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
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.
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.