Sydney is Australia’s iconic city with its world famous landmarks, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. Throw in the quality shopping, amazing lifestyle and friendly locals and you can easily see why it is so popular. As Australia’s first city it contains so much of this country’s history and will continue to shape much of its future.

It is a city of villages, each with their own diverse communities and unique cultures. These villages make Sydney much more than a big city and will allow you to feel truly at home here. Read on to discover more about each area and gain an insight into life across the city.

The CBD, Ultimo and Haymarket

The CBD gets busy during the morning peak hour as buses crawl along George Street and then never slows down. Weekdays and weekends, morning, noon and night, it feels alive. Shopping, bars, parks, high-end restaurants, fast food, small bars, there’s plenty to more than just offices in this area.

Heading just south-west you will come across Ultimo and Haymarket, extremely popular areas for international students. With easy access to university campuses and a world of food choices in Chinatown, this comes as no surprise. For a pretty small distance, the area is tightly packed with all manner of things, and there’s a whole lot going on.

Surry Hills, Newtown, and Glebe

Surry Hills, Newtown, and Glebe are brimming with interesting things to do and see and full of interesting people to meet. It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or old, after a good coffee or a trip to a bookshop, a gallery, a cheap meal, a fancy restaurant, a small bar or a busy pub, in most cases, you’ll find just what you’re looking for. You might say that all these neighbourhoods have a kind of Bohemian1 feel, but the truth is they’re full of all sorts.

Woolloomooloo and The Rocks

Skirting the harbour Woolloomooloo and the Rocks are some of the oldest and most distinct parts of Sydney. From the rough stone buildings to the weathered timber piers and the dark depths of the harbour itself – if it weren’t for the crowds, you might feel like you’ve stepped back in time a couple of hundred years. The sense of history around here is one of Sydney’s greatest charms, as is the wide range of things to do and see and eat and drink.

Bondi to Coogee

The stretch of coast between Bondi and Coogee is exactly as spectacular as you imagine it to be. It’s the part of Sydney that most define the lifestyle: it’s iconic and totally commanding. Sydney’s beaches are a draw card for travellers and locals alike because they are the best nature has to offer, all year long. It isn’t just the swimming, the crash of waves, and glistening tidal pools, but the rocky cliffs and the parks, and the cafes and bars that open out to the ocean to let all the beauty in.

Inner West

The Inner West is the description Sydney-siders give to the area that sits in between the CBD and the beginning of the suburban sprawl. It has all the buzz and bustle of the city alongside a lot of local charm. The name usually refers to Enmore, Stanmore, Camperdown, Petersham and Marrickville–arguably the heart of the Inner West. These suburbs have come a long way from their years as working class migrant areas, with rows of terrace houses. The Inner West is now home to a thriving mix of students, families, professionals, and creatives. There’s a strong sense of community in this part of town, and it comes alive on weekends.