- Sydney is Australia’s largest and oldest city. A popular destination, Sydney has everything going for it – fantastic weather, beautiful landscapes, interesting neighbourhoods and impressive architecture.
- Best known for its beautiful harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the dazzling Sydney Opera House, Sydney is Australia’s international jewel. It also has nearby mountains, more than 70 golden beaches with plenty of surf, and an abundance of great restaurants, bars and nightlife.
- Explore Sydney’s natural beauty on foot with one of the many walks that make their way along the Sydney Harbour foreshore or through the national parks that surround the city to the north, south and west.
Facts about Sydney
- Many international people think that Sydney is Australia's capital; however that distinction goes to Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.
- Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania.
- Sydney was the site of the first British colony in Australia, which was set up in 1788.
- Sydney is located on Australia’s east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbour, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west.
- Residents of Sydney are known as “Sydneysiders”.
- The population of Greater Sydney, which includes the Blue Mountains and Central Coast, contains around 20% of the entire population of Australia at about 4.8 million people.
- Sydney is an extremely diverse city, with a huge number of ethnic and cultural groups living here.
- Sydney annually ranks among worldwide "Top Ten Most Liveable Cities" lists*.
- July in Sydney is winter but it is not as cold as in many other countries. Sydney’s temperature in winter ranges from about 8°C (46°F) to 19°C (66°F). Typical days are sunny with a low chance of rain falling. If you want to swim, the average sea temperature in July is 18°C (64°F).
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