[[caption-width-right:251:Sydney Harbour and the Opera House.]]

->''"I think I'd give a kingdom for a glimpse of Sydney-side."''
-->-- '''Henry Lawson.'''

Sydney, the largest city in UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} and UsefulNotes/{{Oceania}}, is Australia's financial hub. It is the capital of the state of New South Wales, but ''not'' the capital of Australia (that role is fulfilled by Canberra). Its most famous landmarks are the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge; [[EiffelTowerEffect the former, in particular, is required by law to be shown in any fictional depiction of the city.]]

Considered to be among the most beautiful cities in the world thanks to said landmarks (and many more besides), its diverse environment (beaches, parks, forests...) and temperate climate,[[note]]oh yes, tell that to us who live in the Greater West...![[/note]] it makes for a ''very'' popular tourist destination - indeed, tourism forms a large part of the city's economy. It has Australia's most famous beach (Bondi Beach) and a very active nightclub scene.

Amongst Sydneysiders is one of the biggest overseas-born populations of any city in the world. Consequently, the city is wildly multicultural both as a matter of official policy, and in day-to-day life. It has the largest Asian, Middle-Eastern, and North and South American communities in Australia,[[note]]although Australia's Americas communities are tiny compared to the former two[[/note]] as well as significant Pacific Islander, African, and [[UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines Aboriginal Australian]] communities, and a European-heritage majority. It is home to Oceania's biggest Chinatown. While the overwhelming majority of Sydneysiders speak Australian English, the city is home to languages from all over the world, chiefly Arabic (4.1%), Mandarin (3%), and Cantonese (3%). Sydney is the most ethnically diverse city in Australia.

Perhaps Sydney's most spectacular display of entertainment is the annual New Year's Eve celebrations - one of the earliest celebrated due to time zone differences - where no less than 1 ''million'' people, native and tourist alike, will pack themselves into the harbourside, the CBD (Central Business District) and its surrounding areas.[[note]]If you're hoping to find a good spot, arrive ''very'' early, or preferably a few days before that; they fill up very quickly. Leaving the city after these celebrations becomes nigh-impossible due to immense traffic build up. To make matters worse, the Harbour Bridge has only one lane leading out of the CBD.[[/note]] Another much-loved attraction is the Royal Easter Show. Sydney also has the successful Vivid and Coffee festivals.

An establishing shot of Sydney (especially the Opera House and/or the Harbour Bridge) is a quick and easy way for a movie to show that its threat is worldwide: see, for instance, ''Film/IndependenceDay'''s flying-saucer-over-the-Harbour shot. It's also popular for {{Nations Of The World Montage}}s.

While present-day Sydney is noted for its beauty and is currently ranked as an Alpha+ global city, the history that shaped it is considerably less pretty. Sydney had a very rocky start: the first British colonists here had very little food, and conditions amongst convict workers were harsh. Even convicts who had earned their freedom had ''many'' restrictions imposed onto them, and then-governor William Bligh decided to impose even more restrictions on rum, which was used as currency back then, as well as prevent the colony from taking in free settlers to keep New South Wales purely a penal colony. This led to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum_Rebellion Rum Rebellion]], which resulted in two years military rule and the ascension of Lachlan Macquarie. This rarely-mentioned rebellion arguably made a big impact on Australia's future: convicts could now have no restrictions placed onto them, and free settlers were welcomed in. The 19th Century was a testing time: early on, the dangers of famine were looming, and even when food was no longer a problem, Sydney was riddled with disease and crime, seemingly destined to forever be in the shadow of UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}}, which had overtaken Sydney in both population and wealth on the back of a GoldRush.

