from one of the Harbour Bridge support columns, south-east Australia. To the
right of the Opera House is the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens
and to the right is Circular Quay (the harbour's main ferry
terminal) and the business district.
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Sydney, New South Wales, is one of the world's great cities,
well-organised and well-developed but still very relaxed with
several fine green spaces - most notably the cockatoo-frenzied
Royal Botanic Gardens.
Australia's main cities are all designed in the same vein: spacious,
attractive waterfronts, plenty of greenery and pedestrian-friendly
sidewalks but Sydney hit the biggest seam with the world's largest
natural harbour - and absolutely gorgeous it is too.
Trivia: the world's second largest harbour? Poole, south England.
And by the way, Botany Bay, Captain Cook's first landing point, is now an industrial
zone about 10kms south of Sydney.
iconic Harbour Bridge with grey-suited climbers visible mid-left
and low right.
There are many who have climbed the Harbour Bridge who claim
that the cost is extortionate and out of proportion to the experience,
but others would disagree, especially if they managed top peak
out on a good day around sunset time. Whatever, this picture
was taken from the top of one of the bridge's support towers
and provided quite enough height thank you...
capital city: Some deluded folk think Sydney
is Australia's capital, or possibly Melbourne. Not at all, it's
a city in Australia's south-east that few tourists visit (Bugcrew
included), Canberra, purpose built because politicians could
not afford to give the title to either of the two serious contenders
- Sydney and Melbourne - for fear of dreadful sanctions from
the great and good of the losing city.
Still, Sydney - aka 'Sin City' by locals though we can't imagine
why, the sinny side must be well hidden - is unquestionably
the city that tourists have to see, along with Uluru and Cairns
for a minimum Australia experience. Melbourne, it's true, is
very pleasant, but it lacks the harbour and being further south
the climate is cooler - some even liken it to Britain's dire
Rocks weekend market.
Old Victorian buildings visible in many places around Australia
face off the Rocks market tents, a tourist souvenir hotspot,
while the Harbour Bridge crosses in the background.
And on the subject of weather...don't expect too much from Sydney.
Rain is not uncommon in any season, nor sweater-inducing temperatures,
though in all probability your shorts (short pants) will see
Just don't wear tiny tight shorts like too
many of Sydney's older, pot-bellied underclass males - unless
you're a fit young female of course. And if you yearn for guaranteed
sunshine then the central east coast is your best bet, where
300 days of sunburn is apparently the norm.
small part of the Darling Harbour complex, enjoyed by ibis as
much as tourists.
the best time to visit Sydney is March, April, Oct, Nov when temperatures are moderate and crowds are reduced by school
terms, though if you are a show freak and organised enough to
book ahead then January's Sydney Arts Festival month might suit
Sadly, without a mad 'Fringe' Festival that Scotland's
Edinburgh does so well, Sydney's event is rather staid, lacking
in fire and not worth making a special effort to attend.
Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Australian wildlife is not generally as easy to find as one
might imagine, birdlife flourishes everywhere, not least in
Sydney, with ibis as common as pigeons and parrots, fruit bats
and cockatoos screeching around the Royal Botanic Gardens, especially
bats in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens. Click
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