Where to Go: Sydney’s won­der­ful at­trac­tions

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AT­TRAC­TIONS

BRIDGECLIMB. Lo­cated on Sydney Harbour Bridge, Bridgeclimb is one of the city’s favourite pas­times. More than 3 mil­lion peo­ple have ven­tured across the cat­walks, lad­ders and arches to get to the 134-me­tre-high peak, look­ing down over the shim­mer­ing harbour and across to the im­mense sky­scrapers.

3 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. Bridgeclimb Sam­pler adults from $158, chil­dren from $133. Bridgeclimb (day) adults from $293, chil­dren from $193. 8274 7777. bridgeclimb.com

COCK­A­TOO IS­LAND. Cock­a­too Is­land is a UNESCO World Her­itage is­land lo­cated in the mid­dle of Sydney Harbour. Ex­plore the is­land through its nu­mer­ous walk­ing paths and tun­nels. Camp overnight, or learn more about the con­vict his­tory of this for­mer ship build­ing dock­yard. 8969 2100. Cock­a­too Is­land, Sydney. cock­a­toois­land.gov.au

DAR­LING HARBOUR. This wa­ter­side precinct is renowned for its vast ar­ray of restau­rants, shops and tourist at­trac­tions in­clud­ing SEA LIFE Sydney Aquar­ium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tus­sauds Sydney, the Pow­er­house Mu­seum, Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum, IMAX The­atre and chil­dren’s play­ground.

From the city, walk down Mar­ket or Bathurst Streets and across the foot­bridge. 9240 8500. dar­ling­har­bour.com

LUNA PARK SYDNEY. Luna Park is Sydney’s top en­ter­tain­ment precinct of many faces! Bring the fam­ily and en­joy a day of fun on The Wild Mouse—sydney’s favourite roller­coaster, the fer­ris wheel, Coney Is­land, mir­ror maze or the nu­mer­ous other rides and at­trac­tions.

1 Olympic Drive, Mil­sons Point. Open­ing times vary, check on­line. Un­lim­ited rides daily ticket costs from $22 to $52. 9033 7676. lu­na­parksyd­ney.com

MADAME TUS­SAUDS SYDNEY. The world fa­mous wax at­trac­tion Madame Tus­sauds Sydney al­lows you to get up close and per­sonal with over 70 of the world’s iconic celebri­ties and our very own Aussie stars! With nine ex­cit­ing, in­ter­ac­tive zones Madame Tus­sauds com­bines glitz and glam­our with in­cred­i­ble his­tory.

Aquar­ium Wharf, Dar­ling Harbour. Daily 9am–8pm. Adults $42, chil­dren $29.50. madame­tus­sauds.com/sydney

PY­LON LOOK­OUT. Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge then head up to the 200 stairs to the Py­lon Look­out for mind-blow­ing panoramic views. There is an ex­hi­bi­tion in­side the py­lon where you can learn more about the con­struc­tion of the bridge. Cahill Ex­press­way, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney.9240 1100. py­lon­look­out.com.au

SEA LIFE SYDNEY AQUAR­IUM. Be taken on a jour­ney of amaz­ing dis­cov­ery through 14 themed ar­eas, in­clud­ing the Trop­i­cal Bay of Rays, Dis­cov­ery Rock­pool, South Coast Ship­wreck, Du­gong Is­land and more. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquar­ium is also home to the world’s largest col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian aquatic life.

