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Sydney
New South Wales
Sydney skyline at dusk - Dec 2008.jpg
The Sydney Opera House and Sydney CBD at dusk
Sydney is located in Australia
Sydney
Population: 4,399,722 [1] (1st)
Density: 2058/km² (5,330.2/sq mi) (2006)[2]
Established: 26 January 1788
Coordinates: 33°51′35.9″S 151°12′40″E / 33.859972°S 151.21111°E / -33.859972; 151.21111Coordinates: 33°51′35.9″S 151°12′40″E / 33.859972°S 151.21111°E / -33.859972; 151.21111
Area: 12144.6 km² (4,689.1 sq mi)
Time zone:
 • Summer (DST)
AEST (UTC+10)
Location:
LGA: various (38)
County: Cumberland[3]
State District: various (49)
Federal Division: various (22)
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Annual Rainfall
21.7 °C
71 °F
13.8 °C
57 °F
1,213.4 mm
47.8 in
Sydney (pronounced /ˈsɪdni/[4]) is the largest city in Australia and Oceania, and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney has a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.4 million[5] and an area of approximately 12,000 square kilometres (4,633 sq mi). Its inhabitants are called Sydneysiders, and Sydney is often called "the Harbour City". It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants to Australia.[6]
The site of the first British colony in Australia, Sydney was established[7] in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip, commodore of the First Fleet. The city is built on hills surrounding Sydney Harbour – an inlet of the Tasman Sea on Australia's south-east coast. It is home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and its beaches. .The metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and contains many bays, rivers and inlets.^ A number of national parks are contained within the city's boundaries.
  • Mark & Alice talking about Sydney 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.beluba.com.au [Source type: General]

^ The area (which includes Ben Boyd National Park, Nadgee Nature Reserve and Womboyn Lake) is one of phenomenal beauty.
  • Sydney Australia Holiday | Sydney Australia Accommodation 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC travelsydneyaustralia.com [Source type: General]

^ It has wonderful surf beaches and National Park bush areas.
  • Mark & Alice talking about Sydney 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.beluba.com.au [Source type: General]

The city is home to many prominent parks, such as Hyde Park, Royal Botanical Gardens and national parks. This is a major factor, along with Sydney Harbour, that has led to the city’s reputation as one of the most beautiful in the world.[8]
Sydney is considered an alpha+ world city,[9] as listed by the Loughborough University group's 2008 inventory[10], is ranked 16th among global cities by Foreign Policy's 2008 Global Cities Index[11] and is an international centre for commerce, arts, fashion, culture, entertainment, education and tourism. According to the Mercer cost of living survey, Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city, and the 66th most expensive in the world.[12] Sydney also ranks among the top 10 most livable cities in the world according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting and The Economist.[13][14]
Sydney is a significant international financial centre and has been ranked 14th within the top 50 global financial cities as surveyed by the Mastercard Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index (2007),[15] and 1st within Australia. Sydney is also an international fashion and creative industry hub[16] and is Australia's fashion capital[17].
Sydney has hosted major international sporting events, including the 1938 British Empire Games, 2000 Summer Olympics, the final match of the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the 2008 World Youth Day. The main airport serving Sydney is Sydney Airport.

Contents

History

Artwork depicting the first contact between the Gweagal Aborigines and Captain James Cook on the shores of the Kurnell Peninsula
Radio carbon dating suggests that the Sydney region has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for at least 30,000 years.[18] The traditional Indigenous inhabitants of Sydney Cove are the Cadigal people, whose land once stretched from south of Port Jackson to Petersham.[19] While estimates of the population numbers prior to the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 remains contentious, approximately 4,000–8,000 Aboriginal people lived in the Sydney region prior to contact with British settlers. The British called the Indigenous people the "Eora",[20] because being asked where they came from, these people would answer: "Eora", meaning "here", or "from this place" in their language.[19] There were three language groups in the Sydney region, which were divided into dialects spoken by smaller clans. The principal languages were Darug (the Cadigal, original inhabitants of the City of Sydney, spoke a coastal dialect of Darug), Dharawal and Guringai. Each clan had a territory, the location of said territory determined the resources available. Although urbanisation has destroyed much evidence of these settlements (such as shell middens), a number of Sydney rock engravings, carvings and rock art remain visible in the Hawkesbury sandstone of the Sydney basin.[21]
Sydney circa 1828, looking north over Hyde Park towards the harbour
In 1770, British sea Captain Lieutenant James Cook landed in Botany Bay on the Kurnell Peninsula. It is here that Cook made first contact with an Aboriginal community known as the Gweagal.[22] Under instruction from the British government, a convict settlement was founded by Arthur Phillip, who arrived at Botany Bay with a fleet of 11 ships on 18 January 1788. This site was soon determined to be unsuitable for habitation, owing to poor soil and a lack of reliable fresh water. Phillip subsequently founded the colony one inlet further up the coast, at Sydney Cove on Port Jackson on 26 January 1788. He named it after the British Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney, in recognition of Sydney's role in issuing the charter authorising Phillip to establish a colony. The original name was intended to be Albion until Phillip decided upon Sydney.[23]
In April 1789 a disease, thought to be smallpox, killed an estimated 500 to 1000 Aboriginal people between Broken Bay and Botany Bay.[20] There was violent resistance to British settlement, notably by the warrior Pemulwuy in the area around Botany Bay, and conflicts were common in the area surrounding the Hawkesbury River. By 1820 there were only a few hundred Aborigines and Governor Macquarie had begun initiatives to 'civilise, Christianise and educate' the Aborigines by removing them from their clans.[20] Macquarie's tenure as Governor of New South Wales was a period when Sydney was improved from its basic beginnings. Roads, bridges, wharves and public buildings were constructed by British and Irish convicts, and by 1822 the town had banks, markets, well-established thoroughfares and an organised constabulary. The 1830s and 1840s were periods of urban development, including the development of the first suburbs, as the town grew rapidly when ships began arriving from Britain and Ireland with immigrants looking to start a new life in a new country. On 20 July 1842 the municipal council of Sydney was incorporated and the town was declared the first city in Australia, with John Hosking the first elected mayor.[24] The first of several Australian gold rushes started in 1851, and the port of Sydney has since seen many waves of people arriving from around the world.
Rapid suburban development began in the last quarter of the 19th century with the advent of steam powered tramways and railways. With industrialisation Sydney expanded rapidly, and by the early 20th century it had a population well of more than a million. The Great Depression hit Sydney badly. One of the highlights of the Depression era, however, was the completion of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.[25] There has traditionally been a rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne since the gold rushes of the 1850s made the capital of Victoria Australia's largest and richest city.[26] Sydney overtook Melbourne in population in the early years of the 20th century,[27] and has remained the largest city in Australia since this time. During the 1970s and 1980s Sydney's CBD with the Reserve Bank and Australian Stock Exchange clearly surpassed Melbourne as the nation's financial capital.[28] Throughout the 20th century, especially in the decades immediately following World War II, Sydney continued to expand as large numbers of European and later Asian immigrants populated the metropolitan area.

Geography

Image of Sydney taken by NASA Terra satellite. The city centre is about a quarter of the way in on the south shore of the upper inlet, the Parramatta River, directly south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Topography

Sydney's urban area is in a coastal basin, which is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the East, the Blue Mountains to the West, the Hawkesbury River to the North and the Royal National Park to the South. It lies on a submergent coastline, where the ocean level has risen to flood deep river valleys (ria) carved in the hawkesbury sandstone. Port Jackson, better known as Sydney Harbour, is one such ria and is the largest natural harbour in the world.[29] The Sydney area is not affected by significant earthquakes.
The urban area has around 70 harbour and ocean beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach. Sydney's urban area covers 1,687 km2 (651 sq mi) as at 2001.[30] The Sydney Statistical Division, used for census data, is the unofficial metropolitan area[31] and covers 12,145 km2 (4,689 sq mi).[32] This area includes the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, and national parks and other unurbanised land. This makes Sydney the third largest urban agglomeration in the world behind Brasília (14,400 km2) and Tokyo (13,500 km2).[33]
Geographically, Sydney lies over two regions: the Cumberland Plain, a relatively flat region lying to the south and west of the harbour, and the Hornsby Plateau, a sandstone plateau lying mainly to the north of the harbour and dissected by steep valleys. The parts of the city with the oldest European development are located in the flat areas south of the harbour. The North Shore was slower to develop because of its hilly topography and lack of access across the harbour. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and linked the North Shore to the rest of the city.[34]

Climate

Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers and cool winters, and rainfall spread throughout the year.[35] The weather is moderated by proximity to the ocean, and more extreme temperatures are recorded in the inland western suburbs. The warmest month is January, with an average air temperature range at Observatory Hill of 18.6–25.8 °C (65–78 °F). An average of 14.6 days a year have temperatures of more than 30 °C (86.0 °F). The maximum recorded temperature was 45.3 °C (113.5 °F) on 14 January 1939 at the end of a four-day heatwave across Australia.[36]
In winter, temperatures rarely drop below 5 °C (41 °F) in coastal areas. The coldest month is July, with an average range of 8.0–16.2 °C (46–61 °F). The lowest recorded minimum at Observatory Hill was 2.1 °C (35.8 °F). Rainfall is fairly evenly divided between summer and winter, but is slightly higher during the first half of the year, when easterly winds dominate.[citation needed]
The average annual rainfall, with moderate to low variability, is 1,217 mm (48 in), falling on an average 138 days a year.[37] Snowfall was last reported in the Sydney City area in 1836.[38] However, a July 2008 fall of graupel, or soft hail, mistaken by many for snow, has raised the possibility that the 1836 event was not snow, either.[39]
Bondi Beach in Sydney's east. Sydney's warm weather in summer makes its beaches very popular.
The city is not affected by cyclones. The El Niño Southern Oscillation plays an important role in determining Sydney's weather patterns: drought and bushfire on the one hand, and storms and flooding on the other, associated with the opposite phases of the oscillation. Many areas of the city bordering bushland have experienced bushfires, notably in 1994 and 2001–02 — these tend to occur during the spring and summer. The city is also prone to severe hail storms and wind storms. One such storm was the 1999 hailstorm, which severely damaged Sydney's eastern and city suburbs. The storm produced massive hailstones of at least 9 cm (3.5 in) in diameter and resulting in insurance losses of around A$1.7 billion in less than five hours.[40]
The city is prone to flash flooding from rain caused by East Coast Lows (a low pressure depression which can bring significant damage by heavy rain, cyclonic winds and huge swells). The most notable event was the great Sydney flood which occurred on 6 August 1986 and dumped a record 327.6 mm (12.9 in) on the city in 24 hours. This caused major traffic problems and damage in many parts of the metropolitan area.[41]
The Bureau of Meteorology has reported that 2002 through 2005 were the warmest summers in Sydney since records began in 1859. 2004 saw an average daily maximum temperature of 23.39 °C, 2005 of 23.35 °C, 2002 of 22.91 °C, and 2003 of 22.65 °C. The average daily maximum between 1859 and 2004 was 21.6 °C (70.9 °F). For the first nine months of 2006 the mean temperature was 18.41 °C (65.1 °F); the warmest year previously was 2004 with 18.51 °C (65.32 °F). Since November 2003, there have been only two months in which the average daily maximum was below average: March 2005 (about 1 °C below average)[42] and June 2006 (0.7 °C below average).[43]
The summer of 2007–08 proved to be one of the coolest on record. The Bureau of Meteorology reported that it was the coolest summer in 11 years, the wettest summer in six years, and one of only three summers in recorded history to lack a maximum temperature above 31 °C (88 °F).[44]
During 2009, Sydney experienced warm winter days, dry gusty winds and the most notable phenomena was the dust storm in September, which blew in from the Australian outback and blanketed Sydney in a layer of orange dust. It was the worst dust storm in 70 years[45][46] The average annual daytime temperature at Observatory Hill was 22.9 °C (73.2 °F), which was 0.9 °C above the historical annual average. This ranks as 7th highest annual average maximum temperature since records commenced in 1859. During the year, average night-time temperatures at Sydney Observatory Hill were at 15.1 °C (59.2 °F), which was 1.2 °C above the historical average.[47]
On the first weeks of February, 2010, Sydney received some of the highest rainfalls in years, which caused flash flooding and traffic chaos. On 4 February, some suburbs in the North Shore region recorded their heaviest rain in 20 years. On 12 and 13 February, some suburbs were hit by thunderstorms which brought heavy rain and gusty winds which cut out power and damaged homes.[48][49] On 13 February, Sydney experienced one of the highest rainfall of the last decade with 65 millimetres (2.6 in) of rain falling in one night at Observatory Hill.[50] The heavy rain was caused by remnants of ex-tropical Cyclone Olga and humid north-easterly winds feeding into the low pressure trough. [51][52]
Climate data for Sydney
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 45.3
(114)
42.1
(108)
39.8
(104)
33.9
(93)
30.0
(86)
26.9
(80)
25.9
(79)
31.3
(88)
34.6
(94)
38.2
(101)
41.8
(107)
42.2
(108)
45.3
(114)
Average high °C (°F) 25.9
(79)
25.7
(78)
24.7
(76)
22.4
(72)
19.4
(67)
16.9
(62)
16.3
(61)
17.8
(64)
19.9
(68)
22.1
(72)
23.6
(74)
25.2
(77)
21.7
(71)
Average low °C (°F) 18.7
(66)
18.8
(66)
17.5
(64)
14.7
(58)
11.5
(53)
9.3
(49)
8.0
(46)
8.9
(48)
11.0
(52)
13.5
(56)
15.6
(60)
17.5
(64)
13.8
(57)
Record low °C (°F) 10.6
(51)
9.6
(49)
9.3
(49)
7.0
(45)
4.4
(40)
2.1
(36)
2.2
(36)
2.7
(37)
4.9
(41)
5.7
(42)
7.7
(46)
9.1
(48)
2.1
(36)
Precipitation mm (inches) 102.0
(4.02)
117.9
(4.64)
129.4
(5.09)
126.4
(4.98)
120.7
(4.75)
130.6
(5.14)
97.3
(3.83)
81.2
(3.2)
69.1
(2.72)
77.6
(3.06)
83.1
(3.27)
77.9
(3.07)
1,212.5
(47.74)
Sunshine hours 220 188 198 192 183 165 198 220 216 223 234 236 2,482
% Humidity 62 64 62 59 57 57 51 50 51 56 58 59 57
Avg. precipitation days 12.1 12.3 13.3 12.0 11.8 11.4 10.3 9.9 10.3 11.4 11.5 11.5 137.8
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[53] 11 December 2009

Urban structure

Sydney's central business district (CBD) extends southwards for about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) from Sydney Cove to the area around Central station. The Sydney CBD is bounded on the east side by a chain of parkland, and the west by Darling Harbour, a tourist and nightlife precinct.
Although the CBD dominated the city's business and cultural life in the early days, other business/cultural districts have developed in a radial pattern since World War II. As a result, the proportion of white-collar jobs located in the CBD declined from more than 60 per cent at the end of World War II to less than 30 per cent in 2004.[citation needed]
Together with the commercial district of North Sydney, joined to the CBD by the Harbour Bridge, the most significant outer business districts are Parramatta[54] in the central-west, Penrith[55] in the west, Bondi Junction in the east, Liverpool[56] in the southwest, Chatswood to the north, and Hurstville to the south.
Sydney's Northern Beaches. The city's metropolitan area is characterised by large areas of urban sprawl, and, on the eastern side, beaches along the Tasman Sea
The extensive area covered by urban Sydney is formally divided into 642[57] suburbs (for addressing and postal purposes), and administered as 40[58] local government areas. There is no metropolitan-wide government, but the Government of New South Wales and its agencies have extensive responsibilities in providing metropolitan services.[59]
The City of Sydney itself covers a fairly small area comprising the central business district and its neighbouring inner-city suburbs. In addition, regional descriptions are used informally to conveniently describe larger sections of the urban area. These include Eastern Suburbs, Hills District, Inner West, Canterbury-Bankstown, Greater Western Sydney, Northern Beaches, Northern Suburbs, North Shore, St George, Southern Sydney, South-western Sydney, Sutherland Shire and Western Sydney. However, many suburbs are not conveniently covered by any of these categories.

Economy

The largest economic sectors in Sydney, as measured by the number of people employed, include property and business services, retail, manufacturing, and health and community services.[60] Since the 1980s, jobs have moved from manufacturing to the services and information sectors. Sydney provides approximately 25 percent of the country's total GDP.[61]
The City of Sydney, viewed from Balmain.
The Australian Securities Exchange and the Reserve Bank of Australia are located in Sydney, as are the headquarters of 90 banks and more than half of Australia's top companies, and the regional headquarters for around 500 multinational corporations.[61] Of the ten largest corporations in Australia by revenue,[62] four have headquarters in Sydney: Caltex Australia, the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, and Woolworths. Of the 54 authorised deposit-taking banks in Australia, 44 are based in Sydney including nine of the 11 foreign subsidiary banks in Australia and all of the 29 local branches of foreign banks. Major authorised foreign banks in Sydney include Citigroup, UBS Australia, Mizuho Corporate Bank, HSBC Bank Australia and Deutsche Bank.
Shopping locations in the central business district include the Queen Victoria Building, the pedestrian mall on Pitt Street, and international luxury boutiques in the quieter, northern end of Castlereagh St. Oxford Street in Paddington and Crown Street, Woollahra are home to boutiques selling more niche products, and the main streets of Newtown and Enmore cater more towards students and alternative lifestyles.
Sydney received 7.8 million domestic visitors and 2.5 million international visitors in 2004.[63] In 2007, the (then) Premier of New South Wales, Morris Iemma established Events New South Wales to "market Sydney and NSW as a leading global events destination". Fox Studios Australia has large film studios in the city.
As of 2004, the unemployment rate in Sydney was 4.9 percent.[64] According to The Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide cost of living survey, Sydney is the sixteenth most expensive city in the world, while a UBS survey ranks Sydney as 15th in the world in terms of net earnings.[65] As of September 2009, Sydney has the highest median house price of any Australian capital city at $569,000, and a median unit price of $400,000.[66] Sydney also has the highest median rent prices of any Australian city at $450 a week.
The Sydney Region accounts for 12 percent (approximately $1 billion per annum) of the total agricultural production, by value, of NSW.[67] Sydney provides 55% of NSW's flower production and 58% of its turf production, as well as 44% of state's nurseries.[68] In 1994-1995 Sydney produced 44% of New South Wales' poultry meat and 48% of the state's eggs.[69]

Demographics

The ten largest overseas born populations[70]
Country of Birth Population (2006)
United Kingdom 175,166
People's Republic of China 109,142
New Zealand 81,064
Vietnam 62,144
Lebanon 54,502
India 52,975
Philippines 52,087
Italy 44,563
Hong Kong 36,866
South Korea 32,124
Sydney
population by year
1800 3,000
1820 12,000
1851 39,000
1871 200,000 (Gold Rush)
1901 500,000
1925 1,000,000
1962 2,000,000
2001 3,366,542
2006 4,119,190
2008 4,399,722
2050 5,100,000 (Projected)
The 2006 census reported 4,119,190 residents in the Sydney Statistical Division,[71] of which 3,641,422 lived in Sydney's urban area.[72] Inner Sydney was the most densely populated place in Australia with 4,023 inhabitants per square kilometre (10,420/sq mi).[73]
In the 2006 census, the most common self-described ancestries identified for Sydney residents were Australian, English, Irish, Scottish and Chinese.[citation needed] The Census also recorded that 1.1% of Sydney's population identified as being of Indigenous origin and 31.7 per cent were born overseas.[71] The Asian Australian population was 16.9 per cent.[74] The three major sources of immigrants are the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, followed by Vietnam, Lebanon, India, Italy and the Philippines.[71]
Freedom Arch in Cabramatta, a suburb home to a large proportion of Sydney's Vietnamese population
Most residents are native speakers of English; many have a second language, the most common being Arabic (predominately Lebanese Arabic), Chinese languages (mostly Cantonese and Mandarin), and Greek.[71] Sydney has the seventh-largest percentage of foreign-born population in the world.[75] Immigrants account for 75 percent of Sydney's annual population growth.[76]
The median age of Sydney residents is 34; 12 per cent of the population is over 65 years old.[64] 15.2 per cent of Sydney residents have educational attainment equal to at least a bachelor's degree,[77] In the 2006 census, 64 per cent of the Sydney residents identified themselves as Christians, 14.1 per cent had no religion, 10.4 per cent left the question blank, 3.9 per cent were Muslims, 3.7 per cent were Buddhists, 1.7 per cent were Hindus and 0.9 per cent were Jewish.[70]

Culture

Sydney hosts many different festivals and some of Australia's largest social and cultural events. These include the Sydney Festival, Australia's largest arts festival which is a celebration involving both indoor and free outdoor performances throughout January; the Biennale of Sydney, established in 1973; the Big Day Out, a travelling rock-music festival which originated in Sydney; the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras along Oxford Street; the Sydney Film Festival and many other smaller film festivals such as the short film Tropfest and Flickerfest.
Australia's premier prize for portraiture, the Archibald Prize is organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is held every year at Sydney Olympic Park, the final of Australian Idol takes place on the steps of the Opera House, and Australian Fashion Week takes place in April/May and September. Sydney's New Year's Eve and Australia Day celebrations are the largest in Australia.
A survey based on tracking the frequency of words and phrases in the media, cited Sydney as number 9 on a list of the world's top fashion cities in 2009.[78] The city is the site of the world renowned Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, which occurs biannually, and is home to many of Australia's premier fashion houses. Most international designers have a major presence in Sydney.

Entertainment and performing arts

Sydney has a wide variety of cultural institutions. Sydney's iconic Opera House has five halls, including a large concert hall and opera and drama theatres; it is the home of Opera Australia—the third-busiest opera company in the world, and the Sydney Symphony.[79] Other venues include the Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, the State Theatre, the Theatre Royal, Sydney, the Sydney Theatre and the Wharf Theatre.
The Sydney Dance Company was under the leadership of Graeme Murphy during the late 20th century. The Sydney Theatre Company has a regular roster of local plays, such as noted playwright David Williamson, classics and international playwrights.
In 2007, New Theatre (Newtown) celebrated 75 years of continuous production in Sydney. Other important theatre companies in Sydney include Company B and Griffin Theatre Company. From the 1940s through to the 1970s the Sydney Push, a group of authors and political activists whose members included Germaine Greer, influenced the city's cultural life.
Giraffes at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo
The National Institute of Dramatic Art, based in Kensington, boasts internationally famous alumni such as Mel Gibson, Judy Davis, Baz Luhrmann and Cate Blanchett. Sydney's role in the film industry has increased since the opening of Fox Studios Australia in 1998.
Prominent films which have been filmed in the city include Moulin Rouge!, Mission: Impossible II, Star Wars episodes II and III, Superman Returns, Dark City, Son of the Mask, Stealth, Dil Chahta Hai, Happy Feet, Australia and The Matrix. Films using Sydney as a setting include Finding Nemo, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel's Wedding, Our Lips Are Sealed, and Dirty Deeds. Many Bollywood movies have also been filmed in Sydney including Singh Is Kinng, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Chak De India, Heyy Babyy. As of 2006, over 229 films have been set in, or featured Sydney.[80]
Sydney's most popular nightspots include Kings Cross, Oxford Street, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and The Rocks, which all contain various bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Star City Casino, is Sydney's only casino and is situated around Darling Harbour. There are many traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants in inner-city areas such as Newtown, Balmain and Leichhardt. Sydney's main live music hubs include areas such as Newtown and Annandale, which nurtured acts such as AC/DC, Bliss n Eso, Sparkadia,Midnight Oil and INXS. Other popular nightspots tend to be spread throughout the city in areas such as Bondi, Manly, Cronulla and Parramatta.

