Settled as a British penal colony in 1788, Sydney is actually a rather young city by most standards. Inhabited by Aboriginal people for 40,000 years before the Europeans arrived, the city can thank the influences of both for its rich culture and beautiful architecture.
Of course, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge are Sydney's most popular and well recognised landmarks and are international icons, however the city is home to a huge range of holiday attractions. Macquarie Street is home to some of Sydney's most historic buildings including The State Library of New South Wales, Sydney Hospital, Parliament House, the Old Mint, Land Titles Office and Hyde Park Barracks. As well as The Domain, a lovely recreation area, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Mrs Macquarie's Point and the Royal Botanic Gardens all offer spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Hyde Park is a welcome patch of green in the bustle of the city while the Australian Museum offers one of the world's best natural history museums and the oldest and largest collection in Australia. Town Hall and the Queen Victoria Building are ornate structures home to more than 190 galleries, boutiques and shops while the AMP Tower is Sydney's tallest building and offers a revolving restaurant, observation deck and Sydney's shopping hub spread across three blocks.
A number of arcades can be found along the city streets leading to Chinatown, a vibrant enclave of authentic Chinese supermarkets, shops and restaurants. Nearby, the Sydney Entertainment Centre and Capitol Theatre offer some of the city's best music and entertainment. Further down the road, Sydney's famous Fish Markets are the perfect place to pick up the fresh local seafood and take in the splendour of commercial and major wholesale seafood trade. You can also sample the produce at the restaurant if you simply can't wait to get your purchases home.
Darling Harbour is a major tourist and holiday hub with plenty of shopping, dining and attractions and is built on the city's western fringe on Cockle Bay. Here you'll find the Sydney Aquarium, Chinese Friendship Gardens and the IMAX Theatre. One the western side, the Harbourside Market Place is alive with dining and produce and is conveniently located close to attractions such as the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Powerhouse Museum, the largest museum in Australia.
Nearby, Star City Casino offers 24 hour dining, entertainment and gambling. Pop in for a drink, a meal, some cabaret, a production or to try your luck with one of the 1500 slot machines or 160 gambling tables. Sydney's only legal casino, Star City is a popular entertainment venue and also offers holiday accommodation.