Photo Essay: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sydney is Australia’s oldest and largest city, and state capital of New South Wales. The city is built around Port Jackson, where the Parramatta River meets the Tasman Sea, and Sydney Harbour is graced by two of Australia’s most iconic structures, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sydney is a major cultural, retail, fashion, art, and education center, produces more than 25% of the country’s economic activity, and is home to approximately one-in-five Australians.

Sydney CBD (Central Business District), seen from the air. The Royal Botanic Gardens can be seen at center right, with the Opera House on the water at the northern tip of the Gardens, and Sydney Harbour Bridge to the left of the Opera House.

Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and opened in 1973, Sydney Opera House was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Circular Quay Railway Station

From left to right: Sydney Opera House, The Rocks (one of Sydney’s oldest neighborhoods), and the southern approach to Sydney Harbour Bridge

Panorama, Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The bridge is a steel through-arch designed by John Bradfield, an Australian engineer who also designed the Story Bridge in Brisbane (photos of the bridge under construction between 1923 and 1932).

The Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 and is famous for the Bridge Climb, an adventure tour that allows people to climb to the top of the bridge’s arch, 134 meters above Sydney Harbour.

Front steps, Sydney Opera House, seen from the Royal Botanic Gardens

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in the Royal Botanic Gardens

From left to right: Deutsche Bank Place (partially obscured by trees at left), Chifley Tower, Aurora Place, and Governor Philip Tower, seen from the Royal Botanic Gardens

Coat of Arms of Australia. The shield is surrounded by a Red Kangaroo and an Emu, two native species of Australia, and the unofficial animal symbols of the country.

University of Sydney

Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney, Camperdown and Darlington Campuses

Looking down University Avenue from Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney. The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) tower is in the upper left.

Central Sydney at night, looking north. The illuminated red “W” on the building in the center is the logo of Westpac, a major Australian bank

Darling Harbour

Glick’s Cakes & Bagels and a Kosher Supermarket next door in Bondi, New South Wales. Bondi and other towns in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney are historically home to a large portion of the city’s Jewish population.

Control Tower, Sydney Airport

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