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In the journal covering his survey of the eastern coast of the Australian continent, the then Lt. James Cook (later Captain James Cook) first named the east coast of Australia New Wales, which he later corrected in his journal to New South Wales. The original inhabitants of the area were Aboriginal tribes who arrived in Australia approximately forty to sixty thousand years ago.

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» 360 Bar and Dining at Sydney Tower

360 Bar and Dining at Sydney Tower

It takes a particularly exceptional plate of food to draw your attention away from this view, but the chefs at 360 Bar and Dining have mastered the culinary challenge. Set 88 stories above the business district streets, this rotating restaurant ensures that every corner of Sydney is visible right from your table. Begin with an appetizer of kangaroo carpaccio while watching the sun set over the Blue Mountains, and by the time you finish lapping up the jus from a heaping plate of duck confit …

» Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery of NSW

When it comes to finding a great deal, the Art Gallery of NSW is one of the top spots to hit in Sydney. Everything from the permanent galleries and celebrity talks to live performances and Wednesday night films are free to the public. ince 1871 this international destination, complete with grand courts, light-filled halls and stunning harbor views, has been showcasing one of the most diverse collections of artwork in the country. Travelers may have to pay an additional fee for temporary exhibits …

» Australian Museum

Australian Museum

While visitors to Sydney do have the option to venture into the outback in search of Australia's natural wonders, the Australian Museum, located in the heart of Sydney's central business district, makes getting up close with the wild a whole lot easier. Wander through air-conditioned hallways filled with more than 40,000 artifacts, including examples of rare native minerals and exotic tropical birds. An all-access pass grants entry to even more galleries filled with ancient archaeological wonders and indigenous Australian artifacts …

» Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

Be it surfers on the beaches, the discovery of Australia via the sea route from Europe or the subsequent commerce and immigration - Australia is closely tied to water. The Australian National Maritime Museum acts accordingly in featuring rich exhibitions ranging from the time of the Eora First People to the First Fleet all the way to the present. Visitors learn how convicts traveled in dark and damp accommodations and how passengers sailing to a new life survived long ocean journeys …

» Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Almost on the edge of Sydney, and visible on a clear day from the city's observation towers, the beautiful World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are the perfect destination for an idyllic day trip from the hustle-bustle of downtown Sydney. The Blue Mountains offer the stunning scenery of rugged sandstone outcrops, cavernous valleys and towering eucalyptus forests. Take advantage of Scenic World's cable cars and tramways to see the best of the Blue Mountains …

» Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park

Lush forests, breathtaking views and scenic mountain passes make Blue Mountains National Park one of the most well know and well visited attractions in all of Australia. In addition to its geographical beauty and biodiversity, Blue Mountains National Park also protects a number of sites significant to Aboriginal culture. Views are best from one of the major lookouts outside the park--between Wentworth Falls and Blackheath, but it's still worth spending a day or two exploring the terrain and sights down below …

» Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

Australia's most famous beach is a curving golden stretch of pale gold sand and turquoise waves. Attracting beach bunnies, surfer dudes and beach lovers alike, it's one of Sydney's favorite hot spots for catching the sun and people watching. Lifeguards patrol the often pounding waves, so it's important to swim between the patrolled red and yellow flags. The sands of Bondi Beach are a popular spot for surfing lessons, beachside volleyball, yoga and community festivities …

» Byron Main Beach

Byron Main Beach

Suitably named, Byron Bay's Main Beach stretches along the front of the town and is the go-to destination for beach lounging, swimming or catching a wave. On a sunny day in Byron Bay, expect locals and visitors alike to be making the most at Main Beach - the town's closest beach outlet. Main Beach is known for its beautiful surroundings, with views of the Julian Rocks, Cape Byron Light and grassy hills meeting the horizon line of white sandy beach and enticing water …

» Cape Byron

Cape Byron

Australia mainland's easternmost point of Cape Byron possesses a number of reasons to pay it a visit: the Cape Byron Light, the Cape Byron Marine Park, and the Cape Byron walking track. Set about 1.9 miles (3 km) northeast of the quaint Byron Bay, Cape Byron lies in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area. A day trip from Byron Bay can be spent first at the Cape Byron Light - a lighthouse that was opened in 1901 and is still in use today …

» Cape Byron Lighthouse

Cape Byron Lighthouse

As Australia's easternmost and strongest lighthouse, Cape Byron Light is a main attraction for both the historical aspect of the building itself as well as the spectacular views it provides from the edge of Cape Byron. Opened for operation in 1901, the lighthouse provides Byron Bay visitors with a glimpse into the marine industry from years past when lighthouses had to be manned by live-in keepers so passing ships remained safe along the coast …

» Chinatown


If you're looking for adventure, phone accessories, strange herbs, delicious Chinese cuisine, or just want to visit a foreign country without leaving Sydney, then Chinatown is the place for you. Located in Haymarket between Central Station and Darling Harbor, Chinatown is centered around Dixon Street, a pedestrian thoroughfare full of Chinese restaurants and shops. If you brave the unfamiliar signs, the labyrinths of stores and the enthusiastic street hawkers, you're in for a rewarding experience …

