Sydney
City Focus
Sydney must be one of the world's most beautiful and tourist-friendly major cities with sandy beaches and world-class landmarks nestling side by side says Bethan Norris.

With Sydney's inner-city area measuring 25 square kilometres, the city is extremely easy to get around and many of the main tourist areas are located around the harbour. Many tourists head for The Rocks when they first visit Sydney, one of the country's earliest settled areas that provides views of Circular Key, the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The area is full of pubs, restaurants and cafés, as well as home to a weekend market of over 100 stalls selling arts and crafts, clothes and jewellery.


Circular Key is the starting point for Sydney harbour's ferry service that provides scenic transport to destinations such as Darling Harbour, Manly, Mosman, Taronga Zoo and Lunar Park among others. Balmain in Sydney's inner west is a popular destination for locals and tourists looking for boutique bars and restaurants with an alternative vibe, while Watsons Bay on the southern head of Sydney Harbour's entrance is a top spot for picnics, sunbathing and trail walking. The south head heritage trail provides fantastic views of Sydney harbour and takes in historic gun placements and the red-and-white-striped Hornby Lighthouse.

 


In Sydney's CBD, historical buildings such as the ornate Queen Victoria Building (known as the QVB and completed in 1898) and the Sydney Mint sit comfortably next to more modern high-rise structures such as Chifley Tower, Sydney's tallest habitable building - and the world's most expensive when it was completed in 1992. The most popular shopping area in central Sydney is focused around Pitt, Castlereagh and King Streets with many high street shops, while further out Newtown offers more vintage fashion outlets and second-hand shopping.


 

"English, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek and Vietnamese are the main languages spoken in Sydney"

 


 

Things to do/see
"Located only 20 minutes away from the CBD of Sydney, Bondi Beach is famous the world over," says Chris Riddett at ILSC Sydney, www.ilsc.com. "Many visitors are unaware that there is a great walking track between Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach. This 6km walk features rugged cliffs and dazzling beaches."

Mrs Macquarie's Chair
This is a hand-carved sandstone bench made in 1810 by convicts for the then governor's wife Elizabeth Macquarie on a peninsula in Sydney Harbour. The spot offers the best views of the harbour bridge and opera house and can be reached by walking through Sydney's botanical gardens.

Sydney's museums
"The two best museums in Sydney are the Australian Museum and the Powerhouse Museum," says Chris. "The Australian museum is a museum primarily of Australia's natural history. The Powerhouse museum is a science and engineering museum in a literal powerhouse."

 

 


 


A Taste of Sydney
Ben Bagshaw from Greenwich College www.greenwichcollege.edu.au says, "Two minutes from our school, students can enjoy the local restaurants that give them student discount in World Square - such as Soul Origin or Ramen Zundo. A little further in to the funky Surrey Hills suburb, the students like Café Ovo, the best Brazilian café in Sydney, Chur Burger or Rosie Campbells - a very cool cocktail and Caribbean food hangout."


Chris at ILSC recommends the suburb of Cabramatta to try Vietnamese noodles at a restaurant called Little Saigon. He adds, "For a slightly different experience, go to the Australian Hotel in The Rocks to try some native Australian animals! The restaurant serves pizzas which can be topped with kangaroo, emu and crocodile."


 

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