Aerial Photo of Sydney


The first glimpse of Sydney from the air as you approach Sydney Airport

is impressive to say the least. Its lush flora incorporated into the organic architecture that Australia is known for takes one’s breath away and

sends a thrill of excitement down ones spine. Truly, you can say that you are a whole new different world. Much must have been the sentiment of the first colonizers of Sydney.

 

Sydney is one of the world's favorite cities and is famous for its

World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. Its dynamic arts and cultural scene is the place to find some of Australia's prominent arts organizations such as Opera Australia (associated with Dame Joan Sutherland, a world class soprano), Sydney Symphony (one of Australia’s busiest symphony orchestras), Sydney Dance Company (The most famous and successful contemporary dance company) and Sydney Theatre Company (whose resident actors are internationally acclaimed Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush) and has produced many talented writers, film directors and performers.

Aerial photo of Sydney, Australia,

 

It has also been voted "world's best city". Sydney is also ranked first in the Asia Pacific for quality of life in 2007.

 

The state capital of Australia’s New South Wales and the most populated with more than 4.28 million people living there, Sydney is the site of the first European colony in 1788 by the leader of the first fleet of Britain, Arthur Phillip. It was then named after the British Home Secretary Thomas Townsend, Lord Sydney. In the decades following WWII in the 20th century, Sydney has continuously expanded to accommodate numbers of Europeans as well as Asians. This melting pot of different cultures does give Sydney it’s highly diverse and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Sydney is bordered by the vast Pacific Ocean in the east, the rugged gorges of the Blue Mountains in the west, the ever flowing Hawkesbury River in the north, and the historical Royal National Park in the south. The Sydney Harbour or Port Jackson is the world’s largest natural harbour.

This Australian city is favored with a temperate climate by virtue of its proximity to the ocean with warm summers and mild winters. Rainfall occurs sporadically throughout the year. Snowfall doesn’t occur often as the last recorded event was in the 1830s. It is very important to note that Sydney is the gateway to Australia’s business sector and is an important financial center in the Asia Pacific Region. Its economy is larger than that of Hong Kong, Malaysia or Singapore.

Although European influences may have helped shaped what Sydney is today, it cannot be denied that Sydney is different compared to other cities that can be found in European countries. Its very youth as compared to old cities in the West gives Sydney vibrancy and a sense of endless possibilities that are both exciting and thrilling.