Sydney - More Than Just a City

02 May 2014

Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House The Rocks

When you think of Sydney, most people think of the Opera House, Circular Quay and Harbour Bridge and although these are certainly some of the most iconic sights in Sydney, there is much more to Sydney than just its harbour. In fact, there are a number of regions of Sydney that offer their own unique character and experiences. From the city to the Eastern suburbs and Parramatta to Manly, there's something for everyone in Sydney.

The city is best known as the home of Circular Quay, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as well as Macquarie Street, The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens and Australian Museum. Nearby, you'll also find the popular districts of Darling Harbour and The Rocks. Darling Harbour is a dining and entertainment precinct home to the Sydney Aquarium, Entertainment Centre, Star City casino and the Australian National Maritime Museum as well as the jade carvings and fine embroidery of Chinatown. Close by, The Rocks offers high end accommodation, shopping, dining and entertainment as well as Sydney's most historical buildings.

The Eastern suburbs stretch along the foreshore of the Harbour all the way to Watson's Bay before meeting with South Head and include Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and Paddington as well as trendy Double Bay. Darlinghurst offers a real eat street experience with a heavy focus on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and is a popular entertainment area for the gay and lesbian community. Similarly, nearby Kings Cross is the heart of the city's nightlife and is almost a tourist attraction in itself, offering a rather interesting and eccentric clientele on any given night.

The Eastern suburbs meet the Southern Beaches at famous Bondi Beach and extend to Cronulla on Botany Bay. Parramatta is Sydney's geographic centre and is also the outer Western suburbs' business centre, home to a number of historically important buildings. North Sydney sits just across the Harbour and is the gateway to the Lower North Shore, home to Milsons Point, Kirribilli, McMahons Point and Taronga Zoo. Finally, Manly offers the chance to get wet with excellent swimming and surfing options on the golden beach or the beautiful views of Palm Beach.