Sydney, home to the first British colony in Australia and now a cultural melting pot, was established in 1788. An iconic travel destination and place to live, Sydney is the most populated and sought-after city in Australia.
Sydney sits on the South-East coast of Australia and is bordered by the Tasman Sea. It consistently ranks globally as a city with a high standard of living.
Sydney offers Australia’s largest public transport system. The CityRail trains are operated by State Transport for NSW, with commuter rails in the outlying suburbs that converge in Sydney’s busy central business district.
The Inner West light rail line has replaced Sydney’s older tram lines and most areas in Sydney and its suburbs are serviced by State run bus lines.
Sydney Ferries provide regular ferry services for both commuters and tourists.
Museums, theatres and restaurants all reflect the diverse range of cultures that have converged in Sydney. Sydney’s Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Symphony, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chinese Garden of Friendship are all popular destinations for both locals and visitors. The interesting culture of Sydney continues to be shaped by the roots and customs of its residents.
Community and Recreation
Sport plays a very important role in Sydney life. Sydney has a presence in the four major football codes of Australia: rugby league, Australian rules football, rugby union, and soccer. Cricket is Sydney’s favourite summer sport, with pitches in almost every Sydney Park.
Sydney’s coastal shore water sports are also very popular. Yachting, water-skiing and sailing are just a few of the water activities residents enjoy as part of everyday life.
Keen shoppers are spoilt by an endless range of high-street stores, local shopping strips and boutique outlets to choose from. Diners can indulge their taste buds with fresh Australian seafood or an extensive range of restaurants that specialise in regional or exotic cuisine. Pubs and nightclubs are scattered across Sydney for those residents who prefer dancing until dawn.
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