Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales, it's the most populated city of Australia with over 4.5 million people, the city is built on hills and was founded as a penal colony in 1788 by Arthur Phillip. Sydney is the Financial hub of the country, its economy rely on manufacturing, retail, property and of course tourism. Sydney is internationally known for its fabulous Museums and Galleries, such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Passengers travelling on "MARCONI" on this around the World voyage apart from Sydney also have the opportunity to visit Katoomba, the main town of the city of the Blue Mountains, situated about 65 miles west of Sydney, it's an area of course famous with tourists, known for terrific mountain views and natural walks, it's an area of outstanding beauty.
One of the chief attractions for visitors to Sydney is the Koala Park. This sanctuary park was opened in October of 1930 by Noel Burnet, who established the park due to its concern of the large numbers of Koalas being killed for the fur trade, the animal population was virtually exterminated during the first part of the 20th century, the park is privately owned and is a walk through wildlife parks.