Start your Yacht Charter holiday from one of the best harbour cities you can find worldwide. Sydney’s spectacular sailing and unspoilt beaches beckon you while the Blue Mountains are close enough to add a day’s trekking to your holiday. Tempted?
It’s rare to find the buzz of an international city with such unique natural beauty. Explore Sydney like a local on a sailing cruise. Pass iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Fort Denison – before you’ve even left the harbour.
The city is the capital of the Australian state of New South Wales. It has the most people in any town in Australia, with over five million inhabitants. This tourist dream city is located on the east coast and surrounds Port Jackson. The outskirts reach all the way towards the Blue Mountains – about 70 km away. Sydney is divided into 40 local government areas, 15 regions and 658 suburbs. Residents of the city are affectionately known as “Sydneysiders”.
How the city got its name
For at least 30,000 years, indigenous Australians have inhabited the area. Captain Cook landed at Kurnell in 1770 on his ship, the HMS Endeavour. Eight years later, the “First Fleet” bringing convicts to this part of the world, arrived in Botany Bay. Sydney, therefore, became the first settlement for Europeans in Australia and the first Penal Colony here. Admiral Arthur Phillip led the fleet and named the city “Sydney” after Lord Sydney the British Home Secretary, in 1788. Phillip went on to become Governor. Convict transportation to Australia continued until late into the 19th-century. The moniker “POMS” for the British originates from being a shortened version of “Prisoner of his Majesty’s Service”.
The region is rich with Aboriginal archaeological sites. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a protected area and houses excellent examples of ancient rock art and engravings. In 1842, the municipal council of Sydney became incorporated. A few years later, colonists discovered gold, and therefore a “Gold Rush” began. Thousands flocked to the region hoping to seek their fortune. The University of Sydney became established in 1850 and still holds regard as a world-leading university. Sydney has the oldest library in Australia. The State Library of New South Wales opened in 1826.
After World War II, mass migration ensued from all parts of the globe. Sydney began its transition to become the major global cultural and multi-economic city that it is today. In 2011, Sydneysiders spoke over 250 different languages between them, reported by a local survey.
Sport and the outdoors
Sydney ranks tenth in the world regarding quality of life. It maintains tremendous influence in the region and across the globe. The city shows economic strength in finance, manufacturing and, of course, tourism. With financial ties to both the east and the west, Sydney has a world presence in the stock market. The banking sector forms a fundamental part of the city’s culture. Concurrently, the area is known for its passion for sport and the outdoor life. Many people use the ferry boats across the harbour as their daily commute to and from the city and suburban towns.
Australians didn’t invent the barbeque (it was the Arawaks of the Caribbean), but you would be forgiven for thinking that they did. Their passion for outdoor cooking and socializing is legendary, due to the warm climate.
Sydney continues to host international sporting events. The British Empire Games were here in 1938 and in 2000, the Summer Olympics . Millions of tourists visit the city’s landmarks each year. Some never leave and stay for a lifetime. Together with over 2,500,000 acres of parkland the natural features found here include the Royal National Park, the Royal Botanic Garden and, of course, Sydney Harbour. Other frequently visited landmarks are: Sydney Tower, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Origami-like Sydney Opera House – which became a World Heritage Site in 2007. Kingsford-Smith Airport opened in 1906 and has had many refurbishments over the years. It is still the main international airport for the area, being just 20 minutes drive from the city.
World famous zoo