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Sydney Introduction


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Sydney, Australia, is a grand host that welcomes the world to its stage. In fact, the city thrives on the opportunity to show the world what it is: a vibrant, cosmopolitan area with trendsetting international cuisine, stellar architecture—think of the Sydney Opera House—and a spectacular harbor setting.  Click here to see the full Sydney travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sydney Geography


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Located on an inlet on the southeastern coast of Australia, Sydney is a sprawling, low-rise city. Visitors will likely spend most of their time in Sydney's center in the downtown area, which generally includes the Central Business District, The Rocks and Darling Harbour.   Click here to see the full Sydney travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sydney History


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The Aborigines inhabited the Sydney area for tens of thousands of years before the first European settlers landed there on 26 January 1788. British Capt. Arthur Phillip raised the Union Jack and named the city in honor of Lord Sydney, who was then the British home secretary. Phillip's mission was to establish a penal colony at Sydney Cove (today known as Circular Quay) for the boatloads of convicts and troops he'd taken with him.  Click here to see the full Sydney travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sydney Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Many of Sydney's attractions are within easy walking distance of one another. In theory you could attempt to see many of them in a single day—though you wouldn't stand still for long. We suggest taking a more leisurely approach by beginning your visit at Circular Quay (pronounced key), where you can catch a morning cruise of the city's harbor. When you get back, head for the Sydney Opera House. Its prominence on the waterfront and its distinctive white, sail-style roof have made it the city's (and Australia's) most famous landmark.   Click here to see the full Sydney travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sydney Nightlife


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Sydney enjoys a lively nightlife, from the trendy bars and clubs along Darling Harbour and Circular Quay to the historic pubs (often called hotels) in The Rocks. You'll also find plenty of live music. If you enjoy late-night clubbing, you can find plenty of options around the Central Business District, but the favored hangouts are increasingly in the Darlinghurst neighborhood (also a popular dining area). By comparison, Kings Cross is seedier, but it has a lot of late-night activity. Cover charges and drink prices are usually lower there.   Click here to see the full Sydney travel guide on Travel42 »

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Sydney Restaurants & Dining


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Today you're more likely to find Aussies dining on Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Turkish, Lebanese or Italian food than on the more traditional fare borrowed from the British. Darling Harbour and Circular Quay are awash with trendy restaurants serving everything from modern Australian to grilled seafood. The neighborhoods of Darlinghurst and Newtown have a concentration of vegetarian and Asian restaurants.   Click here to see the full Sydney travel guide on Travel42 »

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