Sydney is Australia’s largest city, and the state capital of New South Wales. Situated on the edge of the world’s largest harbour, Sydney is a diverse mixture of cosmopolitan city and ocean coastline, with distinctive natural landscape stretching west toward the Blue Mountain ranges. Golden beaches, vibrant nightlife, sprawling shopping malls and cultural festivals work to create a truly unique city and place to live.

Population Estimate: 5,037,000 (2017)
Language: English and over 250 others
Currency: Australian Dollar
Timezone: GMT+10; GMT+11 during Daylight Saving Time
Telephone Area Codes: 2 (Sydney area code); 61 (country code for Australia)
Electricity: 230V, 50hz. AS/NZS 3112
Airport: Kingsford Smith Airport

“Sydney is the most popular city in the world for international university students, beating more than 83 cities including London, Paris and New York to the coveted spot... ”
SMH, 2014

No trip to Sydney would be complete without visiting some of our most famous landmarks. Circular Quay is the main hub that connects the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge; located just near The Rocks, one of Sydney’s most historical suburbs, Circular Quay can be accessed via bus, train or ferry. Australia is one of the first countries around the world to welcome the New Year, and New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney are broadcast worldwide, due to our spectacular fireworks display. At 9pm on NYE and 12am midnight, an amazing array of pyrotechnics light up the Sydney sky, from various locations across the city, including Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and city skyscraper rooftops.


Sydney is a vibrant, multicultural city and plays host to many cultural celebrations throughout the year, from the month-long Lunar New Year festival held across China Town to the early-Winter Vivid Sydney, a month long celebration of light, music and ideas. Watch Sydney come alive, with light and art installations, a series of talks and interviews with key inspirational and independent thinkers, and some incredible once-in-alifetime experiences (like a mass silent disco in a public park, rave parties held in secret inner city locations, and grand-scale light projection onto famous Sydney landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House).


Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach is just one of our seaside attractions; experience the world of Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly in Sydney’s east and the surf breaks of Maroubra and southern Sydney’s Cronulla.
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, Sydney is a short distance away from some spectacular getaway destinations; from the Blue Mountains to the wine region of the Hunter Valley and the quiet seaside vistas of the South Coast.


For more information on Sydney City and its villages, visit http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/places-to-go