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Capital of New South Wales, Sydney has a population of 4.3 million. Founded in 1788, Sydney is the oldest European settlement in Australia.

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    Urgent space-saving measures are needed
    Environmental groups fear 20 per cent of open space will be lost in NSW - @LucyCormack
    Sydney’s underwater world is coming to Street View on Google Maps

    Recommended Listening

    ABC Sydney -
    Triple M - @2ser

    The battle for the City of Sydney - New legislation to give businesses twice the vote in choosing the Sydney City Council is under attack for being undemocratic and an attempt to oust the long serving Lord Mayor, Clover Moore. Ann Arnold reports on the players behind this contentious bill.

    The Tank Stream - Off Track heads underground to find out what remains of Sydney's first water supply, the Tank Stream.

    The Stonemasons of Sydney - Sailing in Sydney is a majestic sight. Sheer sandstone cliffs frame the entrance and continue up the harbour. This rock which became known as Sydney Yellowstone was the obvious choice with which to build.

    Trends: Sydney CBD businesses go 70% green - Today we look at a new collaboration between landlords in the CBD in Sydney, part of the Sydney Better Buildings Partnership (BBP), an alliance of the City of Sydney and 13 major organisations which collectively own just under 60 per cent -- 58 per cent to be precise -- of Sydney's CBD office space.

    Conversation: Clover Moore on cities - Sydney's Lord Mayor Clover Moore gives us an insight into the future of cities in Australia and, in particular, how Sydney is shaping up. What are the challenges and how can we meet them?

    Psychogeography: discovering the mental terrain of the city - In this century there are flaneurs and commuters savouring their journeys on foot and by bike. They're taking in the smells and sounds of back alleys, recalling emotional memories at intersections and celebrating stacks of shipping containers

    The Pace of Place: David Watson’s Wild Ryde - On foot and by water, David Watson embarks on a meandering suburban pilgrimage.

    Saltwater People - In two books about the Sydney coast, John Ogden weaves together the often neglected Aboriginal history, the recent European history and contemporary ways of life, showing how each have built lives around the salt air, sandstone and crashing surf.

    Bangarra's first Sydney story - Twenty-five years after Bangarra Dance Theatre was founded in Sydney, it is finally telling a story from the area’s Indigenous nation, the Eora. As Georgia Moodie writes, the company hopes its latest production,Patyegarang, will change the way people see Sydney Harbour.

    Australian beach culture - Despite the many discomforts and dangers, the beach has become Sydney, and Australia's, most iconic landscape feature.

    Maori in colonial Sydney - Take a history tour about Maori lives in The Rocks, Sydney.

    The rich history of Maori in colonial Sydney


    Sydney Morning Herald -

    Centennial Park

    Centennial Park, Sydney, is 220 hectares of rolling grasslands, paperbark forests and of course the Grand Drive, which encircles the park. But how many know that Grand Drive was intended to showcase the virtues of the rich for the lower classes to observe and emulate? This history of one of Sydney's most significant recreation areas explores the moral and physical drivers for its development. Built to memorialise the centenary of colonisation, it was intended to uplift the common man with its sweeping vistas and educative plantings. But aside from its ideological purpose, in its 120 years of existence it has also seen its fair share of community battles, plans for Olympics sites, and downright filching - of land, and flora.

    A park for the people
    Centennial parklands website - @Cent_Parklands
    A random collection of historical information about Centennial Park, via Google,_New_South_Wales - - -

    I hope this music connects you to your heart and gives you space to ‘be’ @bon_music @CentParklands @wildambience

    Olympic Park
    Bicentennial Park is a 100 hectare natural heritage site featuring an important wetland ecosystem and 40 hectares of parklands. Bicentennial Park was created by the state and federal governments during the 1980s, to celebrate Australia's Bicentenary in 1988. The project involved recycling 47.4 hectares of former rubbish dump into a regional recreation area and the conservation of 53 hectares of a wetland ecosystem on the Parramatta River.

    Brickpit Ring

    Parramata Park
    18 March 1857 #Parramatta
    Park formed with 200 acres for public use


    Pemulwuy is a suburb of Sydney and is located 31 kilometers west of the Sydney central business district in the City of Holroyd.,_New_South_Wales
    Pemulwuy on the Block

    Western Sydney Parklands

    The Western Sydney Parklands is an open space system and contains world class sporting facilities, popular picnic areas, a full length cycling and walking track and extensive ecological and wildlife corridors. Covering 5,280 hectares and the Parklands stretch 27 kilometers from Quakers Hill to Leppington.

