Friday, November 22, 2013

The Rocks is an inner-city suburb

The Rocks is an inner-city suburb, tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney. It is located on the southern shore ofSydney Harbour adjacent to the city centre, close to where Sydney was first settled in 1788. The close proximity to Circular Quay and the views of the iconic Harbour Bridge, as well as the historic nature of many of the buildings, mean that the Rocks is very popular with tourists. HP 646578-001 CPU Fan It features a variety of souvenir and craft shops, and many themed and historic pubs. The Rocks Market operates each weekend, with around 100 stalls. There are numerous historic walks through the area, visiting historical buildings such as Cadman's Cottage, Sydney Observatory, and the Dawes Point Battery, which was the first fortified position in New South Wales. SONY VAIO PCG-6L2L CPU Fan Sydney Tower is Sydney's tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia, the Q1 building on the Gold Coast being the tallest. It is also the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere after Auckland, New Zealand's Sky Tower[; though Sydney Tower's main observation deck is almost 50 metres higher than that of the Sky Tower.Toshiba Satellite X205-S9349 CPU Fan The Sydney Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. It is known by locals as the Centrepoint Tower, after the shopping centre building the tower sprouts from. Sydney Tower Skywalk, or just Skywalk, is an open-air, glass-floored platform circling Sydney Tower at a height of 260m above ground level.  DELL yy529 CPU Fan The moving viewing platform extends out over the edge of the main structure of Sydney Tower. This attraction is more than twice as high as the popular BridgeClimb walk to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge. From the platform the seaward horizon is 58 kilometres away, although inland features such as the Blue Mountains can be seen at further distances. SeeSydney Attractions Group. HP Pavilion dv7-3020es CPU Fan The Kings Cross area is infamous in Australia as being a red light district, similar to Kings Cross, London with numerous strip clubs and "girlie" bars along Darlinghurst Road, although the demographics have changed in recent years and gentrification of the area has led to clashes between new and established elements.[ Kings Cross is also known for its Neon signs and advertising posters, the most famous being the iconic Coca-Cola sign. HP G62-369TX CPU Fan It is often affectionately referred to by Sydneysiders by the colloquialism "the Cross". The Kings Cross district was the City of Sydney's bohemian heartland from the early decades of the 20th Century, but due its proximity to the naval docking area at Garden Island it also came to serve as the city's main tourist accommodation and entertainment centre, as well as its red-light district. HP 13.V1.BJ195.F.GN CPU Fan The drugs and crime associated with this trade led to Kings Cross achieving a high level of notoriety. Sydney is home to a number of established museums. The Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia, and is particularly renowned in the fields of natural history and anthropology. The Museum of Sydney is located in Australia's first Government House, and its permanent and temporary exhibitions highlight the history of the city. Toshiba Satellite L675D-S7016 CPU Fan The Powerhouse Museumspecialises in science and technology, and its exhibits include the oldest steam engine in the world with a rotating action that is still in operation. The Australian National Maritime Museum focuses on Australia's maritime history. The Museum of Contemporary Art, located at Circular Quay, recently underwent a $58 million expansion. HP Pavilion dv7-1451nr CPU Fan Hyde Park contains well-kept gardens and approximately 580 trees; a mixture of Moreton Bay Figs, Palms and other varieties. It is famed for its magnificent fig tree lined avenues, a peaceful haven in the business heart of the city. At the park's southern end is the ANZAC War Memorial and a monument consisting of a 104-millimetre gun from the German light cruiserSMS EmdenHP G62-a57SG CPU Fan The Royal Botanic Gardens are the largest of three major botanical gardens open to the public in Sydney. Admission is free and it is open to the public every day of the year. Taronga is the city zoo of Sydney, officially opened on 7 October 1916. It is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour inMosman. Taronga is linked to Dubbo's Western Plains Zoo in terms of breeding programs. SONY Vaio VGN-NR31S/S CPU Fan Taronga Zoo is home to over 2,600 animals on 28.7 hectares, making it one of the largest of its kind, and it divided into eight zoogeographic regions with numerous indoor pavilions and outdoor