Sydney is the oldest European settlement in Australia, having been founded as a British penal colony on 26 January 1788, now celebrated as Australia Day. Although having grown to into a sprawling city of 4.2m set around its Harbour and up the Parramatta River, the central business district is relatively compact and easy to walk around.
In the city centre is the Strand Arcade, a fine example of Victorian Architecture, and a shopping destination well known for the large number of Australian designers it showcases. The Rocks by the south pier of the famous Harbour Bridge contains many fine restaurants and interesting shops. Just west of the city centre is Darling Harbour which is dedicated to leisure and tourist services and home to the dramatic Sydney Aquarium. It can be reached by the monorail which loops around the central business district (CBD).
Just north of the CBD is Circular Quay which is the major public transport hub of the city. The station here links to the 8 ferry routes which operate across the world's largest natural harbour and up the Parramatta River. The ferries give access to the many public beaches around the harbour, which are popular for family barbeques and all types of watersports. Surfing is very popular on the Pacific Ocean beaches at Manley and Bondi.
Kingsford Smith International Airport is in the southern suburb of Mascot and the Airport Link railway offers a direct connection to the downtown area.
Central Sydney is the business and retail hub of the Australian city, most notable for its landscape of skyscrapers along the harbour. Major attractions include the New South Wales Art Gallery, Hyde Park and the Sydney Tower Eye. A serviced apartment in central Sydney would be perfect for anyone who wants to be in the heart of the action.
Circular Quay is the focal point of Sydney Harbour. Its ship and ferry passenger terminals, train station and bus links make it a major transport hub, while famous sites like the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House draw tourists from around the world. A Circular Quay serviced apartment would be ideal for those who want to enjoy these spectacular views.
Bondi Junction houses the Westfield Shopping Centre, one of the largest shopping precincts in Sydney. Nearby, Bondi beach is particularly popular with surfers and has been used in numerous films and television series. A serviced apartment in Bondi Junction would suit someone who wants to be near the famous coastal location.
Sydney’s original European settlers first landed in The Rocks in January, 1788. Today, the area is popular for its architecture and close proximity to attractions in Circular Quay. A serviced apartment in The Rocks would be ideal for anyone who wants to stay in the historic heart of the city.