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Sydney Travel Guide

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and is located on the Southeast coast of the Tasman Sea. They city is known for its international center for commerce, arts and entertainment, education, and tourism. Renowned for its beaches and two famous landmarks: the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, Sydney is frequently referred as the 'International Gateway of Australia.'

According to the 2006 census, Sydney's population was reported at around 4.1 million and is projecting a population of 5.5 million in 2026. Most of the residents living in this city were Australian, English, Irish, Scottish, and Chinese. As immigrants started to settle in the city, it was also recorded that three major sources of immigrants are the United Kingdom, China, and New Zealand, followed by Vietnam, Lebanon, India, Italy, and the Philippines.

Sydney's climate condition is pleasantly moderate and mainly composes of warm summers and cool winters, and rainfall throughout the year, since the weather is moderated by the proximity of the city to the ocean. January is the warmest month with an average temperature range of 66 degrees F-79 degrees F (19 degrees C-26 degrees C)., while the month of July is the coldest month, with an average temperature range of 49 degrees F-61 degrees F (9 degrees F-16 degrees F). Rainfall is evenly divided between summer and winter, with an average annual rainfall of 1,223 mm.

Sydney is a dynamic cultural center that offers a wide variety of cultural events. The Sydney Opera House world famous performing arts center and is situated on the Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor, close to the Harbour Bridge. It was built in three different stages starting from 1959-1973. These three stages were building the upper podium, the outer shells, and the interior design. This building houses six venues, with the Concert Hall and the Opera Theatre as the two largest performance venues. The Concert Hall has 2,678 seats and is the home of the Sydney Symphony. It contains the Sydney opera House Grand Organ, the largest mechanical tracker-action pipe organ, with over 10,000 pipes and 131 speaking stops. The Opera Theatre is a proscenium theatre with 1,507 seats and the hope of the Opera Australia and the Australian Ballet. The other performance venues are the Drama Theatre, the Playhouse, the Studio, the Utzon Room, and the Forecourt.

Australia's oldest and largest city is also set on one of the world's most stunning harbors, and the Sydney Harbour outshines them. Right by the harbor is the infamous Sydney Harbour Bridge, an arch bridge that is situated across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney's central district and the North Shore. The bridge was designed and built Dorman Long and Co Ltd, Middlesbrough Teesside and Cleveland Bridge, Darlington, County Durham and opened in 1932. The view of the bridge, as well as the harbor and the Sydney Opera House, made as a iconic image of both Sydney and Australia. The arch-based design of the bridge was nicknamed 'The Coast Hanger,' and it also recorded the fifth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world.

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