Tourism

In the year ending March 2008, Sydney received 2.7 million international visitors.[81] The most well-known attractions include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Other attractions include Royal Botanical Gardens, Luna Park, some 40 beaches and Sydney Tower.[82]
Sydney also has several popular museums, such as the Australian Museum (natural history and anthropology), the Powerhouse Museum (science, technology and design), the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Australian National Maritime Museum.[83]

Sport and outdoor activities

Sydney is well-endowed with open spaces and access to waterways, and has many natural areas, even in the city centre. Within the CBD are the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Hyde Park, The Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The metropolitan area contains several national parks, including the Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world and several parks in Sydney's far west which are part of the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area.[84]
Sport is an important part of Sydney's culture. The most popular sport in Sydney is rugby league. The NSWRFL (today known as the NRL) began in Sydney in the 1908 season and is the largest and most prestigious domestic rugby league competition in the Southern Hemisphere.[85] The city is home to nine of the sixteen teams currently in the National Rugby League competition: the Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, Manly Sea Eagles, Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs, St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers.
Fireworks during the 2000 Summer Olympics closing ceremony
Cricket is the most popular summer sport in Sydney. The Ashes Series between Australia and England is widely popular among the people. As the state capital, Sydney is also the home of the NSW Blues cricket team in the Sheffield Shield cricket competition. Sydney Cricket Ground and ANZ Stadium here host cricket matches. This city has also hosted 1992 Cricket World Cup and will also host the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Sydney Cricket Ground is at present the only test venue in the city. Plans are going on to accommodate ANZ Stadium as an international cricket venue for Australia.
Sydney is the only city other than Brisbane to have an elite presence in the 4 major football codes of Australia - rugby league, football (soccer), rugby union and AFL. Association Football is represented by Sydney FC in the A-League, whilst the second tier competitions NSWPL and NSW Super League provide many players to the A-League. Sydney also hosts major association football events of the national team, the Socceroos, most notably the World Cup Qualifier against Uruguay in 2005. Rugby Union is represented by the NSW Waratahs in the elite Southern Hemisphere Super 14 competition. The Suburban rugby competition is the Shute Shield which provides many Super 14 players. High profile Wallabies games are held in Sydney such as the Bledisloe Cup, Tri Nations matches, British and Irish Lions games, and most notably the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup against England.
Sydney also has an Australian Football League (AFL) team called the Sydney Swans; with a second team - GWS (Greater Western Sydney) forming to enter the main AFL league in 2012, a woman's netball team (Swifts), a baseball team (Patriots), a field hockey team (Waratahs), two ice hockey teams (Penrith Bears & Sydney Ice Dogs) and a WNBL team (Sydney Uni Flames). The Sydney Kings will be re-entering the NBL competition at the end of 2010.
The NSW Blues rugby league team in the annual Rugby League State of Origin series. Large sporting events such as the NRL Grand Final and Bledisloe Cup games are regularly held at the ANZ Stadium, the main stadium for the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Other events in Sydney include the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Golden Slipper horse race, and the City to Surf race. Prominent sporting venues in Sydney include the Sydney Cricket Ground or SCG, ANZ Stadium, The Sydney Football Stadium, Eastern Creek Raceway, Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Media

Sydney has two main daily newspapers. The Sydney Morning Herald is the oldest extant newspaper in Australia, having been published regularly since 1831. The Herald's competitor, The Daily Telegraph, is a News Corporation-owned tabloid. Both papers have tabloid counterparts published on Sunday, The Sun-Herald and the Sunday Telegraph, respectively.
Seven Network broadcasting dishes in Epping.
The three commercial television networks (Seven, Nine, Ten), as well as the government national broadcast services (ABC and SBS) are headquartered in Sydney. Also a community television station, TVS, broadcasts in the Sydney area. Historically, the networks have been based in the northern suburbs, but the last decade has seen several move to the inner city. Nine has kept its headquarters north of the harbour, in Willoughby. Ten has its studios in a redeveloped section of the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont, and Seven also has headquarters in Pyrmont, production studios at Epping as well as a purpose-built news studio in Martin Place in the CBD.
The ABC has a large headquarters and production facility in the inner-city suburb of Ultimo and SBS has its studios at Artarmon. Foxtel and Optus both supply pay-TV over their cable services to most parts of the urban area.[86][87]
The five free-to-air networks have provided digital television transmissions in Sydney since January 2000. Additional services recently introduced include the ABC's 2 channels including ABC2 (Channel 22) and ABC 3(channel 23) , SBS's second service SBS TWO (Channel 32), an on-air program guide (Channel 4), a news, sport, and weather items channel (Channel 41), ChannelNSW: Government and Public Information (Channel 45), now defunct,[88] Australian Christian Channel (Channel 46), MacquarieBank TV (Channel 47), SportsTAB (Channel 48), Expo Home Shopping (Channel 49), and Federal parliamentary broadcasts (Channel 401 to 408).
Many AM and FM government, commercial and community radio services broadcast in the Sydney area. The local ABC radio station is 702 ABC Sydney (formerly 2BL).[89] The talkback radio genre is dominated by the perennial rivals 2GB and 2UE. Popular Music radio stations include Triple M, 2Day FM and Nova 96.9, which generally target people under 40. In the older end of the music radio market, Classic Rock 95.3 and Mix 106.5 target the 25–54 age group, while WS-FM targets the 40–54 age group with their Classic Hits format mostly focusing on the 70s and 80s. Triple J (ABC), 2SER and FBi Radio provide a more independent, local and alternative sound. There are also a number of community stations broadcasting to a particular language group or local area.[90]
On 1 July 2009, DAB+ Digital Radio officially started. ABC and commercial radios provide full programing.[91]

Government

Sydney's Local Government Areas
Apart from the limited role of the Cumberland County Council from 1945–1964, there has never been an overall governing body for the Sydney metropolitan area; instead, the metropolitan area is divided into local government areas (LGAs). These areas have elected councils which are responsible for functions delegated to them by the New South Wales State Government, such as planning and garbage collection.
The City of Sydney includes the central business area and some adjoining inner suburbs, and has in recent years been expanded through amalgamation with adjoining local government areas, such as South Sydney. It is led by the elected Lord Mayor of Sydney and a council. The Lord Mayor, however, is sometimes treated as a representative of the whole city, for example during the Olympics.
The Sydney Town Hall, seat of the City Council
Most citywide government activities are controlled by the state government. These include public transport, main roads, traffic control, policing, education above preschool level, and planning of major infrastructure projects. Because a large proportion of the New South Wales population lives in Sydney, state governments have traditionally been reluctant to allow the development of citywide governmental bodies, which would tend to rival the state government. For this reason, Sydney has always been a focus for the politics of both state and federal parliaments. For example, the boundaries of the City of Sydney LGA have been significantly altered by state governments on at least four occasions since 1945, with expected advantageous effect to the governing party in the New South Wales Parliament at the time.[92]
The 38 LGAs commonly described as making up Sydney are:[93]
The classification of which councils make up Sydney varies. The Local Government Association of New South Wales considers all LGAs lying entirely in Cumberland County as part of its 'Metro' group, which excludes Camden (classed in its 'Country' group).[94] The Australian Bureau of Statistics defines a Sydney Statistical Division (the population figures of which are used in this article) that includes all of the above councils as well as Wollondilly, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Gosford and Wyong.[95]

Education

The University of Sydney, established in 1850, is the oldest university in Australia
Sydney is home to some of Australia's most prominent educational institutions.[96] The University of Sydney, established in 1850, is Australia's oldest university and the largest in Sydney. Other public universities located in Sydney include the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, the University of Western Sydney and the Australian Catholic University (two out of six campuses). Other universities which operate secondary campuses in Sydney include the University of Notre Dame Australia and the University of Wollongong.
There are four multi-campus government-funded Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes in Sydney, which provide vocational training at a tertiary level: the Sydney Institute of Technology, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE and South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE.
Sydney has public, denominational and independent schools. Public schools, including pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, and special schools are administered by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. There are four state-administered education areas in Sydney, that together co-ordinate 919 schools.[citation needed] Of the 30 selective high schools in the state, 25 are in Sydney.[97]

Infrastructure

Health systems

The Government of New South Wales operates the public hospitals in the Sydney metropolitan region. Management of these hospitals and other specialist health facilities is coordinated by four Area Health Services: Sydney South West (SSWAHS), Sydney West (SWAHS), Northern Sydney and Central Coast (NSCCAHS) and the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra (SESIAHS) Area Health Services. There are also a number of private hospitals in the city, many of which are aligned with religious organisations.

Transport

Circular Quay, the main ferry terminal in Sydney
Most Sydney residents travel by car through the system of roads and motorways. The most important trunk routes in the urban area are the nine Metroads, which include the 110 km (68 mi) Sydney Orbital Network. Sydney is also served by train, taxi, bus and ferry networks.
Sydney trains are run by CityRail, a state-run corporation. Trains run as suburban commuter rail services in the outer suburbs, then converge in an underground city loop service in the central business district. In the years following the 2000 Olympics, CityRail's performance declined significantly.[98] In 2005, CityRail introduced a revised timetable and employed more drivers.[99] A large infrastructure project, the Clearways project, is scheduled to be completed by 2010.[100][101][102] In 2007 a report found Cityrail performed poorly compared to many metro services from other world cities.[103]
An EDI M-set (Millennium) train at Sydney's Central.
Sydney has one privately operated light rail line, Metro Light Rail, running from Central Station to Lilyfield along a former goods train line. The Metro Monorail runs in a loop around the main shopping district and Darling Harbour. Sydney was once served by an extensive tram network, which was progressively closed in the 1950s and 1960s.[104]
Most parts of the metropolitan area are served by buses, many of which follow the pre-1961 tram routes. In the city and inner suburbs the state-owned Sydney Buses has a monopoly. In the outer suburbs, service is contracted to many private bus companies. Construction of a network of rapid bus transitways in areas not previously well served by public transport began in 1999, and the first of these, the Liverpool–Parramatta Rapid Bus Transitway, opened in February 2003. State government-owned Sydney Ferries runs numerous commuter and tourist ferry services on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River.[105]
Sydney Airport, in the suburb of Mascot, is Sydney's main airport, and is one of the oldest continually operated airports in the world.[106] The smaller Bankstown Airport mainly serves private and general aviation. There is a light aviation airfield at Camden. RAAF Base Richmond lies to the north-west of the city.
The question of the need for a Second Sydney Airport has raised much controversy. A 2003 study found that Sydney Airport can manage as Sydney's sole international airport for 20 years, with a significant increase in airport traffic predicted.[107] The resulting expansion of the airport would have a substantial impact on the community, including additional aircraft noise affecting residents. Land has been acquired at Badgerys Creek for a second airport, the site acting as a focal point of political argument.[108]

Utilities

Water storage and supply for Sydney is managed by the Sydney Catchment Authority, which is an agency of the NSW Government that sells bulk water to Sydney Water and other agencies. Water in the Sydney catchment is chiefly stored in dams in the Upper Nepean Scheme, the Blue Mountains, Woronora Dam, Warragamba Dam and the Shoalhaven Scheme.[109] Historically low water levels in the catchment have led to water use restrictions and the NSW government is investigating alternative water supply options, including grey water recycling and the construction of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant at Kurnell.[110] As of May 2009, the plant was 80% completed, and was due to start suppling fresh water to Sydney at the end of the year.[111] In late January 2010, the NSW government announced that desalination plant was operating and people in different regions were being supplied with desalinated water. There were no complaints or reports about water odour, which people had previously perceived was going to be present. Sydney Water also collects the wastewater and sewage produced by the city.
Four companies supply natural gas and electricity to Sydney: Energy Australia, AGL, Integral Energy and Origin Energy. The natural gas supply for the city is sourced from the cooper basin in South Australia. Numerous telecommunications companies operate in Sydney providing terrestrial and mobile telecommunications services.

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^ Race on Sydney Harbour with Opera House backdrop .
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^ Golden grevillea and Sydney Harbour Bridge .
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.Sydney is a major global city and one of the most important cities for finance in the Asia-Pacific.^ Lovely lovely pics of one of the most beautiful cities in the world!!Good memories.
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^ Located only 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney, the Metro Inn Ryde hotel is in one of this city's most active and interesting suburbs and provides comfortable and affordable 3.5 star accommodation guest rooms.
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^ The Nomads Maze Backpackers Hostel is one of the most exciting Sydney hostels available and provides centrally located backpacker accommodation at cheap rates.
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Sydney hosted the first Olympics of the new millennium, and continues to attract and host large international events. .The city is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend into the suburbs and right to the shores of the harbour.^ The Park Regis City Centre Hotel Sydney is surrounded by some of Sydney's best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing attractions and it cannot be beaten for service and affordability.
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Districts

.Sydney has a compact city centre surrounded by sprawling suburbs, forming a vast metropolitan area.^ Located only 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney, the Metro Inn Ryde hotel is in one of this city's most active and interesting suburbs and provides comfortable and affordable 3.5 star accommodation guest rooms.
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^ Truly luxury accommodation in the heart of the Sydney city centre.
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^ The budget conscious corporate and leisure traveller will absolutely love the discount hotel accommodation provided by the Park Regis City Centre Hotel Sydney.
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Central Sydney districts
Central Sydney districts
.City Centre
The busy centre of government and finance, but also home to many of Sydney's famous tourist and cultural attractions.^ The Ibis Sydney King Street Wharf offers affordable central Sydney accommodation ideal for corporate guests, business travellers, tourists and holiday makers.
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^ Major Sydney tourist attractions close by include Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House and central Sydney retail stores.
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^ Ideally located in the city centre close to the business and exciting leisure precincts of the city the Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour is a great value for money Sydney accommodation for all types of travellers.
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.The Rocks
Just to the west of Circular Quay, The Rocks includes the first colonial village of Sydney and the iconic Harbour Bridge.^ Set majestically on the eastern shore of Circular Quay, the Quay Grand Suites Sydney offers guests spectacular views of Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and city skyline.
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^ Discover the history of The Rocks, book yourself in to experience the BridgeClimb of Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander along Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House.
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^ Major Sydney tourist attractions close by include Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House and central Sydney retail stores.
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.Darling Harbour
An extensive leisure and entertainment area immediately to the west of the Central Business District (CBD).^ Located amidst shopping, the central business district, entertainment, the colourful Cockle Bay precinct and Chinatown the Somerset Darling Harbour Apartments are ideal for the discerning corporate guest and business travellers.
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^ It is also just a short trip from the Sydney CBD, Darling Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.
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^ Major Sydney tourist attractions close by include Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House and central Sydney retail stores.
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Restaurants, boardwalks, aquarium wildlife and the maritime museum.
.City South
The Haymarket, Chinatown and Central Station area is home to markets, cafes, chinese culture and cuisine, and some cheaper accommodation and shopping.^ Offering quality budget style hotel in Sydney city centre, this hotel is located close to Darling Harbour, Paddy‘s Market, Chinatown, Oxford Street, Central Station and the central shopping area oaf Sydney CBD. This Sydney hotel includes deluxe ensuite hotel rooms, superior budget family hotel rooms and standard budget single hotel rooms.
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^ The location of this discount hotel is second to none with shopping at Broadway and Market City, Central Station, Sydney University, University of Technology & Sydney Institute of Tafe, the Olympic Pool in Alfred Park and the nightlife of Chinatown only a short walk away.
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^ The budget style accommodation at the Sydney Central on Wentworth is perfectly located in the heart of the Sydney CBD, close to all Sydney major tourist and business attractions, shopping and public transport, including Darling Harbour, Paddy's Markets, Chinatown, the central shopping area, Oxford Street and Central Station.
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.City East
Kings Cross, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Woolloomooloo and Moore Park.^ Ideal for the budget traveler for both short and long stays, this Sydney accommodation is located on the fringe of Surry Hills, overlooking Moore Park, and is only 15 minutes from Sydney Mascot Airport, the Rocks and Sydney Opera House.
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Busy nightlife, and coffee shops, fashion and entertainment by day.
.City West
An early morning trip to the fish markets, exploring the Powerhouse Museum, finding a maritime pub or hitting the Star City Casino.^ Located approximately 300 metres from Darling Harbour, the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Buildings, Casino, Fish Markets, maritime Museum, The Powerhouse Museum,hotels and Sydney Aquarium, Kirk on Harris Hotel in Sydney provides accommodation in a fully restored 3 star Bed & Breakfast style hotel.
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^ Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour is also within close proximity to Star City Casino, IMAX theatre, Aquarium and the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.
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^ Business travellers and holiday makers will really appreciate the central city location, which is only 5 minutes walk from the Central Railway station & Monorail providing easy access to Star City Casino, Lyric Theatre, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Opera House, Chinatown and the Fish Markets.
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Popular Destinations

If you are in Sydney for a holiday, or to see the sights, the major attractions of Sydney outside of central Sydney are in:
  • Bondi Beach - Sydney's world famous beach, for swimming, surfing, eating, walking, or to see and be seen.
  • Manly - The Manly ferry leaves from Circular Quay out to the heads every 30 minutes.
  • Sydney Olympic Park - The home of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, parks, cycling, and events.
  • Parramatta - Sydney's "second" CBD, with history, shopping, eating, all just 30 minutes from the city centre.

Inner Suburbs

Clockwise:
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  • The Eastern Suburbs - Between the City and the sea, includes the world-famous Bondi Beach and other city beaches, which are strong drawcards for visitors and residents in the city during summer.
  • Southern Sydney - The area south of the CBD and north of the Georges River, including the areas surrounding Sydney Airport and Brighton Le Sands on Botany Bay.
  • The Inner West - Sydney's original suburbs are now bohemian and are a hub of cheap eats, shopping and inner-city culture.
  • Lower North Shore - - Over the Harbour Bridge are leafy residential areas stretching northwards.^ Bondi Beach in Sydney is famous the world over for it's beautiful sand, surf, atmosphere and most of all it's people.
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    ^ With world famous Bondi Beach on one side, Sydney Harbour on the other, The Tiffany is situated on Grafton Street in the heart of Bondi Junction.
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    ^ Set majestically on the eastern shore of Circular Quay, the Quay Grand Suites Sydney offers guests spectacular views of Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and city skyline.
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    The North Shore also has major commercial and retail areas at North Sydney and Chatswood, many smaller boutique shopping areas, and many parks and gardens, and Sydney's famous Taronga Zoo.

Outer Suburbs

.Sydney is a vast sprawling city, and the suburbs in the city metropolitan area spread for up to 100km from the city centre.^ Located only 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney, the Metro Inn Ryde hotel is in one of this city's most active and interesting suburbs and provides comfortable and affordable 3.5 star accommodation guest rooms.
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^ With courtyard areas and gardens surrounding, this lodge is a quiet and friendly break away from the busy inner suburbs of Sydney.
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^ The Metro Inn Edgecliff is only 5 minutes from the centre of the city and is perfectly positioned in one of the city's most attractive tree-lined suburbs.
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.The traveller visiting the suburbs will find less crowded beaches, parks, cheaper shopping, commercial centres, cultural festivals, and hidden gems.^ Within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, hotels, theatres, Hyde Park, Chinatown, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney Entertainment Centre and Darling Harbour, this comfortable.
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^ This Parramatta accommodation gives the discerning corporate business travellers or leisure guest a convenient location to stay, close to the CBD via public transport, Westfield Shopping centre, Chinatown, restaurants, cafes, schools and parks.
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^ Located in Randwick, the heart of the Eastern suburbs, the Gemini Hotel is only minutes to stunning Coogee Beach, magnificent coastal walks and endless shopping.
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Clockwise:
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  • Sutherland Shire- Is the district to the far south and east of the city center including Cronulla and Captain Cooks Landing Place.
  • The South West centers of Liverpool and Campbelltown are a large swathe of residential and commercial Sydney.
  • The Outer West stretching from Parramatta out to the Blue Mountains
  • The North West contains the Northern Districts with includes Sydney's Silicon Valley at Macquarie Park, the northern side of the western reaches of Sydney Harbour, and the the largely residential area of the Hills District in the north-west of the city.
  • The Hawkesbury is a semi-rural area to the northwest of the city, centred around the Hawkesbury River.^ This Sydney hotel has superb views over Parramatta River around to Homebush and the Blue Mountains in Sydney's west.
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    ^ When you step out of the door at the Metro Hotel Sydney Central you will have all the wonders that Sydney has to offer nearby including the excitement of Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay Wharf, Star City Casino, Entertainment Centre, Chinatown, Paddy's Markets and the city's dining and cinema districts.
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    ^ Rydges Bankstown offers superior Sydney accommodation which is centrally located within the South-Western commercial district, just 15 minutes from Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush and close to the business centres of Bankstown, Liverpool, Milperra, Regents Park, Chullora, Revesby and Parramatta.
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    Its main towns are Richmond and Windsor.
  • Upper North Shore includes leafy residential areas, national parks and waterways.
  • The Northern Beaches and Forest - From Manly stretching North along the coast to Palm Beach.

Understand

History

.Sydney is the oldest European settlement in Australia, having been founded as a British penal colony on 26 January 1788 (now celebrated as Australia Day, the national public holiday, with major festivities around the city and the Harbour).^ Located in the heart of Glebe and adjacent to Darling Harbour and Sydney city, the Haven Inn Hotel Sydney is a modern boutique style property offering comfortable accommodation.
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^ The Somerset Darling Harbour provides fully serviced Sydney accommodation residences that are situated on the city side of Darling Harbour on Sussex Street.
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^ Ibis hotels 3 star accommodation is an excellent base as you explore the Harbour City of Sydney.
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People

.Sydney is one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the planet, with one third of its population born overseas.^ Located only 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney, the Metro Inn Ryde hotel is in one of this city's most active and interesting suburbs and provides comfortable and affordable 3.5 star accommodation guest rooms.
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^ The Metro Inn Edgecliff is only 5 minutes from the centre of the city and is perfectly positioned in one of the city's most attractive tree-lined suburbs.
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^ Sydney, Australia is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and its here where I hope to show you!
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European settlement largely displaced the Aboriginal peoples, and over the years, with the earliest colonists largely coming from England, Ireland and Scotland. .The Australian goldrush attracted more immigrants, including a significant number of Chinese; with about one in four Australians with convict descent also having some Chinese ancestry.^ We visited Sydney for only three days lust spring along with some other Australian cities, I only wish we had more time there.
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^ Having had up to four cats at one time, multiple animals will be joy to care for.
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.In the 20th century, Sydney has continued to attract immigrants from all over the world - mostly from the U.K. and Ireland, as the White Australia Policy prevented non-European peoples (and even Southern Europeans) from entering the country.^ Bondi Beach in Sydney is famous the world over for it's beautiful sand, surf, atmosphere and most of all it's people.
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^ Stay at World Square Ibis hotel Sydney and stay conveniently close to all of the sights and attractions located in the heart of Sydney city.
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.Australia's immigration patterns, and subsequently, that of Sydney, changed significantly after WWII, when migrants began to arrive from countries as diverse as Italy, Greece, Germany, Holland, China, New Zealand, India, the Philippines, Poland, Lebanon, Iraq, Vietnam, Thailand, South Africa and the Pacific Islands.^ Taught and lectured for various periods in Australia, Canada, Cologne, Gran Canaria, Jakarta, New Zealand, Un of Western Ontario, Aarhus Un.
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^ After three years successful house sitting in Sydney and WA (references available) we are now looking for a housesit in New Zealand & WA, SA, Victoria or NSW .
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.Sydney's culture, food and general outlook well reflect these contributions to the majority Anglo-Celtic institutions and social establishment.^ Hi Sheila, No doubt these are beautiful pictures and technically very well done, but where are Sydney's inhabitants?
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Sydney is recognised worldwide for its vibrant gay community. .Every year, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is celebrated at the end of February, drawing people from all over Australia and the world for the celebrations.^ Sydney verzamelgids, All information on the Australian city Sydney,Sydney start page, linksverzameling Sydney, startpagina Sydney,startpagina sydney,information sydney,sidney,sydney startpage,sydney australia,sydney information,sydney informatie,sydney startpagina, .
  • Sydney verzamelgids, All information on the Australian city Sydney,Sydney start page, linksverzameling Sydney, startpagina Sydney,startpagina sydney,information sydney,sidney,sydney startpage,sydney australia,sydney information,sydney informatie,sydney startpagina, 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC sydney.verzamelgids.nl [Source type: News]

^ Bondi Beach in Sydney is famous the world over for it's beautiful sand, surf, atmosphere and most of all it's people.
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^ This quality Sydney hotel also provides ten conference rooms catering for up to 220 people, all with natural lighting most with access to outside terraces.
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.Sydney became the centre of the world's attention in September 2000 when the city hosted the Summer Olympics - officially announced by the IOC Chairman at the closing Ceremony to be the "the best games ever"! The Olympics saw a major building and renovation program take hold of Sydney, positioning it as one of the great world cities of the 21st century.^ Located only 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney, the Metro Inn Ryde hotel is in one of this city's most active and interesting suburbs and provides comfortable and affordable 3.5 star accommodation guest rooms.
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^ The Metro Inn Edgecliff is only 5 minutes from the centre of the city and is perfectly positioned in one of the city's most attractive tree-lined suburbs.
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^ Ideally located in the city centre close to the business and exciting leisure precincts of the city the Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour is a great value for money Sydney accommodation for all types of travellers.
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Climate

.Sydney is comfortable for travellers to visit any time of year.^ We visited Sydney for only three days lust spring along with some other Australian cities, I only wish we had more time there.
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^ The Comfort Inn Hunts Liverpool offers travellers everything that they need for a comfortable and relaxing stay in south western Sydney.
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^ This ensures that you can stay in the comfort of our spacious apartment accommodation during your next visit to Sydney.
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The city enjoys over 300 sunny days each year.
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  • Summer (December to February) is the best time to enjoy Sydney's beachside outdoor lifestyle.^ Sheila you do understand Sydney inside out, you've chosen a lot of the best possible locations and time to shoot from...
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    ^ We are coming to Sydney over summer 2009/10 to spend time with our son and daughter-in-law, and our brand new grandson.
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    Temperatures usually reach around 26°C but it can be very hot, with temperatures climbing to over 40°C for a few days each summer. Summer days can be humid, and sometimes have searing dry winds, but they frequently end with a "southerly buster", a cold front sweeping up from the south, bringing a clearly noticeable drop in temperature, rain and thunder. Within hours, the storm can pass and the evening continues cooler. .Hot windy days can create a risk of bushfire, and on days of severe risk national parks and walking trails may be closed.^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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    'Total fire bans' are also common - they will be announced on weather reports and on signs at national park entrances (also on the website of the Rural Fire Service); on these days, open fires will incur severe penalties. Rain is usually in the form of afternoon thunderstorms, which can be intense but usually pass quickly. Occasionally low pressure systems drift down from the tropics, giving periods of more unstable weather. .You won't need to pack much more than T-shirts to visit Sydney in summer, but remember your hat and sunglasses.
  • Autumn (March to May) March and April, especially, tend be quite wet, but still warm with mild nights.^ Sorry Sheila, great as your photo are and there is no disputing that point, Melbourne is more beautiful than Sydney even in the middle of the worst drought on record.
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    ^ I am more than happy to discuss your expectations and to answer any questions, so please drop a line.
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    ^ The friendly staff at the Great Southern Hotel available 24 hours a day and are more than happy to assist you with all of your inquiries regarding Sydney.
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    .There can be good days for the beach in March, but you can't count on it.^ There can be no doubt that you birds eye view of Sydney is as good as it gets.
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    .It is a good time for visiting attractions, going to the zoo, catching ferries around the harbour without the summer crowds.^ Catch a ferry across to Manly and enjoy the beauty of Sydney Harbour before heading back to your hotel room with a view of either the Sydney city skyline or Sydney Harbour.
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    .You may need a warm top for the evenings, especially for May.
  • Winter (June to August) is cool, not cold.^ Also the Prince Alfred Olympic Pool and Park is just across the road, if you need a refreshing swim to cool down.
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    .Average July maximum temperatures are 17°C, and daytime temperatures rarely drop below 14°C, but night-time temperatures can fall to below 10°C. Most rain falls as a result of a few off-shore low pressure systems, which usually result in two or three rainy weeks during winter.^ I am taking time off after returning to Sydney after 14 years in Cape Town, to write a book.
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    .The Icebergs will be in the ocean doing their morning laps, but most of Sydney will be well away from the beach.^ Bondi Beach in Sydney is famous the world over for it's beautiful sand, surf, atmosphere and most of all it's people.
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    ^ The Avoca Lodge has many shops, cafes, cinemas and restaurants nearby, as well as the Coogee Beach just 15 minutes walk away.
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    ^ The Bondi Beach Breeze Executive Apartments are located close by to Bondi beach and the rooftop swimming pool has panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Bondi Beach and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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    .It does not snow in Sydney, and unless you intend spending long periods outside, you can usually get by with just a warm top.^ If you are going to ruin Sydney's reputation with such a fine gallery I had better go and spend sometime on Melbourne.
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    ^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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    ^ We are available to housesit in Sydney for short/ medium and long periods anytime .
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    .Sydney is a year-round city, and only the outdoor water-parks close for the winter.^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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    ^ For Sydney accommodation in an extremely convenient city location stay at the Oaks Hyde Park Plaza Apartments.
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    ^ The budget conscious corporate and leisure traveller will absolutely love the discount hotel accommodation provided by the Park Regis City Centre Hotel Sydney.
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    .If the beach isn't your scene, and you don't like the heat, winter may be your time to visit.
  • Spring (September to November).^ This ensures that you can stay in the comfort of our spacious apartment accommodation during your next visit to Sydney.
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    .September is Sydney's driest month, and Spring days are great for exploring Sydney's attractions, bushwalking, cycling, and the outdoors.^ As Sydney‘s first over-water hotel, the Sebel Pier One Sydney hotel provides a unique experience whilst exploring all the attractions Sydney has to offer.
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    ^ We visited Sydney for only three days lust spring along with some other Australian cities, I only wish we had more time there.
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    Beaches are generally patrolled from the end of October, and Sydneysiders start flocking to the beaches in November.
.Sydney's Western Suburbs, which lie away from the coast, tend to be hotter during the day and a little cooler during the night.^ With courtyard areas and gardens surrounding, this lodge is a quiet and friendly break away from the busy inner suburbs of Sydney.
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They miss the afternoon sea breezes, and the night-time warming effect of the ocean. They also tend to be wetter in the summer months (especially February) and drier in the winter months.
.Sydney has air conditioning in all public buildings, and on some public transport.^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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^ Only a short walk away from these quality North Shore apartments is public transport to the Sydney CBD, cafes, restaurants and shops.
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^ All of the rooms at the Manly Sea View Motel are air-conditioned and some of them even have spa baths and cooking facilities for those holiday makers looking for long term accommodation.
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It is common to catch a bus or train without air conditioning on hot days. Carry water during summer. Remember sun protection year round, as the UV exposure risk can be extreme at any time of year.
.Sydney Climate and Weather information is available online at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology [2].^ Price Range: from A$105 (7 night rate) 65 Belmore Road Randwick, Sydney, NSW Gemini Hotel More Information Rates & Availability .
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^ Price Range: from A$89 (7 night rate) 97 Hume Highway Homebush Bay, Sydney, NSW Sleep Express Motel Information Cheap Rates & Availability .
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^ Price Range: from A$110 (7 night rate) 169-179 Thomas Street Sydney City Centre, NSW Citigate Central More Information Rates & Availability .
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The Queen Victoria Building (abbreviated QVB) is an excellent example of British colonial influence on Australian architecture
The Queen Victoria Building (abbreviated QVB) is an excellent example of British colonial influence on Australian architecture
Sydney’s skyline is large and widely recognizable. .Sydney also possesses a wide array of diversity of modern and old architectural style.^ Located in the heart of Glebe and adjacent to Darling Harbour and Sydney city, the Haven Inn Hotel Sydney is a modern boutique style property offering comfortable accommodation.
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^ Milson Apartments Sydney offers the ultimate in luxury, style and elegance, with stylish and modern 3 bedroom apartments located in a superb Sydney location.
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.They range from the simple Francis Greenways Georgian buildings to Jorn Utzon’s Expressionist Sydney Opera House.^ Sydney Opera House with dramatic sky .
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^ Steps of Sydney Opera House reflection .
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^ Sydney Opera House - a tad OTT .
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.Sydney also has a large amount of Victorian buildings, such as the Sydney Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building.^ Queen Victoria Building arches .
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^ Queen Victoria Building levels .
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^ Visit the Queen Victoria Building, Pitt St Mall and Sydney Central Plaza hotels are easily accessible for all your shopping needs.
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.The most architecturally significant would be the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, among many others.^ Sydney Harbour Bridge and jacaranda trees .
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^ Sydney Harbour Bridge reflection .
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^ Steps of Sydney Opera House reflection .
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Skyscrapers in Sydney are also large and modern such as the Sydney Tower, which dominates the Sydney skyline.
.There are also pockets of architecturally significant housing dotted around Sydney's suburbs.^ I'm available for longer-term house-sitting assignments (1 month +) -- North Shore and Western suburbs preferred but all areas in Sydney definitely considered.
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^ There are also a number of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants situated nearby to The Haven Inn Hotel in the inner city Sydney suburb of Glebe.
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^ I would like to house-sit anywhere around the Sydney metropolitan area or around the Bondi area, so that I can be situated close to work.
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.The inner-eastern suburb of Paddington is known for its terrace houses, while several inner-west suburbs contain streets lined with so-called federation houses (built around the time of Australian federation in 1901).^ The hotel is located in a quiet tree-lined street and the Powerhouse Museum Monorail Station is just around the corner.
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^ I am enrolled at Macquarie University so would prefer something north or west of the city in that vicinity - however, I am a long term Sydney resident, so also feel very comfortable in the Inner city, Eastern suburbs, Inner west and Lower north shore.
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^ Inner West, East, Lower North Shore Occupation: I.T. Manager and Social Worker-now stay at home mum Ages 53 & 44 HOUSE SITTERS AVAILABLE FOR SYDNEY ' S INNER WEST. AVAIL TO MID JAN SHORT TERM (Sydney ' s Eastern suburbs, Lower North Shore and Inner West) THEN FOR LONG TERM-SIX MONTH MIN. Sydney ' s Eastern suburbs, Lower North Shore and Inner West.
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.Probably the best preserved example of federation houses in Sydney is in the Inner West suburb of Burwood.^ With courtyard areas and gardens surrounding, this lodge is a quiet and friendly break away from the busy inner suburbs of Sydney.
  • Sydney Accommodation, Sydney Hotels, Sydney Apartments 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.ozhotels.com.au [Source type: General]