Sydney's fortunes reversed in the [[TheGayNineties 1890s]], when Melbourne's booming economy crashed, causing a nationwide economic recession and leaving Melbourne economically stagnant for decades. Even with Melbourne becoming capital of Australia from Federation in 1901 to 1927, Sydney overtook Melbourne's place as Australia's biggest city in 1905, and from that point on, it became a much better place to live than it was previously. However, trends are showing that Melbourne might take that coveted spot back very soon. Today, Sydney is a ''very'' large city, taking up a size roughly 75% of UsefulNotes/{{The Netherlands}}, with its population spread out all over the place. There's been talks of centralising the city and decentralising the states to prevent NSW from becoming a one-city state; cities such as Wollongong, Newcastle, Griffith and Albury are increasingly being seen as alternatives to Sydney, and Sydney's high (read: astronomical) housing prices and shoddy infrastructure (which they're desperately striving to improve), such as an overcrowded airport and relatively slow public transport [[note]] It's not because it's actually slow, per se, Sydney is just ''huge'', with the one hour train ride from Sydney CBD to sprawl suburbs like Penrith, Windsor, Cronulla, Campbelltown and Gosford being on par with other first world cities' public transport to their urban sprawl (read: 50km or more from CBD). Also, massive public transport delays can occur [[WeaksauceWeakness from]] [[SnowedIn a dusting of snow]] in the {{Blue Mountains}}. Additionally, Australia as a whole lacks any sort of a high speed rail system with currently no real plan to create one anytime soon. Finally, the overcrowding of the airport is to be remedied by the construction of another airport at Badgerys Creek, a rural area between Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown, if anything, this made high speed rail an even lower priority in Australia. [[/note]], in TheNewTens only add fuel to that fire. Multiple renovations in the city (such as making a [[http://westernsydneyparklands.com.au giant park in the city's west]], a French Riviera-style strip in Brighton-le-Sands and turning King's Cross into Sydney's Times Square,[[note]] For reference on that last one, King's Cross is famous for being ''the'' nightclub and {{red light district}} of Sydney at best; at worst, it has a justified reputation for attracting all sorts of crime, such as a heavy drug dealer presence, crime families owning nightclubs, abundant prostitution, etc. Also, only William Street, the main street of the area looks anything close to Times Square, while the rest of King's Cross is sometimes viewed in the same light as [[CityNoir Gotham City]] [[/note]]) are underway.

