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About Sydney

Magnificently situated on one of the finest natural harbours in the world with National parks to the north and south and the beauty of the Blue Mountains to the west, the city of Sydney offers a unique experience for the international student. At the heart of Australia's largest cosmopolitan city, you will experience Sydney's vibrant culture. The University of Sydney is well serviced by the public transport system and there is easy access to the spectacular harbour and beaches, beautiful botanical gardens and parks, museums, cinemas and theatres.

Sydney is the capital city of the state of New South Wales and the largest city in Australia. The multicultural nature of Australian society is magnified in Sydney, home to nearly four million people from all corners of the globe and a wide variety of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Living in Australia

Australia is an English-speaking, multicultural country with a diversity and richness developed from Aboriginal people who were the original inhabitants of Australia, European settlement in the 1780s and more recently migrant people from across the world. While early settlement in Australia was British and ties are kept with England, since the 1950s there has been a large intake of migrants with an increasing migration from South-East Asia.

Australia is nearly equal in size to China or the United States of America. The population of Australia is, however, relatively small with approximately 20 million people living mostly around the coastal fringe of the country. Australia is very urbanised with Sydney and Melbourne comprising nearly half of the nation's total population, but also with plenty of room for beautiful beaches.

Arriving in Sydney

The Kingsford Smith Airport is the main international and domestic airport. It is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south-west of the Central Business District and Sydney Harbour. The AirportLink rail service is the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get to and from Sydney Airport.

Public transport

Sydney has a large and well-run Government public transport system.

Transport Info Line provides up-to-date information on train, bus and ferry travel in an area spanning Port Stephens in the North, Scone and Dungog in the Hunter, Bathurst in the West, Goulburn in the Southern Highlands, Bomaderry in the South and Sydney in the East.