Where to Go: Syd­ney’s won­der­ful at­trac­tions

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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 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 9.30am–6pm. 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 9.30am–6pm. 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–10pm. 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–5pm. 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 at the amaz­ing Kakadu Gorge. Meet their Tassie Devils, Topsy and Bub, in Devil’s Den.

Aquar­ium Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 9.30am–5pm. Adults $42, chil­dren $29.50. 1800 206 158. wildlifesyd­ney.com.au


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


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


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


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 Wed­nes­day 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, 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



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 8am–5pm (ex­cept Christ­mas Day). 4634 7900. aus­tralian­b­otan­ic­gar­den.com.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


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. blue­moun­tains­b­otan­ic­gar­den.com.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–5.30pm. 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



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. Their 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

Abo­rig­i­nal Bush Food ex­pe­ri­ences at Royal Botanic Gar­den Syd­ney.

Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Salt­wa­ter croc­o­diles at WILD LIFE Syd­ney Zoo. Photo Roshan Sukhla.

Bridgeclimb. Photo: © Ge­off Jones.

SEA LIFE Syd­ney Aquar­ium. Photo: © Hamil­ton Lund.

Dis­cover Syd­ney and sur­rounds with AAT Kings.

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