Sydney has several major sub-regions:
* The CBD and Eastern Sydney. The Sydney CBD is one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere, and contains Asian regional offices for many big multi-national companies as well as a majority of Australian ones. Sydney Harbour and Bondi Beach are considered part of this region. Also the center of the hipster and artistic side of the city, as well as one of the larger Aboriginal populations in Redfern. The Inner West has become part of this region as the city expanded, it contains 'old growth' multicultural areas from the post-war immigration era, with areas commonly associated with Italians, Greeks and other Southern European nations. It's also home to the largest Chinatown in Australia. The current airport is located here.
* North Shore and the Northern Beaches are considered the upper class area of the city. Contains old homes, rich people, and a private school or three in each suburb. It has a genteel culture and a generous abundance of trees, parks and strips of natural bush. It is split from the Inner City and CBD by Sydney Harbour. The North Shore is home to the City of Ryde, one of the most multicultural areas in Australia (although still not as diverse as certain spots to the west, like Parramatta). The North's growing Asian community also includes "Little Korea" at its edge in Eastwood, while walking through other parts of the region are rather like walking through a city in China. The Northern Beaches is where {{Home and Away}} is filmed and is known for its super expensive houses in an impractical location (e.g. poor public transport, steep hills, winding roads) [[ConspicuousConsumption which are bought to solely to showcase the owner's wealth]].
* The North West is considered "the suburbs" and goes from Epping to Hornsby to Parramatta. Has an odd relationship with the rest of the city as it is trapped between demographics, with people further East associating the North West with the middle and lower classes in the West and South West, while the people in those areas associate the North West with the upper class North Shore and CBD areas. It further isolates itself from the rest of the city because of it's preferences for both Rugby Union ''and'' a much higher level of interest in AustralianRulesFootball. Lots of parks and shopping centers. Some areas are not so multicultural, others (such as Epping for example, which has an Asian majority) have become extremely multicultural. May also consider Hornsby a part. Goes from Dural to Epping to Hornsby to Parramatta. A subset of the North West is the Hills District, a vague term for where you find {{nouveau riche}} upper-middle class families, almost all of which live in [[StepfordSuburbia giant Mc Mansions and send their kids to fancy private schools]] in what could be termed the Australian version of the AmericanDream. Others are middle upper class and middle class but are not rich. It is considered one of the centres of the religious movement in Australia, with the 'Hillsong' Church being equivalent to Christian fundamentalist movements in the United States. Has a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcadia,_New_South_Wales real suburb]] [[MeaningfulName justifiably named]] {{Arcadia}}.
* Sutherland (and St George) is where the ''real'' surfer culture in Sydney is. It is directly south of the CBD and on the coast. Bondi Beach is for tourists, while Sutherland contains all the best surfing beaches in the city, like Cronulla Beach. It has a large white majority and reflects the demographics of Australia as a whole much more than the rest of the city does. This has caused tension with the West, as the more multicultural areas will head to Sutherland for the weekend, leading to anger at being 'invaded'. This tension eventually blew up during 2005 in what was termed the "Cronulla Race Riot". It includes Botany Bay which ''is not'' part of Sydney Harbour.
* The West of Sydney has started to be termed 'Greater Western Sydney', but this area is so large and massive that it makes more sense to discuss more specifically the sub-regions.
** South Western Sydney, centered around the 'second CBD' of Parramatta was filled with immigration waves from the 1970's onward. This contained Vietnamese fleeing from the VietnamWar, Lebanese, Iranian and Iraqi refugees, ex-Yugoslavian immigrants and from the mid 2000's, African refugees many of which come from Sudan. It is one of the most multi-cultural regions on the planet [[note]] According to the 2011 census only 27.5% of the Parra population was born in Australia (Parra is what the locals call it. Just about every place name in Sydney is shortened in conversation) [[/note]]and has been said to contain people from more countries than actually exist right now. Apart from Parramatta, there is relatively little high rise buildings and contains wide areas of urban sprawl. Unlike the rest of the city, people from the South West will prefer TheBeautifulGame over RugbyLeague, and half of all players from the Australian National team hail from the South West area.
** Blacktown and Penrith (situated in the Cumberland region) were once considered Satellite Cities, but population spread and development has pushed Blacktown into Sydney as a whole, with Penrith expected to become so in the next 15 to 20 years. Penrith is the furthest part of Sydney to still be considered 'Sydney', with the rise of the "Greater Western Sydney" name, and is the last major suburb of Sydney one encounters before entering the Blue Mountains region. Penrith roughly matches Sutherland in it's white-majority demographics except for being nowhere near a beach. Blacktown and Penrith contain most of the [[LowerClassLout lower-middle class 'bogan' population]] of the city. Between Blacktown and Penrith are [[WrongSideOfTheTracks Mount Druitt, Rooty Hill and Doonside]], suburbs with a such a poor reputation [[UpToEleven even compared to Blacktown and Penrith]] that {{SBS}} created a documentary called [[LiveActionTV/StruggleStreet Struggle Street]] to showcase the plight of this area ([[ThisLoserIsYou and not in a wholly sympathetic way either]]). These areas are also "swing seats": marginal electoral divisions with volatile party affiliations, and thus receiving much campaign time, much like an American "Bellwether State".
** If not included in the above region, Windsor and Richmond are to the north of Blacktown and Penrith respectively. Founded within the first 10 years of European settlement in Australia, both towns originally were farming regions taking advantage of the Hawkebury River for its fertile floodplains and ease of transport; even now, it is still a market garden area. Home to [[UsefulNotes/AussiesWithArtillery RAAF Base Richmond]], where Australia's C130 and C17 military transports are based. Of note, this area was the last in the Sydney Basin to get electrified railway service and still doesn't have its own motorway.
** Macarthur (it's main suburb being Campbelltown) is the last major sub-region, being further South West than the rest of the city, it is still something of a Satellite City. Mostly unremarkable, it contains a variety of nationalities, although not to the extent of South West Sydney, in mostly generic middle class housing. It also contains a lot of open rural land due to it being a borderline country area. Nearby is the Holworthy Barracks (used for artillery training) and Macquarie Fields, another area locally considered to be the {{wrong side of the tracks}} due to its high crime rate, unemployment and history of riots.
** Perhaps one of the world's best examples of {{Arcadia}} and {{Ghibli Hills}} can be found in this region. A drive on the A9 highway from Richmond or Windsor to Campbelltown (except for Penrith which is halfway between these two regions) takes you through picturesque scenery like forests with Kangaroos, [[https://beckdunnphotography.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/untitled_panorama4-web1.jpg country towns that don't look they're only 50km from Sydney CBD]], [[http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/901558_10151597185363659_1903839435_o.jpg green rolling hills, paddocks with dairy cows and the constant backdrop of the Blue Mountains]], in fact, it looks [[TruthInTelevision exactly like a children's picture book]]. It is precisely in this area that the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Sydney_Airport airport in Badgerys Creek]] is to be built after literally decades of {{Development Hell}}.
** The Inner-West, a trendy area west of the CBD composed of many suburbs which border the city. The centrepiece of the inner-west is undoubtedly Newtown, a hub for {{hipster}}s, {{goth}}s, {{emo}}s, lovers of vintage {{Retraux}} aesthetics, tattooed BadassBiker s, LGBTI people and other alternative subcultures. It is also famed for its culture and it's nightlife, as well as a [[StrawmanPolitical political culture]] shaped by {{bourgeois bohemian}}s and {{granola girl}}s.
** Canterbury-Bankstown is the area which borders the Inner-West, St George and the South West of Sydney. It is mainly a residential and industrial area with many business owned by Asian and Middle-Eastern migrants.
** An area between Parramatta, Canterbury-Bankstown and the Inner West is where Sydney's Olympic Park is located. [[TemptingFate Despite being located atop a former clay mine, abattoir and landfill]] and near the [[MadeOfExplodium munitions stockpile at the Newington Armory]], the 2000 Sydney Olympics attracted worldwide praise for its smooth operation, lack of bad consequences (such as what happened to {{Montreal}} and {{Athens}} ) and successful utilisation of Olympic facilities after the games. However, due to it's proximity to industrial areas, [[HellholePrison Silverwater Jail]] and a large oil refinery, the area has a slight reputation as a {{PollutedWasteland}}. [[MoodWhiplash On the other hand, this area also has diverse shopping opportunities]] at Flemington Markets, Direct Factory Outlets (known locally as DFO) and an IKEA.

UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}} and Sydney have long had a rivalry over which city is better, with Melbourne usually claiming cultural supremacy while Sydney claims the crown for economic and political reasons. The two cities have a sporting rivalry in [[TheBeautifulGame Association Football]] (The two cities otherwise tend to mainly support the [[RugbyLeague other]] [[AustralianRulesFootball two]] codes of Football dominant within their states.). To add to the rivalry, these two cities were the first two in the Southern Hemisphere to host the Olympics, Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000. [[TakeThat But then again, Melbourne has less scenery porn in its area than Sydney]].
See [[UsefulNotes/TheBlueMountains our article on The Blue Mountains]], just west of Penrith, for information on the area which is a tourist attraction due to its {{Scenery Porn}} and [[EiffelTowerEffect famous landscapes]] [[spoiler: the Three Sisters is located here]].

!!Sydney in media


* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' and the many sequels. Sydney was destroyed in a ColonyDrop. It appears in ''Stardust Memories'' as a giant bay, an extension of the Pacific Ocean.
* ''Manga/SilentMobius'' shows the Sydney Opera House in the first episode to make it clear that the supernatural phenomenon occurring is global.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' has a scene where the characters travel to 'Sydney, Australia', in which everything is written in Japanese, and all the Sydneysiders are kangaroos or koalas.
* The first episode of ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' has Jigen living in Sydney, and the city itself features in the episode ''"The Vanishing Special Armored Car/Lion, Cheatin' and Stealin'"''.


* For a period in the late '80s the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' went further underground than usual and operated out of a hidden base in the outback (requisitioned from a band of cyborg Road Warrior rejects) with the aid of a mysterious [[MagicalNativeAmerican Magical Indigenous Australian]] teleporter. This was one of the few places where they mixed up both Sydney and the outback. (Odd, considering Chris Claremont has been to Sydney.)
* When ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'' visited the Sydney Olympics, there were kangaroos bounding through the Olympic Village (which was seemingly situated on the side of a cliff within easy eyeshot of Sydney Harbour).
* In ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'', post-{{Gendercide}} Australia has become the single most powerful navy in the world, based on having the only female piloted submarines, and the entirety of Sydney has become a heroin addicted slum from south-east Asian pirates smuggling drugs into the country.


* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'' opens in Sydney.
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''
* ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' - Godzilla Completely PWNS [[Film/{{Godzilla 1998}} Zilla]] on the Opera House! In under TEN SECONDS!!!
** Apparently the film's director studied in Australia, and included this scene as a ShoutOut.
* ''Film/HeDiedWithAFelafelInHisHand'' - the third and final portion of the film is set in Sydney. It's where the incident mentioned in the title takes place.
* ''Film/KangarooJack''
* ''Film/TheLastWave''
* ''Film/TheMatrix'' - while not meant to be set in Sydney, is unmistakably recognisable. You can see the Harbour Bridge in one shot.
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII''
* ''Film/MurielsWedding''
* ''Film/PacificRim'' had a short conflict between Mutavore and [[HumongousMecha Striker Eureka]]. The Harbor Bridge and the Opera House are clearly visible when the {{Kaiju}} busts through the Coastal Wall.
* ''Film/StrictlyBallroom''
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They%27re_a_Weird_Mob_%28film%29 They're a Weird Mob]]''
* ''Film/YoungEinstein''


* ''Literature/LookingForAlibrandi'' features a teenage girl's urban life in Sydney.
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_Beatie_Bow Playing Beatie Bowe]]'' by Ruth Park.
* ''Literature/PubertyBlues''
* ''Taronga'' by Victor Kelleher. Guess where.
* ''Underdog'' series by Markus Zusak is set around Sydney's east-southeast, and ''The Book Thief'' contains a mention of Glebe at the end of the book.


