Australasia Gala Dinner 2008

10 June 2008 – Sydney



Sydney, the city of celebrations

Sydney's laid-back outdoor lifestyle and physical allure make it one of the world's easiest and most pleasant cities to visit. The people who live there are a friendly, energetic bunch with a tell-it-like-it-is approach to life.

Sydney is Australia's truly global city. It has a sense of style, a love of sport and some really exuberant celebrations for New Year's Eve and Australia Day.

In Sydney there's so much you shouldn't miss. You can catch the perfect wave at Bondi beach then dine waterside in the historic Rocks precinct, by the beach at Balmoral or on the wharf at Woolloomooloo Wharf. You could climb to the very top of Sydney Harbour Bridge's huge, over-arching span then catch the Manly Ferry at sunset.

From the natural world, why not see the native fruit bats and 30 hectares of themed gardens in the Royal Botanic Gardens on a guided Aboriginal heritage tour or learn about Australia's unique animals at Taronga Zoo or at Sydney Wildlife World.

Culture cannot be neglected so be inspired by a magical performance at the Sydney Opera House or be enthralled by one of the best Aboriginal art collections in the world at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

All of Sydney's attributes lie within easy reach of the city centre. Sydney's harbour is its natural playground, the dominant factor in so much of what the city has to offer. The city has a wide-ranging cultural life, dynamic food scene and vibrant cityscape of outstanding contemporary and colonial architecture. Iconic beaches and five major national parks deliver unforgettable experiences.

The Observatory Hotel Sydney
Tourism Australia

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