Aquar­ium Pier, Dar­ling Harbour. Daily 9am–8pm. Adults $42, chil­dren $29.50. 1800 199 657. syd­neyaquar­ium.com.au

SKYDIVE AUS­TRALIA. Sky­div­ing Sydney doesn’t get any more thrilling. Ex­pe­ri­ence the ul­ti­mate adrenalin rush as you leap from the plane and freefall at 200km/h, then ride un­der the canopy and soak in the spec­tac­u­lar city or beach views. Jump at Sydney’s only beach skydive in North Wol­lon­gong or over the stun­ning beaches of New­cas­tle. It’s an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence for the young and the old. 1300 663 634. skydive.com.au

SYDNEY OB­SER­VA­TORY. The Sydney Ob­ser­va­tory at The Rocks is con­sis­tently ranked, by Syd­neysiders, as one of the city’s favourite at­trac­tions. It’s the place to en­joy a starry night, watch a 3D show, and learn about the uni­verse. The Ob­ser­va­tory is also a favourite ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tion for lo­cals and runs shows by day and by night. 1003 Up­per Fort Street, Millers Point. 9921 3485. syd­ney­ob­ser­va­tory.com.au

SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK. An easy train or ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD will get you to Sydney Olympic Park. Built for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Sydney Olympic Park is now known as one of Sydney’s ma­jor sport­ing and en­ter­tain­ment venues. Aus­tralia Av­enue, Sydney Olympic Park. 9714 7888. syd­ney­olympic­park.com.au

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE TOURS. De­signed by Dan­ish ar­chi­tect Jørn Ut­zon and com­pleted in 1973, the Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s most fa­mous struc­tures. You can now see in­side the world’s most recog­nis­able sails on a va­ri­ety of Sydney Opera House tours.

Guided Tours Desk, up­stairs in the Box Of­fice Foyer, Sydney Opera House. Tours leave every half-hour from 9am to 5pm daily. 9250 7250. syd­ney­op­er­a­house.com/tours

SYDNEY TOWER EYE. If you’re in Sydney for a day or even a life­time, the views from Sydney Tower Eye make for an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence! At 250m tall, Sydney Tower Eye of­fers stun­ning, un­in­ter­rupted 360-de­gree views of Sydney and its fa­mous land­marks. SKY­WALK at Sydney Tower Eye, is a breath­tak­ing out­door ex­pe­ri­ence.

Level 5, West­field Sydney, Mar­ket Street, Sydney. Daily 9am–10.30pm. Adults $28, chil­dren $19, for the Sky­walk pre­mium ex­pe­ri­ence add $42 (adult). 1800 258 693. syd­ney­tow­er­eye.com.au

TARONGA ZOO. Lo­cated on the shores of Sydney Harbour, Taronga Zoo show­cases over 4000 an­i­mals from all around the world. Get nose to nose with ev­ery­thing from emus to ele­phants, lions to lizards. There are reg­u­lar shows and feed­ing times, with great photo op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Bradleys Head Road, Mosman. Daily 9.30am–4.30pm. Adults $46, chil­dren (4–15 years) $26, fam­ily $115.20 (two adults and two chil­dren). 9969 2777. taronga.org.au

WILD LIFE SYDNEY ZOO. Jour­ney around Aus­tralia on an all-aussie an­i­mal adventure at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Come face to face with one of the world’s largest salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles ‘Rex’ at the amaz­ing Kakadu Gorge. Meet their new Tassie Dev­ils, Oreo and Big John, in Devil’s Den.

Aquar­ium Wharf, Dar­ling Harbour. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $42, chil­dren $29.50. 1800 206 158. wildlifesyd­ney.com.au

BEACHES

BONDI BEACH. Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous beach is pop­u­lar no mat­ter what time of the year it is. The golden sands and gen­tle blue waves are great for swim­ming and learn­ing to surf. Walk along the shore, take a dip in the wa­ter or re­lax on the beach— Bondi is Sydney at its best. Camp­bell Pa­rade, Bondi.

MANLY BEACH. One of Sydney’s favourite beaches is just a 30-minute ferry ride from Cir­cu­lar Quay. This aquatic play­ground of­fers many ex­cit­ing wa­ter activities like surf­ing, scuba div­ing, wind­surf­ing, para­sail­ing and snor­kel­ing. North Steyne, Manly. hel­lomanly.com.au

MU­SE­UMS AND GAL­LERIES

ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES. The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing and most pop­u­lar mu­se­ums, of­fer­ing five lev­els of art. Ex­pe­ri­ence the ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Aus­tralian art, Abo­rig­i­nal art, the Asian wing with works from China, Ja­pan and South-east Asia and see Euro­pean art from the Re­nais­sance to Vic­to­rian times.