^ I'm available for longer-term house-sitting assignments (1 month +) -- North Shore and Western suburbs preferred but all areas in Sydney definitely considered.
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^ There are also a number of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants situated nearby to The Haven Inn Hotel in the inner city Sydney suburb of Glebe.
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Appian Way is a circular street built around a lawn tennis courts complete with pavilion house. .The large houses are all architecturally unique and built on large expanses of land featuring old trees and lovely gardens.^ I love all animals and can maintain a pool and garden.
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^ Diane has cared for our much loved home, pets and garden on a number of occasions and at all times we have come home to an immaculate and well cared for home, pets and garden.
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^ I love animals of all kinds and although I am no expert gardener, I do enjoy the chance to look after plants also.
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.Further away on the lower North Shore, Castlecrag is a unique suburb, being planned by the architect Walter Burley Griffin in the 1930s.^ Only a short walk away from these quality North Shore apartments is public transport to the Sydney CBD, cafes, restaurants and shops.
  • Sydney Accommodation, Sydney Hotels, Sydney Apartments 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.ozhotels.com.au [Source type: General]

^ We have looked after some very exclusive residences on the Lower North Shore in Sydney and can supply references on request.
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^ I'm available for longer-term house-sitting assignments (1 month +) -- North Shore and Western suburbs preferred but all areas in Sydney definitely considered.
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Get in

By plane

.Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD) [3] is Australia's busiest airport and is the main gateway to Australia.^ Airport Sydney International Inn provides discount hotel accommodation within minutes of the Sydney International and Domestic Airport.
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^ With a fully licensed restaurant & bar, internet kiosk and return airport transfers available the Airport Sydney International Inn is the ideal place to stay when you are travelling to and from Sydney.
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^ The Fraser Suites Sydney is just 20 minutes by taxi from Sydney's Kingsford Smith Airport and is the ideal luxury 5 star Sydney apartment accommodation befitting discerning business and leisure travelers.
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.It is located only 8km from the City center in Southern Sydney on the northern shores of Botany Bay.^ Located in the heart of Glebe and adjacent to Darling Harbour and Sydney city, the Haven Inn Hotel Sydney is a modern boutique style property offering comfortable accommodation.
  • Sydney Accommodation, Sydney Hotels, Sydney Apartments 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.ozhotels.com.au [Source type: General]

^ Hotel Coronation provides affordable, 3.5 star accommodation right in the heart of Sydney city center.
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^ This Metro Inn Hotel is situated on the highest point of Miranda and is a family orientated accommodation that boasts spectacular views over City and Botany Bay.
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Sydney Airport is the oldest continually operated commercial airport anywhere in the world.
.Over 35 airlines fly in and out of Sydney Airport with daily flights linking Sydney to key destinations on every continent.^ Price Range: from A$102 35 Levey Street Sydney Airport, NSW Airport Sydney Inn Details Discount Rates & Availability .
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The Asian-Pacific transport hubs of Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo and Seoul have several daily flights, as do various European centres (especially London) via Asia or the Middle East. North America is connected via Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver. Direct flight links also exist with many destinations within New Zealand.
Travellers from Europe and the Middle East tend to travel into Sydney via Asia. .Travellers from South America can fly direct from Buenos Aires or via North America or New Zealand.^ Price Range: A$95-$130 310 Miller Street North Sydney, 2060 New South Wales Rates & Availability: Accommodation Sydney Web Page .
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.You can fly to Sydney directly from all other Australian capital cities and from many major regional airports.^ All information on the Australian city Sydney.
  • Sydney verzamelgids, All information on the Australian city Sydney,Sydney start page, linksverzameling Sydney, startpagina Sydney,startpagina sydney,information sydney,sidney,sydney startpage,sydney australia,sydney information,sydney informatie,sydney startpagina, 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC sydney.verzamelgids.nl [Source type: News]

^ Sydney verzamelgids, All information on the Australian city Sydney,Sydney start page, linksverzameling Sydney, startpagina Sydney,startpagina sydney,information sydney,sidney,sydney startpage,sydney australia,sydney information,sydney informatie,sydney startpagina, .
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^ This affordable Sydney accommodation has everything that you will need to ensure that you stay in the city is comfortable and memorable.
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.Otherwise, you need to fly to the state capital and transfer to a Sydney flight.^ With a fully licensed restaurant & bar, internet kiosk and return airport transfers available the Airport Sydney International Inn is the ideal place to stay when you are travelling to and from Sydney.
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^ Whether you are staying in Sydney for business, recreation or pleasure you will find everything that you need at The York by Swiss-Belhotel.
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^ This affordable Sydney accommodation has everything that you will need to ensure that you stay in the city is comfortable and memorable.
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Sydney can be reached within an hour and a half from Melbourne and Brisbane, 45 minutes from Canberra and just under four hours from Perth and Alice Springs

Airlines and terminals

Check the terminal that you are arriving at or departing from carefully.
International terminal (T1) handles all international flights and some domestic flights. Check your itinerary and flight number as connections, customs etc will take longer when arriving or departing from the International Terminal even on a domestic flight. .You do not need a passport when travelling domestically, just hang on to your boarding pass.^ You really make me want to go back to Aus again, just can't let go myself keep scrolling and browsing through your great pictures.
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^ I am available for an Interview to discuss any needs that you might have regarding what is required of me to "house sit" your home..
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^ It is easier to contact us by e-mail as we travel a lot and if you let us have your phone number we will contact you.
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Domestic terminal 2 (T2) is the largest domestic terminal. Airlines using this terminal include Qantas & Qantaslink (Qantas flights 1600 and above), Aeropelican, Regional Express (Rex), Jetstar, Tiger and Virgin Blue.
Domestic terminal 3 (T3) handles only Qantas flights from 400-1599, which are mainly the inter-capital services.

Facilities

T1 (International terminal) has food and shopping both before and after immigration and security. There is an open air beer garden and bistro by check in Bay A on the departures level. There are cafes on both departures and arrivals level. Good coffee and food can had for a reasonable price, but it is easy to buy bad overpriced coffee and food too. Departures has cheaper prices than downstairs at arrivals. .There is a better and cheaper choice of food before going through security, at the large central food hall in departures.^ How do they stroll through the city on sun- and weekdays, where do they eat at noon, how are they when they go to the beach, are there marketplaces for foodshopping, how are they dressed to go to work, how do they go to work, how is leisure time in the city,...?
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Avoid currency exchange offices (see the Currency exchange section). Two free showers for both males and females are available by check in bay 'A on the departures level. There is also an open air observation deck, with the entrance next to check-in bay B on the departures level, through the bistro and up the elevator. A post office is in the check in area, but it is only open business hours. Post boxes are available after customs. There is a small kids play area after security. .There is a large duty free shop selling alcohol, cigarettes, perfume and electronics available when departing and arriving.^ Caulta Apartments Sydney are within easy walking distance of many duty free shops and numerous cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and clubs.
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There are some free Internet terminals in departures, even a few before security. There are paid Internet terminals too and downstairs in arrivals. Trolleys cost money landside of security. Pick one up airside where they are free, or out in the carpark where they have been left by previous users.
.T2 has a large food and shopping area, with a large selection of food outlets located to the right after you go through security.^ You really make me want to go back to Aus again, just can't let go myself keep scrolling and browsing through your great pictures.
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^ And, if you're not sure that we would go for your place, contact us nonetheless, we can be flexible if the right person and place come along.
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There are also gift shops, bookshops and some clothing stores. There are nice views over the tarmac from the eating area. There are ATM's before and after security. Everyone is able to go through security, whether travelling or not.
T3 (Qantas Domestic) has a food hall with a variety of food and coffee. .Nice Thai is available for around $15 or Hungry Jacks for normal prices.^ Price Range: from A$99 13-15 Hassal Street Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Fiori Apartments Details Budget Rates & Availability .
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The food hall is airside of security, but you do not need to be a passenger to pass through. Most food and drink places and the security checkpoint close 30 minutes or so before the last departure. .Don't expect to be able to get anything at all if you are arriving on a late flight.^ Guests will will love the stylish rooms complete with all of the creature comforts that you would expect from a quality Sydney accommodation.
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^ Each of the rooms at the Rydges Camperdown have been tastefully decorated and include all of the modern conveniences that you would expect from a quality hotel.
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.Don't expect people to be able to get to the gate to meet you on a late arrival as they will have to wait at baggage claim if you arrive after the last departure.^ Often you can get a "feel" for people over the phone so I'm happy to chat to people looking for a house sitter but wanting to be sure they've got the right person.
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There are Wi-Fi and Internet terminals available for $5 per hour.
For accommodation around the airport, see the Southern Sydney article

Overnight

No planes arrive or depart between 11PM and 5:30AM. The domestic terminals (T2 an T3) close after the last flight has cleared (around 11PM) and reopen at 4AM - you cannot remain in the terminal. [4] .T1 (international) also closes around 11PM and reopens at 4AM - but there is small transit area with no facilities that you can remain in if you are already in the terminal.^ The Rydges Bankstown Hotel is warm, contemporary and refreshing and, because of its location close to a wealth of sporting facilities in the area, is the ideal hotel for the business, sporting and leisure traveller alike.
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^ I would like to house-sit anywhere around the Sydney metropolitan area or around the Bondi area, so that I can be situated close to work.
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^ There is no need for a car, however, if you do choose to bring your car, parking is also available.
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The last train service departs at 11:45PM.

Transfer between terminals

Transfer between domestic terminals T2 and T3 must be done on foot. .Follow the signs either via the railway station underground, or across the car park.^ Parking stations are located nearby to the apartments if traveling with a car.
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Transfer between T1 and T2/T3 is 4 km by road, as the terminals are on opposite sides of the airport tarmac. You will have to use one of the following methods to transfer.
.
  • An Air-side shuttle is available free of charge if you are connecting through with Qantas or a One World partner airline, or between Virgin Blue and a codeshare flight or other international Virgin Flight (for example United Airlines).
  • T-bus ($5.50) outside the terminal building.^ If you find no-one suitable we will run your 'Sitters wanted' ad for FREE !
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    ^ Home Owners - if you find no one suitable below we will run your "sitter wanted" ad for free Click here .
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    ^ With a fully licensed restaurant & bar, internet kiosk and return airport transfers available the Airport Sydney International Inn is the ideal place to stay when you are travelling to and from Sydney.
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    The T-bus is a dedicated terminal shuttle and uses the normal roads. .It will take around 10 minutes but can be stuck in Sydney traffic at peak times.^ Located in the heart of Ryde is only five minutes from major businesses in North Ryde, and only 10 minutes from Homebush and Sydney Olympic Park.
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    ^ We are coming to Sydney over summer 2009/10 to spend time with our son and daughter-in-law, and our brand new grandson.
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    ^ Conveniently located in the central Sydney area, it is an approximate 8-10 minute walk to Central Station and Chinatown.
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    .Runs at a 10-20 minute frequency and you pay the driver on boarding.
  • Catch the train ($5), which is part of the Sydney suburban train system, not a terminal shuttle train.^ Located in the heart of Ryde is only five minutes from major businesses in North Ryde, and only 10 minutes from Homebush and Sydney Olympic Park.
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    ^ The bus/train interchange is right on the door step, and it is only minutes by train to Sydney's CBD, Edgecliff/Double Bay and the Kings Cross entertainment district.
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    ^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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    It is a 2 minute journey with around 10-15 minute frequency. Follow the train signs from the terminal. .Make sure you are going the right way and stay on the train only a single stop.^ And, if you're not sure that we would go for your place, contact us nonetheless, we can be flexible if the right person and place come along.
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    ^ Gardening to keep busy and maintaining the home , looking after pets, walking , reading, making sure when you arrive home, your home is treated like one of ours .
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    ^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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    This method is faster and more frequent than the T-bus.
  • Taxi ($10). .A taxi driver may not be happy transferring you between terminals, as he/she would have been expecting a trip to the city or farther and may have been waiting in a queue for an hour or so.^ We would also be happy to do a house swap if someone was interested in staying in Melbourne for an extended visit - we have a 4 bedroom house about 30 mins from the city.
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    ^ Guests will will love the stylish rooms complete with all of the creature comforts that you would expect from a quality Sydney accommodation.
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    ^ We would be happy to provide references and any other information you require.
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    .Still, you want to get between terminals, so load up your luggage in the boot, sit firmly in the seat, close the door, tell the driver where you want to go, and ignore everything else.^ You really make me want to go back to Aus again, just can't let go myself keep scrolling and browsing through your great pictures.
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    ^ If you want Potts Point accommodation that is affordable, convenient and stylish then you can't go past the Springfield Lodge.
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    ^ And, if you're not sure that we would go for your place, contact us nonetheless, we can be flexible if the right person and place come along.
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    The trip will take around 10 minutes. It is a legal requirement for the taxi driver to take you there but unfortunately not a legal requirement for them to smile while doing so. This problem has been slightly reduced by a new system that allows the driver to tell the taxi controller that they received a short fare and so are then allowed to jump the queue.
  • Walk. .If you have little luggage and some time to kill, the walk will take around an hour.^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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    ^ He has been around quite some time and has a lovely smile!
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    ^ Take a short walk from our apartments and you will see the most spectacular views of the bridge and Sydney Opera House across the harbour.
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    .There is a footpath the whole way, and has good views of planes taking off metres above your head, and of the Alexandra Canal.^ With a wide range of dorm rooms available the Maze Backpackers Hostel is the perfect place to rest your head whilst doing everything there is to do in Sydney.
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    ^ Catch a ferry across to Manly and enjoy the beauty of Sydney Harbour before heading back to your hotel room with a view of either the Sydney city skyline or Sydney Harbour.
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    .From T1 walk across the car park, across the crossing, under the underpass, and follow the Airport Drive footpath/cycleway to the right, keeping the canal on your left, and airport on your right.^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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    ^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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    ^ Guests at the Chifley Hotel also have access to Fitness First gymnasium across the road and onsite car parking, all in the magnificent surrounds of the Potts Point and Kings Cross entertainment precinct.
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    From T2/T3 follow the road out of the airport, and turn left onto Qantas drive, and keep the airport on your left. The route is not covered.
.Sydney airport is world class in many respects, but terminal transfers are clumsy, and will surprise those who are used to terminal shuttles in other developed airports worldwide.^ With a fully licensed restaurant & bar, internet kiosk and return airport transfers available the Airport Sydney International Inn is the ideal place to stay when you are travelling to and from Sydney.
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^ With world famous Bondi Beach on one side, Sydney Harbour on the other, The Tiffany is situated on Grafton Street in the heart of Bondi Junction.
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^ Although we have not house sat before, we have lived all over the world in furnished accommodation so are very aware of being respectful of the household effects of others.
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Between the airport and the city

.Sydney Airport is only 9 km from the city centre.^ The city centre is also only 1 km away from this quaint hotel.
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^ Located only 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney, the Metro Inn Ryde hotel is in one of this city's most active and interesting suburbs and provides comfortable and affordable 3.5 star accommodation guest rooms.
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^ The Metro Inn Edgecliff is only 5 minutes from the centre of the city and is perfectly positioned in one of the city's most attractive tree-lined suburbs.
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.Although driving, taxi or the train may seem like the only options to get to the city when you're at the airport, there are cheaper ways to get there if you're not already hiring a car.^ We would love your pets as you do and treat them like a member of our family while we are there-we even like Lizards!
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^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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^ So if you have a zoo at your place, we're not interested :-) This is probably the only thing we'd be really adamant about.
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.It is worth considering what your travel arrangements will be while in Sydney before purchasing a public transport ticket to the city as many multi-day and tourist tickets include some or all of the travel cost to to the city.^ The Ibis Sydney King Street Wharf offers affordable central Sydney accommodation ideal for corporate guests, business travellers, tourists and holiday makers.
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^ The friendly staff at the Great Southern Hotel available 24 hours a day and are more than happy to assist you with all of your inquiries regarding Sydney.
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^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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.
  • A train service known as Airport Link [5] connects Sydney Airport and the CBD. The Airport railway line is part of the CityRail [6] commuter rail system and shares a ticketing system, but the airport stations are privately owned and require a hefty surcharge on top of a normal fare.^ The Milner Gardens Townhouse Apartment is situated in one of the most fashionable locales in Sydney on the Lower North Shore, only 7km from Sydney CBD, next to Chatswood shopping & business district and the train station.
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    ^ The Pensione Hotel Sydney is ideally situated on George Street in the centre of the Sydney CBD just a short stroll to the Sydney Town Hall & Grand Central Stations.
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    ^ The bus/train interchange is right on the door step, and it is only minutes by train to Sydney's CBD, Edgecliff/Double Bay and the Kings Cross entertainment district.
    • Sydney Accommodation, Sydney Hotels, Sydney Apartments 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.ozhotels.com.au [Source type: General]

    Single fares from the International Terminal station to the city are $15.60 for an adult or $10 for child and $15/$10 from the Domestic Terminal station. At the airport you can buy a ticket directly to any Cityrail destination. The trains can be busy weekdays during the morning peak [07:30-09:30] as trains that service the Airport also carry commuters to the City. It is always possible to fit on but, sometimes, you may need to stand. .If there are three or more people travelling together, a taxi will usually be cheaper and just as quick outside peak hours.
  • Mini-bus operators will drive a group of passengers to the city and deliver them to their hotels--a typical charge is $13 per passenger.
  • Taxis to the city centre should cost approximately $30 (including tolls), and more to other Sydney destinations (The Rocks $35-40.00, North Sydney $35, Manly $50, etc.^ Located in the heart of Glebe and adjacent to Darling Harbour and Sydney city, the Haven Inn Hotel Sydney is a modern boutique style property offering comfortable accommodation.
    • Sydney Accommodation, Sydney Hotels, Sydney Apartments 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.ozhotels.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ Hotel Coronation provides affordable, 3.5 star accommodation right in the heart of Sydney city center.
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    ^ The friendly staff at the Great Southern Hotel available 24 hours a day and are more than happy to assist you with all of your inquiries regarding Sydney.
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    ) You can expect to pay a $2.50 airport taxi levy and a $5 Eastern Distributor toll on top of the metered fare. If you are arriving on a Friday evening, it is possible to face long queues for taxis. .Asking the driver to take O'Riordan Street is a little slower but shorter and cheaper than the Eastern Distributor tollway.
  • Vehicle rental is available at all Sydney Airport terminals from a variety of rental companies (see Sydney Airport website for current list [7]).^ Price Range: from A$99 631-635 George Street Sydney CBD, 2000 NSW, Australia Web Page Hotel Rates & Availability .
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    ^ The friendly staff at the Great Southern Hotel available 24 hours a day and are more than happy to assist you with all of your inquiries regarding Sydney.
    • Sydney Accommodation, Sydney Hotels, Sydney Apartments 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.ozhotels.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ Price Range: from A$140 49-51 Grose Street Parramatta, 2150 Sydney, Australia Parramatta Accommodation Web Page Apartment Rates & Availability .
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    After you rent a vehicle, you will be directed to pick it up at a parking space in the adjacent parking garage. You return the vehicle to the same area.
  • Local buses. The only local bus route is 400 bus running between Bondi Junction and Burwood via Rockdale and Banksia Station. The 400 bus to Rockdale and/or Banksia Train Station($2.90/International $3.90/Domestic) then train to the city ($3.40) is the cheapest way to get to the city. .The 400 bus runs every 20-30 minutes, from outside T3 and T1. If you are at T2 you have to walk to T3 to catch it.^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
    • Sydney Accommodation, Sydney Hotels, Sydney Apartments 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.ozhotels.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ The Devere Hotel Sydney is a 100 Room boutique hotel conveniently located only 20 minutes walk east of the Sydney CBD and 30 minutes walk from the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Darling Harbour.
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    ^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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    .The bus destination sign will show "Burwood". The Bondi Junction bus is going the other way.^ With world famous Bondi Beach on one side, Sydney Harbour on the other, The Tiffany is situated on Grafton Street in the heart of Bondi Junction.
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    # .Alternatively with bus route 400 to "Bondi Junction", ask the bus driver to drop you off at "Mascot Shops" in Botany Road($2.90 Intl/$1.80 Dom); then get off the bus and go across the street to catch another Bus Route 309, 310, Metrobus 20 (Pre-paid only) or similar bus destination to Circular Quay which is end of CBD($2.90).^ Catch a bus to Bondi, Bronte or Coogee beaches, or to Watsons Bay.
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    ^ Also the Sydney harbour ferry is only 100 metres down the road which provides guests with easy access to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly and Balmain.
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    ^ The bus/train interchange is right on the door step, and it is only minutes by train to Sydney's CBD, Edgecliff/Double Bay and the Kings Cross entertainment district.
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    .There is no luggage space on the bus (The Metrobus 20 generally have more luggage space because all Metrobus are wheelchair friendly), but a backpack or suitcase won't be a problem if you can manage it yourself.^ The friendly staff at the Great Southern Hotel available 24 hours a day and are more than happy to assist you with all of your inquiries regarding Sydney.
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    ^ The friendly, knowledgeable staff are backpacker industry experts and will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.
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    ^ There is no need for a car, however, if you do choose to bring your car, parking is also available.
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    .If you purchase a "Red" bus/train/ferry travelpass for $35 it lasts for 7 days and covers this entire bus and train route to the city, and most bus and train travel in and around the city and the ferry to the zoo and Watsons Bay.^ Catch a bus to Bondi, Bronte or Coogee beaches, or to Watsons Bay.
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    ^ The bus/train interchange is right on the door step, and it is only minutes by train to Sydney's CBD, Edgecliff/Double Bay and the Kings Cross entertainment district.
    • Sydney Accommodation, Sydney Hotels, Sydney Apartments 28 January 2010 0:57 UTC www.ozhotels.com.au [Source type: General]

