A delightful walk around the treasures of Sydney

By David Weldon
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On the morning of January 18 1788, 16 tall ships sailed into what is now known as Port Jackson Harbor and set anchor in a small cove. This cove would become globally famous in later years and would be named Sydney cove. The ships were carrying over 1,500 convicts from the UK. They had been sent there to serve their penal sentences and to start a new colony settlement. Today, that colony is known as Sydney. It’s a bustling metropolis in the country of Australia!

 Ocean liners in Sydney Cove

Sydney cove (or Circular quay) is an unmistakable landmark with a CBD waterfront skyline of inspiring skyscrapers, office buildings and luxury hotels. Venturing into its bustling streets, you’ll find a hoard of top brand-name stores, where you can happily shop till you drop! If you fancy a cruise, no problem, ocean going liners regularly leave the cove for far off exotic locations.

To the west of Sydney cove stands the historical district, known as the 'Rocks.'This is where the first settlements were actually built. Today, you can still stroll through this momentous area of historical importance and view the old, long-standing, quayside wharfs or walk past the remains of 17th century streets. For a true sense of nostalgia, go and explore Cadman’s cottage. Built in 1816, it was used as a government official residence mainly for shipping regulations within the harbour.

To the east of Sydney cove stands the artistic and impressive Sydney Opera House which proudly stands as a monumental symbol of contemporary architecture. Here, you can enjoy an international star studded show, or, if you wish, you can visit the many exhibitions and attractions that are on offer all year round.

 Cadman's cottage

Just behind the Opera House are the beautiful and serene Royal Botanical Garden parklands. This is where the first Government House was built, and it still stands to this day. Here you can amble at your leisure and gaze upon the many tropical species of plants and trees. If you enjoy oriental cooking, then check out the famous Royal Herbal Gardens. Here you will find many types of spices and seasoning for that special meal.

The views from the parkland are spectacular. To the west, you have the CBD district with its inspiring skyline of skyscrapers. As you gaze north across the sparkling waters of Port Jackson habour to North Sydney, you can’t help but be mesmerised by the splendor and magnificence of the towering bridge which links Sydney and North Sydney together. It is, of course, the iconic and amazing steel structure of the Sydney Harbour Bridge often considered the jewel in the crown of Sydney’s many attractions. Built in 1923, the bridge will forever be a symbolic icon of Sydney. Today, you can safely take a tour and climb to the top of the bridge and receive a certificate for your efforts! Sydney, a great city for all occasions!

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