exhibits. Taronga Zoo has about 340 different species of animal, and are housed in a large variety of exhibits. Sydney Wildlife World is a zoo in the Sydney CBD. It officially opened in September 2006. It is located on the shores of Darling Harbour and is attached to Sydney Aquarium. IBM 91P9252 CPU Fan Sydney Wildlife World is unusual for a zoo in that it is entirely enclosed and air-conditioned. The indoor zoo features a one-kilometre walkway which snakes through 7000 square metres of enclosures. The enclosure features around 6000 native animals. Sydney's coastline is part of the annual group 5 Humpback migration path from Antarctica to the Coral sea. Toshiba Satellite M70-122 CPU Fan From mid May to Early December they can be seen in the waters of the coast and on rare occasions swimming into Sydney Harbour itself. Whale Watching can be done from any of the clifftop walks or lookouts, however there are volunteer locations at North Head and Cape Solander at Botany Bay and a number of boat based whale watching tours departing from the Sydney CBD.SONY UDQFWPH22FQU CPU Fan Sydney's most famous beach attracts large numbers of tourists to Bondi throughout the year with many Irish and British tourists spending Christmas Day there. Bondi Beach features many popular cafes, restaurants and hotels, some with spectacular views of the beach and surrounding headlands. The beach itself is approximately one kilometre long. HP Pavilion dv6-2150ei CPU Fan Sydney Olympic Park is a 640-hectare site located adjacent to the suburb of Homebush Bay, New South Wales, Australia. It was built for the 2000 Olympics and continues to be used for sporting and cultural events, including the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney Festival, Big Day Out and a number of world class sporting fixtures. It is served by the Olympic Park railway station. HP G42-367TU CPU Fan There are also regular services to the nearby wharf which operate from various points around Sydney Harbour. The Blue Mountains National Park is one of the most popular parks in Australia. The majority of tourists to the Blue Mountains see the National Park from one of the many lookouts between Wentworth Falls and Blackheath, and many of these never actually set foot in the park. Toshiba Satellite P100-238 CPU Fan Despite this, there are many activities for the visitor. Short walks to impressive lookouts above cliff and waterfalls abound. Overnight and longer walks allow access to some of the more remote areas of the park. Other popular activities include canyoning and mountain biking. Tourism in Melbourne deals with attractions, events and facilities in Melbourne, Australia of special interest to tourists.ACER Aspire 5739 CPU Fan Melbourne is a major Australian tourist destination as well as the country's second most populous city. In 2009, the city was visited by approximately 15.9 million domestic and 1.4 million international tourists.[1][2] Melbourne has a wide variety of attractions, facilities, activities, such as sporting events and cultural and fashion events which are popular with tourists. IBM ThinkPad T40 2678 CPU Fan In 2008, Melbourne exceeded Sydney for the first time in terms of money spent by domestic tourists on a per capita basis. However, in overall tourist revenue, Melbourne earned considerably less. Federation Square is a major meeting place in Melbourne. It is close to Flinders Street Station, the MCG and various other sporting and cultural venues. The square includes several buildings, housing the NGV Australia and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, as well as exhibition spaces, auditoriums, restaurants, bars and shops. IBM Thinkpad T43 CPU Fan Large crowds frequently watch concerts, cultural and various sporting events on the square's large electronic screen located in one of two public areas. Adjacent to the Square is Birrarung Marr, a park on the banks of the Yarra. The main Tourist Information Centre is located in the Square. It is possible to obtain a large range of tourist brochures here including guided walking tours of Melbourne. IBM ThinkPad T43 2668 CPU Fan The Melbourne Cricket Ground, known as "the MCG" or simply the "G" has the largest capacity of any Australian sporting stadium. The MCG was the centerpiece stadium of the 1956 Summer Olympic Games and was renovated in preparation for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, increasing the stadium's capacity to 103,000. From April to September, the stadium typically hosts one or two Australian rules football matches each week. IBM ThinkPad T43 1871 CPU Fan

It has also hosted two Bledisloe Cup rugby matches. During the summer, major cricket matches including the Boxing Day test match and several one-day international games are played there.

