Sydney is the Harbour City. It is 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, it is set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches. The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on the planet.
Sydney is a major global city and one of the most important cities for finance in the Asia-Pacific. Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympic Games, and continues to attract and host large international events. The city is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend through the suburbs and right to the shores of the harbour.
Sydney has a compact city core, surrounded by sprawling suburbs, forming a vast metropolitan area. The city core, Central Sydney, is shaped roughly like a stubby palm-up left hand: the heel of the thumb as City South; the thumb as the district Darling Harbour; the first finger as The Rocks; the palm with the second and third fingers as City Centre; and the rest as City East. Read more