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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Sydney Overview

Sydney, a major cosmopolitan city located in on the Eastern shores of Australia, is famous for beautiful stretches of fine sandy beaches, celebrated wine regions, magnificent views, and World Heritage areas. Sydney’s metropolitan areas are surrounded by beautiful national parks, bays and rivers. The fact that it is so multicultural adds just another facet to Sydney, making it one of the most interesting places to visit.

Sydney is blessed with warm summers, with the warmest month being January; winters are mildly cool with limited precipitation, making it a year-round destination.

Sydney is base to a wide variety of cultural institutions including the world renowned Opera House housing five major Australian institutions like Sydney symphony, State Theater, City Recital Hall, Sydney Theater and Wharf Theater and Opera Australia, the third busiest opera house around. The Sydney Dance Company has also gained world acclaim as has the National Institute of Dramatic Arts, boasting famous alumni like Mel Gibson and Cate Blanchett. The opening of Fox Studios in 1998 gave way to the making of prominent movies in Australia; films like Star Wars II and III, Moulin Rouge and Mission Impossible III to name a few.

Sydney also boasts extremely fascinating museums like the Art Gallery of South Wales, with a premiere art collection from Europe, Asia and Aborigene Australia. The Museum of Sydney, detailing its very interesting history and others such as the Justice and Police Museum, Hyde Park Barracks and National Maritime Museum make part of a list of amazing testimonials to Australia’s fine history.

Food is an important part of every culture, and Sydney has a rich history; once known for its English and French influence, it’s now a wonderful balance of fresh ingredients with flavors of different origins. You will find dishes with hot chilies from Indonesia, curries from South Asia, and more. At the center of Sydney’s gastronomy is fresh seafood, consisting of specialties like its world renowned oysters, prawns and lobsters. Visitors can dine al fresco while enjoying amazing views of the harbor, enjoy a romantic dinner cruise or dine at the many casual eateries that boast fabulous food at great value.

Sports fans will delight in the fact that in this city, sports are a vital part of the city’s culture. It’s home to nine rugby league teams, the Australian football team, a basketball and netball team. Sydney is also a great place to enjoy yacht and horse races, as well as exciting motor sports.

Sydney is endowed with great open spaces; one should not miss a visit to the many beautiful parks, such as Royal National Park, the oldest in the world, with beautiful kilometers of walking tracks and coastal trails; or the Greater Blue Mountains area, considered as a World Heritage area.

But with all the great food, incredible scenery and interesting culture, you might forget to go shopping. Sydney has some of the best shopping in the Pacific, with amazing department stores, great shopping malls and incredible discount outlets, offering the latest fashions. This is a city full of pleasant surprises.

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