    ^ The Waldorf Apartment Hotel Sydney has an enviable city centre location close to Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay Wharf, the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Chinatown, restaurants, cafes, shops and public transport including the train, ferry and monorail which can take you effortlessly all around the Sydney CBD. The luxuriously appointed 1 and 2 bedroom apartments at the Waldorf Apartment Hotel provide business and leisure travellers with the perfect Sydney accommodation for both short and long term stays.
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    You need to purchase the travelpass from Newslink newsagent in T1 or T2 arrivals, as they are not sold on board the bus. .If you want to get the train from the airport station a $10.80 surcharge (gatepass) is payable.
  • Having someone pick you up.^ Travel time is approximately 10 minutes and $13.00 in a taxi, or a five minute walk to Meadowbank train station, just change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.
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    At T1 (International), a private car can not stop legally at the arrivals area to pick up someone from the curb. Each car has to park at the short term car park for $7 per half hour. At T3 (domestic terminals), cars can stop at the pickup area only if there is someone already at the kerb. .At T2, there is a pick up area inside the paid car park.^ There is also a guest laundry and free undercover car parking at the Comfort Inn North Shore Hotel Sydney.
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    ^ There is no need for a car, however, if you do choose to bring your car, parking is also available.
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    Follow the yellow stenciled signs outside the terminal. .Car park charges apply if you stay longer that 10 minutes.^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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    ^ Travel time is approximately 10 minutes and $13.00 in a taxi, or a five minute walk to Meadowbank train station, just change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.
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    ^ Located in the heart of Ryde is only five minutes from major businesses in North Ryde, and only 10 minutes from Homebush and Sydney Olympic Park.
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    Fines apply for waiting at the arrivals areas or for picking up at the departures areas. Leaving your car is out of the question. The parking officers can photograph your car and licence plate and fine you without warning you to move along.
Wolli Creek and Cooks River viewed from near T1
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Wolli Creek and Cooks River viewed from near T1
  • Walk and Train from T1 T1 (the international terminal), is less than 2km from Wolli Creek Station, from where a train is $3.80 to the city and you can use a travelpass with no surcharge.^ Travel time is approximately 10 minutes and $13.00 in a taxi, or a five minute walk to Meadowbank train station, just change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.
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    ^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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    ^ Take a short walk from our apartments and you will see the most spectacular views of the bridge and Sydney Opera House across the harbour.
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    The walk isn't signposted and not recommended after dark. .It is all surfaced, has only one set of three steps (in the airport, near the customs building), and takes in some nice scenery by the Cooks River.^ Built in 1880, this hotel has been restored to its original Victorian glory and is close to all major Sydney attractions and only 15 minutes from Sydney Airport.
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    .Exit straight from the international terminal (T1) follow the path under the multistory car park and exit on the undercover path on the far side, and follow the path on the left of the customs building to the pedestrian crossing (follow the green sign, marked Marsh Street).^ With business facilities and undercover car parking the Mariners Court Hotel provides great value for money accommodation in Woolloomooloo, Sydney.
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    ^ Roslyn Gardens Serviced Apartments offers studio apartment accommodation complete with secure undercover car parking.
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    ^ There is also a guest laundry and free undercover car parking at the Comfort Inn North Shore Hotel Sydney.
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    .Then go under the road using the underpass (lots of mirrors), until you run into a green fence with the canal directly in front of you.^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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    .Follow the path up to your right around and back over the path you just walked on up to the Marsh Street bridge.^ And, if you're not sure that we would go for your place, contact us nonetheless, we can be flexible if the right person and place come along.
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    ^ Take a short walk from our apartments and you will see the most spectacular views of the bridge and Sydney Opera House across the harbour.
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    ^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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    .Cross the Cooks River on the footpath on the right of Marsh St and then proceed along the cycleway next to the Cooks River (signposted to Tempe), keeping the river on your right.^ And, if you're not sure that we would go for your place, contact us nonetheless, we can be flexible if the right person and place come along.
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    ^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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    .When you reach the Princes Hwy (6 lane road), cross at the pedestrian crossing lights, and continue straight on, past the apartment blocks, shops, to the end of the road, then turn right up to Wolli Creek Station.^ Also the Prince Alfred Olympic Pool and Park is just across the road, if you need a refreshing swim to cool down.
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    ^ The Fraser Suites & Apartments Sydney are perfectly located in the heart of Sydney's vibrant shopping and entertainment precinct and within immediate reach of major corporate headquarters.
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    .The walk will take less than half an hour, and save you $11 on the train fare.^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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    ^ Take a short walk from our apartments and you will see the most spectacular views of the bridge and Sydney Opera House across the harbour.
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    .Trains from Wolli Creek are faster and more frequent than trains from the airport.
  • Walk and Train from T2 & T3 The Domestic terminals (T2 and T3) are about 1.7km from Mascot train station.^ Travel time is approximately 10 minutes and $13.00 in a taxi, or a five minute walk to Meadowbank train station, just change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.
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    .The walk takes about 20 minutes and is along suburban pavements that can be uneven at times.^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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    ^ Darling Harbour, the Fish Markets, Power House Museum and the Chinese Temple are within a 20 minute walking radius of the property.
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    Follow the road out of the domestic terminal and on to O'Riordan Street. Follow O'Riordan Street and then veer left onto Bourke street. .Cross Coward Street and then John Street, Mascot train station is on your right.^ The bus/train interchange is right on the door step, and it is only minutes by train to Sydney's CBD, Edgecliff/Double Bay and the Kings Cross entertainment district.
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    .An adult fare to the city (Central) from Mascot is $5.80 or $1.80 for a gate pass if you have a travelpass.
  • Walk and Bus from T2 & T3.^ Regis on Castlereagh is centrally located amidst the entertainment and business district of the city centre and just a short walk from Circular Quay, The Rocks and the fabulous Harbour.
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    ^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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    ^ This inner Sydney city B&B accommodation is located only a short bus ride from Sydney city centre, or a 25 minute walk.
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    .Mascot shops has a few bus options to the City and surrounds.^ The Park Regis City Centre Hotel Sydney is surrounded by some of Sydney's best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing attractions and it cannot be beaten for service and affordability.
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    .Sydney Buses 309/X09/310/X10 run from Mascot Shops to the City.^ There are also a number of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants situated nearby to The Haven Inn Hotel in the inner city Sydney suburb of Glebe.
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    ^ The Park Regis City Centre Hotel Sydney is surrounded by some of Sydney's best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing attractions and it cannot be beaten for service and affordability.
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    .The 303 bus from Mascot shops to the University of New South Wales.^ I would love the opportunity to see Australia, particularly New South Wales .
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    ^ Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and with a population of over four million people is the most populous city in Australia.
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    ^ The Perouse Lodge is just a 5 minute walk from both the Prince of Wales Hospital and University of New South Wales.
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    .Metrobus 20 (prepay only - buy ticket from newsagent) also runs frequently from Mascot Shops to Redfern, the City and on to North Sydney and St Leonards, with next stop indicators, etc.^ Located only 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney, the Metro Inn Ryde hotel is in one of this city's most active and interesting suburbs and provides comfortable and affordable 3.5 star accommodation guest rooms.
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    ^ The Milner Gardens Townhouse Apartment is situated in one of the most fashionable locales in Sydney on the Lower North Shore, only 7km from Sydney CBD, next to Chatswood shopping & business district and the train station.
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    ^ Only a short walk away from these quality North Shore apartments is public transport to the Sydney CBD, cafes, restaurants and shops.
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    .It is just over 1km and 15-20 minutes easy walk to Mascot shops from the domestic terminals.^ Located in Randwick, the heart of the Eastern suburbs, the Gemini Hotel is only minutes to stunning Coogee Beach, magnificent coastal walks and endless shopping.
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    ^ Caulta Apartments Sydney are within easy walking distance of many duty free shops and numerous cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and clubs.
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    ^ Travel time is approximately 10 minutes and $13.00 in a taxi, or a five minute walk to Meadowbank train station, just change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.
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    To get to Mascot shops, follow the road out of the domestic terminal through the big intersection and on to O'Riordan St. Take the right at the next lights on Robey Street opposite Airport Central. Follow Robey St to the end and the bus stop is just on your left. .Bus services run every 10 minutes and cost $3.20 to Central, $4.20 to the CBD. You can also get the 400 bus towards Bondi Junction to Mascot Shops from T2 & T3 ($1.80), or from T1 ($3).^ The bus/train interchange is right on the door step, and it is only minutes by train to Sydney's CBD, Edgecliff/Double Bay and the Kings Cross entertainment district.
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    ^ Conveniently located in the central Sydney area, it is an approximate 8-10 minute walk to Central Station and Chinatown.
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    ^ The Central Railway Hotel is situated within minutes of the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, Chinatown and is also within 30 minutes of Sydney's world famous beaches.
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    All these bus trips are included if you buy a travelpass or a daytripper but don't forget you must buy one from the newsagent at T2 or Mascot before boarding the bus.

By car

.It is possible to drive to Sydney from Brisbane or Melbourne in a full day, around 9 hours non-stop to Melbourne or 11 hours to Brisbane.^ The friendly and professional staff at this North Sydney accommodation are available 24 hour a day and corporate travellers will really appreciate the a dedicated business centre at the property.
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^ Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive .
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A comfortable drive would allow two days from Melbourne or Brisbane, and three to Adelaide. The Melbourne drive is mostly dual carriageway high quality road. The same can't be said for the Brisbane drive, which while it has high quality sections, it also has some very narrow winding sections, carries high traffic volumes, and has many stoppages from roadworks.
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  • Melbourne - Sydney = 862 km via Albury-Wodonga (Hume Highway).
  • Adelaide - Sydney = 1422 km via Mildura or 1659km via Broken Hill (National Highway 32).
  • Brisbane - Sydney = 938 km via the coast (Pacific Highway) or 961 km via Armidale (New England Highway).^ Located in the heart of the Hills District, this Sydney accommodation is within easy reach of all parts of Sydney via the M2 and Sydney Orbital M7.
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    ^ Price Range: from A$89 (7 night rate) 97 Hume Highway Homebush Bay, Sydney, NSW Sleep Express Motel Information Cheap Rates & Availability .
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    The Pacific Highway passes through more towns, attractions, and has more facilities compared with the New England Highway, but it can get congested moving through the towns around holiday times. Although the Pacific Highway route follows the coast, you won't see the ocean except for some brief glimpses. There are rivers all the way up the coast, and the river mouths are wide, causing the road bridges and the towns to be a little inland. .If you have time, look for the tourist route diversions to see more of the Mid-North Coast and Northern Rivers on the way down (the beaches will be less crowded than Sydney!^ The friendly staff at the Great Southern Hotel available 24 hours a day and are more than happy to assist you with all of your inquiries regarding Sydney.
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    ^ If you are looking for stylish and luxurious self contained Sydney accommodation then stay at the Regis on Castlereagh.
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    ^ The world famous Bondi to Bronte Coastal walk is loacted three doors down and is a MUST DO Activity when you visit Bondi Beach.
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    ).
If you are renting a car, check the daily distance allowances and any one-way charge that may apply. .Cars may be rented at the airport and elsewhere from major rental companies, or at smaller, less conveniently located, cheaper companies such as Airport Car Rental [8] at Sydney Airport or Bayswater Car Rental [9] in Kings Cross.^ Cheap affordable accommodation located in Kings Cross, Sydney.
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^ The Metro Hotel on Pitt, Sydney is conveniently located in the centre of the exciting business, tourism and leisure heart of Sydney making it the ideal location for both corporate and leisure guests.
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^ Only a short walk from the Annam Apartments Sydney is the main entertainment district of Kings Cross with it's renowned restaurants, cafes, bars and cinemas.
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.There are tolls applicable to all motorways coming into Sydney, and not all routes accept cash.^ Best of all this Sydney accommodation comes with extraordinary value and incredibly competitive discount rates.
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See "Tolls" section below.

By bus

.Coach companies operate to Sydney from all capital cities, and many New South Wales regional centres.^ All information on the Australian city Sydney.
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^ The Y Hotel City South Sydney is a modern, boutique hotel with a fresh stylish look offering the most affordable hotel accommodation in Sydney.
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.The Sydney coach terminal is located adjacent to Sydney Central train station in the City South.^ Located in the heart of Glebe and adjacent to Darling Harbour and Sydney city, the Haven Inn Hotel Sydney is a modern boutique style property offering comfortable accommodation.
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^ The Y Hotel City South Sydney is a modern, boutique hotel with a fresh stylish look offering the most affordable hotel accommodation in Sydney.
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^ For Sydney accommodation in an extremely convenient city location stay at the Oaks Hyde Park Plaza Apartments.
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Follow the signs.
.Coach travel to Sydney is usually quicker, cheaper and more frequent than train travel.^ Perfectly located for families as well as business and leisure travelers wanting a bit more space than what a hotel room provides.
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Online and advance booking specials are usually available.
  • Greyhound Coaches [10] has the most extensive bus network in Australia, but there are a few others.

By train

.The New South Wales long distance train service CountryLink, (13 22 32 within Australia) [11] runs at least daily services to Sydney from Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and many regions of New South Wales including the Mid-North Coast, New England, the Central West and the Southern Highlands.^ Dates available: Immediately - ongoing Preferred area: Sydney Occupation: Retired Travel Agent Ages 57 I am a retired travel agent currently living on my farm in New South Wales.
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^ This award winning boutique Sydney hotel encapsulates a sensuous new design with contemporary elegance and renowned personal service.
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It also services Broken Hill weekly. Travelling time from Melbourne and Brisbane is around 12 hours. Fares range between $30 and $100 for standard class seats, and reservations tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or at the station. .The long distance trains between Melbourne and Sydney, and Brisbane and Sydney can be a less stressful alternative to driving, but they do not average particularly high speeds and take longer than flying.^ I work full time and need to be within reasonable distance of the Sydney CBD. Long or short term is ok .
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^ I enjoy travel and often fly to Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide.
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^ Sydney-Melbourne Coastal Drive .
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It is often possible to get a discount airfare around the same price or cheaper than the adult train fare.
.The Indian Pacific [12] (13 21 47 within Australia or +61 8 8213 4592 internationally) train service runs from Perth to Sydney via Adelaide and Broken Hill.^ Located in the heart of the Hills District, this Sydney accommodation is within easy reach of all parts of Sydney via the M2 and Sydney Orbital M7.
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^ The Hills Lodge Grand Mercure is a stylish, boutique 4.5 star luxury Sydney hotel, with a reputation built around quality and friendly service.
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^ With an unrivalled location and professional, personalised service the Diamant Hotel Sydney is the perfect place to stay for your next trip to Australia's largest city.
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Adult fares from Perth are $1250 for a sleeper cabin and $513 for a seat. Children's fares are $805 for a sleeper cabin and $139 for a seat. The train departs from Perth on Wednesdays and arrives at Sydney on Saturdays. Note that these fares are much higher than return plane fares to Perth, this journey is really for train journey enthusiasts who want to see the interior of Australia. .It also gives you the ability to take your car on the train for an additional fee.^ Look forward to taking care of your home while you are away on holidays..
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^ We are capable, skilled, clean and tidy, non-smoking, and know what it takes to diligently look after and care for your property and your pet(s) while you are away.
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^ We are happy to take care of your pet for you and are very tidy.
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.All long distance (Countrylink and Great Southern Railway) trains to Sydney terminate at platforms 1-3 of Sydney's Central Station in the south of the CBD area.^ The friendly staff at the Great Southern Hotel available 24 hours a day and are more than happy to assist you with all of your inquiries regarding Sydney.
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^ We're looking within Sydney, and also, surrounding areas: blue mountains, central coast, wollongong...
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^ Situated opposite the major transport interchange of Sydney's Central Station the Central Regent Hotel Sydney is also close to the University of Technology, ABC Studios, Sydney College of TAFE and Chinatown.
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.Travellers can transfer to Cityrail trains, the light rail service to Darling Harbour, city buses, as well as taxis.^ Located in the heart of Glebe and adjacent to Darling Harbour and Sydney city, the Haven Inn Hotel Sydney is a modern boutique style property offering comfortable accommodation.
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^ The Somerset Darling Harbour provides fully serviced Sydney accommodation residences that are situated on the city side of Darling Harbour on Sussex Street.
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^ Ideally located in the city centre close to the business and exciting leisure precincts of the city the Metro Apartments on Darling Harbour is a great value for money Sydney accommodation for all types of travellers.
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It is also easy to transfer to other long distance trains and coaches. .There is free short term parking up the ramp in front of the station, and you can meet the trains on the platform.^ There is also a guest laundry and free undercover car parking at the Comfort Inn North Shore Hotel Sydney.
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^ The hotel facilities at this Sydney accommodation include free undercover car parking for up to 5 days, 3 conference rooms, tour desk, wireless internet access, gymnasium and free airport/central station to hotel shuttle transfers.
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^ Travel time is approximately 10 minutes and $13.00 in a taxi, or a five minute walk to Meadowbank train station, just change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.
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There are ATM's, a choice of food outlets, cafes open until late, and a railway heritage society display and bookshop in the terminal.
.The Cityrail[13] network runs services several times a day from close regional cities: Newcastle via the Central Coast (New South Wales), Goulburn via the Southern Highlands, Nowra via the South Coast and Lithgow via the Blue Mountains.^ We're looking within Sydney, and also, surrounding areas: blue mountains, central coast, wollongong...
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^ Based at the foot of the Blue Mountains, guests who stay at the Chifley Hotel Penrith can explore the historical and vibrant city of Penrith as well at the natural wonderland of the Blue Mountains.
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By ship

.Cruise ships generally dock at the International Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay or at Darling Harbour.^ Discover the history of The Rocks, book yourself in to experience the BridgeClimb of Sydney Harbour Bridge, and wander along Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House.
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^ Also the Sydney harbour ferry is only 100 metres down the road which provides guests with easy access to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly and Balmain.
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^ Located on the doorstep of the historic Rocks precinct, location for many other sydney hotels, and with easy access to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, the Opera House and a huge variety of restaurants, cafes and bars.
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.Circular Quay is a spectacular place to dock, right by the Harbour Bridge, and you can walk off the ship into the centre of the The Rocks.^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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^ Set majestically on the eastern shore of Circular Quay, the Quay Grand Suites Sydney offers guests spectacular views of Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens and city skyline.
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^ And, if you're not sure that we would go for your place, contact us nonetheless, we can be flexible if the right person and place come along.
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.Darling Harbour passenger terminal at Barangaroo seems a little more remote when you disembark, but it is still easy walking distance to the main attractions, Wynyard Station, and Darling Harbour itself.^ The central location of our hotel provides convenient access to Sydney's main attractions at Darling Harbour and the theatre district is within easy walking distance.
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^ Business travellers and holiday makers will really appreciate the central city location, which is only 5 minutes walk from the Central Railway station & Monorail providing easy access to Star City Casino, Lyric Theatre, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Opera House, Chinatown and the Fish Markets.
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^ Major Sydney tourist attractions close by include Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Sydney Opera House and central Sydney retail stores.
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.The terminal is immediately adjacent (north) of the King St Wharf precinct, at Darling Harbour, but immigration makes sure you exit away from the water where you can't see it.^ Located in the heart of Glebe and adjacent to Darling Harbour and Sydney city, the Haven Inn Hotel Sydney is a modern boutique style property offering comfortable accommodation.
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^ Enjoy shopping in Sydney CBD, catch a movie at the Imax Theatre and stroll through the new Cockle Bay and King Street Wharf precincts in Sydney.
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^ Take a short walk from our apartments and you will see the most spectacular views of the bridge and Sydney Opera House across the harbour.
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.Just turn right and follow the road, it is only a short walk.^ The Kirketon Boutique Hotel is a luxury 5 star hotel that provides Sydney accommodation only a short walk to Woolloomooloo, the Sydney Financial District, the Botanic Gardens and the airport expressway.
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^ Only a short walk from the Annam Apartments Sydney is the main entertainment district of Kings Cross with it's renowned restaurants, cafes, bars and cinemas.
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^ Regis on Castlereagh is centrally located amidst the entertainment and business district of the city centre and just a short walk from Circular Quay, The Rocks and the fabulous Harbour.
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.It is less than 15 minutes walk to the city centre and The Rocks.^ Regis on Castlereagh is centrally located amidst the entertainment and business district of the city centre and just a short walk from Circular Quay, The Rocks and the fabulous Harbour.
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^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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^ Located opposite Central Railway Station, this hotel in Sydney is only a few minutes walk from Darling Harbour, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and Chinatown.
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.It is a 5 minute walk to Wynyard station.^ Located opposite Central Railway Station, this hotel in Sydney is only a few minutes walk from Darling Harbour, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and Chinatown.
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^ We are also close to Sydney University, the Footbridge Theatre and the Seymour Centre and it is only 15 minutes walking distance to the Central railway station and Chinatown.
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^ Conveniently located in the central Sydney area, it is an approximate 8-10 minute walk to Central Station and Chinatown.
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.There is also a Sydney Explorer bus stop in Sussex St nearby.^ There are also a number of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants situated nearby to The Haven Inn Hotel in the inner city Sydney suburb of Glebe.
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.White Bay in the Inner West is being developed as a new wharf for passenger arrivals, to replace Darling Harbour as Barangaroo is re-developed.^ The boutique accommodation provides by the Vulcan Hotel Darling Harbour comprises of brand new ensuite hotel rooms located in the Sydney fringe suburb of Ultimon.
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^ Located within easy walking distance to the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Observatory Hill Park, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay and public transport.
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^ Featuring spacious accommodation, the attractions of Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay and King St. Wharf are only minutes away.
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Currently it is only used if their are already two passenger ships in the harbour. .White Bay is not easy walking distance to anywhere.^ Located within easy walking distance to the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Observatory Hill Park, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay and public transport.
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^ Caulta Apartments Sydney are within easy walking distance of many duty free shops and numerous cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, pubs and clubs.
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^ The central location of our hotel provides convenient access to Sydney's main attractions at Darling Harbour and the theatre district is within easy walking distance.
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.You could potentially walk up to Victoria Road and get a bus to the city, or you could walk over the Anzac Bridge into Darling Harbour.^ Located in the heart of Glebe and adjacent to Darling Harbour and Sydney city, the Haven Inn Hotel Sydney is a modern boutique style property offering comfortable accommodation.
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^ Located within easy walking distance to the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Observatory Hill Park, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay and public transport.
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^ The Somerset Darling Harbour provides fully serviced Sydney accommodation residences that are situated on the city side of Darling Harbour on Sussex Street.
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Expect the walk to take about an hour. Probably best to rely on the shuttle buses supplied arranged by the cruise company unless you are keen to save a few dollars.

Get around

By car

Travel times and routes

.You can drive around Sydney reasonably freely, and outside of peak times travelling by car is usually at least as quick as any method of public transport.^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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^ With a fully licensed restaurant & bar, internet kiosk and return airport transfers available the Airport Sydney International Inn is the ideal place to stay when you are travelling to and from Sydney.
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^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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Congestion can be expected on roads to the city from 6:30AM until 9:30AM, and roads away from the city from around 4PM until 6:30PM. Congestion is considerably worse heading away from the city during Friday afternoon peak.
Roads are generally well signposted to the next major suburb or suburbs along the route. Only a handful of cross-city met-roads are signposted by number.
.Congestion can be expected around Bondi Beach, and the other eastern suburbs beaches on summer weekends.^ The award winning Hughenden Boutique Hotel is a gracious historic hotel that is located in Sydney's Eastern suburb of Woollahra and around the corner from Paddington, Fox Studios & the Sydney Football Stadium, SCG and Randwick Racecourse, only 10 minutes from the Sydney CBD & 5 minutes to Bondi Beach.
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^ Located in Randwick, the heart of the Eastern suburbs, the Gemini Hotel is only minutes to stunning Coogee Beach, magnificent coastal walks and endless shopping.
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^ With world famous Bondi Beach on one side, Sydney Harbour on the other, The Tiffany is situated on Grafton Street in the heart of Bondi Junction.
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.Travel times from the CBD to the Sydney outskirts can take around 45 minutes in good traffic.^ I work full time and need to be within reasonable distance of the Sydney CBD. Long or short term is ok .
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^ The Central Railway Hotel is situated within minutes of the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, Chinatown and is also within 30 minutes of Sydney's world famous beaches.
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^ The Comfort Inn Hunts Hotel Liverpool is set in established grounds with a swimming pool, tennis courts and BBQ area, only a 45 minute drive from the Sydney CBD and 40 minute drive from the airport along the M5 Motorway.
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Tolls

Some motorways, tunnels and bridges in Sydney charge tolls.
The M4, M5 and Eastern Distributor Motorway northbound have tolls that can be paid in cash, between $2.50 and $5.
.The Harbour Bridge and Tunnel, Cross City Tunnel, Lane Cove Tunnel, M7 and the Falcon Street northbound motorway entrance use electronic tolling only and if you use these you need to decide how you will pay the toll.^ We are happy to provide whatever information you might need to help you decide, personal references, etc.
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^ Ibis hotels 3 star accommodation is an excellent base as you explore the Harbour City of Sydney.
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^ Stylish, spacious and modern 4 star accommodation apartments located on the beautiful foreshore of Sydney Harbour and only a stones throw from Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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You can easily avoid the Lane Cove Tunnel, M7 or Falcon Street on-ramp if you like. .It is hard to avoid the harbour crossings if you are going to Manly, or the Northern Beaches or the zoo by car.^ Manly is a great place to stay when in Sydney because it is the gateway to the spectacular Sydney Northern Beaches.
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^ Located in the heart of North Sydney, the McLaren Hotel is close to Sydney's harbour and northern beaches, shops, a park and public transport.
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The choice is to have a temporary pass or a pre-purchased tag.
  • Visitors can purchase a pass (also called an e-pass) up to 48 hours after travelling on a toll road. A pass involves registering your licence plate number and credit card on the website, and when your licence plate is scanned on an electronic toll road, your credit card is charged. The Sydney Motorways website [14] provides links to pass providers. You can get a visitor e-pass that lasts for up to 30 days. The cost is $1.50 to register online, and 75c on top of each toll as a processing charge. .You can't use an e-pass on motorways that accept cash.
  • A tag (also called an E-tag) is an RFID transponder stuck to the inside of your windscreen, and linked to a account you set up.^ We understand that your home is precious to you, and would be careful to maintain it to a very high standard, inside and out.
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    You can purchase a visitor's tag from any motor registry before travelling on a toll road for $5 and set up an account linked to your credit card. .It is worthwhile considering if you are staying in Sydney for a while, or if you are using other tollways interstate.^ This ensures that you can stay in the comfort of our spacious apartment accommodation during your next visit to Sydney.
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    ^ With a fully licensed restaurant & bar, internet kiosk and return airport transfers available the Airport Sydney International Inn is the ideal place to stay when you are travelling to and from Sydney.
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    ^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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    To avoid all this hassle, some car rental companies allow you to rent a tag from them with the car, for an additional per-day fee. Keep in mind that Australian e-tags attach to a special socket stuck on the windscreen, rather than Velcro strips as are used in some countries.
A capital 'E' marked on the lane indicates it accepts a tag and a lower case 'e' indicates it accepts a pass.
.If you are in a rental car and do not pay the toll, the rental car company may charge an administration fee in addition to the toll and the fine to your credit card if you do not make the effort to pay.^ Gardening to keep busy and maintaining the home , looking after pets, walking , reading, making sure when you arrive home, your home is treated like one of ours .
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^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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^ There is no need for a car, however, if you do choose to bring your car, parking is also available.
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.Take care to cancel your pass account if it is linked to a hire car registration number.^ I'm happy to take care of your animals too.
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^ I would take care of your home and your pets as if they were my own.
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^ I would take great care of your pets and promise to pamper them and exercise them daily, according to your specific needs.
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.The RTA [15] will allow you to specify start and end times for the e-pass period to avoid these problems.^ We would love to be able to housesit for you for any period during that time.
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^ Oz hotels Sydney allows you to deal directly with the accommodation providers giving you the best possible rates for these Sydney accommodation options.
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Parking

