About Sydney

The City of Sydney is situated on one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. With stunning views, unique attractions and a cosmopolitan lifestyle, Sydney is one of the most popular destinations to visit.

With two of the most recognisable icons, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney is renowned for its popular white sandy beaches, national parks, mix of historical landmarks and modern architectural designs.

Sydney is made up of a series of precincts each with its own unique character and appeal to both national and international visitors.

Getting Around Sydney

Airport Link
Sydney's airport train runs from approximately 5am until midnight seven days a week, to and from the Domestic and International Terminals and all City Circle railway stations.

For more information, call 02 8337 8417 or visit www.airportlink.com.au

Sydney Buses run services throughout the city almost 24 hours a day. The main bus terminals are located at Circular Quay, Wynyard, Town Hall and Central Station and information is available from bus kiosks at Circular Quay, Wynyard Station and Queen Victoria Building and Central Station.

Trains - Metropolitan Services
CityRail trains have a large network across Sydney which runs from approximately 4am until after midnight on most lines. Train information kiosks are located at Circular Quay and Central Stations and ticket vending machines are open 24 hours.

Trains - Interstate and Intrastate Services
Central Railway Station is the main junction for interstate and intrastate rail services. Information about these services is available from the Central Station train kiosk or from the CountryLink Infoline on 132 232.

Travel on Sydney's iconic harbour with services to the inner harbour, Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, Manly or along the Parramatta River. Ferry kiosks are located at Circular Quay and Manly.

For further information on Sydney buses, trains and ferries, please visit Transport Info at www.131500.com.au or call 131 500.

Sydney is regarded as a safe city, making it attractive to explore. Taxis, rental vehicles and chauffeured limousine services are all available. A taxi rank is situated throughout the city, or can be flagged on the street.
Sydney’s major taxi companies include:

  • Taxis Combined Services - 133 300
  • Premier Cabs - 13 10 17
  • Silver Service - 133 100
  • Legion Cabs - 13 14 51


Places of Interest in Sydney

Central Business District (Sydney CBD)
Central Business District The Sydney CBD is home to Sydney’s major shopping centres, hotels and entertainment venues, as well as many of its important financial and business institutions. The architecture ranges from contemporary chic to important historical buildings.


Chinatown Sydney - lively Sydney
Chinatown Sydney Sydney’s original Chinese community settled at The Rocks but moved to the Haymarket area in the early 1900s. The precinct today is filled with restaurants, market stalls, and an exciting Chinese New Year festival in the summer. Nearby on Liverpool Street, Sydney’s growing ‘Spanish Quarter’ is peppered with Tapas bars and Latin dancing.


Darling Harbour Sydney, Cockle Bay Wharf, King Street Wharf
Darling Harbour Sydney Once a busy harbour and industrial region, the Darling Harbour precinct was redeveloped in 1988 with shops, restaurants, bars, museums and entertainment. Many Sydney cruises leave from Darling Harbour, and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre fronts its waters. Cockle Bay and King Street Wharfs are home to a number of premium Sydney restaurants.


Eastern Suburbs - home to Sydney's world famous Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach Sydney’s eastern suburbs stretch from Watsons Bay at the South Head entrance of the Harbour and follow the ocean coastline, east of Sydney’s central business district. These fashionable suburbs are home to stunning beaches, from secluded hideaways to the world famous Bondi Beach, as well as major restaurants and entertainment areas.


Inner west Sydney - artistic and multicultural Sydney
Inner west Sydney Sydney’s inner west, while not a precise geographical region, is often used by Sydney-siders to describe the suburbs along the southern shore of Port Jackson, stretching south to the shores of the Cooks River. The area has a number of eclectic cafes and multicultural restaurants. For diversity, visit bookish Glebe, alternative Newtown and ‘little Italy’ Leichhardt.


Kings Cross - eclectic Sydney entertainment
Kings Cross Kings Cross (called ‘The Cross’ by the locals) was once a home for bohemian artists and writers, and much of that flavour remains today. It is Australia’s most densely populated district, and famous for its nightlife and dining. Down the hill in Woolloomooloo, beautiful redevelopments like the Finger Wharf, house a glamorous hotel and fine dining restaurants.


Northern beaches - Sydney's beach wonderland secret
Northern beaches Sydney’s lovely northern beaches are a natural wonderland for relaxing, swimming and strolling the many beachside shops and cafes. Visit the Baha’i House of Worship; experience the incredible Shark Dive Xtreme at Oceanworld Manly; and take a trip to Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary to see Sydney the way it was before Europeans arrived.


Paddington - Sydney fashion, wealth and bohemia
Paddington - Sydney fashion Paddington is one of Sydney’s most wealthy and fashionable suburbs, and shops along Oxford Street and its surrounds are among Sydney’s best. Every Saturday, the Paddington Markets sell original clothing, multicultural food and hand-crafted jewellery and homewares. A number of Sydney designers started out with a humble Paddington market stall.


Surry Hills - inner city Sydney art and dining
Surry Hills Once filled with slums and notorious for gangs and brothels, today Surry Hills is known for its art galleries, antique dealers, cafes, pubs and fashion. The area houses Sydney’s ‘garment district’, where ‘rag traders’ will often sell their clothes to the public at drastic discounts. A number of Sydney’s most awarded fine dining restaurants are also in Surry Hills.


The Rocks - Sydney Harbour entertainment and shopping
The Rocks Next to the ferry hub of Circular Quay, The Rocks is Sydney’s oldest residential precinct: convict tents were erected here in 1788. Traces of the early settlements are still found in The Rocks, along cobbled laneways, historic pubs and churches. The Rocks today is also a place for excellent shopping and the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Note: Some of the Information on this page was sourced from the City of Sydney website


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