    Marine Park
    NPA Marine
    November 9 Marine Forum: Celebrating Sydney’s Marine Environment


    Current Time in Sydney - If it is 4pm in Sydney, what time is it elsewhere?


    Sydney City Skywatchers – a friendly astronomy group for locals
    6:30pm till about 8:30pm, first Monday of the month in Sydney Observatory’s basement Discovery Room

    Cycling - @SydneyCycleway @Ride2WorkAust


    strange signals

    Tourism Portals




    Sydney Sidetracks - Download the media from selected Sidetracks stories - audio or video - and use your mobile or handheld player to explore the city's hidden history.

    Food - @COlunchingOz - @FoodOrbit


    Stadium Australia, currently also known as ANZ Stadium due to naming rights, formerly known as Telstra Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct of Homebush Bay.


    The City of Sydney manages more than 400 parks and open spaces to provide a sustainable, beautiful, functional and inclusive green network for its community of 180,000 local residents and more than a million daily visitors. The park network plays a vital role in achieving the City's vision of a green, global and connected city by 2030.

    Towra Point Nature Reserve is only 16 kilometers south of the centre of Sydney, at the mouth of the Georges River in Botany Bay.
    Related: In search of the white fronted chat

    Malabar Headland

    Factory Tours


    Indigenous Sydney

    Barani: Indigenous History of Sydney
    Barani/Barrabugu (Yesterday/Tomorrow) is a new guide that showcases the history and culture of Aboriginal Sydney, from first contact to today’s living culture.
    Download your copy here from the City of Sydney website.
    Yiribana Indigenous Art Gallery at the Art Gallery of New South Wales is the largest permanent exhibition of indigenous Australian and Torres Strait artwork in the world. - @TribalWarrior2

    Historical Walking Tours

    Experience beautiful Manly Dam through the eyes of its original inhabitants with a self-guided walk. You can see evidence of Aboriginal life including rock engravings and paintings as well as axe grinding grooves. You may also be lucky enough to discover the remains of ancient camp sites such as stone tools, baked clay, fire blackened stones and charcoal. Download and print the Gulgadya Muru Map

    Tamarama Engraving Site


    Whale Watching

    Official whale season runs June 1 to November 30 when humpback whale migration passes Sydney’s coastline
    Wild about Whales

    Bare Island

    Bare Island!markets/c176a

    Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is located north of Wahroonga. It is the second oldest national park in Australia.

    Curl Curl

    Recent Events

    November 12-19 World Parks Congress

    September Sydney Fringe - @sydneyfringe

    May 4 TEDxSydney 2013 comes to the Sydney Opera House with a live audience of 2,000 and streamed live to a worldwide audience.
    Sydney, Australia · - @tedxsydney #TedXSydney

    May Sydney Writers Festival
    Sydney Writers Festival - #swf2014 -

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    In 1788 the British established a convict outpost on the shores of Sydney Harbour. This had far reaching and devastating impact on the Eora Nation, including the occupation and appropriation of traditional lands. Despite the destructive impact of this invasion Aboriginal culture endured and is now globally recognised as one of the world's oldest cultures.
    - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statement

    If you're not living in Sydney, you're camping out.
    - Paul Keating

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    Spectators of the Australian Sesquicentenary parade stand on trams for a better view, George Street, Sydney, 26 January 1938 / photographer Donald Charles Boulton Maclurcan

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    Historic Houses Trust - @hhtnsw
    Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council - @greenvillagesyd
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    Slow Guide Sydney
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    Harbour Trust
    Sydney Essentials - Budget Travel
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    Sydney Fish Market
    Sydney Harbour YHA website
    SYH archeological site
    The Rocks Discovery Museum
    Sydney Visitors Information Centre
    The Nicholson Museum
    Water this month - art and soul
    Sydney’s Convict Past - NYT
    University of Western Sydney


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    World Sheep and Wool Congress (April 2010)
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    This 4km walk takes in Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte, where beachside parks offer picnic shelters, barbecues, play areas and other facilities. South of Bronte, a new boardwalk follows the coastline past historic Waverley Cemetery, with platforms providing seating and breathtaking views.