Cadmans Cottage - The Rocks
|Things To Do
||The Rocks, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach
Sydney Opera House
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney, located in a coastal basin, circled by the Pacific Ocean,
the Blue Mountains and the Hawkesbury River, is the largest
urban conurbation in Australia, with a population of nearly 4
million. The city was founded at the end of 18th century when a
fleet of convicts from England landed at Sydney Cove. The
transportation of convicts to Australia was the idea of the British
Secretary of State, Lord Sydney. Hence the new settlementís
name. The first settlers lived a harsh existence, living in wood
hovels, eking out insufficient food, and undergoing cruel
punishment from the guards. Worse suffering, however, was
brought upon the Aboriginal natives, who were stricken in huge
numbers by the infectious diseases brought by the colonists. Five
years later, in 1793, the first free colonists arrived, attracted by the
pleasant weather and freely available land. The settlement
expanded quickly throughout the nineteenth century, as the
citizens set up many businesses, uninhibited by burdensome
government. Throughout the twentieth century, rapid growth
continued as immigrants arrived from both Asia and Europe.
There's lots for the visitor to see and do. Perhaps the best place
to start your tour is in the oldest part of the city, the Rocks.
Here many of the buildings date from convict times - examples
would be Cadmanís Cottage, Susannah Place, Campbells
Storehouse and the Merchants House.
Next comes that
icon of Sydney, famous the world over, the Sydney Opera
House.The building is thought by many to be one of the
archictectural wonders of the modern world. Designed by the
architect Jorn Utzon, it was inaugurated in October 1973. And be
sure to go to an opera, a concert or a ballet during your stay in the
The green-fingered will much enjoy a visit to the verdant Royal
Botanic Gardens, an oasis of greenery sited between the
waterfront and the concrete heartland of the city. A footpath
follows the harbour front, giving great vistas over Sydney Harbour
and Farm Cove.
Another great favorite with visitors is
Sydney Harbour Bridge. The pedestrian can cross the
bridge on a pavement that runs next to the road. Visit the Pylon
Lookout on the south side of the bridge to see an absorbing
display on the construction of the bridge.
Ok, now it's time
to let the beachbody within you escape, with a trip to magnificent
Bondi Beach, a world mecca for sun and surf. The sandy
beach looks out on a large moon shaped bay of wave swept
ocean. The beach is each to reach by bus from Circular Quay Bus
- just hop on bus #380.
Why in 100 Best?
Today Sydney is a large, multicultural and modern city, with
inhabitants originating from all over the globe. The laid-back
inclusive atmosphere has to be sampled to believe.
Anything you'd like to say about Sydney?
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