Whenever I visit the city of Sydney, the first thing I do is walk from Central station down to Circular Quay, and around the city’s CBD. The area around Circular Quay is my favourite.
Sydney was the site of Australia’s first established European settlement, in 1788, when the First Fleet. This consisted of soldiers and convicts, the latter having been deported from England for atrocious crimes such as stealing a loaf of bread (seven years deportation). Australia was seen as an alternative to the prisons, which were grossly overcrowded.
Circular Quay is near The Rocks, the first colonial settlement in Australia. Captain Arthur Phillip chose this site because of it’s unique deepwater facilities. Sydney Harbour is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Formed by glaciers during the last Ice Age, when sea levels were 100m lower than today, the harbour offers spectacular views and natural walkways around the harbour foreshores. It is today adorned by the architectural magic of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge
Circular Quay is the hub of Sydney. It was the site of the first permanent European settlement, and even today, it is the place where most Sydneysiders congregate for special occasions. The New Year’s Eve Fireworks are a particular attraction of worldwide note that are centred on Circular Quay.
I always find it relaxing to walk around the area, and enjoy the relative tranquillity much of it has to offer, just a short walk from the hustling CBD.
Nearby are also the Botanic Gardens, Hyde Park, The War Memorial, and many striking buildings, both modern and historical. My personal favourite is the Australia Square Tower, once Australia’s tallest building, but now relatively dwarfed by many other skyscrapers built since.
Sydney is located on Australia’s South East Coast, and has a temperate climate. It is the largest natural harbour in the world, and boasts 70 beaches in the urban area, including the famous Bondi Beach.
Sydney is a major tourist destination, and has one world-class airport and sea port facilities. Jetstar and Qantas fly frequently between Sydney and all major centres in Australia. Most international airlines fly regular routes to and from Sydney.
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