In 2006 I went to Sydney, Australia’s biggest, oldest city. It was my first international trip. I had a few weeks between jobs and I’m glad I took the plunge. I gotta say, it is one of the cleanest cities I have been to. It’s surrounded by national parks and beaches, and containing perhaps the world’s most recognized harbor (with the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge so visible).

I saw so much in Sydney, so I will have more posts on the Taronga Zoo, Manly Beach, Bondi Beach soon.

About Sydney 

Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbour front Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby. Sydney Tower’s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city and suburbs.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo is the city zoo of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour in the suburb of Mosman. It was officially opened on 7 October 1916.

Fun Facts

  • A resident of Sydney is known as a Sydneysider
  • Approximately 4.5 million people visit the Sydney Opera House each year
  • Most of the convicts to Australia were English and Welsh (70%), Irish (24%) or Scottish (5%)
  • Historically, more convicts were sent to American penal colonies than Australian (although Australia was mostly designated a penal colony whereas America had various religious refugees, needless to say, this is why Australia is known for its prisoner roots)
  • Some convicts had been sent from various British outposts such as India and Canada and there were also Maoris from New Zealand, Chinese from Hong Kong and slaves from the Caribbean

Stay tuned…more to come





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