Sydney is situated in the south east corner of Australia and is the capital of New South Wales State. The city is a popular tourist destination and enjoys a warm yet temperate climate all year round due to the sea's proximity.
Sydney is situated in the south east corner of Australia and is the capital of New South Wales State. The city is a popular tourist destination and enjoys a warm yet temperate climate all year round due to the sea's proximity. 2013 was an exception, as temperatures soared to the highest levels since records began - January is the hottest month in Sydney's calendar, and during 2013 a temperature of 45.8 degrees was recorded.
People often associate Sydney with the beautiful Harbour Bridge and Opera House - one of the most iconic buildings from the last century. Surprisingly, the Jørn Utzon designed Opera House was not opened until 1973, despite construction beginning in 1958. Sydney Harbour is a facet of Port Jackson, and the harbour reaches out to some of the world's most famous beaches. Historians will be familiar with Botany Bay - the location where Captain James Cook landed - which is just up the coast from Port Jackson/Sydney Harbour.
Manly Beach and Bondi Beach are on either side of Port Jackson; and there are numerous other beach locations making for a welcome diversion from the city.
Sydney's central business district sits just behind the Opera House, with Sydney serving as Australia's financial and economic hub. HSBC and Deutsche Bank both have premises here, but dominating the skyline you are sure to notice Sydney Tower.
One of the attributes that seems to separate Sydney from many other leading world cities is its pleasant open spaces. The Royal Botanic Gardens enjoy a central position near the Opera House and is adjacent to the Domain Park.
Many visitors enjoy strolling from the park to the Opera House on the well thought out promenades and walkways. Hyde Park is another favourite amongst visitors, being named after the original version in London.
Crossing the harbour on the opposite side of the central business district are attractions such as Taronga Park Zoo which is popular and a good place from which to survey the panorama that is the Sydney Harbour.
Most of us are aware of Australia's undying affinity with the game of cricket and there are several important cricket stadia in the city; the ANZ Stadium and the Sydney Cricket Ground are the two most notable. The city is set to be a prestigious venue in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, joint hosting with New Zealand.
Last updated: 6 February 2015