.Parking your car in the City Centre is always possible but expensive.^ The Park Regis City Centre Hotel Sydney is surrounded by some of Sydney's best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing attractions and it cannot be beaten for service and affordability.
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^ If you are after discount accommodation close to the Sydney city centre that won;t break your budget then the Parkridge Corporate Apartments is the place for you.
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^ Providing quality 3-star boutique accommodation only five minutes from Sydney city centre, the Park Lodge Hotel offers excellent value for money.
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.Expect to pay up to $70 per day or $25 per hour at some central parking lots, and around $25 even with specials.^ The hotel facilities at this Sydney accommodation include free undercover car parking for up to 5 days, 3 conference rooms, tour desk, wireless internet access, gymnasium and free airport/central station to hotel shuttle transfers.
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Reduced parking charges are made for early bird parking, where you must enter and leave within prescribed times. .For example you can park all day at the Opera House [16] for $16 provides you enter before 10AM and leave between 3PM and 7PM. There is no grace period, so you can't get out even one minute before 3PM, and you will be charged the day parking rate of $42 if you are 10 seconds late.^ Ideal for the budget traveler for both short and long stays, this Sydney accommodation is located on the fringe of Surry Hills, overlooking Moore Park, and is only 15 minutes from Sydney Mascot Airport, the Rocks and Sydney Opera House.
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^ The Caulta Apartments Sydney provide modern apartment accommodation in Parramatta, with all of the facilities to ensure that you enjoy your stay in Sydney.
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^ You can even enjoy a BBQ in the landscaped surrounds, stretch out on one of the many sun lounges, practise your golf on the putting green or use the fully equipped gymnasium.
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.Most city parking lots offer reduced flat fees (around $15-$25) for evening and weekend parking.^ The Y Hotel City South Sydney is a modern, boutique hotel with a fresh stylish look offering the most affordable hotel accommodation in Sydney.
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^ Providing quality 3-star boutique accommodation only five minutes from Sydney city centre, the Park Lodge Hotel offers excellent value for money.
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^ Travellers who make the most of this discount hotel are always amazed at how easy it is to access all that the city of Sydney has to offer.
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.City hotels invariably charge for parking for the guests.^ Based at the foot of the Blue Mountains, guests who stay at the Chifley Hotel Penrith can explore the historical and vibrant city of Penrith as well at the natural wonderland of the Blue Mountains.
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^ There is also a guest laundry and free undercover car parking at the Comfort Inn North Shore Hotel Sydney.
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^ The Park Regis City Centre Hotel Sydney is surrounded by some of Sydney's best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing attractions and it cannot be beaten for service and affordability.
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.Similar prices are charged in North Sydney.^ Price Range: A$95-$130 310 Miller Street North Sydney, 2060 New South Wales Rates & Availability: Accommodation Sydney Web Page .
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^ Price Range: from A$129 (7 night rate) 54 McLaren Street North Sydney, NSW Rydges North Sydney More Info Rates & Availability .
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^ Price Range: From A$150 25 Berry St - North Sydney 9 William St Alfred St Rates & Availability Luxury Apartment Web Page .
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.Parking in many major suburban centres and beaches can be a matter of spending time cruising and searching for parking spots.^ This boutique 4.5 star hotel is situated near many of Sydney‘s major attractions and the convention centre.
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.All day street parking is rare around the city suburban shopping centres.^ The budget conscious corporate and leisure traveller will absolutely love the discount hotel accommodation provided by the Park Regis City Centre Hotel Sydney.
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^ There is easy access to Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, all ferry rides and cruises from Circular Quay, the Rocks Markets and Sydney city centre shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
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^ Within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, hotels, theatres, Hyde Park, Chinatown, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney Entertainment Centre and Darling Harbour, this comfortable.
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.Some train stations have all day free commuter parking.^ The hotel facilities at this Sydney accommodation include free undercover car parking for up to 5 days, 3 conference rooms, tour desk, wireless internet access, gymnasium and free airport/central station to hotel shuttle transfers.
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^ Travel time is approximately 10 minutes and $13.00 in a taxi, or a five minute walk to Meadowbank train station, just change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.
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.A major stations this can be full by 8AM. Smaller stations with less frequent train service tend to have better parking availability.^ There is also a swimming pool, sauna, spa, gym, tour desk and child minding service available at the Oaks Hyde Park Plaza Apartments Sydney.
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^ Travel time is approximately 10 minutes and $13.00 in a taxi, or a five minute walk to Meadowbank train station, just change at Strathfield for trains to Olympic Park.
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On weekends it is easy to find a spot in the commuter parking lots. The stations will commuter parking are marked on the Cityrail maps.
Parking at some beaches on summer weekends can often be near impossible. .Some beaches are in suburban neighbourhoods, without large car parking facilities.^ With business facilities and undercover car parking the Mariners Court Hotel provides great value for money accommodation in Woolloomooloo, Sydney.
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Check the appropriate destination guides for more information.
.Parking fines in Sydney are $80 if you exceed the allowed parking time.^ Oz hotels Sydney allows you to deal directly with the accommodation providers giving you the best possible rates for these Sydney accommodation options.
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.Reloading the meter, or moving your car within the same parking zone will not get you out of a fine.^ We understand that your home is precious to you, and would be careful to maintain it to a very high standard, inside and out.
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^ There is no need for a car, however, if you do choose to bring your car, parking is also available.
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.If you park illegally and wait with your car, you may find you have the licence place photographed and fined before you have the chance to move on, don't expect a warning.^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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^ There is no need for a car, however, if you do choose to bring your car, parking is also available.
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^ If you are after discount accommodation close to the Sydney city centre that won;t break your budget then the Parkridge Corporate Apartments is the place for you.
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.If you park illegally in a disabled spot, the fine is $375. If you do get fined for exceeding time, you will not be fined again the same day--so enjoy your parking spot.^ The Caulta Apartments Sydney provide modern apartment accommodation in Parramatta, with all of the facilities to ensure that you enjoy your stay in Sydney.
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^ Located close to all your business, personal and entertainment needs, you will enjoy a convenience unlike any other.
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^ There is no need for a car, however, if you do choose to bring your car, parking is also available.
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Clearways, which are no stopping zones on main roads during peak periods. Fines will be around $400 to reclaim your car after it is towed away. .However, clearways also offer parking opportunites if you want to park just after 10AM or 7PM when the clearway periods end.^ Also the Prince Alfred Olympic Pool and Park is just across the road, if you need a refreshing swim to cool down.
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^ There is no need for a car, however, if you do choose to bring your car, parking is also available.
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Sydney driving speeds

Speed limits can change frequently even when following the same main road. Speed limits drop for areas of pedestrian activity, schools, as well as driving conditions. .Every road in Sydney has a signposted speed limit, and in every case you will need to read the signs, as you cannot tell the speed limit just by looking at the road.^ This affordable Sydney accommodation has everything that you will need to ensure that you stay in the city is comfortable and memorable.
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^ Ashfield Manor Bed and Breakfast is a great value for money Sydney accommodation that includes everything that you will need on your travels.
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^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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The speed limit is usually 50km/h on residential streets, 60km/h or 70km/h on main roads, and 80km/h and above on freeways or freeway sections.
Some speed limits vary throughout the day. School speed zones (40 km/h) are enforced between 8.00 AM to 9.30 AM and 2.30 PM to 4.00 PM on school days. Some have flashing lights, and some just a sign. It is up to you to check the time and know if it is a school day or not. Some other roads have variable speed limits that drop during busy traffic times. Variable speed limits also drop for road maintenance. These areas are signposted, and you need to read and obey the signposted speed. Speed cameras monitor school zones, and enforce variable speed limits. For example, if there are roadworks in the Lane Cove Tunnel, the variable speed will drop, and the speed camera in the tunnel will enforce the lower speed. There are plenty of warning and reminder signs along the way.

By taxi

Taxis are a convenient way to get around Sydney. They can also be the only transport option available to some locations late at night when the trains and regular buses stop.
.It is usually easy enough to flag a taxi down at the kerb in the CBD, or catch one at taxi ranks located in most suburban centres.^ Located near Darling Harbour, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Capitol Theatre, and with easy access to Sydney Opera House, the Rocks and Taronga Zoo.
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^ Located only 20 minutes from the centre of Sydney, the Metro Inn Ryde hotel is in one of this city's most active and interesting suburbs and provides comfortable and affordable 3.5 star accommodation guest rooms.
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^ The fully self contained 2 bedroom apartments are ideally located close to the Parramatta city centre and the Sydney CBD can be easily accessed either by train or RiverCat.
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The availability of a taxi is indicated by a small amber/orange light on the top of the "taxi" sign positioned on top of the vehicle. If the amber light is on, it is available for hire, if the amber light is off, the cab is occupied.
Beware the 3PM change over and the Friday evening rush. It can be near impossible to get a taxi between 2:30PM and 3:15PM, and similarly between 2:30AM and 3:30AM, as almost all of the drivers changeover their shifts at the same time. They are similarly scarce on a Friday and Saturday evening. Booking in advance is no guarantee, as these jobs are simply offered electronically to drivers, who may or may not accept the job. It is easily possible to wait an hour or more for a taxi booked 24 hours in advance on a Friday and Saturday evening. Ringing the taxi company back and complaining will often help (if the operators can relate to your problem they have the ability to offer a taxi driver an incentive to take your fare). Cancelling your job and ringing another taxi company in frustration never helps as the taxi companies have handover systems which would have seen your job handed over if another company had more capacity. You will just end up at the back of the queue again. Evenings other than Friday and Saturday are usually fine.
During busy times it is also not uncommon for a taxi driver to leave the door locked and ask where you are going through the window and drive off if the destination is too close or not on their way home, even though this is illegal.
There are two meter rates: a day rate (rate 1) with a flag fall of $3, a distance rate of $1.79 a kilometre, a "waiting" rate of $0.77 a minute and a booking fee of $1.50; and a night rate (rate 2 - applicable to journeys commenced between 10PM and 6AM) which adds a 20% surcharge to the distance rate. All fares also attract the 10% tax. .You can check the rate your taxi is using by looking for a 1 or a 2 next to the current charge: if it's set to 2 it is using the night rate.^ This ensures that you can stay in the comfort of our spacious apartment accommodation during your next visit to Sydney.
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^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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^ If you are looking for affordable apartment accommodation in Sydney's West, with discount rates available for long term stays, then the Parkside Apartments in Parramatta is teh place for you.
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The so called "waiting" rate is charged whenever the speed drops below 25km/h. For trips in congested traffic it is possible for large amounts of the trip to be charged at the "waiting" rate. .All Sydney taxis are metered and taxi drivers will always charge the metered rate, adding the charges for tolls manually.^ Best of all this Sydney accommodation comes with extraordinary value and incredibly competitive discount rates.
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^ Travellers who make the most of this discount hotel are always amazed at how easy it is to access all that the city of Sydney has to offer.
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Silver Service taxis are more luxurious vehicles, but they are charged at the same rate as standard taxis.
Taxis accept all major credit cards. They charge an extra 10% on top of the fare for this.
Passengers are required to pay all tolls for their trip. .In addition, passengers who are taken north over the Harbour Bridge, for which there is no toll, are required to pay the driver's southbound toll for the return into the city (currently $3).^ Accommodation at the Catolina Apartments in North Sydney is comprised of stylish executive one bedroom apartments with views of Sydney Harbour, Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the North Sydney district.
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^ Directly adjacent to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sebel hotel has a glass floored lobby so that guests can look down into the waters of Sydney Harbour as they check in to their accommodation.
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^ There is easy access to Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, all ferry rides and cruises from Circular Quay, the Rocks Markets and Sydney city centre shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
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.Drivers will usually take the toll roads unless you ask them not to.^ Getting to the city is an absolute breeze, you can just walk 5 minutes down the road to the Manly Wharf and it will take you straight into the city.
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If you are unsure why they are asking for an amount above that shown on the meter, just ask.
Passengers have the right to control the air conditioning and the radio - don't be afraid to ask the driver! Whilst most taxi drivers behave acceptably, there have been reported incidences of taxi drivers behaving inappropriately towards women - it is always safer to sit in the back of the car.
Tipping is not required or generally expected. However, rounding up a taxi fare the next dollar (or five or ten dollars, depending on the base fare) is fairly common. On the other hand, don't be surprised if the driver rounds the fare down to the nearest dollar - accept with grace and good cheer.

By public transport

.Sydney public transport consists of an extensive rail network, multiple buses and ferries, a single light-rail line and a tourist-oriented monorail.^ Public transport including buses, taxis and light rail are conveniently close by to this affordable Sydney accommodation, which makes access to Sydney's major tourist attractions such as the Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, The Rocks, Star City Casino, Chinatown and Capitol Theatre very easy.
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^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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^ Only a short walk away from these quality North Shore apartments is public transport to the Sydney CBD, cafes, restaurants and shops.
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.It can get you to nearly all of the city's main attractions, especially in areas closer to the city.^ Whether you are on business or pleasure, the Meriton Tiffany Apartments provides exceptional accommodation with access to all areas of interest in Sydney both quickly and affordably.
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^ Stay at World Square Ibis hotel Sydney and stay conveniently close to all of the sights and attractions located in the heart of Sydney city.
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.The further away from the city centre you travel, the less frequent and comprehensive public transport services will tend to be.^ Only a short walk away from these quality North Shore apartments is public transport to the Sydney CBD, cafes, restaurants and shops.
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^ The budget conscious corporate and leisure traveller will absolutely love the discount hotel accommodation provided by the Park Regis City Centre Hotel Sydney.
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^ With public transport less than 100 metres from the front entrance the Perouse Lodge is a great place to stay.
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Tickets

.The ticketing system for Sydney's public transport is antiquated and poor.^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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^ Located within easy walking distance to the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Observatory Hill Park, Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay and public transport.
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There is no comprehensive system, and there is no stored value card. There are well over 20 ticket types in common use. .It can be worth spending a little time understanding where you will be travelling, as some of the tickets can save considerable amounts over multiple trips, especially if you are going to be taking ferries.^ Only a short distance from the hotel is Circular Quay, where you can enjoy a ferry trip to Manly, Mosman, Double Bay or Watsons Bay.
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Bus drivers will check you buy or validate a ticket on entry. Ferry hands will check tickets. Trains have ticket barriers at city and major suburban stations. Minor suburban stations are open. Inspectors are renowned for their intimidating behaviour and will generally not accept any excuses. They issue a ticket on the spot and post you a reminder to pay.
Children aged 15 years and under are entitled to a discount, except on private buses, where they must be 14 or under. .Also, on ferries (except private ferries), buses (except private buses) and trains, you pay for only the first child when accompanied by a parent or grandparent, the other children in the same family allowed for free.^ Only a short distance from the hotel is Circular Quay, where you can enjoy a ferry trip to Manly, Mosman, Double Bay or Watsons Bay.
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Usually, no family identification is ever required, so anything that resembles a family unit will have to pay for only the first child. Children 3 years and under travel free.
Cityrail train tickets allow you to make as many transfers as required but you may not break your journey (i.e. leave a station), or your ticket will become invalid. Other forms of transport do not permit any forms of transfer, and you will need a ticket for each trip or some form of pass ticket (described below).
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  • Single tickets are generally available for all forms of public transport, covering a single trip (one bus, one ferry, or until you leave the train station).^ With public transport, Luna Park, cafes, restaurants, parks and harbour walks close by the Indigo Executive Apartments are the place to stay for your next trip to Sydney.
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    ^ Public transport right outside the Hotel will have you in the city in 15 minutes, making the Gemini Hotel the perfect alternative airport hotel for your next stay in Sydney.
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    ^ Milsons Point train station is across the road, with one stop south to the CBD & one stop north to North Sydney.
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    Fares are distance based, and you have to nominate your destination when purchasing. You can buy tickets for cash on all services except prepay-only buses, for which there is usually a cash alternative (i.e. a slower bus). Single bus tickets are also available at newsagents and convenience stores near bus stops. .All bus stops within the Sydney CBD are pre-pay only on weekdays between 7AM and 7PM. If boarding a bus at any of these stops you will not be able to pay on the bus and will need a pre-pay ticket.
  • Ten bus or ten ferry tickets are available at a 20% discount over normal fares, these are called travelten or ferryten.^ This quality Sydney hotel also provides ten conference rooms catering for up to 220 people, all with natural lighting most with access to outside terraces.
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    ^ Milsons Point train station is across the road, with one stop south to the CBD & one stop north to North Sydney.
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    ^ The Central Railway Hotel is situated within minutes of the Sydney CBD, Circular Quay, Chinatown and is also within 30 minutes of Sydney's world famous beaches.
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    You can use them for multiple passengers travelling together, i.e 5 trips for two people. .Tickets are distance based, so all the trips taken on the ticket must be for the same ferry zones or number of bus sections.^ Only a short distance from the hotel is Circular Quay, where you can enjoy a ferry trip to Manly, Mosman, Double Bay or Watsons Bay.
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    There is no equivalent on the trains. .You can buy travelten tickets at newsagents or convenience stores near bus stops, or at train station ticket windows (even though you can't use them on the train).^ Milsons Point train station is across the road, with one stop south to the CBD & one stop north to North Sydney.
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    ^ Train station and bus stops are just metres away from this affordable Sydney accommodation and numerous restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, shops, supermarkets and nightlife entertainment are all within the immediate area.
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    ^ Outstanding restaurants and bars are close by and you are also positioned a short walk from Town Hall Station, the MonoRail, bus stops and taxi ranks enabling you to easily access all parts of Sydney.
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    The tickets do not expire.
  • Return tickets on the trains after 9AM in the morning or on weekends are considerably cheaper. There is no discount before 9AM on weekdays. The return trip can be made anytime up to 4AM the following day, or on a nightride bus the next morning. There are no return tickets on buses or ferries. The off-peak discount is not available for single tickets. Children pay a maximum of $2.60 to for a return trip in Sydney on the trains off-peak (plus the airport gate fee for airport line stations).
  • For unlimited use of Sydney Buses (not private buses), trains and Sydney Ferries (not private ferries) you can purchase a single day unlimited use daytripper ticket (adults $17, children $8.60).
  • If you are considering purchasing daytrippers [17] for more than three days, consider a travelpass, which is valid for 7 days. These are based on colour and zones. A red one ($38) will cover everything within 10km of the city--which is pretty much all the average tourist needs. A green one ($46) covers everything the red one does and includes also Manly and Parramatta by ferry and Olympic Park by train; a yellow one ($50) will get you to Parramatta by train; a purple one ($60) will get you all the way to Palm Beach and Royal National Park for 7 days. Purchase after 3PM and you get the remainder of that day and the next 7 days. .Daytrippers and travelpass tickets cannot be used on private buses, which operate further away from the city centre; very few average tourists would ever need to worry about those.
  • A cityhopper ticket covers unlimited train travel around the city centre stations, including Kings Cross and North Sydney for $8. At $3.20 for a single train ticket, you really need to be making more than 3 train trips in the city centre to make this worthwhile.^ The Waldorf Apartment Hotel Sydney has an enviable city centre location close to Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay Wharf, the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Chinatown, restaurants, cafes, shops and public transport including the train, ferry and monorail which can take you effortlessly all around the Sydney CBD. The luxuriously appointed 1 and 2 bedroom apartments at the Waldorf Apartment Hotel provide business and leisure travellers with the perfect Sydney accommodation for both short and long term stays.
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    ^ The Metro Hotel on Pitt, Sydney is conveniently located in the centre of the exciting business, tourism and leisure heart of Sydney making it the ideal location for both corporate and leisure guests.
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    ^ The Ibis Sydney King Street Wharf offers affordable central Sydney accommodation ideal for corporate guests, business travellers, tourists and holiday makers.
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    Take the free bus instead if travelling after 9AM and before 3:30PM.
  • A SydneyPass tickets, allows unlimited travel for up to 8 days including tourist services. [18]. Consider this only if you want to take the tourist Sydney Explorer services.
  • A Family Funday Sunday Ticket. .These tickets are to encourage family travel on public transport on Sundays.^ Only a short walk away from these quality North Shore apartments is public transport to the Sydney CBD, cafes, restaurants and shops.
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    ^ Also within close proximity of these affordable Comfort Inn Apartments are a large variety of restaurants, shops and the convenience of public transport.
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    They are $2.50 each and allow unlimited travel across a wide area of central and suburban Sydney including Newcastle and Wollongong on buses, trains and ferries. Most private bus companies also accept this ticket. The group must consist of at least 1 adult and child related by family. Children under 4 years of age travel free. Tickets are available from ticket sellers and bus drivers. Better value than most other tickets on Sundays. Although there are many opportunities for unlimited exploring with this ticket on a Sunday take care if planning to use outer suburban or regional buses, many of which run extremely infrequently or not at all on a Sunday. [19]
Transport Infoline, 13 15 00, [20]. 24 hours. Information on fares and route planning for all public transport in Sydney. Available online and by telephone  edit
.TransitShops, Circular Quay (cnr of Loftus & Alfred Sts) or Wynyard under Wynyard Park.^ George St (Cnr Quay St), Sydney, NSW 2000 .
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Information on fares and route planning for all public transport in Sydney, all travelpass and travelten sales, accepts credit cards  edit

By train

Sydney has an extensive suburban rail network operated by CityRail [21]. Sydney trains are often very crowded in peak hour, but a CityRail train may be the fastest way to get to the CBD. Expect severe congestion around Town Hall at peak hour. The complex rail network sometimes experiences delays, especially during rain.
The majority of Cityrail's suburban trains are not equipped with destination displays on the train and announcements are often non-existent or inaudible. The displays on the platform are usually clear, but you need to make sure you know where you're going and keep track of the station stops.
Cityrail operates with at least a 30 minute frequency to all metropolitan stations (apart from the (dark blue) Carlingford Line and stations between Riverstone and Richmond on the (yellow) Western Line). There are usually 15 minute frequencies to major destinations and transit hubs such as Chatswood, Bondi Junction, Hurstville, Parramatta, Bankstown, Blacktown, and Liverpool. The Cityrail timetable has a weekday service and a weekend and holiday service.
Cityrail also operates lines to regional cities such as Newcastle and Wollongong and into the Blue Mountains at hourly frequency. This allows you to sit back and enjoy the journey rather than suffer the hassle of driving in foreign conditions, but offers less freedom upon arrival.
All stations are equipped with CCTV and trains at night have designated NightSafe carriages and station areas with emergency intercoms and security patrols, making catching trains at night a viable (and cheaper) alternative to taxis.
Outside of operating hours, between 12AM (1AM on Fridays and Saturdays) and 5AM, NightRide buses are available on most routes within Sydney. Any CityRail train ticket is valid for the equivalent NightRide bus except a single. If you don't have a ticket, you'll need to buy a NightRide single from the driver, which is more expensive than a single for the train. NightRide buses stop at most CityRail stations and a few additional stops, but they don't travel on the same routes. If you intend catching a NightRide bus home, check the NightRide route map on the back cover of each timetable or at the station while you are waiting for your train.
On weekends check for trackwork [22] before leaving for the station; CityRail will transfer passengers to buses if lines are closed for trackwork, and the process will add about half an hour to a typical journey. Trackwork will be advertised at the station for about a week before it begins. Train tickets, single, return or travel cards are valid on trackwork buses between the same stations.
You must always purchase a ticket for the entire journey before boarding a train from either the ticket office or from the ticket machines that are located on most stations. There is no opportunity to buy a ticket onboard or at the destination. Ticket offices have limited opening hours at suburban stations, and outside of these hours you will need to use a machine. The ticket machines accept up to $50 notes but will give only $19.90 in change (in coins). They will also accept only 10 coins. Ticket offices accept Visa or Mastercard for a total ticket value over $20. A handful of ticket machines also accept Visa or Mastercard at major stations.
If you are caught travelling without a ticket the on-the-spot fine is $200. If you are found with a student or pensioner ticket and you don't have the appropriate authorisation card, the same fine applies. Ticket inspectors will not hesitate to fine you and generally don't accept any excuses--unless if you say the ticket machine was broken at the station which you boarded the train, and then they will check that!. If you accidentally buy the wrong ticket or forget to buy a ticket, honesty is not necessarily the best policy.
Within the city area there is a light rail system run by Metro Light Rail [23]. It connects Central station to Sydney/Darling Harbour, Star City Casino and the inner western suburbs.

By bus

Sydney has an extensive bus network, including a free shuttle buses in the Sydney CBD and Parramatta.
Sydney buses (Government Buses)
Most of the buses in the inner city and inner suburbs are run by the government owned Sydney Buses [24] The rest of the commuter network (primarily around the outer suburbs) is run by private bus companies. These services do not compete so you will usually only have one way of getting somewhere by bus.
You must flag down buses with an outstretched hand if you want them to stop for you--they will not automatically stop unless they need to pick someone off or drop them off.
A Sydney bus fare depends on many sections you are travelling, measured in sections of about 1.6 kilometers. Tickets can often be bought in cash when boarding the bus, in which case you can just state your destination to the driver and pay the fare. n the CBD, at Bondi Junction Interchange, and on prepay-only routes, tickets must be pre-purchased from a ticket agent, usually an newsagent, convenient store, or a transit shop. All types of tickets, including multi-ride, single-ride and travel passes, are available from these agents. Discount tickets (10-ride Travelten or 7-day Travelpass) must always be purchased in advance and are not available from drivers.
If you have to buy a single or multiride ticket from a newsagent you have to know how many sections your journey will be. Section ranges correspond to a colour of ticket. You can find out how many sections your trip is by calling the transport infoline [25], asking at a transit shop at Wynyard, Circular Quay, or the QVB, or by looking at the route map in the timetable (printed or online). Every section you travel in counts as a section. So to travel from Wynyard to North Sydney Station is 2 sections, because you travel in sections 2 and 3. If you boarded one stop before Wynyard, and exited one stop after North Sydney Station, you would have travelled in sections 1, 2, 3 and 4, so you would need a 4 section ticket. 1-2 section tickets are blue, 3-5 brown, and 6-9 are red. Blue will cover any journey within the CBD.
Drivers may be able to give change for a $20 note, but it pays to use lower-denomination coins and notes.
There are two main bus termination points in the CBD, at Wynyard and Circular Quay. These two points are about 10 minutes walk from each other or a one-stop train trip. You will need to make this walk if connecting from buses arriving from north of the harbour bridge to buses heading east or west, or vice-versa. Bus information centres are located at both Wynyard and Circular Quay.
The red coloured Metrobus (route 10) which runs between Leichhardt and Kingsford via the city and Oxford Street is also operated by Sydney Buses, and accepts only prepaid tickets. This bus is visitor friendly, with electronic next stop displays. This bus runs frequently, with no timetable.
Bus stops are not numbered, and on the standard blue buses there is nothing on the bus to tell you which stop you are approaching or which stop you are at. There are no poster maps on the bus either. If you are not sure where you are getting off pick up or print out the timetable, which has a route map on it and watch for landmarks as you pass. Also make sure, if you take a bus marked "Limited Stops" or "Express" (the route number will start with an L or an X), that the bus stops where you want it to! Limited stops services stop only at major stops, so give can give you a bit of a walk if you miss your stop. Express services can run many kilometeres from the city express before resuming a normal stopping pattern. All normally numbered buses stop at all stops, so missing your stop or getting off one stop early is a manageable mistake.
From midnight to 5AM, most buses cease running with the exception of a few trunk routes that run at a reduced frequency including the 373, which runs 24 hours between the city and Coogee.
Private buses
Outside of the city and inner suburbs, private bus companies provide services to varying degrees of frequency and reliability (but generally significantly less frequent during off-peak periods and weekends). Expect many service to stop running around 9PM. They do not accept tickets from government buses or multi-modal tickets, although single fares cost the same.
Tourist buses
  • Sydney Explorer [26], operated by Sydney Buses. The conspicuously red Sydney Explorer is a closed-top single-decker bus that visits 27 tourist destinations on a loop around the city. A day ticket (adult $39, child $19, family $97) allows unlimited rides for one day and services run every 20 minutes. Day tickets also allow access to the Bondi Explorer services. Two day tickets are also available.
  • Sydney and Bondi Beach Hop On Hop Off Tour [27] is the only open-top double-decker tour bus. It has one a route around Sydney and one to Bondi Beach. The two routes connect at Central Station.