Eureka Skydeck, is the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere and is located in Eureka Tower. Eureka Tower is the tallest residential building in the world. The observation deck includes a glass cube ride that projects three meters from the side of the building. ACER Travelmate 8104WLMI CPU Fan

The Melbourne Observation Deck, located some 237 meters above the city streets on the 55th floor of the Rialto Towers, offers spectacular views of the central business district and beyond. The Rialto Towers is the second tallest building in Melbourne after Eureka Tower.

Melbourne Park is the home of the Australian Open tennis tournament. Held every January, it is one of the four Grand Slamtournaments. DELL Latitude E4300 CPU Fan

The Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre is located in Southbank and was built in the 1990s as a replacement for the Royal Exhibition Building. It has hosted conventions and exhibitions since its opening.

The Melbourne Museum is located on the north-eastern fringe of the CBD, next to the Royal Exhibition Building. To many Melburnians, the most significant exhibit is the preserved body of Phar Lap, a famous racehorse of the Depression era. ASUS F80S CPU Fan

The Forest Gallery is a living internal facsimile replicating the forests of the nearby Dandenong Ranges. CSIRAC, the fifth electronic computer built and the only one of its generation to survive intact is also on display. The museum complex is also home to Melbourne's IMAX cinema.

The Royal Exhibition Building located in the Carlton Gardens was built in the 1880s for the World's Fair and is only one of a few such buildings that still exist. HP Pavilion dv5-1058eo CPU Fan The building and gardens were granted World Heritage listing on 2 July 2004. It is the first building in Australia to be granted this status. The building also held the first sitting of the Australian Parliament on 9 May 1901. Subsequent federal parliamentary sittings were then moved to the Victorian Parliament buildinglocated in Spring Street and the Victorian government moved to the Exhibition Building. IBM 13N5182 CPU Fan

The State Library of Victoria is on Swanston Street, with its large Domed Reading Room and statue-filled front lawn.

The National Gallery of Victoria possesses the largest art collection in Australia. The gallery operates from two sites: one housing the Australian collection at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square (notably featuring key works from the Heidelberg School); and the NGV International collection housed in the main St Kilda Road building. IBM Thinkpad T30 2366-AA3 CPU Fan The Victorian Arts Centre at Southgate is a Melbourne landmark with its enormous skyward spire. It hosts Opera Australia's Melbourne season, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Australian Ballet Company, Chunky Move (one of Australia's best-known contemporary dance companies), and other touring productions. IBM Thinkpad T30 CPU Fan

The centre consists of two separate buildings: the State Theatre; and Hamer Hall (this was recently renamed in honour of the late former premierSir Rupert Hamer. The acoustics of the Centre are often favourably compared with those of its interstate rival, the opera theatre in the Sydney Opera House.

Crown Casino on the Yarra River is the largest gambling centre in the southern hemisphere. HP 535438-001 CPU Fan

The Crown Entertainment Complex also encompasses one of Melbourne’s best hotels the Crown Towers, restaurants, boutiques and cinemas. Crown also has the Palladium Ballroom which hosts some of Melbourne's biggest events, such as the Logies and the Brownlow Medal AFL award.

The Melbourne Aquarium contains a variety of exhibits showcasing marine wildlife found in the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic. DELL Inspiron N3010 CPU Fan

The Shrine of Remembrance on St Kilda Road is one of Australia's largest war memorials. It is the site of annual observances of ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day.

Docklands is Melbourne's newest precinct and largest infrastructure development to date, and is also becoming a major tourist attraction. HP Pavilion dv6-3070tx CPU Fan

The Docklands area opens up the waterfront to the CBD, and is projected to attract millions of visitors every year. Telstra Dome, the Melbourne Star Ferris wheel, GlowGolf, public art displays and several dining precincts can be found in Docklands.

