Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is Australia's most populated city and a fast tempo, fun, vibrant metropolis. It was the first town to be settled in Australia with many of the original convict buildings left over. This region covers an area of 12,367km2 with a population of over 5 million. Sydney was the home to the 2000 Olympic games and thrives on its major economic sectors of tourism, retail, manufacturing, property and business services. Sydney is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Blue Mountains. The city is home to the largest natural harbour in the world, Port Jackson and over 70 other harbour and ocean beaches, including the beautiful Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Other famous landmarks include Centerpoint Tower, The Opera House, and the Harbor Bridge which links the North Shore to the larger part of Sydney\'s central business sector. Due to its oceanic location, Sydney boasts a climate of warm summers and cool winters. Great afternoon thunderstorms often roll over the sky in November and March which are the peak of the storm season. The western suburbs experience more extreme temperatures; winters are much cooler while summers are often quite warm. January is usually the hottest month with an average daily temperature between 18.6 degrees and 25.8 degrees, while winter months receive temperatures that rarely drop below 5 degrees in coastal areas. A lot of fun rivalry exists between Brisbane and Sydney residence and the town comes to life as New South Wales and Queensland battle it out in the State of Origin football game (Sydney must fly the Queensland flag on the Harbor Bridge if they lose).