Art Gallery Road, The Do­main, Sydney. Daily 10am–5pm, Wed­nes­days un­til 10pm. Free ad­mis­sion. Special ex­hi­bi­tions may be tick­eted. 1800 679 278. art­gallery.nsw.gov.au

AUS­TRALIAN MU­SEUM. The con­stantly chang­ing sched­ule of tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions cov­ers a huge range of sub­jects and the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tions are a joy for adults and kids alike. Col­lec­tions not to be missed in­clude First Aus­tralians and Wild Planet.

Cor­ner of Col­lege and Wil­liam Streets, Sydney. Daily 9.30am–5pm. Adults $15, con­ces­sions $8, chil­dren un­der 16 free. Ex­tra charges ap­ply to special tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions. 9320 6000. aus­tralian­mu­seum.net.au

AUS­TRALIAN NA­TIONAL MAR­ITIME MU­SEUM. Aus­tralia’s ded­i­cated mar­itime mu­seum is lo­cated right on the wa­ter’s edge at Dar­ling Harbour. Their core ex­hi­bi­tions ex­plore mar­itime as­pects of Indige­nous cul­ture, Euro­pean ex­plo­ration, im­mi­gra­tion, sport and leisure, de­fence and Aus­tralia’s mar­itime links with the USA. Climb aboard the HMAS Vam­pire, Aus­tralia’s largest mu­seum ves­sel and the last of the coun­try’s big gun ships. 2 Murray Street, Dar­ling Harbour. Daily 9.30am–5pm. Per­ma­nent gal­leries free en­try. Big Ticket: Adults $32, child 4–15 years $20, fam­ily $79. 9298 3777. anmm.gov.au

MU­SEUM OF CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART AUS­TRALIA. The MCA is Aus­tralia’s Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, ded­i­cated to ex­hibit­ing, col­lect­ing and in­ter­pret­ing the work of to­day’s artists from across Aus­tralia and around the world. With a con­tin­u­ally chang­ing pro­gram of ex­hi­bi­tions and stim­u­lat­ing events there’s al­ways some­thing new and in­spir­ing to see. 140 Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. Daily 10am–5pm ex­cept Thurs­day 10am–9pm. Free ad­mis­sion. Special ex­hi­bi­tions may be tick­eted. 9245 2400. mca.com.au

MU­SEUM OF SYDNEY. The Mu­seum of Sydney is on the site of Aus­tralia’s first Gov­ern­ment House, built in 1788 by NSW’S first Gov­er­nor, Cap­tain Arthur Phillip. The build­ings’ foun­da­tions were suc­cess­fully ex­ca­vated by ar­chae­ol­o­gists in the 1980s and are now a cen­tre­piece of the mu­seum. The mu­seum ex­tends over three floors, ex­hibit­ing colo­nial his­tory, doc­u­ments, fur­ni­ture and art, and indige­nous cul­ture. Cor­ner of Bridge and Phillip Streets, Sydney. 9251 5988. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ums.com.au/mu­seum-of-sydney

POW­ER­HOUSE MU­SEUM. The Pow­er­house Mu­seum con­tains a unique and di­verse col­lec­tion that spans his­tory, sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, de­sign, in­dus­try, dec­o­ra­tive arts, mu­sic, trans­port and space ex­plo­ration. Their pro­grams have a strong fo­cus on the ideas and tech­nolo­gies that have changed our world, and the peo­ple who cre­ated them. 500 Har­ris Street, Ul­timo. Adults $15, Mu­seum of Sydney. chil­dren un­der 16 free, pen­sion/con­ces­sions $8. 9217 0111. pow­er­house­mu­seum.com

