Welcome to Sydney

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When most people think "Sydney", they picture the white sails of the Sydney Opera House and coathanger frame of the Harbour Bridge. But beneath this glittering surface Sydney has many layers, like the golden striped sandstone from which it is built. There is so much to explore and experience in this thriving city of over 4.5 million people, it's hard to believe Sydney was a tiny British penal colony less than 250 years ago. It's now a cosmopolitan metropolis with a friendly, casual attitude that keeps visitors coming back "down under" for more!

Facts

Population Over 4.5 million
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = 100 cents
Opening hours Most shops are open 9am to 5pm daily, with late night trading on Thursday to 9pm.
Website www.sydney.com
Newspapers Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian
Sunday Australian
Daily Telegraph
Sunday Telegraph
The Financial Review
Emergency numbers Emergency situations, police, ambulance, fire brigade: 000
Tourist information Corner of Argyle and Playfair Street, The Rocks
Tel: +61 2 9265 - 9007
Mon-Fri 9.30 am-5.30 pm