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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

Sydney Harbour
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
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 253 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.

Bunjil Shelter (Grampians VIC) - Aboriginal art
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
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.
Captain James Cook
© 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 continent begins.

AMP Tower - Sydney
©2006 Gabriel Ditu
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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Select from the top down menu, found under the banner, the place you want to find information. After you read the information presented, please visit the page the most relevant for the touristic objectiv you were looking for.

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Sydney Weather

monthly average figures
month Jan Apr Jul Oct
°C max 26 22 16 22
°C min 18 14 8 13
sun hrs 7 6 6 7
rain mm 90 135 117 71
All comments, tips and travel advises made on these pages are based on my travel experience and are therefore subjective. Please do not take the written word as a fact. None of the pages describing tourist objectives, restaurants, hotels, accomodation, organizations, places, churches, services and so on, have been submitted for any kind of approval. Please consider everything written here as a personal and friendly advice addressed to you. On every page, where possible, I tried to put a link to THE relevant site of the tourist objective described on that page. PLEASE read also the tourist and travel information from the authorized site and make up you own mind.
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