Luna Park Melbourne is an amusement park located on the foreshore of Port Phillip Bay in St Kilda, an inner suburb of Melbourne. It has been operating since 1912. IBM 41W5269 CPU Fan Melbourne is also noted for the number, variety and quality of its restaurants. Major restaurant strips are found throughout the city and the suburbs, including: Chinatown, on Little Bourke Street and now spreading out onto Russell Street in the CBD, offers numerous restaurants, mainly but not exclusively offering Cantonese cuisine, ASUS A8H CPU Fan

at the lower end offering Hong Kong-style noodle restaurants up to the Flower Drum, renowned for its Peking Duck and is generally regarded as one of Melbourne's best restaurants.

Lygon Street, in the inner-northern suburb of Carlton, offers a selection of mainly Italian-influenced food.

Brunswick Street in inner-suburban Fitzroy used to be a bohemian community of students, SONY UDQFRZH13CF0 CPU Fan

artists, and poets, and it still retains some remnants its bohemian past with the presence of several live music venues, all manner of eclectic stores, accompanied by restaurants and cafes, many of which serve varied and contemporary menus.

Chapel Street, south of the city is a popular destination for fashionable clothes shopping, eating and entertainment. The long street contains commercial areas providing goods and services for local residents. HP COMPAQ 2510P CPU Fan

Chapel Street intersects with Toorak Road, itself offering entertainment, food and shops.

Glenferrie Road, east of the city in inner suburban Malvern has a wide mix of different cuisines including Indian, Malaysian, Thai and Japanese. The street intersects with High Street in Armadale which also has a mix of antique shops, cafes and restaurants.APPLE 661-4951 CPU Fan

Glen Huntly Road, south east of the city in inner suburban Elsternwick is a busy strip that offers a wide range of different restaurant cuisines including Chinese, Malaysian Indian, Thai, and some Middle Eastern cuisines.

