Located mid-way down Australia’s east coast, Sydney is the country’s oldest, largest and most cosmopolitan city. Boasting a reputation as both one of the most liveable and beautiful cities in the world, Sydney is a major global city which features one of the most recognisable skylines. The birthplace of the Australian identity and an iconic ‘harbour city’, Sydney brings together all the vibrant culture and nightlife of a sparkling modern city with the heartbeat of the nation’s pride in all its historic glory.
Home to iconic landmarks and architecturally significant attractions such as the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney vacations overflow with culture, fashion, history, cuisine, art, nature and design. Home to one of the most beautiful harbours in the entire world, Circular Quay is not only a major tourist and transportation hub, it’s also steeped in historical significance. Situated in Sydney Cove, the harbour at Circular Quay is the First Fleet landing site on 26 January 1788 in Port Jackson. Celebrated annually on what is known as ‘Australia Day’, this is the downunder version of 4th of July Independence Day celebrations.
Having received our first settlers, Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay have also welcomed home soldiers from both World War 1 and World War 2 and are sites of deep national pride which have now been transformed into leisure destinations where visitors can enjoy the sunshine, the water views and a drink or meal at one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants while appreciating the area’s historical significance. Other popular activities on Sydney vacations include taking in a performance at the famous Opera House and climbing the iconic Harbour Bridge. If you have time to get out of the city, you can even learn to surf at legendary Bondi Beach.
The compact city centre of Sydney makes it easy to explore while the suburbs that sprawl out around it create a diverse metropolitan area. Central Sydney is home to a variety of shopping, dining and iconic attractions including Circular Quay and the famous Sydney Harbour. Just west of the Quay, The Rocks is an upmarket area which is home to the famous Harbour Bridge and Sydney’s first colonial village. A true vacationers spot, Darling Harbour is immediately west of the city centre and is a huge entertainment and leisure precinct boasting a huge boardwalk which connects waterfront dining, wildlife and aquariums, museums and more.
To the south of the city you’ll find Chinatown and the Haymarket area offering cafes, markets and Chinese culture and cuisine while to the west you’ll discover the Powerhouse Museum, maritime pubs, the fish markets and the famous Star Casino. In the city’s east, you’ll find plenty of coffee shops, fashion and entertainment by day and vibrant nightlife once darkness falls including Surry Hills, Darlinghurst and the famous nightlife district of Kings Cross.
Coming to the world’s attention in 2000 as the host of the Summer Olympics, the IOC Chairman officially announced Sydney as ‘the best games ever’ thanks to major renovations and building programs which have seen Sydney positioned as one of the world’s great cities of the 21st century. Still Sydney possesses a diverse range of architectural styles, where old style and Georgian buildings sit side by side with modern, towering skyscrapers. Designed by Jorn Utzon, even the Opera House showcases the Expressionist style.
Australia’s oldest European settlement, Sydney is a culturally and ethnically diverse city thanks to long term immigration, which has permeated throughout the city’s fine dining, swanky hotels, marvellous architecture, spectacular sightseeing, exciting theatre productions and trendy bars and clubs, resulting in a vibrant fusion of cheeky yet charming that has become synonymous with the friendly Australian way.
Just a couple of hours north of Sydney is the Hunter Valley, a welcoming region known as ‘wine country’ that offers country charm and a secluded feel, despite its convenience to the city. Renowned as the best wine growing region in Australia, this stunning destination is the perfect spot to take a relaxing break away from the hustle and bustle of a busy itinerary while sipping our country’s finest wines and dining on gourmet cuisine. A historical region, the Hunter Valley also offers quaint yet beautiful architecture and a number of historical tours and museums.