Sydney

Sending flowers to friends and loved ones in any of Sydney hospitals - Royal Prince Alfred, St Vincent's, Sydney Eye Hospital, Prince of Wales etc is so easy. Your local florist can cater for any and all occasions, the birth of a new baby, get well soon, or just flowers to let someone know you are thinking of them. From a simple bouquet to an elaborate display, nothing lets people know how loved they are more than flowers. Flowers are so easy to arrange, the whole process is quick and easy and the recipient will love them!

Facts about Sydney

Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney is the capital city of New South Wales and is the most populated state in Australia. Sydney is located on Australia's east coast with the metropolis spanning towards the Blue Mountains to the west and is located on the world's largest natural harbour. Residents of Sydney are commonly referred to as *Sydney siders*. Sydney is the official seat and second official residence of both the Prime Minister and the Governor General of Australia.

Local Indigenous Heritage of Sydney

The Sydney area has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for over 30,000 years. In 1788 the first British settlers arrived founding Sydney as both a penal colony and as the first settlement in Australia. Convict transportation ceased in the mid 19th century and since then Sydney has been transformed from a colonial outpost to a major economic centre and global cultural centre. Today there are more than 250 different languages spoken in Sydney with around one third of the population speaking a language other than English at home.

The first people to inhabit the area that would become Sydney date back 45,000 to 50,000 years prior to white settlement with many Aboriginal stone tools found in Western Sydney's gravel sediments. The early British settlers called them the *Eora people* - Eora was the term the indigenous population used to explain their origins to the settlers. The literal meaning is *From this place* originally the Aboriginal population of Sydney was between 4,000 and 8,000 people coming from as many as 29 different clans.

Local Economy

Blue Mountains NSW Sydney has an advanced market economy and is strong in tourism, manufacturing and finance. There is a concentration of multinational corporations and foreign banks promoting Sydney as Asia- Pacific's leading financial hub. Sydney is the gateway to Australia with natural features including Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Royal National Park and man-made attractions such as Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Other popular Sydney attractions include - Watsons Bay, The Rocks, Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour, The Australian Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Queen Victoria Building, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Taronga Zoo, Sydney Olympic Park and the Blue Mountains.

There are some major projects underway that will increase Sydney's tourism industry - yet again, these projects include a hotel and casino at Barangaroo and a re-development of east Darling Harbour which will see a new exhibition and convention centre built, that, when completed will be the largest in Australia.