THE ROCKS DIS­COV­ERY MU­SEUM. This fam­ily-friendly mu­seum tells the story of The Rocks area of Sydney from pre-euro­pean days to the present. Housed in a re­stored 1850s sand­stone ware­house, the mu­seum is home to a unique col­lec­tion of im­ages and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal arte­facts found in The Rocks. The ex­hibits are filled with in­ter­ac­tive fun, us­ing touch screens to bring the his­tory of the area alive. Ken­dall Lane (en­ter via Ar­gyle Street), The Rocks. Daily 10am–5pm. Free ad­mis­sion. 9240 8680. the­rocks.com

SU­SAN­NAH PLACE MU­SEUM. Su­san­nah Place has been home to more than 100 fam­i­lies through­out his­tory. Learn their sto­ries in this orig­i­nal ter­race of four houses that has survived mod­ern de­vel­op­ment. Don’t forget to pick up a unique sou­venir at the delightfully re-cre­ated 1915 cor­ner shop. 58–64 Glouces­ter Street, The Rocks. Daily 2pm–5pm. Adults $12, chil­dren (un­der 15 years) and con­ces­sions $8, fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $30; mem­bers/ chil­dren un­der 5, free. 9241 1893. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ums.com.au/su­san­nah­place-mu­seum

PARKS AND GAR­DENS

AUS­TRALIAN BOTANIC GAR­DEN, MOUNT AN­NAN. The Aus­tralian Botanic Gar­den, Mount An­nan is Aus­tralia’s largest botanic gar­den with more than 416 hectares for vis­i­tors to dis­cover. The Gar­den fea­tures themed ar­eas such as the Wat­tle and Banksia gar­dens, 7km of moun­tain bike trails and more than 20km of walk­ing tracks. Mount An­nan Drive, Mount An­nan. Daily 10am–5pm (ex­cept Christ­mas Day). 4634 7900. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

BARANGA­ROO RE­SERVE. Baranga­roo Re­serve of­fers spec­tac­u­lar views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, AN­ZAC Bridge and sur­rounds. The six-hectare head­land has been planted with over 75,000 trees and shrubs. Stroll around the fore­shore on the Wu­lugul Walk, lie back on the Stargazer Lawn or bask in the vast mul­ti­pur­pose space of The Cut­away. En­ter via Ar­gyle Place or Towns Place, Walsh Bay. baranga­roo.sydney

BLUE MOUN­TAINS BOTANIC GAR­DEN, MOUNT TOMAH. Stroll through 78 acres of mag­nif­i­cent land­scaped gar­dens hous­ing Aus­tralia’s most ex­ten­sive cool-cli­mate col­lec­tion. Themed dis­plays in­clude the Plant Ex­plorer’s Walk, the an­cient Gond­wana For­est with pre­his­toric Wollemi Pines and the south­ern hemi­sphere’s largest rock gar­den. Bells Line of Road via Bilpin. Mon–fri 9am–5.30pm, Sat–sun 9.30am–5.30pm. 4567 3000. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

CEN­TEN­NIAL PARK­LANDS. Cen­ten­nial Park­lands is a beau­ti­ful re­cre­ation area in the mid­dle of Sydney’s iconic Eastern Sub­urbs. Home to a di­verse range of flora and fauna, Cen­ten­nial Park­lands is a play­ground for both adults and chil­dren alike. It is one of the few in­ner city parks with horse-rid­ing fa­cil­i­ties as well. Ox­ford Street, Sydney. 9339 6699. cen­ten­ni­al­park­lands.com.au

CHI­NESE GAR­DEN. A gift from China’s Guang­dong prov­ince in 1988 to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia’s Bi­cen­te­nary, the Chi­nese Gar­den of Friend­ship is one of the few tra­di­tional gar­dens of its type in ex­is­tence out­side main­land China. Dar­ling Harbour. Daily 9.30am–5pm. Adults $6, chil­dren (un­der 12 years) $3, fam­ily (two adults and two chil­dren) $15. 9240 8888. chi­ne­segar­dens.com.au

