New South Wales is famous for hosting the year 2000 Olympic Games with great success. In addition it is home to other significant internationally known Australian icons featured in documentaries and television series. First and foremost the man made structures like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Kings Cross, Taronga Zoo and the Australia’s own ‘China Town’. Of course one can not overlook the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains and Bondi Beach.
Steeped in history, Sydney is Australia’s first city in 1788 which began as a Penal Colony. Comprising of convicts sent from the United Kingdom, along with British officers and their families. From these humble beginnings it now ranks as one of the world’s top 10 cities to live in for ‘quality of life’. Especially relevant is that it is now a global cultural and economic base for Australia.
Experience many native Australian plants including the Eucalyptus in the Blue Mountains. If you want to immerse yourself in multiple cultures a visit to Chinatown will impress. Wine connoisseurs will love a trip to the well know Hunter Valley winery region to enjoy a ‘drop or two’ due to the growing popularity of wines from this district. The history lovers will need to visit Elizabeth Bay House, Customs House, Circular Quay, Government House, The Rocks district, St Mary’s Cathedral and Fort Denison. Beach goers cannot miss a day at Bondi Beach due to TV shows and series centre around this iconic location.
Theatre going is popular for visitors and locals alike. It seems like some popular activities are a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, sailing on Darling Harbour, winery tours, helicopter rides over the city to gain a close ‘birds eye view’ and shopping. With Sydney as your base the rest of Australia is readily accessible through many tour options. Whilst here we suggest extended touring to visit the rest of this magnificent country. Travel as far north as Cairns or beyond to visit the Great Barrier Reef. Tour to central Australia to see Uluru (Ayres Rock) in the Northern Territory. Another natural wonder is the Great Ocean Road in Victoria to see the Twelve Apostles.