Many people and not surprisingly believe Sydney to be the nations capital. Sydney was founded by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788 who from Britain led the fleet of convict ships from Europe to Sydney which is one of Australia’s best known cities. Captain Phillip started his settlement at the Rocks district and since then Sydney has grown into a major city. The first destination that most visitors have in mind when visiting Australia is Sydney. When staying in Sydney, visitors have the opportunity to visit other parts of Australia such as the Outback or even the Great Barrier Reef. When visiting Sydney you will exude an air of the past and encounter access to historical sites.
There is a wide range of colonial buildings, open air markets, street entertainment, historical sites and specialty shops, colonial restaurants and various other spectacular places waiting to be discovered and the Sydney hotels which offer all the comforts you would expect from a city such as Sydney.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is a must see where you can view the spirit of the Aborigines as well as newer art forms. Not to be missed is the Sydney Opera House which is a UN inscribed World Heritage site. There are daily tours from the Rocks to Circular Quay which lead you to the bus terminals, railway and the Sydney ferry berths. On your journey you will encounter buskers, hawkers and bustling crowds until you reach the Bennelong Point at the waters of Sydney Cove to view the grand Sydney Opera House. There are regular tours through the Opera House or if you would like to spend more time you can book for a play, symphony concert or a spectacular dance show. Once done at the Opera House you can take a relaxing stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens and at the same time pay a visit to the New South Wales Art Gallery and view the Aboriginal art exhibition at the Yiribana Art Gallery. These activities are free. Majority of the hotels in Sydney are in close proximity to may of the attractions or are on the main transport route.
You can take the monorail which stops where you need to be, or just take a cross city walk past Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral, through China Town, past the Australian Museum and down to Darling Harbor. At Darling Harbor there is the Sydney Aquarium, exhibition halls, the Chinese Gardens, Sydney Wildlife World, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Sydney Powerhouse Museum, shops, pubs and restaurants, sailing ships and promenades. If you enjoy gambling there is the Sydney gaming and entertainment complex The Star nearby.