Sydney Harbour National Park
The Sydney Harbour National Park should be on your to-do list when in Sydney. With themed gardens, a variety of attractions and a chance to meet some wildlife, you can’t go wrong with a day at the National Park.
It’s easy to forget that in its modern form, Australia is only over a couple of hundred years old. The island has had indigenous inhabitants for thousands of years. However, Captain James Cook claimed the East Coast for Great Britain in 1770. So this was still a time of industrialisation, and the impact man has had on the Island is quite easy to see.
While Sydney is one of the major cities of the world, conservationists have fought to preserve some of the beautiful scenery of Sydney Harbour. Niels Nielsen, an Australian politician who was in office from 1899 to 1913, is one of the many key figures that were involved in earmarking the land of the Sydney Harbour National Park for preservation.
There’s nowhere better in the city to escape from the humdrum. Australia is known for its wildlife, its unique species and dramatic landscapes. At Sydney Harbour National Park, you get to experience all of this. Not only is the setting beautiful, but it’s also rich in aboriginal history. You can visit Cadman’s Cottage, one of a few remaining buildings that were built in the first three decades of the colony. There are aboriginal drawings and markings nearby. Spook yourself by heading over to the Manly Quarantine Station. Not only is it right by the coast, looking back down into Sydney, but there are a ghost and paranormal tours there. Get to know the history, then relive it!