Sydney's focus on the outdoors for lifestyle and entertainment makes it one of the most relaxing cities in the world to visit. The people who live here are both friendly and pragmatic, with a frank approach to life, combined with the the hustle of Australia's largest city. Sydney is Australia's global city, the premier jewel in the crown of Australia. Known to the world for its beautiful harbour, it also provides a natural playground for water sports such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, as well as the Opera House, and other historic sites around the Harbour. The city has a diverse cultural life, holding a plethora of multicultural activities, as well as providing one of the stellar food scenes in the world through the extensive use of local seafood and other produce. Numerous sporting facilities seen in the 2000 Olympics also provide venues for major sporting events. It holds iconic beaches known around the world as well as five major national parks.
The Wollondilly Shire provides six scenic drives across The Shire from Picton.
Vicary's Winery is the oldest fully operational winery in Sydney, catering for wine tastings, lunches and dances. The Winery also contains function rooms and runs a Craft Market.
Wirrimbirra Sanctuary is a property of the National Trust of Australia, established and managed as a wildlife reserve. The Sanctuary provides relaxing walking trails around Wirrimbirra.
Only the best of the best is located in the Rocks. Ranging from the oldest pub in the country, traditional handicrafts, cutting edge designs and French patisseries, the Rocks will offer the discerning shopper panoramic harbour views through narrow streets and lanes.
The Great River Walk at Penrith has beautiful views of the Nepean River and Blue Mountains. The weir section of the walk winds northward from Penrith Weir to Cassola Place, approximately a two hour drive from Sydney CBD.
Parramatta Heritage & Visitors Information Centre provides a unique starting point for understanding the city that tells the story of Australia! The Centre combines tourist information and interactive displays.
The Penrith Lakes are a series of lakes, providing leisure and recreational facilities near Penrith. The Lakes area is approximately 1,950 hectares, almost the size of Sydney Harbour.
The Rock Lookout area of Blue Mountains National Park is located inside the Mulgoa Valley, only minutes from the bustling city of Penrith.
Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural Centre aims to tell the story of the Darug people, the traditional owners of the area around Sydney. Muru Mittigar also has a retail art gallery and other stores.
For a truly Australian cultural experience, you can go boomerang throwing at La Perouse. Laddie Timbery, being from the Bidjigal clan, provides a truly indigenous experience close to Botany Bay.
The Sydney Film Festival started in 1954 and remains one of the longest running film festivals in the world. It has an extensive history showcasing the latest independent films from Australian and overseas filmmakers
The Film Festival started at Sydney University over 4 days in 1954. It remained at the University till 1968 at which point it ran at the Wintergarden in Rose Bay. in 1974 it again moved to it's current location, the historic State Theatre in Sydney's centre.
There are strict guidelines regarding screenings of films. Audiences see films that are not available as general release. There are also six audience awards, awarded at the end of the festival, throughout the 12 day event. The Dendy Awards for Australian short film also award $5000 across numerous categories.
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