The capital of New South Wales, Sydney is Australia’s first and largest city. Sydney is known as the cultural capital of Australia (this is often contested by Melbourne), and is home to a staggering population of 4.7 million. The population of Sydney are cosmopolitan and international and are often referred to as ‘Sydneysiders’
Sydney is the site of the first British Colony in Australia, established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by the commodore of the First Fleet, Arthur Phillip as a penal colony. These days the city has established itself as a cultural hub with a host of internationally known museums and galleries such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Powerhouse Museum.
The city also plays host to a number of Australia’s largest social and cultural festivals and events such as the annual Sydney Festival, held during three weeks in January featuring a number of domestic and international acts. Sport also plays a large part of Sydney’s culture, with many international and national events held throughout the year.
Sydney is surrounded by beautiful natural landmarks and national parks, as well as stunning beaches, such as the world-famous Bondi Beach. Its buildings, such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, are among the most visited in the country. The city offers all kinds of activities for visitors, who can enjoy swimming in its sandy blue beaches, or taking a nice walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens, as well as visiting famous attractions like Hyde Park.
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