Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia with 4,627,345 residents. It is on Australia’s south-east coast, on the Tasman Sea. Inhabitants are called Sydneysiders, comprising a cosmopolitan and international population. The site of the first British colony in Australia, Sydney was established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip, commodore of the First Fleet, as a penal colony.
The city is built on hills surrounding Port Jackson which is commonly known as Sydney Harbour, where the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge feature prominently. The hinterland of the metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and the coastal regions feature many bays, rivers, inlets and beaches including the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Within the city are many notable parks, including Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Sydney is a high ranking world city and has hosted multiple major international sporting events, including the 1938 British Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games), the 2000 Summer Olympics and the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup. The main airport serving Sydney is Sydney Airport and its main port is Port Botany.
Special Deals – Fun Things to do in Sydney
There are so many places to go & fun things to do in Sydney. Alliance Abroad participants can enjoy discounts with these businesses in the area while in country.
Let’s Go Surfing
Lets go Surfing is the only officially licensed surf school on Bondi Beach, famous around the world for its white sands, clean clear, water and great surf. Located just 7km from Sydney’s business district (an easy train/bus trip), it offers a wealth of activity: trendy and open-air restaurants, urban-style shops, hip Sunday markets, wide-open parks, beach-vibe bars and more.
Get a taste for surfing popular Bondi Beach waves with this 10% discount on various surf lesson packages.
Sydney Surf Pass, Backpacker Super Surf Pass, Bondi Backpacker Day Surf Experience, & Bondi to Byron Pass.
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
See 12,000 aquatic creatures from 650 species co-exist in a spectacular underwater playground. You can get up close and personal to a shark thanks to the unique underwater viewing tunnel, as well as seeing the world’s biggest Great Barrier Reef display. Watch a video on the new features of the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium HERE.
Art Gallery of NSW
There is a reason over 1.3 million visitors come to the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Open Sun-Sat 10am-5pm, free admission) each year. Set within The Domain and overlooking beautiful Woolloomooloo Bay, the Gallery is one of Australia’s leading museums of art and a Sydney institution, with five levels presenting a diverse range of modern and contemporary works displayed in expansive, light-filled spaces. The Grand Courts are home to a distinguished collection of colonial and 19th-century Australian works and European old masters. There are also dedicated galleries celebrating the arts of Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.