By ferry

A Sydney ferry
A Sydney ferry
  • Sydney Ferries [28] central hub is at Circular Quay at the north of the CBD. Ferries run up the Parramatta River via Balmain and Olympic Park, across to Luna Park, around to Darling Harbour, and out to Manly, across to the Zoo and to Watsons Bay. In addition, they also go to Garden island and Cockatoo Island. They only run within the harbour, so you can't get a ferry to Bondi. Ferries run to most destinations at least every hour, with additional peak services, and half hourly services to Manly and Darling Harbour.
More than just a utilitarian means of transport, the ferries are a great way to see the harbourside. The best ferry excursion for visitors is from Circular Quay to Manly. Be prepared to take a stunning photograph of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as you leave Circular Quay.
Trips to Balmain and Darling Harbour offer other great excuses to take a ferry trip under the Harbour Bridge.
At peak periods the Parramatta River ferries can fill to capacity, and you should ensure that you have an alternative for completing your trip. Passenger counts are strictly enforced. Peak periods are weekends around 4PM-6PM at Parramatta and Circular Quay, and school holiday weekdays from 4PM-6PM at Darling Harbour (heading to Parramatta) (you are okay if you board at Circular Quay where the ferry starts from). The Manly and inner-harbour ferries can get busy, but very rarely do they reach capacity.

By light rail and monorail

The Metro Light Rail and Monorail may be useful for travelling between Sydney City and Darling Harbour, the casino, and Pyrmont.
  • The Metro Light Rail[29] operates one route from Central to Lilyfield via Haymarket (Paddy's Market, Entertainment Centre), Darling Harbour, and Star City Casino. The Light Rail is rather small, yet it is very reliable. Combined tickets are available when travelling on Cityrail and the Metro Light Rail (from
  • The Sydney Monorail[30] runs on a loop through connecting Town Hall, World Square and Darling Harbour. The monorail is really only for tourists, and is more a ride than it an effective means of transport. It is expensive, and if travelling to Darling Harbour it can be just as quick to walk as it is to catch the monorail.
The Metro Light Rail is cheaper, and goes further than the monorail.

By bike

If you are a fit and experienced urban cyclist, used to riding on multi-lane roads in heavy traffic, then just get on your bike. Cyclists are permitted just about everywhere on Sydney's roads, with the exception of some freeway tunnels where bicycle signs will usually direct you to the alternative route. Kerbside lanes are often narrow, so ride assertively, be seen, and take the full lane when you know there is insufficient room to be passed.
Central Sydney is not particularly cyclist friendly. Also, Sydney is not a flat city and you can expect regular hills but no marathon uphill climbs. The weather is, however, usually good for cycling.
If you are looking for a quieter ride, a number of quiet on-road and shared pedestrian/cycle paths are available, but can be hard to find. A good place to start is at Sydney Olympic Park where you can get your cycle legs on the extensive off-road trails, and then if you feel inclined you can follow off-road/quiet road trails out to Parramatta or following the Cooks River to Botany Bay in Southern Sydney. The Harbour Bridge has a dedicated cycle lane, suitable for all ages, but as soon as you get off the bridge you are back onto urban streets in Milsons Point.
It is illegal to ride bicycles on footpaths unless cycling with children under 12. In reality this is fairly weakly enforced out in the suburbs, but it is common for people to be fined for cycling through pedestrian malls in the city like Pitt St Mall or Martin Place. Bicycle helmets are required by law, as are lights and reflectors at night. Road rules applying to cyclists and maps of cycleways in the greater Sydney area are provided by the state government authority [31], but are not comprehensive, and indicated cycle routes can sometimes be busy roads with car-door lanes.
Bicycles can be taken on all Cityrail trains, but a child fare should be paid if any part of the journey is made before 9AM or after 3:30PM on weekdays. Check trackwork schedules on weekends [32], when buses replace trains and make taking bicycles more challenging.
Bike hire is available in many locations in Sydney. Unfortunately, bike hire for two bikes for a day usually costs more than hiring a small car and petrol for the day; however, for shorter periods some places may be reasonably priced (for example Sydney Olympic Park. In addition you have to consider the cost if the bikes are stolen or damaged. However, they are much easier to park, are greener and can be more fun. See the district articles for bike hire listings.

Tours

There are tours around Sydney offered by bus, hike, walking, motorcycle, and in a variety of other forms. See the district articles for listings.
Part of the city as seen from North Sydney at night
Part of the city as seen from North Sydney at night
  • The Sydney Harbour Bridge crosses the harbour from the The Rocks to North Sydney. There are many different experiences centred around the bridge. You can walk or cycle across, picnic under, or climb over the Harbour Bridge. See the details in The Rocks.
  • The Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is simply one of the most famous structures ever built. It is in the city centre.
  • Darling Harbour is a large tourist precinct and includes a range of activities, restaurants, museums and shopping facilities.
  • Luna Park, 1 Olympic Dr, Milson's Point, tel. 02 9033 7676. Is a large theme park situated near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It's mouth-shaped entrance can be seen from many areas of Sydney as well as the large Ferris Wheel.
  • Sydney Tower also called Centrepoint Tower or AMP Tower. The tallest structure in Sydney, the tower contains a buffet, cafe and a rather large restaurant and attracts many visitors a year. The tower is in the City Centre
  • St Mary's Cathedral. Sydney's main catholic cathedral. Corner of St Mary's Road and College St. The cathedral is in the City Centre.
  • The Rocks has sites preserved from Sydney's early settlement.
  • Parramatta to the west of Sydney is the site of many of Sydney's oldest buildings from colonial times.
  • Macquarie Street in the City has a string of historical sites, from the first hospital in the colony, to the Mint to Hyde Park Barracks, to the Conservatorium which was the original government house stables. Sydney Hospital was first known as "The Rum Hospital", it was the first major building established in the colony.
  • La Perouse, near Botany Bay, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs contains the grave of an early French explorer, museum, and old fort.
  • The walk from Manly to Middle Head passes many coastal artillery fortifications built into the cliffs of Sydney Harbour during the late nineteenth century.
  • Mrs Macquarie's Chair and walk near the Botanical Gardens in the City
  • The Australian Museum is much the old style natural history museum. Usually a special exhibition on as well. The museum is near Hyde Park in City Centre.
  • The Australian National Maritime Museum has inside and outside exhibitions - much of the history of Australia is a maritime one, and much of it is in this museum in Darling Harbour.
  • The Art Gallery of NSW has mostly classical, but some modern and Aboriginal art. Near the Botanical Gardens in the city centre.
  • The Powerhouse Museum has some buttons to push, some technology, but some interesting displays of Sydney in the 1900s, in the City West in Ultimo, right on the boundary with Darling Harbour. Exhibits designed for children also.
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art in the city centre, near Circular Quay.
  • The Museum of Sydney [33] in the city centre.
Or see one of the smaller chic Art Galleries in East Sydney.

Wildlife

In captivity

and just out of Sydney, the
  • Australian Reptile Park [35], about an hour north of Sydney, has kangaroos, wallabies, dingos, and more.
  • Symbio

In the wild

  • Whale Watching see whales migrating the Pacific coast. There are boats from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay.
  • Bats (Flying foxes) nest next to the fernery in the Botanic Gardens in the city, and fly to feed over the city buildings and Harbour Bridge at dusk, you can see them on the eastern side of the Opera House at sunset.
  • Rainbow Lorikeets swarm around the trees in many suburbs at dusk, making a tremendous chatter Sulphur Crested Cockatoos are commonly seen in the leafier suburbs all day.
  • Ibis are an unusual wader bird, that has made its home in the suburbs, especially in Hyde Park in the city
  • Possums are a native marsupial at home in the urban environment. Look up carefully in tree lined streets, or in Hyde Park after dark.
  • Kangaroos. Wallabies, and Rosellas. These can be spotted with patience in most of the Sydney National Parks, including the Royal National Park, ask the local rangers where they tend to be seen in the late afternoons. This is a great way to experience Australia’s native wildlife in their natural habitat compared to seeing these amazing animals confined in zoos, but requires considerably more time and patience.
Yachts in Sydney Harbour; business district in background
Yachts in Sydney Harbour; business district in background
Sydney's large natural harbour was the reason that the original penal settlement was established in the area, near what is now known as Circular Quay. It is now well developed, with skyscrapers, highrises, and houses all around its shores, but it is still very beautiful.
The harbour is served by ferry services that transport passengers around the harbour. An excellent way to see both the harbour and Sydney attractions is to take a ferry east from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo or Manly or west under the Harbour Bridge towards Parramatta. These are reasonably priced and a favourite for tourists. If time is short, for a shorter route, the ferry between Circular Quay and Darling Harbour will let you ride under the Harbour Bridge and see the central part of the harbour.
You can ake a cruise on Sydney Harbour. There are many cruises to choose from and they depart from Darling Harbour or Circular Quay. For a bigger adrenalin rush, try the jet boats that zip around the harbour [36] at breakneck speeds.
Sydney Harbour can be viewed from the city or from on of the many walks next to it, most of which are easily accessible by ferry or bus.
You can arrange a guided tour of the islands by contacting the Sydney Visitors Centre at Cadmans Cottage, 100 George Street, The Rocks, ph 02 9247 5033. fax 02 9241 3303.
The world famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race begins every year on Boxing Day, on Sydney Harbour. Thousands of spectator craft take to the water to farewell the yachts as they set off on their grueling journey to Hobart. Seaworthy craft can follow the yachts through the Sydney Heads into the open ocean. You can also see the race from a harbour vantage point like Watsons Bay. where you can see them sail towards you across the harbour, and then cross to the gap to see them sail down the coast.

Aboriginal Sydney

Far from being confined to the inland areas, Aboriginal people extensively occupied the Sydney area prior to the arrival of European settlers.
  • Rock Carvings, can be seen in the Royal National Park - catch the train and ferry to Cronulla and Bundeena. There are extensive carvings in Kuringai National Park, near West Head that are accessible only by car. Closer to the city, there are examples at Balls Head and Berry Island, near to Wollstonecraft station. There is an interpretive walk at Berry Island.
  • Meeting of Civilisations. Interpretive centre is at the site of the landing place of Captain Cook, at Kurnell.
  • Bangarra Dance Theatre, is a modern dance company, inspired by indigenous Australian themes.
  • Aboriginal Art. A wander through The Rocks and you will find many places exhibiting and selling contemporary Aboriginal art. The Art Gallery of New South Wales the City Centre has an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gallery, which is free to visit.
Sydney's Luna Park
Sydney's Luna Park
  • Swing by the Royal Botanic Gardens [37] and the Art Gallery of New South Wales [38] on the edge of the gardens. While you're in the area visit Mrs Macquarie's Chair for a picture postcard view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House in one picture. You may have to compete with the numerous wedding couples on weekends.
  • Visit the IMAX Theatre, which provides a movie experience with one of the largest cinema screens in the southern hemisphere in Darling Harbour.
  • Go to a sports fixture.
    • Winter: The winter football season generally begins with trial matches in February, before the season proper kicks off in March and runs to late September or early October. Sydney's most popular winter football code is rugby league (often just called 'football' or 'footy' by locals - although never just 'rugby', which refers to rugby union). Nine teams from the national competition are based in Sydney and the sport is an important part of the city's culture - many teams play at least some of their games at intimate grounds in their suburban heartlands, and this can be a good way to experience the traditional heart of the sport. Other major sporting teams playing in Sydney over the winter are the Sydney Swans (AFL), the NSW Waratahs (rugby union) and the Sydney Swifts (Netball).
    • Summer: Sydney's primary summer sport is cricket, which you'll find being played (in somewhat modified form) on beaches and in backyards across the city. The professional stuff is largely based at the Sydney Cricket Ground close to the CBD: the traditional New Year's Test, between the Australian team and whichever foreign team is touring at the time, commences around the 3rd of January and runs for four to five days. Later in the summer, international one-day and/or Twenty20 matches are held at the SCG. The primary domestic tournaments, contested between Australian state teams, are the Sheffield Shield (first-class), Ford Ranger Cup (one-day) and KFC Big Bash (Twenty20): they are usually sparsely attended and so are much cheaper to attend than internationals. Some one-day and Twenty20 matches are played at ANZ Stadium at Olympic Park rather than at the SCG, but the cavernous stadium is far inferior to the grand old ground if you really want to get a feel for cricket culture. Australia's professional soccer tournament, the A-League, runs over the summer and struggles to attract a great deal of public enthusiasm; Sydney's team is Sydney FC, which plays out of the Sydney Football Stadium.
  • Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. Before returning to the Sydney CBD, walk from the Manly ferry wharf along the Manly Corso to famous Manly Beach. A great day, afternoon or evening out at a fraction of the price of a commercial harbor cruise.
  • You can get guided tours of Sydney by coach, bicycle, foot or boat. See the local articles for details.
  • Scenic Flights Adventures and Flight Training, +61 2 9791 0643 (contact@redbaron.com.au) [39]. A fantastic way to see Sydney Harbour is from the air. Red Baron Adventures do scenic flights over Sydney Harbour and the Northern Beaches most days of the year (weather permitting) in an open cockpit Pitts Special bi-plane. They also have heart stopping Aerobatic Flights available for the more adventurous (note: these are not done over Sydney Harbour). Flights range from $440 to $660 and go for between 45 min and 80 minutes.

Walk

There are many picturesque and interesting walks throughout Sydney. The following are just a few of the better-known routes.
  • Coogee beach to Bondi. Following the eastern coastline past several of Sydney's beautiful beaches. Stop off for a swim if you get too hot.
  • Manly to the Spit. Along the foreshore of Sydney Harbour, [40].
  • Circular Quay and surrounds. Start underneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, then walk past the The Rocks, Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanical Gardens and Mrs Macquarie's Chair. For an extended tour of the city center, covering these and other major sights, see Walking tour of Sydney.

Skate

Sydney has three indoor ice skating centers in the suburbs. The closest to the city centre is:
  • Macquarie Ice Rink. Macquarie Ice Rink is in the vast expanse of Macquarie Shopping Centre in North Ryde. Activities include training sessions, birthday parties and casual visits. Skates are available for hire (usually a bit worn and not necessarily sharp), or bring your own. Phone to enquire about public session times as the ice is shared between many other users (like hockey teams) and may not be available for the whole day. It is located within a 2 minute walk from Macquarie University railway station.

Performance Art

Sydney has three theatres which show major international productions, the Capitol Theatre in Haymarket, the Theatre Royal under the MLC Centre in the CBD and the Lyric Theatre in Star City in Pyrmont Bay. Usually one of the latest theatre blockbusters will be on show at these theatres. Slightly more on the cutting edge, with more locally produced drama can be found at the Sydney Theatre Company, in Walsh Bay in The Rocks, or occasionally at the Opera House Drama Theatre. Similar productions are often on at the Seymour Centre next to Sydney University just off Broadway on City Road. Smaller theatres, some with lesser known performers, featuring new and local writers can be harder to find. Try the Belvoir St Theatre in Surry Hills in City East, or the Newtown Theatre in the Inner West. Amateur theatre, especially musical theatre, proliferates in Sydney, with over 30 amateur musical theatre companies providing a fun night of theatre for around $20 per ticket in the suburbs. Check the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta, the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood on the Lower North Shore, or the Sutherland Entertainment Centre in Sutherland.
Sydney Symphony.[41] Angel Place Recital Hall [42] Conservatorium of Music [43].
Opera Australia. See a performance at the Opera House in the City Centre or a dinner and movie

Cinema

Sydney has mainstream movies showing on multi-screen cinema complexes all around Sydney, including the City Centre and Moore Park. The two main operators are Greater Union [44] and Hoyts [45].
For arthouse, or more obscure movies, try the Chauvel on Oxford Street in the City East, or the Dendy near the Opera House in the City Centre, or Cinema Paris at the Entertainment Quarter at Fox Studios at Moore Park in the City East.
Many of the larger cinema complexes offer premium seating and services for a premium price.
There is one drive-in movie left open in Sydney, at Blacktown in the Outer West.

Festivals

Sydney is home to a number of major and minor festivals and calendar events each year. Listed chronologically these are:

January

  • Sydney Festival (Festival Of Sydney), [46]. An arts festival aiming to be international in reach, inviting acclaimed international artists to exhibit their work or perform in Sydney. A number of free outdoor events are held alongside the festival including the hugely popular Jazz in the Domain, Symphony in the Domain, and Festival First Night. Concerts held in the Domain and Hyde Park in the City Centre. The Bacardi Latin Festival in Darling Harbour is held in early January as part of the Sydney Festival, and contains a week of Latin dancing and music.  edit
  • Field Day Festival. January 1. Attracts the infamous Sydney NYE party-goers as well as rested Sydneysiders. The festival offers an exemplary cross section of leftfield bands, artists and DJ's for the true music lovers' delectation. Past artists have included The Presets and Kaskade.  edit
  • Big Day Out, [47]. An Australia-wide rock/alternative music festival with a side of dance, plays to up to 60 000 Sydneysiders at a time for one or two days in late January (normally on the January 26th public holiday). Past acts have included Nirvana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, the Chemical Brothers and Marilyn Manson from overseas, and Powderfinger, Regurgitator and Gerling from Australia. It normally sells out the day of ticket release.  edit
  • St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, [48]. An alternative/indie music festival held in January/February each year (see website for upcoming dates), where bands play in laneways around the city, this this festival a rather unique vibe and atmosphere. The Festival attracts both international and domestic artists, which has included such artists like Feist, Architecture in Helsinki and Born Ruffians. If you're interested in getting involved in the Sydney 'underground' or alternative/indie scene, this festival is a good start.  edit
  • Sydney Fringe Festival, [49]. Features fringe art in the form of film, TV, performance and sport.  edit

February

  • Good Vibrations Festival, [50]. A multi-genre festival held in February every year attracting major international acts like Fatboy Slim, Cypress Hill, Kanye West, Beastie Boys and Snoop Dogg.  edit
  • Future Music Festival. Held in late February every year, drawing in an enviable array of international and domestic artists like Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx, N*E*R*D ft. Pharrell Williams, and CSS.  edit
  • Chinese New Year. Widely celebrated by Sydney's Chinese community, with the center of festivities being at Chinatown. Look out for Lion dancing, Dragonboat races at Darling Harbour, and of course plenty of good food.  edit

March

  • Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, [51]. A festival organised by and for the queer community. It includes sports, cultural and arts events that run throughout February, culminating in the Mardi Gras parade in Darlinghurst on the first Saturday of March each year. The festival began as a street protest, and has grown into a huge celebration.  edit
  • Royal Easter Show, [52]. Is the major agricultural show in New South Wales, and is held around Easter each year at Sydney Olympic Park. Farmers from all over the state come to show their prize produce. But it isn't just an agricultural show: a huge number of amusement ride operators set up for the show as well, together with vendors of the worst kind of child baiting junk food: fairy floss and deep fried hot dogs (known as "dagwood dogs" or "pluto pups").  edit
  • Sydney French Film Festival (The Alliance Francaise French Film Festival), [53]. Offers an impressive and ambitious panoramic view of contemporary French cinema, screening the films at Palace Academy Twin in Oxford St, Darlinghurst, Verona in Paddington & Norton Street in Leichhardt.  edit
  • V Festival, [54]. Showcases a huge array of international and domestic musical acts. Previous artists have included The Pixies, Beck, The Rapture, Groove Armada, Phoenix, The Pet Shop Boys, Jack Johnson, The Killers, Snow Patrol and The Human League.  edit
  • Cockatoo Island Festival. 25-27 March. Where lots of friendly people enjoy a fabulous mixture of music and culture while discovering one of Sydney's best kept secrets.  edit

April

  • Sydney German Film Festival (Audi Festival of German Films in Australia). Shows contemporary German films.  edit

May

  • Sydney Spanish Film Festival, [55]. Showcases the best that Spanish cinema has to offer.  edit
  • Biennale of Sydney, [56]. A contemporary arts and multimedia festival held in winter in even numbered years.  edit

June

  • Sydney Film Festival, [57]. Shows over 200 movies in 16 days, including an enormous number of Australian movies, most of which will premiere at the festival.  edit

September

  • Lavazza Italian Film Festival, [58]. Showcases the finest that Italian cinema has to offer, picking contemporary films from the vibrant Rome International Film Festival to the more established events such as the prestigious Berlinale and the world-famous Cannes Film Festival; and a selection of Italian Classics from the archives of the Cinecittà Studios in Rome.  edit

October

  • Sydney International Food Festival (Formerly October Good Food Month), [59]. Showcases the city's best restaurants, established and up-and-coming young chefs, food and wine culture. Events which were part of the Good Food Month will still be held, including "Let's do lunch" (set-menu lunch specials at Sydney's notable restaurants at $35), "Hats off dinners", the night noodle markets at Hyde Park, and hands-on cooking classes.  edit
  • Musica Viva Festival, [60]. Sydney's premier chamber music festival. The festival presents a rich feast of masterworks and musical treasures played by some of the world's finest practioners, interspersed with music of different cultures. It will be first held in October 2008.  edit
  • Sculpture by the Sea, [61]. Join tens of thousands of Sydneysiders as they take a leisurely walk between Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach to admire the numerous larger than life sculptures set up at both beaches and along the walk. Bring a camera to take snaps of the weird and wonderful exhibits.  edit

December

  • Homebake, [62]. A rock/alternative/dance festival featuring only Australian acts. It is held in the Domain in the city centre.A  edit
  • Carols in the Domain, [63]. Held annually in the Domain in the city centre on the last Saturday before Christmas. Attracts around 100,000 people (so plan to get in there early for a good spot) with candles sing along as night falls.  edit
  • New Year's Eve. Features massive displays of pyrotechnics around Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge (including fireworks shot from the bridge itself). There are two shows, a "family show" at 9PM, and the major fireworks display at midnight. Immediately following the 9PM Family Fireworks, the spectacular Harbour of Light Parade begins. Over 50 vessels make a majestic passage on a 15km circuit around the Harbour, featuring illuminated emblems representing the Sydney New Year's Eve theme, glittering either on their hulls or masts. Many of the hotels and bars near the Harbour hold special parties with high cover charges, and boat cruises sell for a premium. Or get in early for the free alternative with some cheese, fruits, wine, picnic blanket and some friends on a warm summer night by the harbour. Save some sympathy for Northern Hemisphere cousins freezing in Times Square waiting for all the excitement of a ball dropping by a couple of metres.  edit

Learn

You can take language classes, join a cafe book group, learn to draw, sign up for historical or foodie walks, or take computer or business classes at City of Sydney Library, where you can sign up to borrow books or just read magazines in their café as well.

Buy

See the Sydney District Pages for things to buy in the City, and other Sydney districts.
Most stores will accept VISA/Mastercard credit cards, and only a few take only cash. American Express is generally accepted only at larger stores.

Currency exchange

As with the rest of Australia, currency exchange offices operate in a free market, and the small convenient exchange booth you pass on George Street, by the Opera House or at the airport can charge 15% or more over the best rate you can obtain elsewhere. As always, check rates and commission carefully. Know today's rate and be prepared to walk away if the amount of money they calculate isn't what you would expect. Banks typically offer much better rates, but are only open business hours on weekdays.
You may find it better to pay by credit card and use ATM withdrawals and have the certainty of getting the rate and fees provided by your bank.

Opening hours

Main department stores and speciality stores open around 9am and close around 6pm, staying open until 9pm on Thursday. On Sunday expect them to open around 10am in the suburbs, and around 11am in the city centre, and to close at 5pm. There are a few locations where you will find shops opening a little later, such as Darling Harbour which is open until 9pm every weeknight.
Large supermarkets will be open from 6am until midnight.
Banks will usually only open weekdays, with only an occasional branch opening Saturday morning. Travel agents (not including booking agents in tourist areas) close on Sundays.

Souvenirs

Those quintessential Aussie souvenirs - stuffed koalas and kangaroos, various "Australiana" knick-knacks - can be found in any souvenir store around the city, as well as in airport shops. Authentic Aboriginal/indigenous arts and crafts, such as traditional paintings, hand-made didgeridoos, are expensive, and the range in Sydney is much smaller than in Alice Springs. For those who only wish to take home a replica, as a memento of their trip to Australia, head to Paddy's Markets [64] in the Haymarket area of the southern end of the city. The markets also sell a huge range of souvenirs at much better prices than regular souvenir stores. Dollar shops (see "Food and Essentials" below) also sell souvenirs at bargain-basement prices, albeit at a much reduced quality.

Fashion

Australia's unique style and creativity means Sydney is developing on the international fashion circuit, as designs from Australians such as Wayne Cooper, Collette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa, Lisa Ho, and Easton Pearson are seen around the globe. In fact, around 60 Australian labels are currently exporting their designs to boutiques and department stores in Asia, Europe and the United States.
The greatest concentration of clothing and accessories stores are to be found in the northern half of the CBD, starting from the Town Hall precinct, neat the Queen Victoria Building.
  • Queen Victoria Building [65]in the City Centre is a renowned, beautifully maintained, 19th century sandstone building, home to over 400 stores. The stores in the building are laid out in a hierachial style- literally. The basement level has cheap, casual-fashion stores with a food court, the street level mid-range brand-name chains and level 3 is where various Australian designers, some European labels and Italian shoe stores are located. It is one of Sydney's more photogenic pieces of architecture. Located on George St adjacent to Town Hall.
  • Castlereagh Street in the City Centre is lined by many of Sydney's most expensive European-label boutiques and jewellery stores.
  • Department stores. There are only two of these in the City Centre, Myer [66] and David Jones [67], located practically next door to each other near the Pitt Street Mall, and joined by an above-ground covered pedestrian walkway. Both offer your standard department-store range of goods.
  • Pitt Street Mall is a pedestrian mall in the City Centre. It is one block long between Market Street and King Street and is one of Australia's busiest and most cosmopolitan shopping precincts. Despite the areas small size, it is home to many flagship chain stores. However, many of the stores along The Mall is currently closed (June 2009) as they undergo renovation/construction.
  • Oxford Street just east of the city is lined with shops, bars and nightclubs.
  • Westfield Shopping Centres [68] Large shopping malls at Bondi Junction, Chatswood, and Parramatta. The Bondi Westfield offers the most upmarket experience, with many European fashion labels available. All are easily accessible by car and public transport, see the district articles for details.
  • Birkenhead Point - A multi-story factory outlet in Sydney's Inner West. Short bus ride from the City Centre. Also accessible from the city center by ferry from Circular Quay, though the usual trip time is far greater than the equivalent bus trip.
  • DFO [69] is a place to shop for brand name fashions at discount prices. It is located near Sydney Olympic Park at the corner of Homebush Bay Drive and Underwood Road. By public transport, take the 525 bus from Strathfield Station to the last bus stop on Underwood Road.
  • Warringah Mall [70] is a large cheerful mall on the Nothern Beaches on a sprawling complex that includes dolphin-featured waterfalls and sunny courtyards

Food and essentials

Prices are inflated in convenience stores and in tourist areas, and it is worth seeking out the supermarkets - even in the city centre. The main Supermaket Chains in Sydney are Woolworths [71], Coles [72], Franklins [73] and Aldi [74]. See the local guides for locations.

Postcards

Sydney postcards are least expensive at post offices (AUD 0.75), where you can buy stamps from as well. Convenience and souvenir stores may sell a wider range of (more expensive) postcards, but generally they do not sell stamps. An overseas stamp for a postcard costs AUD 1.40 [75].

Eat

Prices

Prices in Sydney's restaurants vary. A main meal in a mid-range restaurant is around $25 - $35. Upper mid-range averages around $35 - $45. For the more budget-conscious, go for the "multicultural" restaurants, especially the Asian ones. Many restaurants also offer "lunch specials". For example, a good Korean "set lunch" can be found for less than $15.

