At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. Today we travel down under to Australia’s largest city, Sydney.
Home to nearly 5 million people, Sydney is not only the most populous city of its country/continent, but also its oldest European settlement. Inhabited by aboriginal Australians for thousands of years, Sydney was the chosen site for Great Britain’s first colony on the continent in 1788, the foothold for a penal colony that would eventually grow into one of the most prosperous nations on the planet. Originally intended for the shores of the sheltered Botany Bay (which the city’s main air transport hub Sydney Airport now faces), the settlement was instead built just to the north at what was known as Port Jackson, the world’s largest natural harbour.
Many of modern Sydney’s notable landmarks are related to its magnificent harbour, and some are linked to its early days over two centuries ago. The impressive arches of the Sydney Harbour Bridge have spanned the water since its construction was completed in 1932, and the world-famous Sydney Opera House (opened in 1973) is a jewel of the waterfront and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. The Hyde Park Barracks, dating to 1819 and designed by convict Francis Greenway, still stands in Sydney’s historic downtown as a fine example of the architecture of Australia’s early years as a British penal colony, alongside later 19th Century buildings of various revival styles and contemporary office towers. Sydney is a leading global economic centre with one of the highest standards of living in the world.
Other major attractions in Sydney and area include Sydney Tower, the Rocks historic neighbourhood, the Queen Victoria Building, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Royal National Park, and Sydney Olympic Park (the city hosted the 2000 Summer Olympic Games). It is home to the Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, which display many historical and cultural artifacts and works of art from the country’s history and from around the world.
Sydney is home to many fine performing arts centres beyond the iconic Opera House, including the magnificent State Theatre on Market Street. It is a major international fim production centre as well, although its rival city of Melbourne is better known as Australia’s media and entertainment centre. We will further discuss Melbourne, Australia’s fast-growing second city, in a forthcoming blog entry.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in Sydney, Australia.