs. Macquarie's Chair and for an unsurpassed view of Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and Bridge.


Holiday Company Descriptions

Austtravel: Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales and the point of entry for the majority of travellers starting their vacation in Australia. A large, sprawling giant of a city with a population nearing 4 million, Sydney stretches about 70 kilometres north south and 55 kilometres east west. The city is noted for its breathtaking surroundings, early Australian historical sites, numerous beaches, an excellent climate... and that distinctive bridge!

Freedom Australia: A vibrant and dazzling city, built around one of the world's most magnificent natural harbours with its famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Number one on everyone's list is the Circular Quay area, location of the spectacular Sydney Opera House. Close by is the Rocks, the first European settlement in Australia, its colourful streets and elegant buildings have now been restored making it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Walk along the foreshore and through the Royal Botanical Gardens to the New South Wales Art Gallery and the city's museums.

Travel Mood: The best way to understand the greater Sydney region is to think of it as a huge saucer-like bowl with drowned river valleys in the north (the Hawkesbury River-Broken Bay area), the south (Port Hacking) and in the middle (Sydney Harbour). These three fine waterways were formed during the last ice age when the sea was more than 100 metres lower than its current level. When the sea level rose the river valleys were drowned. These drowned valleys can be easily seen if you fly over the city

The centre of the greater metropolitan area is a low-lying plain which stretches west for nearly 50 kilometres until it reaches the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains. The westerly extremity of the city is drained by the Nepean River which flows along the base of the Blue Mountains and joins the Hawkesbury River near Windsor. In turn the Hawkesbury cuts a valley until it reaches the sea at Broken Bay.

Lying to the north and south of the entrance to the harbour are more than twenty excellent beaches all of which are ideal for swimming, surfing and sun-baking in the summer months.

Holiday Accommodation

Oz Hotels: Ozhotels is a group of independently owned and non-related hotels, motels and serviced apartments providing accommodation located across Sydney, Australia. Oz hotels is not an internet travel agent. Oz hotels allows you to deal directly with the hotels with absolutely no agent involvement giving you the best possible rates for these Sydney hotels.

The Grace Hotel: Situated in the heart of Sydney's CBD, The Grace Hotel is housed in the elegantly restored 1930 Neo Gothic Grace Building. Heritage-listed, the iconic exterior is complemented by the charming Art Deco interiors. Fronting three of Sydney's most prominent streets - York, King and Clarence, guests will enjoy our prime location only minutes walk from all the attractions of Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf.

Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney is an intimate, boutique style, five-star hotel housed within a stunning heritage-listed building located in the heart of Sydney. Originally built in the 1800's, the chic, calm and contemporary interior blends beautifully with the historical Hawkesbury sandstone facade.

Sydney Hotels and Accommodation Directory: Sydney is world renowned for its beaches and relaxed, outdoor lifestyle of surf and sun. So when you visit Sydney, it makes sense to get as close as you can to what makes Sydney, Sydney -- the water. For this reason, M-Power Accommodation has provided a range of Sydney accommodation near the beach.

Hotel Altamont, formerly Sydney's most exclusive boutique hotel housing guests as famous as Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones, is available to the budget conscious traveller. As seen on channel Nine's primetime travel program "GETAWAY", the Altamont offers its guests an exclusive boutique hotel for the price of Sydney's local hostels.

Each room consists of a queen or king size bed, en-suite bathrooms, cable TV, air-conditioning, tea/coffee facilities and continental breakfast. The Altamont also offers Internet facilities and a laundry service. Enjoy drinks in our lounge and Diamant bar or catch some sun on our Tuscan style rooftop garden.

Establishment is an intimate, 33 room luxury hotel located in the very heart of Sydney's Central Business District and only minutes from major attractions such as the Opera House and Sydney Harbour. Within 6 months of its opening, Establishment was nominated "One of the 25 Hot New Places to Stay in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

All guestrooms are designed around one of two color schemes - one bold, the other subtle – and all are spacious with premium pure cotton linens, business desk, mini-bar, DVD and CD player, data and voice port connection, cable television, in-room safe, touch-screen room control console, and generous marble or limestone bathroom with separate bath and shower including Bvlgari amenities. In addition, the hotel has a fully-equipped fitness center and 24 hour Concierge available to all guests.

The Observatory Hotel is the ideal base from which to work and explore Australia's most vibrant city. Superbly located near Sydney's historic Rocks and central business district, nestled near the vibrant harbour and the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, this is an enviable location close to the bustling heart of the city.