A City of Villages

Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Of the total population of Greater Sydney, 39.2% of people were born overseas. This is even higher in the City of Sydney, with 47.7% of people born overseas. Travel to Western Sydney, and it increases to 53.8%. 

The most common languages in Sydney other than English are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Greek. Cultural and linguistic diversity has always been a feature of the Aboriginal groups who have lived in the Sydney region for at least 70,000 years. In the over 230 years since colonization, cultural diversity has continued to be a feature of the Sydney population and has shaped the city and its suburbs. 

Sydney is known as a city of villages, made up of many different neighborhoods, each with their own character. Sydney’s neighborhoods celebrate the city’s cultural diversity and rich immigrant histories. Many localities are excellent examples of ‘everyday multiculturalism’, places where you can experience the lived reality of cultural diversity in Australia. Some areas of the city have become associated with the cultures and nationalities that predominate there. Enjoying yum cha (dim sum) in Chinatown, eating gelato in Leichhardt or pho in Cabramatta is a must during any visit to Sydney.

- Dr. Justine Greenwood, instructor for The Australian Experience.