Eating times

Cafés serving breakfast start opening at 6AM and breakfast is usually served until 11AM, or occasionally all day. Orders for lunch start at about noon and continue until about 3PM. Many cafes will start closing late afternoon, although a few may remain open for dinner.
Restaurants usually open for dinner around 5PM-6PM and while there are exceptions (usually concentrated in areas with active nightlife), last orders for dinner are typically taken around 10PM. Restaurants in business areas open for lunch as well. It is common for restaurants in suburban locations to sometimes be closed on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday nights.
It is more expensive to get a sit down meal in the evening, than it is for lunch.

Eat streets

Just about every suburb of Sydney will have a restaurant or two, a cafe or coffee shop, and a place that sells takeaway food.
However, there are are a number of places in Sydney where you can window shop through many restaurants, and take your choice.
All of Darling Harbour is like this, there are restaurants of every variety all along the waterfront. East Circular Quay in the City Centre is similar, along with the International Passenger Terminal on the west of Circular Quay.
On the Lower North Shore Willoughby Road at Crows Nest, has honest and consistently good Indian, Thai, and other choices. Parramatta has a eating strip, many with alfresco options.

Splurge

Sydney is also home to some of the world's best restaurants.
If you are wanting to try Sydney's finest rated restaurants during your visit, make a booking in advance at Quay in the The Rocks; Tetsuya’s, Bilsons, or Est in the City Centre; Marque in the City East or Pier in the Eastern Suburbs.
Neil Perry is one of Sydney's celebrity chefs, and runs Rockpool at The Rocks. He also has the Rockpool Bar and Grill in the city, not far from Circular Quay, with Spice Temple downstairs.
If you want to splurge on the location make an advance booking at Forty One, on the forty first floor of Chifley Tower in the City Centre but be aware the food may not live up to its price-tag, or Guillaume at Bennelong Restaurant in the Opera House. You may be lucky on a weekday and get a walk-up table at one of the restaurants in Campbells Cove in the The Rocks#Eat.
If you want to have fine dining, away from the central Sydney, try Jonah's in the far Northern Beaches - go for lunch, the view is stunning.

Modern Australian

Thanks to Sydney's (or rather, Australia's) multicultural mix, "modern Australian" is usually characterised by a fusion of cuisines. Think entrees spiced with a Thai-inspired chilli dressing, mains with a hint of a Chinese-style ginger-based marinade or sunny Tuscan flavours- all in the same menu. Many of Australia's celebrity chefs are of ethnic backgrounds, and many have trained overseas, bringing with them a world of experience back home.
  • Visit the Sydney Fish Markets in Pyrmont (within walking distance of Darling Harbour) for a lunch of fresh seafood of almost any description.
  • Hit a steakhouse and try Australia's world-famous prime Angus beef. Easily accessible upmarket Sydney city steakhouses include I'm Angus [76] at Darling Harbour and Kingsley's [77] in Woolloomoolloo in the City East.
Alternatively, many CBD pubs offer $6 to $10 steak "meal deals", provided that you also order a particular alcoholic drink at the same time.

Multicultural

For those who are after authentic multicultural culinary experiences, there are unique "food districts" scattered around the greater city. The range of food available is huge and isn't necessarily expensive. It is usually possible to find a restaurant of any nationality, specialising in almost any cuisine.
  • Yum cha in Chinatown is very good, arguably even better than Hong Kong since many of their best chefs moved to Sydney in the 1990s. Yum Cha is an entire meal comprising many small dishes called "dim sum" (Mandarin: dian xin). It's similar to Spanish tapas in serving style- but the food moves in roving, heated trolleys around the restaurant.
  • Eat Chinese (Cantonese) in Chinatown Chatswood on the North Shore. "Noodle markets" are also held in Chinatown every Friday, starting from around 5:30PM. Many Chinatown restaurants hold open-air stalls, selling everything from finger food, to stir-fry noodles, to Chinese-style desserts. For more northern Chinese flavours, including Shanghainese and Pekingnese, head to Ashfield and Strathfield in the Sydney/Inner West- both easily accessible via public transport. The outer suburbs such as Parramatta (west), Eastwood (north-west) and Hurstville in Sydney's southern suburbs also have clusters of smaller restaurants offering more home-style Chinese food.
  • Eat Uyghur on Dixon Street, Haymarket (Chinatown)- fiery, flavour-bursting food originating from the Turkic regions of Central Asia.
  • Eat Thai in one of the many low priced Thai outlets in Newtown's King Street in the Inner West.
  • Eat Italian in one of the restaurants in Leichhardt's Norton Street, or nearby Ramsay Street, Haberfield in the Inner West. Or in Stanley St in East Sydney - a walk from the CBD.
  • Eat Spanish in Liverpool Street in the city.
  • Eat Portuguese in Petersham in the Inner West.
  • Eat Indian in one of the many restaurants in the Outer West with all types of Indian cuisine (North Indian, South Indian, Vegetarian, meat, etc.)
  • Eat Korean in Liverpool & Pitt St in City, Strathfield, Eastwood and Campsie.
  • Eat Japanese in Neutral Bay or Crows Nest.
  • Eat Nepalese in Glebe Point Road, Glebe, in the Inner West.
  • Eat Turkish in Auburn (Outer West). Closer to the city, there try Enmore Rd Enmore / South King St Newtown in the Inner West. Get your Sucuklu and Pastirmali here.
  • Eat Lebanese in Cleveland Street. Baba Ghanouj, Lahem Begin and Baclawa here. Salam Alaikum.
  • Eat Vietnamese. The most authentic Vietnamese can be experienced in Cabramatta.
  • Eat Kosher in Bondi. Many great restaurants throughout the area.
  • Eat Indonesian in Anzac Parade, Kingsford & Maroubra.
Many of the areas mentioned above also sell produce related to the original nationality of the locals. CityRail also has a section for eating your way round Sydney by train. Organised by each train line, you will find a range of places to eat out often within easy walking distance of stations [78].

Take away

Take away food in Sydney can be as cheap as buying the ingredients and making it yourself, and many stores specialise in take-away food. There will usually be a picnic table, park or beach nearby to eat whatever you can select. Quintessential Aussie takeaways include the meat pie (minced beef with gravy sauce in a crusty pastry shell) and sausage roll (sausage mince in a puff pastry casing), usually topped generously with tomato sauce/ketchup.
Most restaurants will do take-away food as well, but almost certainly at a premium to the cost of buying food from a take-away. Outside of the city an occasional restaurant may offer a 10% discount for take-away.

Vegetarian and special diets

Vegetarians are well catered for. Every restaurant will usually have at least one vegetarian dish. Indian retaurants can be relied upon to provide a wider selection. The trendy East Sydney and Inner West suburbs are likely to give you a large choice as well.
There is an awareness of gluten-free and dairy-free diets in Sydney, and again the more trendier inner city suburbs are more likely to cater for these diets.

Food festivals

It seems every weekend, there is a food festival on in one of the suburbs of Sydney. Usually the idea is that restaurants take part, providing smaller portions of their signature dishes around $7-$12 a plate.
The largest good festival, the Sydney International Food Festival, [79] which showcases Sydney's food culture is in October, which includes the night noodle markets operating in Hyde Park in the City Centre

Tipping

The general rule on tipping in Australia is that it is not compulsory and generally not expected. This remains true for most cafes, and for counter service in Sydney. However for a full service restaurant in a tourist areas a tip would be expected by the waitstaff, Many Australians will still not tip, and you should feel free to follow their lead should you wish to. Nobody will follow you or give you a hard time. Otherwise a 10% tip added to the bill will usually meet their expectations. They may be expecting a little more if you have an American accent, as they are well aware of what Americans tip at home.

Drink

Sydney has an enormous number of places to drink and party. A limited number of venues have 24 hour licenses, however the majority close before 3AM and some as early as 11PM, particularly if there are nearby residents. Most venues will have door staff checking photo identification to determine that you are over 18. Admission is also commonly refused to those who seem visibly drunk. More popular venues have discriminatory door practices, the most common of which is refusing entry to groups of men who are not accompanied by women.
Most places have at least a basic dress code. For most generic pubs, men should wear closed toe shoes (not running sneakers), full-length pants, and a shirt with sleeves (not a singlet). For clubs, men should don neat business-style shoes.In almost all cases, women can dress more freely, but a small number of places require closed shoes or dressy sandals or high heels.
Entry charges for live music or DJs are usual and range from $5 to $30 depending on clientèle. Entry charges are rare if you're going into a pub for a drink.
There is a taxi shift change at 3AM, and it is notoriously difficult to catch a taxi anywhere between 2:30AM and 3:30AM. Also beware that there is currently a government enforced lockout at many establishments between 2 and 5AM - which means that you need to stay inside or you won't be able to get back in - even if you go out for a cigarette (smoking is illegal inside). Ask the bouncers or some locals if you're unsure and they will tell you which places are affected by the lockout and which aren't.
Some types of nightlife are concentrated in particular areas:
  • Backpackers drink near the hostels, and will find a lot of fellow budget travellers in pubs in the Eastern Suburbs Beaches like Bondi Beach and Kings Cross in the City East
  • In some ways Irish pubs are a global phenomenon, but they've certainly taken Sydney by storm. Irish pubs are concentrated in both The Rocks area and the southern area of the city. They are outrageously popular on the 17th March for St Patrick's Day.
  • Business pubs also cater to the city crowd: lawyers, financiers and brokers and are very busy Friday nights when the city workers are let loose for the week.
  • Large nightclubs are concentrated in the Darling Harbour area.
  • Sydney's large gay scene is concentrated on Oxford Street in City East although it still has a large range of pubs and clubs for all ranges of sexuality and is a prominent nightspot for many party-goers.
  • Sydney's students drink in the Inner West.
  • Some nightclubs and Sydney's younger party-goers are found in North Sydney.
There are many great nightclubs in Sydney, unfortunately they are very spread out so it would be a good idea to get an idea of were you want to go. Check guides in Friday's newspapers, or the free guides available in music stores and youth clothing stores.

Tipping

Most bars and clubs in Sydney will simply return your change, and no tip is expected. Some more upmarket bars will return your change on a tray. Most Sydneysiders will simply collect the change from the tray, however feel free to leave the coins on the tray if you would like to tip. Working out a percentage of the drink cost, or tip per drink is never required.
Sydney Accommodation Statistics
  • Total number of hotels: 353
  • 3 star and below price range: $23 - $189
  • 4 star price range: $63 - $304
  • 5 star price range: $74 - $428
Price in US Dollars. Statistics aggregated from 30+ major hotel reservations websites. Updated Aug 2008.
Sydney is such a large city that we've put individual hotel listings in the district pages-- here are some suggestions for districts to stay in

Budget

Sydney has a wide range of backpackers' hostels - popular districts for these include the southern half of the CBD and Haymarket , Glebe and Kings Cross, the Eastern Suburbs(Bondi, Coogee) and the Northern Beaches (Manly).

Mid-range

You find many mid-range accommodation providers within the CBD (mostly in the southern Haymarket end), and within a short distance of the city by public transport, including in North Sydney, the Inner West and the North Shore. Sometimes a cheaper motel style accommodation can be obtained on the roads leading into Sydney, particular in South Western Sydney

Splurge

There are luxurious hotels that can be found all over Sydney. The most expensive hotels are generally located in the CBD and the Rocks district, near the business hub of Sydney, close to many restaurants, often featuring spectacular harbor views. Some other high quality hotels are located in Darling Harbour.You may check the list below for specific locations.
Please visit one of the various Sydney districts described in the Districts section above to see the accommodation listings.

Serviced apartments

Serviced, short-term apartments are widely available throughout Sydney and are available for stays as short as one night. Amenities typically include kitchen, washer and dryer, and separate bedrooms. A range of properties exist from budget to five-star.
Please visit one of the various Sydney districts described in the Districts section above to see the accommodation listings.
  • Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore - The early chapters in this fantastically evocative treatment by a born and bred Sydneysider is a real eye-opener to Sydney's convict beginnings. Highly recommended.
  • John Birmingham, Leviathan, The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney - A history of Sydney from its beginnings as a penal colony to contemporary times. Non-fiction, it discusses incidents and themes in an anecdotal fashion. Definitely not your usual historical work.

Stay safe

The Australia-wide emergency number is 000, with the ambulance service, fire department and police being available through this number.

Theft

Sydney has similar crime issues to most large western cities. Be on the lookout for the usual big city petty crime problems.
Occasionally people begging may ask for money, but they are generally harmless. They will often make up elaborate stories about needing a train fare etc. Simply say "Sorry, no" and they will leave you alone.

Alcohol-fuelled violence

Take care walking around George Street, The Rocks or Oxford Street especially on Friday and Saturday nights as there are many drunk people around who can get into fights. Usually fights with drunks are not completely random, and start with some sort of engagement. Avoid trouble, and don't hesitate to call police if you feel threatened.

Other violent crime

There are few complete no-go areas in Sydney.
The Block on Eveleigh Street in Redfern, directly opposite Redfern station, is still to a certain extent an area demonstrating urban Aboriginal disadvantage. It is slowly being redeveloped, and the murals, vandalism, drugs and hopelessness being bulldozed. Common sense would tell you to avoid this area, unless you have a desire to see this side of Sydney, in which case take extra care.
Some areas of South Western Sydney, like Cabramatta, Lakemba, Liverpool, Hoxton Park have a reputation. The reality is that the risk of violent crime to travellers is no greater here than in the city, especially during the day, when they are busy, vibrant centres.
Be careful in the red light area of Kings Cross at night. Although the main street in this area has been cleaned up immeasurably by the police, crime does still occur and pickpocketing or mugging can happen to the unwary, especially in quiet laneways. Women should take extra care at bars and keep an alert companion at hand, especially in the central hostel area, and take precautions against spiked drinks.

Public transport after dark

After 9PM, smaller outer suburban stations can be very quiet, and many are totally unstaffed after this time. The trains can also be empty when they get towards the end of the line at this time. Don't expect a taxi to be waiting at every station--only the major ones will harive a well patronised taxi rank.
Travel in the carriage closest to the guard's compartment, which is the 4th carriage and marked with a blue light on the outside of the train. There are also blue nightsafe markings on the platform. Drunk people are common on trains late at night, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights. If you ever feel concerned for your safety on any Cityrail train, you can call 1800 657 926 to speak with Cityrail security, then can usually arrange for a transit patrol to board the train and provide assistance. In more modern trains, you can press the button in the entry area to speak with the guard. Every train station has an orange emergency help point monitored by CCTV that connects to Cityrail security, usually towards the centre of the platform.
Nightride buses, which replace trains after midnight, can arrange for a taxi to meet you when you get off. Ask the driver.

Beachgoing

If you are going to the beach, take the same precautions as you do anywhere in Australia. See Beach going.
Sydney has no really dangerous jellyfish. Bluebottles (Portugese Man-Of-War) are blueish-purple stingers that hit the Sydney beaches a couple of days every summer, when the wind direction is right. They have an air-bladder that floats on the water, and stinging tenticles. Often the air-bladder can be no bigger than a coin. You will see the evidence of them with their air-bags washed up on the beach if they are present. They can give a painful sting - even when on the beach - but it won't keep everyone out of the water. Apply a heat pack if you can, or ice, or salt water. Vinegar is useless. Sometimes small transparent jellyfish appear in the harbour and estuaries. You can usually avoid any groups of them, but they are mostly harmless. More rarely larger purple jellyfish are in the harbour and other estuaries. If you see these in the estuaries, best to stay out of their way. Probably more of an issue to water skiers than to swimmers.
Sydney ocean beaches all have shark mesh nets around 100 metres out to sea, and are regularly patrolled by air for sharks. A shark alarm will sound if any are sighted, and you should get out of the water. The risk of shark attack swimming on a patrolled beach between the flags is virtually nil. Shark attacks are rare on Sydney beaches, but they have occurred, although there have been no fatal attacks for 45 years. Advice is to avoid swimming in murky water after storms, or at dusk or at dawn, and to swim in the netted enclosures within the harbour and other estuaries.

Other risks

Take note of the general issues regarding staying safe in Australia.

Stay healthy

If you need an ambulance, call 000.
Medical centers with general practicioners are available for minor ailments without an appointment around the city and suburbs. Expect to wait around an hour or so to see a doctor. Upfront charges are usually around $50 for a standard consultation, and most centres accept credit cards. Many medical centres remain open until 10PM or so, and a few remain open 24-hours. Those with an Australian Medicare card will find many medical centres in Sydney that "bulk-bill".
Most hospitals in Sydney have emergency departments, but check before attending as some do not. Those emergency departments are open 24-hours. See the Australia article for more details on health charges.
Many pharmacies stay open after normal business hours, often in proximity to medical centres, and there are a few that stay open 24-hours. You can call +61 2 9467 7100 to find the location of your closest after hours pharmacy.

Contact

Internet access

The City of Sydney offers free Wi-Fi access to the Net in all the public libraries under its control.[80]

Get out

There are a number of good one or two day trips from Sydney:
  • Drive across the Bell's Line of Road over the Blue Mountains to the Western Plains. Buy produce (apples, pears, chestnuts and berries) from the orchard vendors at the side of the road if driving over in autumn. A few of these orchards also offer pick-your-own. Towns to stop by include Lithgow, which is at the foot of the mountains; Bathurst, home to the Mount Panorama motor racetrack, and Orange (3 hours from Sydney), a beautiful rustic town with a great (cold climate) wine district and several fantastic restaurants by eminent chefs, and which is fast becoming a wine-and-foodie region of New South Wales to upstage the Hunter Valley.
  • Travel up into the wilderness area of the Blue Mountains. There are a number of good day walks in the Katoomba area, or you could tour Jenolan Caves. These are easily accessable on the Cityrail network to Katoomba.
  • Royal National Park, in the south of Sydney and accessible by train has nice 1 to 2 day walks.
  • Newnes Glen in Wollemi National Park.
  • Kanangra Boyd National Park.
  • Take a tour of the Hunter Valley wineries.
  • Wollongong is a lovely small city south of Sydney, accessible by driving down the F6 freeway or taking an hourly Cityrail train.
  • Head up to Gosford or Woy Woy for some quieter, but picturesque beaches. Both of these towns are accessible by the Central Coast and Newcastle Cityrail lines.
  • Head up to the regional city of Newcastle by Cityrail train and take in some of the victorian architecture and fantastic city beaches.
Or if you are moving on:
Routes through Sydney
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  • enPR: sĭd'ni, IPA: /ˈsɪd.ni/, SAMPA: /"sId.ni/

Proper noun

Singular
Sydney
Plural
Sydneys
Sydney (plural Sydneys)
  1. A surname, a spelling variant of Sidney.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name transferred from the surname.
  4. A seaport and the state capital of New South Wales, Australia.
  5. A former city, now part of the amalgamated Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Cape Breton Island in the province of Nova Scotia, Canada.
  6. Dharuk, an Aboriginal language of Australia.

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  1. Sydney (in Australia)

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  1. Sydney (in Australia)

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Sydney
New South WalesAustralia[[locality of county::various (38)|]]
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The Sydney Opera House and Sydney CBD on Port Jackson
Population:
Density:
4,284,379 (1st)
2058/km²
Established: 26 January 1788
Area: 12144.6 km²
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)

AEST (UTC+10)

AEDT (UTC+11)

Location:
  • 881 km NE of Melbourne
  • 938 km S of Brisbane
  • 3970 km E of Perth
  • 1406 km E of Adelaide
  • 4003 km SE of Darwin
LGA: various (38)
County: Cumberland
State District: various (49)
Federal Division: various (22)
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Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Rainfall
21.6 °C
71 °F
13.7 °C
57 °F
1214.8 mm
47.8 in
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Location of Sydney within Australia

Sydney (pronouncedImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif /ˈsɪdniː/) is the most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.28 million (2006 estimate, extending over the whole region, from Wyong to Wollondilly).[1] It is the state capital of New South Wales, and the site of the first British colony in Australia, established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip, leader of the First Fleet from Britain.[2] A resident of the city is referred to as a Sydneysider.

Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast. The city is built around Port Jackson, which includes Sydney Harbour, leading to the city's nickname, "the Harbour City". It is noted for the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, and its beaches. The metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and contains many bays, rivers, and inlets. It is listed as a beta world city by the Loughborough University group's 1999 inventory.[3] The city has hosted international sporting, political, and cultural events, including the 1938 British Empire Games, 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2003 Rugby World Cup. In September 2007, the city hosted the leaders of the 21 APEC economies for APEC Australia 2007, and in July 2008 it hosted World Youth Day 2008. The main airport serving Sydney is Kingsford Smith International Airport.

Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world which reflects its role as a major destination for immigrants to Australia.[4] According to the Mercer cost of living survey, Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city, and the 21st most expensive in the world.[5]

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History

Main article: History of Sydney
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A map of Sydney in 1789
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Sydney circa 1828, looking north over Hyde Park towards the harbour

Radiocarbon dating has provided evidence that the Sydney region has been populated by indigenous Australians for at least 30,000 years.[6] At the time of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, 4000 - 8000 Aboriginal people lived in the region. The British called them "Eora"[7], because being asked where they came from, these people would answer: “Eora”, meaning in their language: ‘here’, or ‘from this place’. There were three language groups in the Sydney region; these were further refined into dialects spoken by smaller clans. The principal languages were Darug (the Cadigal, original inhabitants of the City of Sydney, spoke a coastal dialect of Darug), Dharawal and Guringai. Each clan had a territory; the location of that territory determined the resources available. Although urbanization has destroyed most evidence of these settlements (such as shell middens), Sydney and its environs are well known for numerous rock drawings and carvings because of the nature of the rock, Hawkesbury sandstone.[8] European interest in colonising Australia arose with the landing of British sea captain Lieutenant James Cook in Botany Bay in 1770. Under instruction from the British government, a convict settlement was founded by Arthur Phillip, who arrived at Botany Bay with a fleet of 11 ships on January 20, 1788. This site was soon found to be unsuitable for habitation, owing to poor soil and a lack of reliable fresh water. Phillip founded the colony at Sydney Cove on Port Jackson on 26 January 1788. He named it after the British Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney, in recognition of Sydney's role in issuing the charter authorising Phillip to establish a colony. In April 1789 a disease, thought to be smallpox, decimated the indigenous population of Sydney; a conservative estimate says that 500 to 1000 Aboriginal people died in the area between Broken and Botany Bays.[7]There was violent resistance to British settlement, notably by the warrior Pemulwuy in the area around Botany Bay, and conflicts were common in the area surrounding the Hawkesbury River. By 1820 there were only a few hundred Aborigines and Governor Macquarie had begun initiatives to 'civilize, Christianize and educate' the Aborigines by removing them from their clans.[7]

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The International Exhibition of 1879 at the Garden Palace

Macquarie's tenure as Governor of New South Wales was a period when Sydney was improved from its basic beginnings. Roads, bridges, wharves and public buildings were constructed by British and Irish convicts, and by 1822 the town had banks, markets, well-established thoroughfares and an organised constabulary. The 1830s and 1840s were periods of urban development, including the development of the first suburbs, as the town grew rapidly when ships began arriving from Britain and Ireland with immigrants looking to start a new life in a new country. On 20 July 1842 the municipal council of Sydney was incorporated and the town was declared the first city in Australia, with Charles H. Chambers the first mayor.[9] The first of several gold rushes started in 1851, and the port of Sydney has since seen many waves of people arriving from around the world. Rapid suburban development began in the last quarter of the 19th century with the advent of steam powered tramways and railways. With industrialisation Sydney expanded rapidly, and by the early 20th century it had a population well in excess of one million. The Great Depression hit Sydney badly. One of the highlights of the Depression era, however, was the completion of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.[10]

A rivalry has traditionally existed between Sydney and Melbourne since the gold rushes of the 1850s grew the capital of Victoria into Australia's largest and richest city.[11] While Sydney overtook Melbourne in population in the early years of the 20th century,[12] and has remained the largest city in Australia since this time. During the 1970s and 1980s Sydney's CBD with the Reserve Bank and Australian Stock Exchange clearly surpassed Melbourne as the nation's financial capital.[13] Throughout the 20th century, especially in the decades immediately following World War II, Sydney continued to expand as large numbers of European and later Asian immigrants populated the metropolitan area. The culture brought about by immigrants was a major factor in the city's diverse and highly cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Geography

Main article: Geography of Sydney
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Image of Sydney taken by NASA RS satellite. The city centre is about a third of the way in on the south shore of the upper inlet, the Parramatta River, directly south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Topography

Sydney is in a coastal basin bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River to the north and the Royal National Park to the south. Sydney lies on a submergent coastline, where the ocean level has risen to flood deep river valleys (ria) carved in the hawkesbury sandstone. One of these drowned valleys, Port Jackson, better known as Sydney Harbour, is the largest natural harbour in the world.[14] There are more than 70 harbour and ocean beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach, in the urban area. Sydney's urban area covers 1,687 km2 (651 sq mi) as at 2001.[15] The Sydney Statistical Division, used for census data, is the unofficial metropolitan area[16] and covers 12,145 km2 (4,689 sq mi).[17] This area includes the Central Coast and Blue Mountains as well as broad swathes of national park and other unurbanised land.

Geographically, Sydney sprawls over two major regions: the Cumberland Plain, a relatively flat region lying to the south and west of the harbour, and the Hornsby Plateau, a sandstone plateau lying mainly to the north of the harbour, dissected by steep valleys. The oldest parts of the city are located in the flat areas south of the harbour; the North Shore was slower to develop because of its hilly topography, and was mostly a quiet backwater until the Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932, linking it to the rest of the city.

Climate

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Avalon Beach in Sydney's north. Sydney's hot weather in summer makes its beaches very popular.

Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters, with rainfall spread throughout the year.[18] The weather is moderated by proximity to the ocean, and more extreme temperatures are recorded in the inland western suburbs. The warmest month is January, with an average air temperature range at Observatory Hill of 18.6-25.8 °C (65.5-78.4 °F) and an average of 14.6 days a year over 30 °C (86.0 °F). The maximum recorded temperature was Template:Convert/LoffAonDbSoffT on 14 January 1939 at the end of a 4 day nationwide heat wave.[19] The winter is mildly cool, with temperatures rarely dropping below Template:Convert/LoffAonDbSoffT in coastal areas. The coldest month is July, with an average range of 8-16.2 °C (46.4-61.2 °F). The lowest recorded minimum was Template:Convert/LoffAonDbSoffT. Rainfall is fairly evenly divided between summer and winter, but is slightly higher during the first half of the year, when easterly winds dominate. The average annual rainfall, with moderate to low variability, is 1,217 mm (48 in), falling on an average 138 days a year.[20][21] Snowfall last occurred in the Sydney City area in the 1830s.[22]

Climate chart for Sydney
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Although the city does not suffer from cyclones or significant earthquakes, the El Niño Southern Oscillation plays an important role in determining Sydney's weather patterns: drought and bushfire on the one hand, and storms and flooding on the other, associated with the opposite phases of the oscillation. Many areas of the city bordering bushland have experienced bushfires, notably in 1994 and 2001-02 — these tend to occur during the spring and summer. The city is also prone to severe hail storms and wind storms. One such storm was the 1999 hailstorm, which severely damaged Sydney's eastern and city suburbs. The storm produced massive hailstones of at least 9 cm (3.5 in) in diameter and resulting in insurance losses of around AUD $1.7 billion in less than five hours.[23] The city is also prone to flash flooding from enormous amounts of rain caused by East Coast Lows (a low pressure depression which deepens off the state usually in winter and early spring which can bring significant damage by heavy rain, cyclonic winds and huge swells). The most notable event was the great Sydney flood which occurred on 6 August 1986 and dumped a record 327.6 mm (12.9 in) on the city in 24 hours. This caused major traffic chaos and damage in many parts of the metropolitan area.[24]

The Bureau of Meteorology has reported that 2002 through 2005 were the warmest summers in Sydney since records began in 1859. 2004 had an average daily maximum temperature of 23.39 °C, 2005 - 23.35 °C, 2002 - 22.91 °C and 2003 - 22.65 °C. The average daily maximum between 1859 and 2004 was Template:Convert/LoffAonDbSoffT. For the first nine months of 2006 the mean temperature was Template:Convert/LoffAonDbSoffT; the warmest year previously was 2004 with Template:Convert/LoffAonDbSoffT. Since November 2003, there have been only two months in which the average daily maximum was below average: March 2005 (about 1 °C below average)[25] and June 2006 (0.7 °C below average)[26].

