Welcome to Sydney

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When most people think of Australia, they think of Sydney. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge are two of the most recognizable images of the modern world. While Sydney Harbour provides a perfect backdrop to the white ‘sails’ of the Sydney Opera House, the Opera House itself, with its distinct silhouette, has become a symbol of Sydney. This, however, is only one side of the city. Sydney is a place of many layers, like the sandstone upon which it is built. The visitor can explore these layers to gain a deeper understanding of Sydney and its history. They can discover how Sydney grew from a penal colony of several hundred people in 1788, to a modern city of over 4 million people today.


Population A little over 4 million
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD) $1 = 100 cents
Opening hours Most shops are open 9 am-5 pm daily, with late night trading on Thursday to 9 pm.
Newspapers Sydney Morning Herald
The Australian
Sunday Australian
Daily Telegraph
Sunday Telegraph
Emergency numbers Emergency situations, police, ambulance, fire brigade: 000
Tourist information Cnr of Argyle and Playfair St, The Rocks
Tel: +61 2 9265 - 9007
Mon-Fri 9.30 am-5.30 pm