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Less Well-Known Places for Tourists to See in Sydney

by Claudio Miccio

When Sydney was first settled in 1788, it was a penal colony. Since then, it has taken a place among the most beauteous cities of the world, chock full of sandy beaches, nature, fashion, design, history, art and cuisine. It is sunny on over 300 days a year. Sydney played host to the summer Olympics of 2000 and has continued its record of hosting large, international happenings. There are few cities that are more cosmopolitan – one third of people hail from overseas.

The opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney -

There are so many attractions in Sydney that you might well find yourself wanting to reside there permanently. If you're so inclined, you could attempt rent a property with Homesales. There, you will find over 150,000 properties listed. This website helps landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers in their thousands every day.

Some of Sydney's attractions are less well-known.

Once upon a time, Surry Hills was a packed slum brimming with gangs and brothels, but it has since been transformed into an upmarket suburb packed full of pokey cafés, trendy bars, antique shops and much-sought restaurants.

A heritage-listed former police station at 703 Bourke Street in Surry Hills -,_New_South_Wales

The Powerhouse Museum is near Chinatown and would make for an educational experience for anybody. While ostensibly a science museum, it houses furniture and other decorative arts in addition to steam engines. The exhibits of the Tinytoreum are derived from the children's tales by Jackie French that were illustrated by Bruce Whatley, which include the highly-popular Shaggy Gully series. There can be found a Space Lab, a Magic Garden and craft activities. There are also the cutting edge Cog's Playground and a child-friendly café.

The eastern side of the Powerhouse Museum -

The Australia Museum showcases the animal and plant life of Australia, culture and dinosaurs, and is the oldest museum in the country, opening as it did in 1845. This museum has received recognition from throughout the world for the research it has conducted into the Great Barrier Reef.

On Darling Harbour, the Sydney Aquarium hosts thousands of varieties of marine. Shark HQ is a particularly utterly unique which includes walk-through tunnels, a shark hatchery and an animatronic Great White.

It is possible to see locally-produced and sometimes cutting edge drama at the Sydney Theatre Company at the Rocks in Walsh Bay and from time to time at the Opera House Drama Theatre. Other examples of theatres in Sydney are the Newtown Theatre in the Inner West, Belvoir St Theatre in Surrey Hills and the Seymour Centre beside Sydney University. There are over 30 amateur theatrical companies in Sydney, including the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta, the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood on the Lower North shore and the Sutherland Entertainment Centre in Sutherland. Adult tickets cost approximately $20.

On the internet, a great number of blogs speak of Sydney's food, written by a coterie of devout foodies. Fellow foodies would find these interesting, as they would allow others of a similar ilk to hear of establishments well-beyond the beaten trail.

Sydney's government had published in excess of 100,000 issues of a guidebook, Slices of Sydney, which features lesser-known tourist destinations. This 64-page booklet details 10 of the villages that surround Sydney and includes such attractions as the best fashion shops of Darlinghurst's Oxford Street, the I Have a Dream mural of King Street in Newtown and the best vegetarian café on Glebe Point Road. Clover Moore, the mayor of Sydney, said that the booklet highlighted “Sydney's hidden gems.”


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