* ''Series/DanceAcademy'' - a lot of it is set in or around the Sydney Opera House.
* ''Series/TheGirlFromTomorrow'' - set in present-day and future Sydney. Notable for featuring a BadFuture Sydney recognisable by a ruined Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
* ''Series/HeyDad'' - set in the northern suburb of Chatswood.
* ''{{Series/Housos}}'' - Set in a fictional suburb that is satirical combination of various Western Sydney suburbs and communities.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' had a number of flashbacks set there. (Especially since most of the main characters had wound up in Australia, and taken the plane, bound for Los Angeles, that crashed on the island.) In one flashback, we see the skyline--complete with the Sydney Opera House--in the distance (courtesy of CGI).
* ''Series/MyPlace'' is a historical childrens' program that starts in modern Sydney, but also features the Sydney site before the actual city was built.
* ''Series/{{Pizza}}'' is a comedy about working-class Sydneysiders.
* ''Series/SweetAndSour'' tells the story of an obscure Sydney band in the mid-Eighties.
* ''Series/TomicaHeroRescueFire'' Episode 37 one of the battles is set in Sydney. Super Jet Falcon and Gaia Leon did the Final Rescue.
* The second series of ''Series/{{Underbelly}}'', based on real life crime series, has half the series set in Sydney, while the third series, The Golden Mile is directly set in Sydney and is about the Kings Cross area of the Inner West.

[[AC: {{Music}}]]
* Musical groups originating in Sydney include:
** Music/{{ACDC}}
** Music/BlissNEso
** Music/{{Divinyls}}
** Horrorshow
** Music/{{Icehouse}}
** Music/MidnightOil
** Music/TheWiggles
* Although not from Sydney, ColdChisel spent most of their career living there, and the city appears prominently in the lyrics and clips of many songs from their last two albums.
* The music video for {{Music/Blur}}'s ''M.O.R.'' was filmed on-location in Sydney, and depicted the band members as stuntmen (or bandits).
* DeltaGoodrem
* One of the scenes in the music video for PhilCollins' ''Take Me Home'' features him in Sydney with the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge in the background.

[[AC: Poetry]]
* The page quote comes from famous Australian writer [[AustralianLiterature Henry Lawson's]] poem "Sydney-side". Three guesses what it's about.

* The rpg ''Durance'' is set in a science fictional penal colony, but specifies that it is inspired by the early settlement of Sydney and provides rules and information for playing there too.

[[AC: Theatre]]
* ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_City_%28play%29 Emerald City]]'' by David Williamson.


* Sydney receives a ShoutOut in ''VideoGame/SimCity 4: Rush Hour'': one of the more common bridge types for Avenues, the Large Steel Arch, is very obviously based on the Harbour Bridge. You can also use the Opera House in the previous game.
* Purna Jackson from ''VideoGames/DeadIsland'' would probably have an ''Series/{{Underbelly}}'' series based on her ''before'' the events in Banoi.. [[CowboyCop Cowgirl Cop.]] Dealing with sexism, racism, and police corruption in Sydney. [[AngryBlackMan AngryBlackWoman.]] Definitely a [[AcceptableTargets Collingwood supporter.]]

[[AC: Web Original]]

* ''WebVideo/CommunityChannel'' is created and filmed in Sydney. The channel description includes: ''If you lived in Sydney, you'd hate cityrail too.''
* Superwog, while it's humour is applicable to many parts of Australia, was created and is filmed in Sydney.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG7wbAfcKUI The Ship Song Project]]'', a Website/YouTube music video initiative of the Sydney Opera House.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr3x_RRJdd4 Free Hugs]] original is filmed around the Pitt Street Mall, with brief stops at Martin Place, Town Hall, and Darling Harbour. (This is all in a radius of about 20 city blocks).


* In the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' universe, Cobra operative Major Bludd is from Sydney, and once served with the Australian SAS.

* It held the 2000 Olympics, said by the head of the IOC in the closing ceremony to be the "Best Olympics Ever" ''before'' Music/KanyeWest turned that into a meme.