Sydney is home to two of the world’s most famous landmarks – the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, both perfectly situated on the magnificent harbour.
It was at Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788, not too far from where your ship docks, that the Union Flag of Great Britain was hoisted by a weary group of settlers, consisting mainly of convicts, marines and sailors led by Captain Arthur Phillip. They had just completed an epic journey from England in eleven small ships collectively known as the First Fleet. Before European settlement, Sydney was home to the indigenous Eora, Dharug, Tharawal and Kuring-gai peoples. Engravings by these original inhabitants can still be found on rocky outcrops in the bush around the city and in its suburbs. Sydney has a wildness and uniqueness that derives from its convict beginnings. It also has a rich cultural and artistic vibrancy that constantly rivals other cities.