Many of Sydney's main streets, such as Phillip, Macquarie, Hunter, Bligh, Liverpool, Sussex and George, are named after early English governors to acknowledge the city's colonial heritage.
The city fans out from the focal point of Circular Quay.
This transport hub is within walking distance of the city’s star attractions – the Harbour Bridge, opened in 1932, and the Sydney Opera House, hailed as a 20th-century architectural masterpiece. Along Macquarie Street are fine examples of early colonial architecture, while across town the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) and The Strand Arcade recall the architectural ornamentation of the 1890s.
Sydney’s city centre offers visitors a huge variety of attractions, including designer boutiques, fine restaurants, hip bars and lavish department stores.
This region is a grand spectrum of delights. Here you’ll find sparkling waterways, World Heritage-listed national parks, age-old mountains and ravines, cascading waterfalls and some of the most stunning beaches on the planet. Freshwater explorations compete with marine delights. You can easily arrange reef- and game-fishing charters – or hire a sailboard, kayak or catamaran to get the feel of local lakes. Or you can ride a horse (or camel), play 18 holes of golf or tackle giant sand dunes on a quad bike.
THINGS TO DO :
~ Shop for international designer labels at brand boutiques along Elizabeth and Castlereagh streets.
~ Pop into the stylish David Jones or Myer Sydney department stores for the latest in Australian and international fashion.
~ Select from the range of international cuisine on offer at food halls beneath the MLC Centre or Pitt Street Mall, or opposite Sydney Town Hall.
~ Hang out in a hip bar such as the Establishment, Ivy and Arthouse.
DON'T MISS :
¦ Walking on air, 270 m above the valley of the Kedumba River in a glass-floored, aerial gondola in the Blue Mountains.
¦ Kayaking with dolphins at Nelson Bay.
¦ Re-energising and relaxing at a luxury spa in the Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains or Southern Highlands.
¦ Tasting the world’s best Semillon in the Hunter Valley and the Southern Highland’s cool-climate varieties.
¦ Driving the Grand Pacific Drive from the Royal National Park to North Wollongong – with its landmark Sea Cliff Bridge.
¦ Cruising the laid-back Hawkesbury River on a houseboat.
¦ Discovering Australia’s largest collection of reptiles at the Australian Reptile Park