Sydney Train and Ferry Map
The map covers the metropolitan Sydney region of the state of New South Wales in Eastern Australia. Sydney is Australia's largest city with a population of almost 4 million, and is the primary port of entry for international visitors. Most recently renowned as host city of the 2000 Olympic Games, Sydney is also the business and tourism hub of the nation, and is increasingly a major centre within the Asia-Pacific region.
Blessed with a wonderful setting on Sydney Harbour, and a benign climate, Sydney is a great tourist's city. Although not the first point at which Europeans landed in Australia, it was the first permanent European settlement, and is Australia's oldest established city.
the Sydney metropolitan rail operator, provide frequent trains between Sydney and most suburbs over an intensive network of lines. Most lines operate through the City Railway - either running around the City Circle, through the Eastern Suburbs Railway to Bondi Junction, or across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to North Sydney. Sydney trains are frequent and well-used. Of particular interest is that the Sydney train network is operated by electric double-deck trains.
The newest addition to the rail network is the fully automated high frequency Metro line, operated by Sydney Metro, that runs through Sydney's northern suburbs from Chatswood to Tallawong via Epping. An ambitious extension program is underway that will see more new metro lines constructed and somesuburban rail lines converted to metro lines.
Sydney Central station is a grand edifice somewhat in the style of European or North American grand terminal stations befitting its position as the departure point for some of Australia's great long-distance trains. In recent years it has been tastefully restored and is worth a look for anyone who appreciates fine architecture.
Trams and Light Rail
Sydney also possesses modern tramway system called Sydney Light Rail.
Line L1 runs from Central Station into the inner west suburbs along a former railway line to Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill. Line L2 runs from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station then into the Eastern Suburbs at Randwick. Line L3 branching from L2 at Moore Park to Kingsford will open in 2020.
Further Light Rail lines are planned for the region around Parramatta including conversion of part of the existing Carlingford rail line.
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By far the most famous of Sydney's public transport however are the Ferries - most notable that from Sydney to Manly.
No trip to Sydney is complete without a journey from Sydney to Manly on a ferry, and indeed there is something to be said for spending a day cruising around the harbour on the many inner harbour ferries. Almost all ferries operate to and from Circular Quay (except some western ferries which start from Barangaroo).
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