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Historical Places in Sydney That Tells a Lot About the City

  • The city of Sydney is one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world. Known for its beaches, picturesque scenery and multiculturalism, Sydney is a wonderful place to visit and be. Ever since I moved to Sydney, I’ve been keenly learning about the city’s historical places and ancientness. This article offers a glimpse into some of the most prominent historical places in Sydney. 


    Sydney Harbour


    For as long as it has existed, Sydney Harbour has been a source of historical information from as early as 6000 years ago. But with the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 on the harbour, there began a new era for the city of Australia, let alone Sydney. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge was built in 1932 and the Opera House in 1973, both of which eventually gave Sydney its worldwide status. Today, millions of people visit the city to marvel at these world-famous wonders. One of my favourite sights in Sydney is the harbour during the after hours, when the buildings are clad in lights and colours. And a great way to enjoy this scene is a Harbour cruise with dinner. There are numerous vessels on the harbour which offer well-tailored packages that both the tourists and locals will love. For a daytime sightseeing experience, I’d suggest a lunch cruise on the harbour. These cruises offer delicious meals that are prepared to perfection by expert chefs. Enjoy the beautiful harbour views that are steeped in history while indulging in a delectable meal. 


    The Rocks 


    The historic Rocks is essentially the birthplace of Sydney as here is where the European settlers chose to step ashore back in 1788. Since then, The Rocks has weaved a colourful history, which evolved from a raucous and rowdy settlement of convicts, sailors, street gangs, soldiers and more. But today, it is a thriving modern precinct. Home to the world’s greatest natural harbour, funky bars and restaurants, Australia’s oldest pubs and a range of accommodation, The Rocks is a popular place to stay and visit. A wonderful way to explore this area is to join The Rocks Walking Tours or go on an ‘I’m Free Tour’ from the historic Cadman’s Cottage in the evening. It is also a creative and cultural arts destination for artisans, poets, bespoke craftsmen etc. The Rocks is also where you will find the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Be sure to visit the Argyle Gallery and The rocks Discovery Museum too while you’re here. 


    Windsor, New South Wales 


    Windsor is a historic town situated north west of Sydney, which sits on the Hawkesbury River. The town is surrounded by Australian bush and farmlands. A majority of Australia’s oldest surviving European buildings are located at Windsor. Also, did you know that Windsor is also the third-oldest place of British settlement on the continent. It is also the most prominent and largest “Macquarie” town on the Hawkesbury River. Seeing its agricultural potential and accessibility, Windsor was chosen during the settlement. Some of the most iconic places to visit while you visit Windsor include St Matthews Church, the Court House, Thompson Square and Tebbut’s observatories. Although, with a long list of historic buildings and landmarks, the popular belief is that Windsor’s historicity has suffered the most from modern development. 


    Surely, this ain’t the end of my list. But I intend to take it slow with this topic, so as to serve justice to how much these places have contributed to the growth of the city of Sydney. I will be back with another list of historical places soon. Until then, bye!

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