Welcome to LodgingGuide's hospitality industry listings for the Sydney area.
The oldest section of Australia's largest city, world famous seaport, and one of the world's relatively new major cities is called The Rocks, a 10-minute walk from Sydney's central business district, founded in the 18th century as an English and Irish penal colony. The Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre is one of the few remaining structures built by the original convict population. This former site of penal brutality, where convicts were kidnapped for use as cheap labor on ships, and the prison guards often were more violent and corrupt than the ones they guarded, is now the most popular, upscale shopping, sipping and snacking venue in the city. In addition to the sidewalk cafes, a few old authentic English and Irish pubs remain and are well worth a visit. Nearby is the famous Sydney Observatory museum with its 150 year old original optical telescope, which the world's astronomers once used to study the Southern Hemisphere, surrounded by a park where you can picnic or just enjoy the
unmatched, unobstructed panoramic view of the entire Sydney Harbour area. New South Wales, the British Colony of which Sydney is the capital, used to occupy the entire eastern half of the Australian continent, but now has been subdivided to include the newer colonies of Victoria and Queensland. The Aboriginal people of Australia, whose presence can be traced back 40,000 years before the arrival of the British, have to some extent integrated themselves with contemporary Australian society, but most still live as they have for generations, preserving their traditions, presenting programs for the education and amusement of residents and tourists, and unfortunately still struggling as second class citizens in many respects, much as Native Americans do in the U.S. Incredible diversity, however, created by an Aboriginal culture which remains in spite of the attempts of British colonists to eliminate it, now coexisting on a continent in the South Pacific off the coast of Asia, where Guiness is as popular and as
much a part of the culture as saki or passion fruit, is what distinguishes Sydney from other major world capitals.
You can begin researching lodging properties and on-site restaurants in the Sydney area by selecting one of the options shown below.
|·||Kings Cross||·||Hyde Park - Central Station|
|Lodging in the colorful and sometimes rough Kings Cross area, which includes Elizabeth Bay, Darlinghurst and the somewhat more.||Lodging options centrally located near Hyde Park, St. Mary's.|
|·||Darling Harbour||·||Sydney Airport|
|Lodging close to major tourist site Darling Harbor, home to the convention and exhibition center.||Lodging options near the Sydney Airport (SYD), main international and domestic airport, located 6 miles south-west of the Central Business District and Sydney Harbour.|
|·||The Rocks||·||Surrounding Communities|
|Oldest area of Sydney and its foundation place, includes lodging in nearby sections with the Opera House and the Royal Botanical Gardens close by.||Communities less than an hour from the city center such as Double Bay, Bondi Beach, Parramatta, Manly and more.|
|Lodging in different locations, within the metro region of Sydney.|
Area Facts: Sydney has a population of almost 4 million and 700 square miles. The Country Code for Australia is 61. Area Code for Sydney is 2.
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