Summary of Sydney

The state capital of New South Wales in southeastern Australia, Sydney is Australia's center of economy, transportation, distribution, and culture. It stretches to the south of Port Jackson Harbour (Sydney Harbour), famous for the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. It is said to be the site where a group of British immigrants to Australia marked the historical first step into the country.

  • Oceangoing passenger ships in the Sydney Bay
Mayor Clover Moore
Took Office in 2004 and now serving a third term
Date of Affiliation September 16, 1980
Population About 190,000
Area About 26 km2
Time Difference with Japan +1 hour (+2 hours in summer)

City of Sydney Official Website

Details of the Affiliation

After being established in 1978, the Japan-Australia Society of Nagoya soon started talking with the Australia-Japan Society of New South Wales about a sister city affiliation between Nagoya and Sydney. In 1979, the Japanese Consul-General in Sydney informed the City of Nagoya that the"Lord Mayor of Sydney would welcome the early realization of a sister city affiliation with the City of Nagoya."After a series of discussions, Nagoya concluded a sister city affiliation with Sydney.

  • Sydney Town Hall


Sydney is located in New South Wales in the southeastern section of the Australian continent. When simply called "Sydney", it commonly refers to the Sydney Metropolitan Area (classified as the Sydney Statistical Division by the Australian Bureau of Statistics) which has a population of about 4.4 million and covers about 12,428?. Although the City of Sydney, Nagoya's sister city, accounts for only a small portion of the Metropolitan Area with a population of about 180,000 and an area of 26?, it sits on the south of Port Jackson Harbour (Sydney Harbour),which is famous as the site of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, and serves as the center of business, government offices, and commercial facilities.


In 1788, Arthur Phillip, the first governor of the British penal colony of New South Wales, landed at Port Jackson Harbour (Sydney Harbour) and named the bay Sydney Cove after Thomas Townsend, 1st Viscount Sydney, the British Home Secretary at the time. A period of chaos under military governors followed, but in 1809, a full-scale town development ensued in which a major reform took place. In 1842, Sydney was incorporated as Australia's first city.

  • Port of Sydney


Compulsory education in Australia runs from the ages of 6 to 16, with six years of elementary school but no distinction between middle and high school. A certificate of completion of compulsory education is awarded at the end of the fourth year of secondary school, and some students start working without staying on for the remaining two years. Higher education consists of universities and public vocational colleges known as technical and further education (TAFE) colleges, which students may enter depending on their goals.

Culture and Sightseeing

Sydney is renowned all over the world as a tourist destination, boasting a beautiful harbour and enjoying a mild climate. Harbour Bridge and the Opera House serve as symbols of Sydney. Plays, dance, ballet, and various genres of musical concerts take place in the Opera House.

  • Harbour Bridge

  • Opera House

In The Rocks, a district of Sydney, many British colonial period buildings have been preserved or reconstructed, creating a distinct historical atmosphere.

In term of culture, Sydney is a multiethnic city with a majority of residents having a foreign nationality and with more than 30% speaking a non-English language. With multiculturalism having taken root in society, Aboriginal arts are also highly valued.

  • The Rocks

  • Aboriginal arts


Many sports are played in Sydney. Outdoor sports such as rugby, cricket, golf, tennis, and marine sports like yachting, surfing, and scuba diving are particularly popular.

The venue where the Sydney Olympics was held in 2000 has now become the Sydney Olympic Park, and is used for major sports and other events.

  • Seaside

  • The beach


Almost the entire city is accessible by a network of city buses. Additionally, the double-decker train, the Metro Light Rail tram, and the ferry linking the city center with the North Shore serve as residents' and tourists' main means of transportation.

  • Metro Light Rail

  • Sydney Ferry

Sydney's Sister Cities: 6 cities

  • Nagoya(Japan)
  • San Francisco(U.S.)
  • Wellington(New Zealand)
  • Portsmouth(U.K.)
  • Guangzhou(China)
  • Florence(Italy)

Source: City of Sydney Official Website

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