Sydney is a vast sprawling city, and the suburbs in the city metropolitan area spread for up to 100km from the city centre.

Lower North Shore Over the Harbour Bridge are leafy residential areas stretching northwards.

The North Shore also has major commercial and retail areas at North Sydney and Chatswood, many smaller boutique shopping areas, and many parks and gardens, and Sydney's famous Taronga Zoo.

North West Contains the Northern Districts with includes Sydney's Silicon Valley at Macquarie Park, the northern side of the western reaches of Sydney Harbour, and the the largely residential area of the Hills District in the north-west of the city.

The Hawkesbury is a semi-rural area to the northwest of the city, centred around the Hawkesbury River. Sydney is a major global city and one of the most important cities for finance in the Asia-Pacific.

The city is surrounded by nature and national parks, which extend through the suburbs and right to the shores of the harbour.

Sydney's 4,757,083 residents (according to a 2013 estimate) sprawl over an area of more than 12,350kmĀ².

The timezone is identical with the majority of the state of New South Wales: GMT +10.

It's the largest, oldest and most cosmopolitan city in Australia with an enviable reputation as one of the world's most beautiful and liveable cities.

Brimming with history, nature, culture, art, fashion, cuisine, design, Sydney's set next to miles of ocean coastline and sandy surf beaches.

Longterm immigration has led to the cities reputation as one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in Australia and the world.

The city is also home to the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, two of the most iconic structures on this planet.