about Sydney a to z ...
These pages primarily provide travel information, tips and pictures about Sydney and its surroundings. I have personally visited most of the places of touristic relevance in Sydney
featured here as you can see from the pictures that I have taken.
Although Sydney is one of the large cities of the world, with its 254 years of history, it is one of the youngest. What Sydney lacks in history, it makes up with its friendly people, synergy of cultures, beautiful sights, pleasant weather, surf beaches and unique animals. Sydney it's a gold winning travel destination.
Why another travel guide about Sydney? There are at least two good reasons. First, this is a travel guide to Sydney as I saw it with my camera and second, I am trying to give you honest and useful travel information about what to see in Sydney.
a brief history of Sydney and Australia ...
The rocks composing the Australian continent begin to form around 4.5 billion years ago.
The Aboriginal people colonize Australia around 60,000 years ago. Nomadic hunters and gatherers, Aborigines develop a sophisticated religious and spiritual life, in spite of their simple way of life.
Dutch captain Willem Jansz discovers Australia in 1606.
© National Maritime Museum (UK)
The English captain James Cook discovers the Eastern coast of Australia and the place we call today Sydney in 1770 and claims it for the English Crown.
The First Fleet
arrives in Sydney Australia in 1788, under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip
, and the colonization of the new
Captain Phillip christens Sydney Cove, after Thomas Townshend, Baron Sydney (1733-1800), the English minister responsible for the colony. Later, the name drops 'Cove' and the area becomes known as Sydney.
The Commonwealth of Australia forms in 1901.
Sydney Harbor Bridge opens to traffic in 1932.
Sydney Opera House opens its doors in 1973.
Sydney shines in the international spotlight by hosting the Olympic Games in 2000.
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