Nelson Place faces the water in Williamstown, and is especially popular for lazy weekend breakfasts and lunches. There are restaurants and cafes featuring the usual range of cuisines, and footpath tables outside many of the establishments. HP Pavilion dv6-3034ca CPU Fan Melbourne contains all manner of pubs, bars, and nightclubs. The CBD contains a wide variety of venues, from the ubiquitous faux-Irish pubs and more traditional Australian hotels, through some very upmarket wine bars, serious jazz venues on Bennetts Lane, fashionable nightclubs and dance venues (where the Melbourne Shuffle was born), are often hidden away down dark alleyways. HP G56-126NR CPU Fan The restaurant strips, particularly Brunswick Street have their own bars, some of which are the best rock venues in Melbourne. King Street, on the southern side of the CBD, was traditionally a nightclub strip and still hosts several, but many are now exotic dancing venues. Chapel Street, Prahran, is perhaps the trendiest, most upmarket nightlife strip. Compaq Presario C556CA CPU Fan BaysideSt Kilda is the home of several huge music venues including the famous Esplanade Hotel (known as 'the Espy'), the Prince of Wales, and The Palace. The recent influx of city-dwellers has given rise to the numerous underground bars and sidewalk cafes in the alleys betweenFlinders Street - Flinders Lane and Bourke Street - Lonsdale Street. SONY Vaio VGN-NR360E CPU Fan Notable alleys include Block Arcade/Block Place,Degraves Street, and Hardware Lane. The Culture of Melbourne (the capital city of Victoria, Australia) reflects its diverse, multi-layered culture and society, and the city has gained a reputation as the "cultural and sporting capital" of Australia. Melbourne's culture draws on a variety of international cultures, including that of Australia; HP Pavilion dv5170us CPU Fan however, a number of local traditions and strong Melburnian themes are predominant features in the city's cultural landscape. An emphasis upon the arts (particularly the performing arts, culinary arts and visual arts), as well as sport, sporting traditions and recreation is central to this landscape. Melbourne is also a major centre of political activism, including the Australian trade union movement. SONY Vaio VPC-EE3WFX/WI CPU Fan Melbourne has thrice shared top position in a survey by The Economist of the World's Most Livable Cities on the basis of—its cultural attributes; climate; cost of living; and social conditions such as crime rates and health care, in 2002,[1] 2004 and 2005.Melbourne hosts and supports many cultural institutions, such as museums, galleries, events, festivals, public/street art, popular music, live music, film,independent music, independent film and fashion. HP G56-126NR CPU Fan The city celebrates a wide variety of major annual cultural events, including local, national and international events. A number of cultural hubs also exist in the city, including the Victorian Arts Precinct, with its distinctive spire, and Federation Square, one of the city's main cultural hubs and tourist centres that celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2012. HP 3MLX8TATP20 CPU Fan Federation Square's distinctive architecture, large digital screen and public space attracts congregations, rallies and public audiences for sporting events. Several national traditions originated in Melbourne: The Melbourne Cup has been a Melbourne tradition since 1861 and then became a national tradition, subsequently referred to as "the race that stops the nation"; SONY Vaio VGN-NW240F/S CPU Fan Carols by Candlelight, first held in 1938, is a Christmas Eve tradition; the Myer Christmas windows are a very popular annual attraction; and the AFL Grand Final attracts thousands of spectators, both live and via broadcast media, every year. There are a number of cultural festivals that celebrate foreign cultures from within the context of the city's culture. SONY Vaio VPC-EB1Z0E/B CPU Fan Melbourne is regarded as the home of the trade union movement in Australia,[with the headquarters of the Australian Council of Trade Unions located in the city;[9]Melbourne is also the birthplace of the Australian "eight-hour day", when the change was introduced into the building industry.[10] Melbourne also has a particularly significant history of strike action. Compaq Presario CQ60-514NR CPU Fan Melbourne's buildings and structures feature a wide variety of architectural designs, and the city is home to the Royal Exhibition Building, the first Australian building to be listed on the World Heritage Register.[11] Australia's second oldest architectural firm, and one of the world's oldest, Bates Smart, is based in Melbourne.[12] Some of Australia's most prolific architects have originated from Melbourne, including Joseph Reed, Toshiba Satellite X205-S9800 CPU Fan William Wardell, John James Clark, Charles D'Ebro, Charles Webb, William Pitt, Nahum Barnet, Harry Norris, Sir Roy Grounds and Robin Boyd. In recent years, Melbourne has produced internationally-recognised architectural firms, including Denton Corker Marshall, Fender Katsalidis, Daryl Jackson and Peddle Thorp, as well as local award winning trendsetters, Edmund & Corrigan, Ashton Raggatt McDougall and Wood Marsh. ASUS G2P CPU Fan The Australian Ballet Company is based in Melbourne and the National Theatre in St Kilda is the oldest ballet school in Australia. Ballet is a regular feature at the Victorian Arts Centre and National Theatre venues. Melbourne is the second home of Opera Australia after it merged with Victoria State Opera in 1996. The Victorian Opera held its inaugural season in 2006 and operates in various Melbourne venues.