Travel and Holiday information for Sydney, Australia
The European History of Sydney started with the landing of Captain James Cook, at Botany Bay in April 1770. He entered Botany Bay on his first voyage of discovery and on his return to England arrangements were put in place for a settlement to be started there. When the first fleet arrived in Australia in January 1788 they explored the local area and discovered Sydney harbour, just to the north. This was a far superior harbour to Botany Bay and the decision was taken to move the settlement to its shores. Today, Sydney is without doubt, one of the worlds most magnificent city’s and it surrounds what is undoubtedly one of the worlds best natural harbours.
Sydney is one of the countries great tourist attractions in its own right. Most westerners from around the world would recognise a picture of its two major icons, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge and they form an integral part of the cities tourist infrastructure. Most tourists will want to see these first and then move on to places like Bondi Beach, Taronga Park Zoo and take a Manly Ferry ride. Today, there are so many more things to see and do that you need to spend a week in Sydney. The Darling Harbour precinct is magnificent. Woolloomooloo and Kings Cross appeal to the party goers and in the eastern suburbs places like Double Bay and Vaucluse attract the well to do to their fine restaurants and beautiful boutique. On the North Shore there are plenty of swanky destinations with excellent shopping plazas, fantastic beaches and plenty of quality accommodation. Mosman, Cremorne, Balgowlah and Manly all are favourite places for Sydneysiders to live.
The range of Sydney hotel accommodation that is available is extraordinary. It does not matter which part of the city you want to see, you will find a range of excellent accommodation there to choose from. The year 2000 Olympic Games, that were held in Sydney provided a catalyst for many new hotels and whole new precincts that came into being. The area around Olympic Park at Homebush is now home to a number of excellent hotels in Sydney. Other centers where you will find plenty of holiday and hotel accommodation include the Sydney CBD, Darling Harbour, North Sydney, Chatswood, Manly, Bondi Beach, Coogee, Sydney airport, Parramatta, the Northern beaches and many many more.
Sydney is the jumping off point for many tours that run throughout Australia and the departure point for thousands of flights to interstate tourist icons like Ayers Rock and The Great Barrier Reef. The islands off the Whitsunday Coast in Queensland are also a popular destination for tourists departing from Sydney. Hamilton Island is one of the country’s favourite holiday destinations and flights from Sydney fly there direct.
Sydney must be an integral part of any Australian holiday. Be prepared to spend some time here and share in the excitement that only a Sydney holiday can provide.
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