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The first European settlement of Sydney was in 1788 at Sydney Cove (now known as The Rocks), nearly 20 years after Captain Cook first landed in Botany Bay (20 miles or so south of the CBD). The reason for the move was simple - Botany Bay was too exposed to the elements, Port Jackson (the original name) was seen as one of the finest natural harbours in the world.

In its first years, the city struggled to survive - only under the leadership of Governor Macquarie in the early 1800s did the settlement start to evolve as a permanent town or city. (the name Macquarie is to be found all over Australia). By 1901, more than 1 million lived in the city.

Now there are more than 5 million inhabitants and, geographically, the city is twice as big as London and three times the size of New York.

Sydney. It has a special ring to it, doesn't it. It brings to mind the Opera House, the Bridge, Bondi Beach, glorious weather and so much more. In more recent times its the Olympics, the Mardi Gras - a city that knows how to celebrate, to have a good time.

And its so true! A stunning location and, for 9 months of the year, great weather makes the city an outdoor haven. It has so many beautiful beaches and bays it defies comprehension - and if you bore of them, drive (or catch a train) for an hour or so and you can come across even more!

For most of its existance, the city was something of a cultural backwater, a city of the other side of the world from its 'Mother Country'. But the 1960s saw that change with the opening of the iconic Opera House and Sydney hasn't looked back. Now its a full-on, party city with all the vigour of a 'new city', taking the best of the US and Europe and making it work. Its a city where yu feel that 'anything could happen, so why not give a go' attitude prevails. Its a great place to visit and, while arguments abound about which city in Australia is the better (Sydney or Melbourne), most tourists go for Sydney as the palce to visit. And with those beaches, the better weather and access to stunning natural environs such as the Blue Mountain National Park and the surrounding coastal parks, it is an amazing city to visit.

This page will be constantly under construction - I'm lucky enough to travel to Sydney on average once a month and always try to go to new places and stay in different hotels.

  • Last visit to Sydney: Aug 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    another excellent list of restaurants, love this kind of pages :-)

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Obviously you spend most of your waking time eating! Must check your tips before I go next time. Notice Kirribilli Club isn't on your list and, please, don't even mention anything but a pie at Harrys - that's unAustralian!. Cheers.

  • Jonarforever's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2009 at 1:54 AM

    thanks for your awesome page, I am among those who got that 10S Aboriginal CD lol lol lol=)

  • freespirit1's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Now $16, if more than 1 day a weekly Red Zone pass gets you unlimited travel on buses, ferries, not Manly, xpress to Bondi $38 or a Green Pass for $46 includes Manly & for a few more dollars passes that include Woolongong, Blue Mountains or Newcastle

  • i-s-a's Profile Photo
    Jun 12, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    tips are great...so many things to see and experience in sydney!

  • elae's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2008 at 4:36 AM

    sculpture by the sea***lovely***

  • marcbrazil's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2007 at 8:52 PM

    Sydney reminds a lot of Rio, mountains and the sea very present in the city. Lovely pages you wrote! THANK YOU!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2007 at 6:33 AM

    Im flying home next week after a 1 yr turned 7 yr stint away! and im getting all those lovely harbour shots to ogle over!but its only for 8 days... but thanks for your inspiring shots! hope youre enjoying life in Oz/the big world still!

  • mesoblonda's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2007 at 9:10 PM

    Sydney most likely from 27 Dec on. May have to fly out of Melb as I'm using miles...

  • Jun 11, 2007 at 11:47 AM

    Thanks, Ketih, the information on Sydney/Melbourne is very helpful.


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