Sydney is a sprawling metropolis with seaside suburbs stretching both
north and south for a length of about 70 km. It then extends west in a
broad sweep about 60 km to the Blue Mountains, through historic
Parramatta, a city in its own right about 20 km west of the city centre.
Today its metropolitan area covers some 5,000 square km.
The suburbs of Sydney house one of the most ethnically diverse societies
on earth, with migrants coming from some 215 countries and speaking over
150 languages. Over one third of Sydney's residents speak a language
other than English. In Fairfield an outer suburb of Sydney more than 60
languages are commonly spoken. All this diversity has created a vibrant
diverse mix of cultures, languages, food, and the arts with everyone
living in a generally harmonious atmosphere.
Sydney offers much to see and do all year round, from it's more than 30 beaches stretching
north and south, spectacular Sydney harbour and foreshores, historic buildings
and locales, picturesque towns and villages, entertainment and tourist
attractions, museums, parks and gardens, the list goes on.
additional attractions, tours and other information contact the local tourism visitor centres, found in
a number of locations throughout Sydney.
The Sydney Visitors Centres at The Rocks and Darling Harbour, provide the most
comprehensive information and resources for all of Sydney and NSW.