The City of Sydney is one of the easiest to reach, most exciting places in the world. Residents will tell you that "There's no place in the world like Sydney!" Resting on a beautiful world-class harbor surrounded by golden beaches, the Port of Sydney is an international gem with a true sense of style and some of the world's most energetic and friendly people. The harbor is a playground as well as a working port, and the city boasts a fascinating cultural life, outstanding modern and colonial architecture, a varied and exotic dining scene, and five major national parks. There are far too many attractions in the Port of Sydney to list in this article, so visit the Port of Sydney tourism website for more information.
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The Port of Sydney enjoys a temperate climate with cool winters and warm summers. Being near the ocean, the city avoids the extreme temperatures of its western suburbs. Rainfall is relatively constant throughout the year, although it is slightly higher from January through June when there are an average of 12 rainy days per month. But never fear, the sun shines more than half the time. Average humidity is about 57%. Snow is a rare event. Temperatures range from an average high of 26 °C (79 °F) in January to an average low of 8 °C (46 °F) in July.
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The Port of Sydney's Parramatta Walk follows the Parramatta River from the Lennox Bridge to the Ferry Wharf, featuring indigenous art along the way. This 10-kilometer walk takes about three hours without stops. The Parramatta district contains elegant parks in a multi-cultural community with plentiful shopping, dining, sports, and entertainment as well as some of Australia's biggest corporations and government offices. It is the cultural heart of the city and a fascinating and exciting historic neighborhood originally inhabited by the Barramatugal tribe. It was also the first European settlement outside the infant Sydney. Within the district is Parramatta Park with the Tudor Gatehouses and the Governor's Bath House as well as a cycling track and several walkways. Two restaurants are located within the park. Visitors will enjoy the Rumsey Rose Garden, the Wisteria Gardens, and the Murray Gardens as well.
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Darling Harbour is a huge tourist area that houses a wide range of museums and restaurants as well as many opportunities for shopping and other activities. Almost completely dedicated to entertainment, Darling Harbour was once the heart of the working Port of Sydney. It was redeveloped for the Australian Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. Visitors will find the National Maritime Museum and Aquarium in Darling Harbour as well as many attractions and boardwalks along the water.
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The Art Gallery of New South Wales in the Port of Sydney is one of the country's most important cultural institutions. Holding major collections of art from Australia, Europe, and Asia, it is the fourth largest public gallery in Australia. The gallery includes amenities for visitors that include restaurants, coffee shops, and a major art bookshop. The gallery features some the best art you will find in the country and many works of international artists, including excellent Aboriginal and Asian art.
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The Port of Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Featuring almost 20 themed garden areas on 30 hectares in the heart of the city, it is an oasis offering breathtaking panoramic views of the harbor and city skyline. This was the first area of cultivated land in Australia, and it is a wonderful place to sunbathe or picnic when you're not touring one of the wonderful gardens. Highlights include the Sydney Tropical Center and Pyramid Glasshouse, the Rose Garden, the Fernery, the Herb Garden, and the Oriental Garden. Established in 1816, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. In the colonial period, it separated the Governor's residence from the penal colony. Be sure to check out Cadi Jam Ora, the garden display dedicated to the indigenous Cadigal people and the plants that grew on the site before it was cultivated by Europeans. The Government House Grounds are immaculate with manicured lawns and large-scale sculptured shrubs. Mrs. Macquaries Bushland Walk recreates a bit of the bushland using seeds and cuttings from the original harbor's south foreshores. The Palm Grove was created in 1862, and it contains some of the oldest trees in the Gardens from wild plants collected in the early 19th Century. The Gardens also contain one of the world's rarest and oldest plants, the Wollemi Pine.
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