SYDNEY :: NEW SOUTH WALES
SYDNEY IS THE CAPITAL OF NEW SOUTH WALES (NSW), AND THE LARGEST CITY IN AUSTRALIA. While Melbourne is a city of culture and education, Sydney is the business centre of the nation. It is known for the iconic Sydney Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge, a massive steel arch bridge. Visitors can climb to the top for panoramic views of the city.
Royal Botanic Garden: This beautiful garden is located in the heart of Sydney and features a wide variety of plants from around the world. It's a great place to relax and enjoy nature.
Darling Harbour: This waterfront area is home to many attractions, including the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the Australian National Maritime Museum, and many restaurants and shops. Art Gallery of New South Wales: This museum has a large collection of Australian and international art, including works by many famous artists..
Like many big cities around the world, Sydney has become multicultural in recent decades. It now has an ethnic map as well as a physical one, with different nationalities attracted to different regions. Russians like it in Bondi, Manly, or the Sutherland Shire. Auburn is the center of the Turkish diaspora and boasts great Turkish food. Parramatta is hugely Indian. In the Sydney CBD, there is a whole precinct called Thai Town.
What do you have -- voila!, The Rocks! It is not the kind of place I went to often when I lived in Australia, but I can understand its appeal with tourists. As The Rocks Village website reported:
"Today it is Sydney's historic old town quarter, nestled between the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House."
FIRST A RUN-DOWN OF SOME OF THE THINGS YOU CAN SEE I THE ROCKS, ALL THE TYPICAL TOURIST STUFF, AND THEN, FOR A BIT OF SPICE, I WILL RELATE ONE OR TWO OF MY MOST RECENT EXPERIENCES THERE. First, those stats and recommendations about what to see in The Rocks:
--+- Shop for antiques, collectibles, souvenirs and a wide variety of original Australian art (Aboriginal pieces), crafts, fashions and designer jewellery (opals, etc).
++-+ Have a drink at Australiafs oldest licensed hotel. Click here for a list and description of places where you can drink and party in The Rocks.
lking tours of this fascinating area.
Go to the American Express lounge at Circular Quay... and maybe get a discount! Membership has its privileges.Reconnect with my faith at the Soka Gakkai Centre!