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Sydney Travel Guide

Sydney's city centre covers an area of around 6.5 square km and is divided into separate districts. The North part is well known as 'The Rocks' is the main tourist area. Here tourists are free to enjoy the many restaurants, shops and visit the famous landmarks as the Opera House across Circular Quay and Harbour Bridge.


To the South of Circular Quay, the Central Business District is about 1.5km long and has huge commercial blocks and Victorian buildings. To the East of that, Domain, Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens provide the city with some open, green spaces. At night Hyde Park is best avoided!

The Bustling Darling Harbour which is South West of the Central Business District is full of restaurants, shops and bars. It is a beautiful 'must see' part of Sydney near Chinatown and Theatre land with exhibition and entertainment centres closeby.

The area known as Greater Sydney has a 4 million+ population and is a collection of separate identities and small vilages. It includes the South Eastern city suberbs of Surry Hills, which is fairly hilly and has a more Greek character than English. Elizabeth Bay is also there, a leafy, old residential suburban area.

Kings Cross is situated between these two areas, known locally as 'the Cross' is the infamous Kings Cross. Not the same as its London namesake, this area is lively, full of small restaurants, alternative entertainment and a little sleazy.

Kings Cross is known as a gay friendly part of Sydney and prostitutes and transvestites roam the streets openly in the Darlinghurst area of Oxford Street. Late at night, any tourist should keep their wits about them in this area as elsewhere, in the main central areas, Sydney is considered a very safe city.

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