» Chinese Garden of Friendship

Chinese Garden of Friendship

The continental city of Sydney offers travelers options that go beyond the strictly Aussie. The Chinese Garden of Friendship, modeled after the private gardens of the Ming Dynasty, is just one of the multicultural experiences this jewel by the sea has to offer. Opened in 1988 and designed by Sydney's sister city of Guangzhou, the garden is a nod to the Chinese culture and heritage that already exists in and around Darling Harbour. The lush gardens, tranquil ponds and scenic waterfalls …

» Circular Quay

Circular Quay

Sydney's transport and scenic heart, Circular Quay is also the city's birthplace, flanking the waters of Sydney Cove where the First Fleet settlers landed on Australian soil in 1788. The rectangular stretch of water is lined with attractive pedestrian walkways running from the Sydney Opera House, past the Circular Quay ferry terminals, around to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The historic laneways, interesting shops, old pubs and stylish restaurants of The Rocks precinct …

» Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach is a family favorite, a sheltered arc of golden sand lapped by blue waves and patrolled by surf lifesavers in their red and gold. For a really safe swim, dip your toe in the walled ocean baths, protected from the strong Pacific waves. The welcome blue waters of Coogee Beach mark the end of the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, and the stretches of lawn shaded by Norfolk pines offer an inviting spot to rest under. Bring a picnic, fire up the BBQ or replenish flagging energy at the string of beach cafes …

» Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour

As one of the world's great waterfront destinations, Darling Harbour is a visitor's dream! The harbour is considered an entertainment and tourism hub with restaurants, bars, museums, theaters, shops, parks and more! All sites are walking distance from one another, as this ring of attractions is connected by walkways and boardwalks that face the water. Worn out from an exciting day in the harbour? There is also a little train that loops the area for visitors with children or anyone who would like to relax and enjoy the seaside sights …

» Double Bay

Double Bay

Double Bay is the meeting point of Sydney's prominence-an exclusive shopping district with a European flair full of designer boutiques, jewelers, waterfront properties and world-class restaurants surrounded by Sydney Harbour itself. Here, you will find open parks, stately mansions, tree-lined boulevards and plenty of spots to relax. Within the beautiful surroundings of Guilfoyle Park, Double Bay also hosts Sydney's most popular organic food market, which is open every Thursday …

» Echo Point Lookout

Echo Point Lookout

Anyone who's seen a picture of the Blue Mountains should recognize Echo Point. Famous for its view of the Three Sisters, this sweeping viewpoint on the outskirts of Katoomba defines the Blue Mountains' beauty. From this cliff top ledge, the jagged escarpment vertically drops towards the distant valley floor - a void where clouds can linger in the treetops nearly a thousand feet below. Take a deep breath and drink in the beauty of the Blue Mountains' southern flank …

» Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Cuddle a koala, handfeed a kangaroo, and watch penguins waddle at Featherdale Wildlife Park, just 40 minutes from central Sydney. Celebrating Australia's unique animals and birds, Featherdale presents all kind of native fauna in a natural bush setting to delight local and international visitors alike. Home to the world's largest collection of Australian native animals, more than 2000 critters live at Featherdale, including saltwater crocodiles, bats, bilbies, wallabies, wombats, emus, and reptiles …

» Fort Denison Island

Fort Denison Island

What is now a popular destination for history buffs once served as a defense facility that kept watch over the bay. Fort Denison Island, located northeast of the Royal Botanic Gardens, was where some of the most gruesome acts against convicted felons took place. Today, travelers can wander the grounds of this recently restored island and see the gibbet where criminals were hanged. Explore the fort built to protect the island from invaders and climb the historic Martello Tower, the only one of its kind in the country …

» Goat Island

Goat Island

This rocky 13-hectare island in the heart of Port Jackson is as rich in history as it is in sandstone. Once home to an explosives store and later a convict stockade, Goat Island has housed the Sydney Water Police and even served as a film set. What originally served as a destination for some of the nation's biggest criminals (who were forced to labor in the massive quarries), is now part of Sydney Harbour National Park. Popular walking tours guide travelers around this much-storied island …

» Govetts Leap

Govetts Leap

In the 1930s, when early conservationists and Australian bushwalkers were lobbying for a National Park, you could argue that places like Govetts Leap ended up making it happen. With its sweeping view of the Grose Valley and swath of forested wilderness, Govetts Leap is often considered the most scenic Blue Mountains viewpoint. Surely, while standing at the top of the sheer rock face, and gazing out at the undulating hills that are completely covered in blue gum trees, lawmakers and bush walkers could all agree that this was a place to be saved …

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The colony of New South Wales was founded in 1788. It originally comprised a larger area of the Australian mainland also including Lord Howe Island, New Zealand, Norfolk Island and Van Diemen's Land. During the 19th century, large areas were separated to form the British colonies of Tasmania, South Australia, New Zealand, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory (1863) …

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