Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major
cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Sydney, capital of New
South Wales and one of Australia`s largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney
Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and the smaller Circular
Quay port are hubs of waterside life, with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal
Botanic Garden nearby. Sydney Tower`s outdoor platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views
of the city and suburbs.
Sydney is a coastal basin with the Tasman Sea to the east, the Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River to the north, and the Woronora Plateau to the south. Sydney spans two geographic regions. The Cumberland Plain lies to the south and west of the Harbour and is relatively flat. The Hornsby Plateau is located to the north and is dissected by steep valleys. The flat areas of the south were the first to be developed as the city grew. It was not until the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge that the northern reaches of the coast became more heavily populated. Seventy beaches can be found along its coastline with Bondi Beach being one of the most famous.
Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo and Wildlife Sydney Zoo shelter animals like koalas, kangaroos, sharks and snakes. Pyrmont`s Sydney Fish Market has a working seafood auction and restaurants serving the day`s catch. There are multicultural dining opportunities all over the city, including in Haymarket`s Chinatown and the restaurants serving the Italian community in Leichhardt. A ferry ride through the harbour is part of the experience in visiting outer Sydney destinations such as Bondi and Manly Beaches – both popular for surfing.
Melbourne is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 76,068. The municipality is the second-largest in the county by both size. Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its South Bank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Adelaide is South Australia`s cosmopolitan coastal capital. Its ring of parkland on the River Torrens is home to renowned museums such as the Art Gallery of South Australia, displaying expansive.
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