materials science week 2019 Meeting & Hospitality
Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, Australia. It is Australia's oldest and largest city with a population of around 4 million. Sydney is built around a huge harbour and hosts many tourist attractions as well as a number of beaches, bays and a couple of national parks.
Sydney was first visited by the British in 1770 when Captain James Cook and Joseph Banks sailed the Endeavour into Botany Bay. The First Fleet arrived at Botany Bay in 1788 under the command of Governor Arthur Phillip.
Phillip but found Botany Bay unsatisfactory and sailed north and landed at Sydney Cove on Sydney Harbour. Phillip originally named the colony 'New Albion', but then the colony acquired the name 'Sydney', after the British Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney.
Sydney has many influences upon its style. Aboriginal sites and engravings can still be seen from the original occupiers, the Eora tribe. The city also has an Anglo-Mediterranean style and a growing Chinese and Asian influence.
Sydney is spectacularly draped around its glorious harbour and beaches and has visual factors like few other cities. Scratch the surface and it only gets better. There are hundreds of manmade and natural sights throughout the city with breathtaking architecture and natural miracles to visit. A wide range of natural parks, aquariums and beaches will make it worth your while.
Food and Accommodation
With an abundance of fresh produce, great seafood and multicultural influences, Sydney’s restaurants and cafés cater to a range of tastes and budgets. You’ll find plenty of accommodation choices, too.
Growth and Economy
The City of Sydney local area covers approximately 26.15 square kilometres, within the Sydney metropolitan region. Over the past decade, the City has become the largest and fastest growing local government area in all of NSW.
Sydney is the financial and business services hub of Australia. It also has a concentration of jobs within the multimedia and communications industries, tourism, hospitality and cultural industries. Based on industry mix and relative occupational wage levels it is estimated that economic activity (GDP) generated in the city in 2015/16 was approximately $118 billion, representing over seven per cent of the total national economy in Australia, over 30 per cent of the Sydney metropolitan economy and over 20 per cent of the entire GDP for NSW. In 2012, there were over 21,500 separate business establishments located within the city. A large number of the top 500 companies in Australia are located in the city from the 41 per cent that are located in NSW alone. On an average weekday in 2012,437,000 people worked in our local area– 22 per cent in the finance and financial services sector and nearly 18 per cent in professional and business services.
A temperate climate makes Sydney spectacular at any time of the year. Walk in pretty parks and gardens, stroll along beaches, and marvel at Australia’s unique native animals and marine life at Taronga Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium year round.