Located on the east coast of Australia, Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales, and is Australia’s most populated city, with a population of 5 million. 1.5 million of these inhabitants are international, from various different cultures, ethnicities and religions, making it one of the most multicultural cities in the world.
Thousands of tourists, both interstate and international, come to Sydney annually to see the city’s iconic landmarks. The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts centre, famous for its unique man-made architecture, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Another man-made structure is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, nicknamed ‘The Coathanger.’ It carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The Bridge is also an integral aspect Sydney New Year’s Eve, being use for display of fireworks.
Historical monuments include the ANZAC War Memorial, which commemorates the lives of the ANZAC soldiers who took part in the First Word War (1915-16), and the Royal Botanic Gardens, which spreads for 74 acres and boasts 8,900 species of plants. Amongst the several beaches located in Sydney, the most famous one is Bondi Beach, which attracts tourists all year round. It is known for its picturesque beaches, surfers and great white sharks.
There are many shopping attractions in Sydney for tourists to enjoy. Pitt Street Mall and Westfield Sydney offer several retail stores, including world famous designer brands such as Gucci and Prada. On the other hand, Paddington’s Oxford Street is well-known by locals and tourists for its individual boutiques and retro, vintage goods.
Getting Here/Transportation Facilities
Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is an international airport, located 8km south of the city centre. It is the only major airport in Sydney, and the busiest one in Australia. It is easily accessible by train, shuttle bus and road.
In Sydney, there are many ways to travel to tourist destinations, restaurants and hotels. The diverse public transport facilities available to tourists and the general public include buses, trains, ferries, Light Rail (tram), car hire, taxis and even tourist City Sightseeing buses.
There are a wide selection of certified Halal restaurants and cuisines spread across Sydney for Muslim tourists to enjoy, due to its large Muslim population. Such cuisines include Indian, Moroccan, Turkish, Persian and African. For more details, visit http://halalsquare.com.au/sydney/
There a several mosques located across Sydney for Muslim tourists, with most situated in suburbs populated by Muslims inhabitants. Mosques include Al-Azhar Mosque, Blacktown Mosque, Lakambah Musallah, Rooty Hill Mosque and Sydney CBD Mosque.
For a complete list of mosques, visit http://www.living-in-sydney.com/muslims-mosques-in-sydney-Australia.html
Top 10 Things to Do and See in Sydney
1. Sydney Opera House – iconic arts-performing centre
2. Sydney Harbour Bridge – iconic steel bridge lookout with climbing facilities
3. Taronga Zoo – animal encounters, tours and interactive show-and-tell
4. Royal Botanic Gardens – large and diverse botanical garden
5. Luna Park – amusement park and entertainment venue
6. ANZAC War Memorial – commemorative military monument
7. Bondi Beach – beaches, surfing and great white sharks
8. The Rocks – historical landmark, galleries and seafood
9. The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains – iconic rock formation
10. Sydney Tower – tallest observation tower in Sydney