Sydney City is known as the Harbour City. It’s the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful and liveable cities.
Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, Sydney’s set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. Long-term immigration has led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet.
Sydney became the center of the world’s attention in September 2000 when the city hosted the Summer Olympics – officially announced by the IOC Chairman at the closing Ceremony to be the “the best games ever”! The Olympics saw a major building and renovation program take hold of Sydney, positioning it as one of the great world cities of the 21st century. Sydney continues to attract and host large international events.
History of Sydney
Some evidence suggests that humans inhabited the area of Australia that would later become Sydney almost 50,000 years before the first European settlers arrived. How those first people arrived in Sydney still remains an unsolved mystery.
In 1810, Lachlan Macquarie became governor of Sydney and conditions began to improve. Macquarie wanted to build a city and build he did. Under his leadership, labor forces (made up primarily of convicts) erected public buildings such as banks and churches, constructed roads and bridges, and built wharves to accommodate the rapidly burgeoning maritime trade.
Sydney continued to grow, despite Macquarie’s absence. In 1842, Sydney was incorporated and became Australia’s first official city. The practice of transporting convicts ended in 1850, by which time it had a population of 35,000 people.
Today, Sydney is home to over four million “Sydneysiders.” It is considered one of the most diverse cities in the world, with more than 40% of the population originally hailing from outside Australia. It’s comfortable climate, iconic structures, beautiful beaches, and exotic wildlife have all combined to help make Sydney one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
Top Destinations of Sydney City
Sydney Opera House
Australian National Maritime Museum
Art Gallery of NSW
Sydney Harbour Bridge