[14] Compaq Presario CQ60-430SA CPU Fan The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic was formed in 1853, making it Australia's oldest musical organisation and the only orchestra in Australia to be bestowed "royal" status. The Victoria Orchestra, based in Melbourne, was Australia's first professional orchestra and performed during the period from 1888 to 1891. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, first assembled in 1906, is now the city's premier orchestra and tours internationally. DELL BFB0505HA CPU Fan There are more theatres and performance venues in Melbourne than any other city in Australia.[ The most notable include the Melbourne Recital Centre, David Marriner's Princess Theatre, Regent Theatre, Forum Theatre, and the Comedy Theatre; the Athenaeum, Her Majesty's Theatre, State Theatre, Capitol Theatre, Palais Theatre and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. HP Pavilion dv5-1272et CPU Fan Several professional theatre companies operate in Melbourne, of which the Melbourne Theatre Company, the oldest professional theatre company in Australia, has the most institutional support of any in Australia. There is also a range of smaller professional theatre companies in Melbourne, including the Malthouse, La Mama in Carlton, Cariad Productions, the Red Stitch Actors Theatre and Theatreworks in St Kilda. Toshiba AB7005HX-SB3 CPU Fan An array of amateur companies also exist, such as OXAGEN Productions, the Malvern Theatre Company, CLOC, Catchment Players of Darebin, Altona City Theatre, Windmill Theatre Companyand Dandenong Theatre Company. Melbourne hosts a large number of buskers (also known as 'street performers'), from both Australia and other countries, that perform in the central business district (CBD) and surrounding areas. Toshiba Satellite A500-18T CPU Fan Melbourne's musical buskers cater to a wide variety of tastes, from rock to world music, to indigenous Australiantraditions. However, not all buskers are musicians, as living statues, street artists and jugglers also perform on a regular basis. Melbourne is known throughout both Australia and the world as a centre of comedy, HP Pavilion dv5-2135dx CPU Fan with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival listed as one of the three largest stand-up comedy festivals in the world.[15] The city has also produced many of Australia's top-rating comedy television and radio shows,[16] and many of the country's leading comedians either come from the city or have relocated to Melbourne.[17][18][19] Melbourne-born satirist Barry Humphries created his main character, "Dame Edna Everage", ASUS EEE PC 1201NL CPU Fan as a comic version of a suburban homemaker. Through Everage, Humphries has written and performed cutting odes to Melbourne mores and the middle class suburbs of Moonee Ponds and Highett, among others. The character was retired in mid-20112 during the Eat Pray Laugh farewell tour. Melbourne also hosted the 2008 World Latin American Dance Championships.[21] SONY Vaio VGN-NW240D/T CPU Fan The competition was held in the Vodafone Arena and immediately following the Australian Dancesport Championships. The Australian Dancesport championships will commence on 10 December 2008 and the World Latin Championships will be held on 14 December 2008. In the 1880s, a group of Melbourne artists formed the first distinctive Australian school of painting.[22] Compaq Presario CQ60-418DX CPU Fan Named theHeidelberg School, and latterly described as Australian Impressionism, the movement's four prinicple artists were Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and Frederick McCubbin. Together they painted en plein air at artists' camps set up around Melbourne's rural suburbs, including Box Hill and Heidelberg, allowing them to capture the unique light, colour and atmosphere of the Australian bush. SONY Vaio VGN-NW240D CPU Fan Many of the group's most famous works from this period are large-scale sunlit landscapes and pastoral figure subjects, however they also explored Melbourne's urban scenery, local history (including pioneer andbushranger themes), beaches (often along Port Phillip Bay at Mentone, Sandringham and Beaumaris), and did portraits of wealthy Melburnians from their inner-city studios. SONY VGN-BX197XP CPU Fan In 1889 they staged the 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition opposite theMelbourne Town Hall. It is regarded as a landmark event in Australian art history.[23]Modernist John Brack captured the idiosyncrasies of daily life in Melbourne. His most iconic painting, Collins Street., 5 pm(1955), shows grim-faced pedestrians moving in unison down Collins Street. It was voted by patrons in 2011 as the National Gallery of Victoria's most popular work. Toshiba Satellite L645D-S4056 CPU Fan There are more than 100 galleries in Melbourne.[25] In the city, NGV International, the Ian Potter Centre and Ian Potter Museum of Art, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Flinders Lane Gallery, Anna Schwartz Gallery, McCulloch Gallery, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image — an organisation dedicated to the moving image in all its forms, from film and animation, to video games and television — have been established.[26] Toshiba AB7805HX-GB3 CPU Fan

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