■ HYDE PARK. Hyde Park is Aus­tralia’s old­est park, and one of its most well known. Lo­cated in Cen­tral Sydney, it is the per­fect spot for a pic­nic or if you just want a break from the bustling city streets. You’ll also find that Hyde Park is home to nu­mer­ous special events through­out the year. El­iz­a­beth Street, Sydney. ■ PADDING­TON RESER­VOIR GAR­DENS. Housed below street level, the Padding­ton Reser­voir Gar­dens are a se­cret hid­den trea­sure of the city. Stroll through the gar­dens, which are rem­i­nis­cent of the Hang­ing Gar­dens of Baby­lon. 251 Ox­ford Street, Padding­ton. city­of­syd­ney.nsw.gov.au ■ ROYAL BOTANIC GAR­DEN SYDNEY. Come into the gar­dens and dis­cover hid­den botanic trea­sures set against one of the most mag­nif­i­cent vis­tas in the world. Of­fer­ing ar­guably the best views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour, a visit to Sydney isn’t com­plete without a walk through the beau­ti­ful Royal Botanic Gar­den Sydney.

Mrs Mac­quar­ies Road, Sydney. Daily. Free ad­mis­sion. 9231 8111. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

SIGHT­SEE­ING TOURS

■ AAT KINGS. AAT Kings will bring Sydney and sur­rounds to life with a range of half day and full day tours. Dis­cover the ma­jes­tic Blue Moun­tains, ex­plore the scenic Hunter Val­ley wine re­gion, visit Aus­tralia’s cap­i­tal Can­berra or see Sydney’s fab­u­lous city sights. You’ll en­joy stress-free travel, lux­ury air-con­di­tioned coaches, ex­pert com­men­tary and all the must-see high­lights. Our friendly and en­gag­ing Driver Guides will en­hance your ex­pe­ri­ence with sto­ries, lo­cal knowl­edge and a sense of fun. AAT Kings’ also of­fers se­lected free ho­tel pick-ups so all you need to do is re­lax and en­joy your day. 1300 228 546. aatk­ings.com

■ CAP­TAIN COOK CRUISES. Dis­cover Sydney’s most fa­mous icon—its beau­ti­ful Harbour on a Cap­tain Cook Cruise. With a range of din­ing and sight­see­ing cruises, plus a num­ber of fer­ries and special event cruises, you won’t miss a minute of what Sydney’s amaz­ing harbour has to of­fer. No.6 Wharf, Cir­cu­lar Quay, Sydney. 9206 1111. cap­tain­cook.com.au

■ SHELBY’S SIDE­CAR TOURS. Travel the city streets in the com­fort of a vin­tage side­car. The fleet of driv­ers are hand­picked for their ex­per­tise and pro­vide you with a wealth of knowl­edge of lo­cal in­sights. Shelby’s Side­car Tours al­low tourists to ex­pe­ri­ence the best ar­eas of Sydney. On the ‘Over The Bridge’ tour, you will head north of the city to ex­pe­ri­ence the spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter­side views from Kir­ri­billi, Mcma­hon’s Point and Neu­tral Bay. 0488 070 127. shel­byside­cars.com

Luna Park, Sydney. Photo: Nick Rains/tourism Aus­tralia.

Aus­tralian Na­tional Mar­itime Mu­seum at Dar­ling Harbour.

Bondi Beach. Photo: Hamil­ton Lund/des­ti­na­tion NSW.

Ele­phants at Taronga Zoo. Photo: Rick Stevens.

Mu­seum of Sydney. Photo: James Ho­ran.

Royal Botanic Gar­den Sydney. Photo: Roshan Sukhla.

Padding­ton Reser­voir Gar­dens. Photo: John Dan­skin.

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