Sydney is the largest and the most sophisticated city in Australia. For those reasons a large number of the country’s retirees will choose to live in the Sydney area. This major world city has a stunning setting on Sydney Harbour alongside its iconic Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. This vibrant city is filled with great parks like the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, along with dozens of museums, historic areas, and cultural resources. There are also excellent beaches that are easily accessed. Downtown Sydney on a recent visit seemed very much a young person’s town, as younger folks crowd the sidewalks in search of fun, but baby boomer age people can enjoy it as well.
Indigenous people have lived here for millenia. The first British settlers arrived in 1788 with Captain Arthur Phillip and founded Sydney as a penal colony. He described Sydney Cove as the finest harbor in the world. It is the state capital of New South Wales. The population in 2014 was over 4.7 million people.