However, the summer of 2007-08 proved to be one of the coolest on record. The Bureau of Meteorology reported that it was the coolest summer in 11 years, the wettest summer in six years, and one of only three summers in recorded history to lack a maximum temperature above Template:Convert/LoffAoffDbSoffT.[27]

Climate Table
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum temperature (°C) 25.8 25.7 24.7 22.4 19.3 16.9 16.2 17.7 19.9 22.0 23.6 25.1 21.6
Mean daily minimum temperature (°C) 18.6 18.7 17.5 14.7 11.5 9.2 8.0 8.9 11.0 13.5 15.5 17.5 13.7
Mean total rainfall (mm) 103.3 117.4 131.2 127.2 123.3 128.1 98.1 81.5 68.7 76.9 83.1 78.1 1217.0
Mean number of rain days 12.1 12.3 13.3 12.0 12.0 11.4 10.3 9.9 10.3 11.5 11.4 11.5 138.0
Source: Bureau of Meteorology

Urban structure

Template:Sydney Urban Areas Labelled Map

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Chatswood's high-rise commercial district.
See also: Buildings and architecture of Sydney and Heritage homes of Sydney

Sydney's central business district (CBD) extends southwards for about 3 kilometres (1.25 mi) from Sydney Cove, the point of the first European settlement in the area at the southern end of the bridge known as "The Rocks". Densely concentrated skyscrapers and other buildings including historic sandstone buildings such as the Sydney Town Hall and Queen Victoria Building are interspersed by several parks such as Wynyard and Hyde Park. The Sydney CBD is bounded on the east side by a chain of parkland that extends from Hyde Park through the Domain and Royal Botanic Gardens to Farm Cove on the harbour. The west side is bounded by Darling Harbour, a popular tourist and nightlife precinct while Central station marks the southern end of the CBD. George Street serves as the Sydney CBD's main north-south thoroughfare.

As the site of earliest European settlement in Australia, the CBD contains many other historic buildings such as the Sydney Mint, one of Australia's oldest buildings, Fort Denison, a penal site which was built in the colonial days on a small island situated on the harbour, as well as heritage listed buildings in The Rocks. The area also boasts well known modern architectural sites such as the Sydney Opera House and Martin Place.

Although the CBD dominated the city's business and cultural life in the early days, other business/cultural districts have developed in a radial pattern since World War II. As a result, the proportion of white-collar jobs located in the CBD declined from more than 60 per cent at the end of World War II to less than 30 per cent in 2004. Together with the commercial district of North Sydney, joined to the CBD by the Harbour Bridge, the most significant outer business districts are Parramatta[28] in the central-west, Penrith[29] in the west, Bondi Junction in the east, Liverpool[30] in the southwest, Chatswood to the north, and Hurstville to the south.

The extensive area covered by urban Sydney is formally divided into more than 300 suburbs (for addressing and postal purposes), and administered as 38 local government areas. There is no city-wide government, but the Government of New South Wales and its agencies have extensive responsibilities in providing metropolitan services.[31] The City of Sydney itself covers a fairly small area comprising the central business district and its neighbouring inner-city suburbs. In addition, regional descriptions are used informally to conveniently describe larger sections of the urban area. These include Eastern Suburbs, Hills District, Inner West, Lower North Shore, Northern Beaches, Northern Suburbs, North Shore, St George, Southern Sydney, South-eastern Sydney, South-western Sydney, Sutherland Shire and Western Sydney. However, many suburbs are not conveniently covered by any of these categories.

Governance

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Sydney's Local Government Areas
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The Town Hall, seat of the City Council

Apart from the limited role of the Cumberland County Council from 1945–1964, there has never been an overall governing body for the Sydney metropolitan area; instead, the metropolitan area is divided into local government areas (LGAs). These areas have elected councils which are responsible for functions delegated to them by the New South Wales State Government, such as planning and garbage collection.

The City of Sydney includes the central business area and some adjoining inner suburbs, and has in recent years been expanded through amalgamation with adjoining local government areas, such as South Sydney. It is led by the elected Lord Mayor of Sydney and a council. The Lord Mayor, however, is sometimes treated as a representative of the whole city, for example during the Olympics.

Most citywide government activities are controlled by the state government. These include public transport, main roads, traffic control, policing, education above preschool level, and planning of major infrastructure projects. Because a large proportion of New South Wales' population lives in Sydney, state governments have traditionally been reluctant to allow the development of citywide governmental bodies, which would tend to rival the state government. For this reason, Sydney has always been a focus for the politics of both State and Federal Parliaments. For example, the boundaries of the City of Sydney LGA have been significantly altered by state governments on at least four occasions since 1945, with expected advantageous effect to the governing party in the New South Wales Parliament at the time.[32]

The 38 LGAs commonly described as making up Sydney are:



  • Ashfield
  • Auburn
  • Bankstown
  • Baulkham Hills
  • Blacktown
  • Botany Bay
  • Burwood
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canada Bay
  • Canterbury
  • Fairfield
  • Holroyd
  • Hornsby
  • Hunter's Hill
  • Hurstville
  • Kogarah
  • Ku-ring-gai
  • Lane Cove
  • Leichhardt
  • Liverpool
  • Manly
  • Marrickville
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Pittwater
  • Randwick
  • Rockdale
  • Ryde
  • Strathfield
  • Sutherland
  • Sydney
  • Warringah
  • Waverley
  • Willoughby
  • Woollahra


Different organisations have varying definitions of which councils make up Sydney. The Local Government Association of New South Wales considers all LGAs lying entirely in Cumberland County as part of its 'Metro' group, which excludes Camden (classed in its 'Country' group).[33] The Australian Bureau of Statistics defines a Sydney Statistical Division (the population figures of which are used in this article) that includes all of the above councils as well as Wollondilly, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Gosford, and Wyong.[34] The Department of Local Government includes those five in its "Sydney Surrounds" region. This website includes them as the outer ring of the Greater Sydney region, which thus coincides with the Sydney Statistical Division.

Economy

Main article: Economy of Sydney
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The Central Business District in Sydney is home to most of Sydney's financial centres

Sydney is a modern, prosperous city with the highest median household income of any major city in Australia (US$42,559 PPP).

The largest economic sectors in Sydney, measured by numbers of people employed, include property and business services, retail, manufacturing, and health and community services.[35] Since the 1980s, jobs have moved from manufacturing to the services and information sectors. Sydney provides approximately 25 percent of the country's total GDP.[36]

Sydney is the largest corporate and financial centre in Australia and is also an important financial centre in the Asia Pacific.[37] The Australian Securities Exchange and the Reserve Bank of Australia are located in Sydney, as are the headquarters of 90 banks and more than half of Australia's top companies, and the regional headquarters for around 500 multinational corporations.[36] Of the ten largest corporations in Australia (based on revenue)[38], four have headquarters in Sydney (Caltex Australia, the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, and Woolworths). Fox Studios Australia has large movie studios in the city.

The Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) is one of the Asia Pacific's largest financial futures and options exchanges, with 64.3 million contracts traded during 2005. In global terms it is the 12th largest futures market in the world and the 19th largest including options.[39]

Tourism plays an important role in Sydney's economy, with 7.8 million domestic visitors and 2.5 million international visitors in 2004.[40]

Sydney's retail environment is flourishing, with many shopping centres and retail outlets throughout the city. Premier locations in the central city include the Queen Victoria Building on George Street, the pedestrian mall on Pitt Street and the quieter, northern end of Castlereagh St. Along the latter are most of the international luxury boutiques in Sydney such as Jimmy Choo, Versace, Gucci and Chanel. Oxford Street in Paddington and Crown Street, Woollahra are home to boutiques selling more niche products while the main streets of Newtown and Enmore cater more towards students and alternative lifestyles. Many of the large regional centres around the metropolitan area also contain large shopping complexes, such as Parramatta in Western Sydney, Bondi Junction in the Eastern Suburbs and Chatswood on the North Shore, most of which are Westfield brand shopping centres.

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Sydney CBD at Night

As of 2004, the unemployment rate in Sydney was 4.9 percent.[41] According to The Economist Intelligence Unit's Worldwide cost of living survey, Sydney is the sixteenth most expensive city in the world, while a UBS survey ranks Sydney as 18th in the world in terms of net earnings.[42]

As of 20 September 2007, Sydney has the highest median house price of any Australian capital city at $559 000.[43] Sydney also has the highest median rent prices of any Australian city at $450 a week. A report published by the OECD in November 2005, shows that Australia has the Western World's highest housing prices when measured against rental yields.[44]

Sydney has been classified as a "Beta" global city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network.[45]

Demographics

Main article: Demographics of Sydney
Significant overseas born populations[46]
Country of Birth Population (2006)
United Kingdom 175,165
Mainland China 109,143
New Zealand 81,064
Vietnam 62,144
Lebanon 54,501
India 52,974
Philippines 52,087
Italy 44,562
Hong Kong 36,867
South Korea 32,125
Greece 32,021
South Africa 28,429
Fiji 26,929
Malaysia 21,213
Indonesia 20,560
Iraq 20,217

At the time of the 2006 census, there were 4,119,190 residents present in the Sydney Statistical Division.[47] Of those 3,641,422 lived in Sydney's urban area.[48] Inner Sydney was the most densely populated place in Australia with 4,023 persons per square kilometre.[49] The statistical division is larger in area than the urban area, as it allows for predicted growth. A resident of Sydney is commonly referred to as a Sydneysider.[50]

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Freedom Arch in Cabramatta, a suburb home to a large proportion of Sydney's Vietnamese population

In the 2006 census, the most common self-described ancestries identified for Sydney residents were Australian, English, Irish, Scottish and Chinese. The Census also recorded that one per cent of Sydney's population identified as being of indigenous origin and 39.4 per cent were born overseas. The three major sources of immigrants are England, China and New Zealand.[47] Significant numbers of immigrants also came from Vietnam, Lebanon, Italy, India and the Philippines. Most Sydneysiders are native speakers of English; many have a second language, the most common being Arabic (predominately Lebanese), Chinese languages (mostly Mandarin or Cantonese), and Italian.[47] Sydney has the seventh largest percentage of a foreign born population in the world, ahead of cities such as the highly multicultural London and Paris.[51]

The median age of a Sydney resident is 34, with 12 per cent of the population over 65 years.[41] 15.2 per cent of Sydney residents have educational attainment equal to at least a bachelor's degree,[52] which is lower than the national average of 19 per cent.

According to the 2006 census, 64 per cent of the Sydney residents are identified as Christians, 3.7 per cent as Buddhists, 3.9 per cent as Muslims, 1.7 per cent as Hindus, 0.9 per cent as Jews and 14.1 per cent as having no religion.[46]

Culture

Main article: Culture of Sydney

Sydney hosts many different festivals and some of Australia's largest social and cultural events. These include the Sydney Festival, Australia's largest arts festival which is a celebration involving both indoor and free outdoor performances throughout January; the Biennale of Sydney, established in 1973; the Big Day Out, a travelling rock music festival which originated in Sydney; the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras along Oxford Street; the Sydney Film Festival and many other smaller film festivals such as the short film Tropfest and Flickerfest. Australia's premier prize for portraiture, the Archibald Prize is organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is held every year at Sydney Olympic Park, the final of Australian Idol takes place on the steps of the Opera House, and Australian Fashion Week takes place in April/May. Also, Sydney's New Years Eve and Australia Day celebrations are the largest in Australia.

Entertainment and performing arts

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The Waifs' concert at the Turbine Hall on Cockatoo Island for the Cockatoo Island Festival

Sydney has a wide variety of cultural institutions. Sydney's iconic Opera House has five theatres capable of hosting a range of performance styles; it is the home of Opera Australia—the third busiest opera company in the world, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.[53] Other venues include the Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, the State Theatre and the Wharf Theatre.

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Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

The Sydney Dance Company under the leadership of Graeme Murphy during the late 20th century has also gained acclaim. The Sydney Theatre Company has a regular roster of local plays, such as noted playwright David Williamson, classics and international playwrights.

In 2007, New Theatre (Newtown) celebrates 75 years of continuous production in Sydney. Other important theatre companies in Sydney include Company B and Griffin Theatre Company. From the 1940s through to the 1970s the Sydney Push, a group of authors and political activists whose members included Germaine Greer, influenced the city's cultural life.

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Luna Park, Sydney's premier theme park

The National Institute of Dramatic Art, based in Kensington, boasts internationally famous alumni such as Mel Gibson, Judy Davis, Baz Luhrmann and Cate Blanchett. Sydney's role in the film industry has increased since the opening of Fox Studios Australia in 1998. Prominent films which have been filmed in the city include Moulin Rouge!, Mission Impossible II, Star Wars episodes II and III, Superman Returns, Dark City, Dil Chahta Hai, Happy Feet and The Matrix. Films using Sydney as a setting include Finding Nemo, Strictly Ballroom, Mission Impossible II, Muriel's Wedding, and Dirty Deeds. As of 2006, over 229 films have been set in, or featured Sydney.[54]

Sydney's most popular nightspots include Kings Cross, Oxford Street, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and The Rocks which all contain various bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Star City Casino, is Sydney's only casino and is situated around Darling Harbour. There are also many traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants in inner city areas such as Newtown, Balmain and Leichhardt. Sydney's main live music hubs include areas such as Newtown and Annandale. It once had a thriving live music scene in the 1970s and 1980s, nurturing acts such as AC/DC, Midnight Oil and INXS. Other popular nightspots tend to be spread throughout the city in areas such as Bondi, Manly and Parramatta.

Tourism

Main article: Tourism in Sydney
See also: List of attractions in Sydney, List of museums in Sydney, and List of markets in Sydney

Sydney has several popular museums. The biggest are the Australian Museum (natural history and anthropology), the Powerhouse Museum (science, technology and design), the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

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The world famous Bondi Beach on a winter's day

Sport and outdoor activities

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Born in Sydney, Dally Messenger is regarded as one of the greatest rugby league players in the history of the sport.

Sport in Sydney is an important part of the culture. The area is well endowed with open spaces and access to waterways, and has many natural areas even within the city centre. Within the Sydney central business district are the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Hyde Park, The Domain and the Royal Botanical Gardens. The metropolitan area contains several national parks, including the Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world and several parks in Sydney's far west which are part of the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area.[55]

One of the most popular sports in Sydney is Rugby League. The sport was brought from England to Sydney before expanding to the rest of Australia. The city is home to nine of the sixteen teams in the National Rugby League domestic competition. These are Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, Manly Sea Eagles, Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs, St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers. Despite the final of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup being held in Brisbane, Sydney will host eight World Cup games including one of the Semi-Finals.

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Randwick Racecourse hosts many of Sydney's horseracing events

Sydney is home to the Australian Football League's Sydney Swans and the A-League's Sydney FC. The city is represented by two teams in the National Basketball League, netball's Sydney Swifts and is the base for New South Wales teams in the Super 14 (NSW Waratahs) and Pura Cup (Blues) competitions. Large sporting events, such as the NRL Grand Final, are regularly held at the ANZ Stadium, the main stadium for the 2000 Summer Olympics. Other events in Sydney include the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the City to Surf foot race.

Media

Main article: Media in Sydney

Sydney has two main daily newspapers. The Sydney Morning Herald is a broadsheet, and is Sydney's newspaper of record with extensive coverage of domestic and international news, culture and business. It is also the oldest extant newspaper in Australia, having been published regularly since 1831. The Herald's competitor, The Daily Telegraph, is a News Corporation-owned tabloid. Both papers have tabloid counterparts published on Sunday, The Sun-Herald and the Sunday Telegraph, respectively.

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Seven Network broadcasting dishes in Epping.

The three commercial television networks (Seven, Nine and Ten), as well as the government national broadcast services (ABC and SBS) each have a presence in Sydney. Historically, the networks have been based in the northern suburbs, but the last decade has seen several move to the inner city. Nine has kept its headquarters north of the harbour, in Willoughby. Ten has its studios in a redeveloped section of the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont, and Seven also has headquarters in Pyrmont, production studios at Epping as well as a purpose-built news studio in Martin Place in the CBD. The ABC has a large headquarters and production facility in the inner-city suburb of Ultimo and SBS has its studios at Artarmon. Foxtel and Optus both supply pay-TV over their cable services to most parts of the urban area. The five free-to-air networks have provided digital television transmissions in Sydney since January 2000. Additional services recently introduced include the ABC's second channel ABC2 (Channel 22), SBS's world news service SBS2 (Channel 33), an on-air program guide (Channel 4), a news, sport, and weather items channel (Channel 41), ChannelNSW: Government and Public Information (Channel 45)[56], Australian Christian Channel (Channel 46), MacquarieBank TV (Channel 47), SportsTAB (Channel 48), Expo Home Shopping (Channel 49), and Federal parliamentary broadcasts (Channel 401 to 408)

Many AM and FM government, commercial and community radio services broadcast in the Sydney area. The local ABC radio station is 702 ABC Sydney (formerly 2BL). The talkback radio genre is dominated by the perennial rivals 2GB and 2UE. Popular music stations include Triple M, 2Day FM and Nova 96.9, which generally targets people under 40. In the older end of the music radio market, Vega and MIX 106.5 target the 25 to 54 age group, while WS-FM targets the 40 to 54 age group with their Classic Hits format mostly focusing on the 70's & 80's. Triple J (national), 2SER and FBi Radio provide a more independent, local and alternative sound. There are also a number of community stations broadcasting to a particular language group or local area.

Certain areas in Sydney are also being used for tests of digital radio broadcasting[57], which the government plans to roll out in the future to replace the existing analogue AM and FM networks in much the same way as they are doing with analogue and digital television at present.

Education

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The University of Sydney established in 1850, is the oldest university in Australia
Main article: Education in Sydney

Sydney is home to some of Australia's most prominent universities, and is the site of Australia's first university, the University of Sydney, established in 1850.[58] There are five other public universities operating primarily in Sydney: the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Western Sydney, and the Australian Catholic University (two out of six campuses). Other universities which operate secondary campuses in Sydney include the University of Notre Dame Australia and the University of Wollongong.

There are four multi-campus government-funded Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes in Sydney, which provide vocational training at a tertiary level: the Sydney Institute of Technology, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE and South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE.

Sydney has public, denominational and independent schools. Public schools, including pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, and special schools are administered by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. There are four state-administered education areas in Sydney, that together co-ordinate 919 schools. Of the 30 selective high schools in the state, 25 are in Sydney.[59]

Infrastructure

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Circular Quay, the main ferry terminal in Sydney
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The M5 South Western Motorway links the CBD with Sydney's south-western suburbs
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Sydney Monorail, Liverpool and Pitt Streets

Health systems

The Government of New South Wales operates the public hospitals in the Sydney metropolitan region. Management of these hospitals and other specialist health facilities is coordinated by 4 Area Health Services: Sydney South West (SSWAHS), Sydney West (SWAHS), Northern Sydney and Central Coast (NSCCAHS) and the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra (SESIAHS) Area Health Services. There are also a number of private hospitals in the city, many of which are aligned with religious organisations.

Transport

Main article: Public transport in Sydney

Most Sydney residents travel by car through the system of roads, and motorways. The most important trunk routes in the urban area form the nine Metroad systems, which includes the 110 km (68 mi) Sydney Orbital Network. Sydney is also served by extensive train, taxi, bus and ferry networks.

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An EDI M-set (Millennium) train at Sydney's Central Station.

Sydney trains are run by CityRail, a corporation of the New South Wales State Government. Trains run as suburban commuter rail services in the outer suburbs, then converge in an underground city loop service in the central business district. In the years following the 2000 Olympics, CityRail's performance declined significantly.[60] In 2005, CityRail introduced a revised timetable and employed more drivers.[61] A large infrastructure project, the Clearways project, is scheduled to be completed by 2010.[62][63][64] In 2007 a report found Cityrail performed poorly compared to many metro services from other world cities. [65] Sydney has one privately operated light rail line, the Metro Light Rail, running from Central Station to Lilyfield along a former goods train line. There is also a small monorail which runs in a loop around the main shopping district and Darling Harbour. Sydney was once served by an extensive tram network, which was progressively closed in the 1950s and 1960s. Most parts of the metropolitan area are served by buses, many of which follow the pre-1961 tram routes. In the city and inner suburbs the state-owned Sydney Buses has a monopoly. In the outer suburbs, service is contracted to many private bus companies. Construction of a network of rapid bus transitways in areas not previously well served by public transport began in 1999, and the first of these, the Liverpool-Parramatta Rapid Bus Transitway opened in February 2003. Sydney Ferries, another State government-owned organisation, runs numerous commuter and tourist ferry services on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River.

Kingsford Smith International Airport, located in the suburb of Mascot, is Sydney's main airport, and is one of the oldest continually operated airports in the world [66]. The smaller Bankstown Airport mainly serves private and general aviation. There are light aviation airfields at Hoxton Park and Camden. RAAF Base Richmond lies to the north-west of the city. The question of whether Sydney needs a second airport has raised much controversy. A 2003 study found that Kingsford Smith can manage as Sydney's sole international airport for 20 years with a significant increase in airport traffic predicted.[67] The resulting expansion of the airport would have a substantial impact on the community, including additional aircraft noise affecting residents. Land has been acquired at Badgerys Creek for a second airport, the site acting as a focal point of political argument.[68]

Utilities

Water storage and supply for Sydney is managed by the Sydney Catchment Authority, which is an agency of the NSW Government that sells bulk water to Sydney Water and other agencies. Water in the Sydney catchment is chiefly stored in dams in the Upper Nepean Scheme, the Blue Mountains, Woronora Dam, Warragamba Dam and the Shoalhaven Scheme.[69] Historically low water levels in the catchment have led to water use restrictions and the NSW government is investigating alternative water supply options, including grey water recycling and the construction of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant at Kurnell.[70] Sydney Water also collects the wastewater and sewage produced by the city.

Three companies supply natural gas and electricity to Sydney: Energy Australia, AGL and Integral Energy. Numerous telecommunications companies operate in Sydney providing terrestrial and mobile telecommunications services.

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A panorama of Sydney Harbour at night, with the Sydney Opera House on the left, the central business district in the image centre and Sydney Harbour Bridge on the right
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A panorama of Sydney Harbour during the day, with the Sydney Opera House on the right and Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the central business district are to the left

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Sydney
New South Wales
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The Sydney Opera House and Sydney CBD at dusk from Jeffrey Street, Kirribilli

Sydney
Population: 4,504,469 [1] (1st)
Density: 2058/km² (5,330.2/sq mi) (2006)[2]
Established: 26 January 1788
Coordinates: 33°51′35.9″S 151°12′40″E / 33.859972°S 151.21111°E / -33.859972; 151.21111Coordinates: 33°51′35.9″S 151°12′40″E / 33.859972°S 151.21111°E / -33.859972; 151.21111
Area: 12144.6 km² (4,689.1 sq mi)
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)

AEST (UTC+10)

AEDT (UTC+11)

Location:
LGA: various (38)
County: Cumberland[3]
State District: various (49)
Federal Division: various (22)
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Annual Rainfall
21.7 °C
71 °F
13.8 °C
57 °F
1,212.8 mm
47.7 in
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Sydney, as seen from Balmain

Sydney is a city on the east coast of Australia. Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales. About four million people live in Sydney which makes it the biggest city in Australia. Sydney started in 1788, when the Captain Arthur Phillip brought the First Fleet to settle in Australia. The settlers were mostly convicts from crowded prisons in England and Ireland, with a group of soldiers to guard them.

In Sydney, there are many famous buildings: the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sydney has a big harbour and lots of beaches. The most famous beach is Bondi Beach, some other beaches are Coogee Beach. Famous parts of the harbour are Darling Harbour and Circular Quay.

The most famous sports ground in Sydney is Stadium Australia (now Telstra Stadium) because it was built for the 2000 Summer Olympics. Another stadium in Sydney is the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Sydney has lots of things to see and do. These include visiting Taronga Zoo (a park for animals), eating food, looking at art or watching sports (like cricket or football) or walking down George Street which has many nice shops. Sydney also has some of Australia's best shopping. Lots of people go to Sydney for the big party at New Year's Eve with fireworks over the harbour.

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Geography

Climate

Climate data for Sydney
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 45.3
(113.5)
42.1
(107.8)
39.8
(103.6)
33.9
(93)
30.0
(86)
26.9
(80.4)
25.9
(78.6)
31.3
(88.3)
34.6
(94.3)
38.2
(100.8)
41.8
(107.2)
42.2
(108)
45.3
(113.5)
Average high °C (°F) 25.9
(78.6)
25.8
(78.4)
24.7
(76.5)
22.4
(72.3)
19.4
(66.9)
16.9
(62.4)
16.3
(61.3)
17.8
(64)
20.0
(68)
22.1
(71.8)
23.6
(74.5)
25.2
(77.4)
21.7
(71.1)
Average low °C (°F) 18.7
(65.7)
18.8
(65.8)
17.5
(63.5)
14.7
(58.5)
11.5
(52.7)
9.3
(48.7)
8.0
(46.4)
8.9
(48)
11.1
(52)
13.5
(56.3)
15.6
(60.1)
17.5
(63.5)
13.8
(56.8)
Record low °C (°F) 10.6
(51.1)
9.6
(49.3)
9.3
(48.7)
7.0
(44.6)
4.4
(39.9)
2.1
(35.8)
2.2
(36)
2.7
(36.9)
4.9
(40.8)
5.7
(42.3)
7.7
(45.9)
9.1
(48.4)
2.1
(35.8)
Rainfall mm (inches) 101.5
(3.996)
118.7
(4.673)
128.9
(5.075)
125.8
(4.953)
121.1
(4.768)
130.7
(5.146)
97.3
(3.831)
81.2
(3.197)
69.1
(2.72)
77.6
(3.055)
83.1
(3.272)
77.8
(3.063)
1,212.8
(47.748)
Avg. rainy days (≥ of ANY volume) 12.2 12.4 13.5 12.8 13.2 12.5 11.1 10.5 10.6 11.6 11.6 11.5 143.5
Sunshine hours 220.1 194.3 198.4 192.0 182.9 165.0 198.4 220.1 216.0 223.2 234.0 235.6 2,480
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[4]

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  3. Note: Counties are seldom used in Australia except for some land valuation purposes. Most residents do not know that counties exist.
  4. "Sydney (Observatory Hill)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_066062_All.shtml. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 

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