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AT­TRAC­TIONS & SIGHTS 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 sand—bondi Beach is Syd­ney at its best. Camp­bell Parade, Bondi.

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 city sky­scrapers. 3 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 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, and learn more about the con­vict his­tory of this for­mer ship build­ing dock­yard. You can even stay overnight in the camp­ground. Cock­a­too Is­land, Syd­ney Har­bour. 8969 2100. 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 a chil­dren’s play­ground. From the city, walk down Mar­ket or Bathurst Streets and across the foot­bridge. 9240 8500. dar­ling­har­bour.com

FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK

Lo­cated in Syd­ney’s west, Featherdale Wildlife Park is a hands-on wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence with a fo­cus on an­i­mal ed­u­ca­tion. From koalas, kan­ga­roos and wom­bats, through to snakes, croc­o­diles, lizards, birds and more, you’ll get to see so many an­i­mals up close. You can even have a per­sonal en­counter with a koala, owl, rep­tile or dingo. 217–229 Kil­dare Road, Doon­side. Daily 8am–5pm. 9622 1644. featherdale.com.au

THE GOODS LINE

The Goods Line is Syd­ney’s an­swer to New York’s High Line. Run­ning from Rail­way Square near Cen­tral Sta­tion, through to Dar­ling Har­bour along an old freight rail­way cor­ri­dor, the pathway is an ur­ban re­treat. Walk past the Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy Syd­ney’s ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­piece, the Frank Gehry-de­signed Dr Chau Chak Wing Build­ing, known to lo­cals as the “pa­per bag” build­ing. Along the way take a seat at one of the bright com­mu­nal pic­nic ta­bles, or have a fun game of ta­ble ten­nis. From Rail­way Square, Ul­timo to Dar­ling Har­bour.

HYDE PARK BAR­RACKS MU­SEUM

Hyde Park Bar­racks is a sig­nif­i­cant con­vict site in Aus­tralia, and has had World Her­titage list sta­tus since 2010. The Hyde Park Bar­racks stood at the cen­tre of the world’s largest and most di­verse sys­tem of trans­ported con­vict labour. More than 50,000 con­victs passed through its gates from 1819 to 1848. In 1984, the Bar­racks opened as a mu­seum, and to­day, you can learn the sto­ries of the thou­sands of men and women who lived and worked here. Queens Square, Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. Daily 10am–5pm. 8239 2311. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ums.com.au/ hyde-park-bar­racks-mu­seum

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. 9922 6644. 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 10am– 6pm. madame­tus­sauds.com.au/ syd­ney/en/

MANLY

One of Syd­ney’s favourite beach­side sub­urbs is just a 30-minute ferry ride from Cir­cu­lar Quay. The trip on the Manly Ferry is spec­tac­u­lar and once in Manly, there is so much to do. Take a surf les­son, go for a dip, hire a bike and ride along the beach­front or stroll around to beau­ti­ful Shelly Beach and go for a snorkel. Then there are the many restau­rants and bars in which to sit back and re­lax by the sea­side. Manly. 9976 1430. hel­lomanly.com.au

THE MINT

The Mint is one of Syd­ney CBD’S old­est pub­lic build­ings and is an his­toric coin­ing fac­tory. The build­ing was con­structed in 1811–1816 as the south wing of Gov­er­nor Mac­quarie’s Gen­eral Hospi­tal for con­victs. The hospi­tal be­came known as the ‘Rum Hospi­tal’, be­cause it was built in ex­change for ex­clu­sive rights for three mer­chants to im­port 45,000 gal­lons of spirits to the colony. 10 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. Mon–fri 9.30am– 5pm (closed weekends). 8239 2288. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ums.com.au/ the-mint

PYLON LOOKOUT

Walk across the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge then head up to the 200 stairs to the Pylon Lookout for mind­blow­ing 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. Daily 10am–5pm. 9240 1100. py­lon­look­out.com.au

THE ROCKS

This his­toric precinct is lo­cated north of the CBD, be­tween Cir­cu­lar Quay and Walsh Bay. Wan­der the cob­ble­stoned streets and dis­cover the many sto­ries from The Rocks’ con­vict past at The Rocks Dis­cov­ery Mu­seum. Check out the mar­kets at the weekends, then head to one of the many restau­rants and bars in the area. Be sure to drop by one of The Rocks’ his­toric pubs for a drink or two with lo­cals. The Rocks. the­rocks.com

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 10am–7pm. syd­neyaquar­ium.com.au

SYD­NEY HAR­BOUR BRIDGE

The star of our New Year’s Eve fire­works and prob­a­bly the most pho­tographed man-made struc­ture in Aus­tralia, the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge opened in 1932 as the world’s tallest steel arch bridge. More than 200,000 cars travel over the bridge ev­ery day. Climb up the 200 stairs in the South East Pylon to the lookout and check out the mu­seum in­side or climb to the top of the bridge with Bridge­climb.

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. 9217 0111. 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. There are lots of fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy and plenty of green spa­ces to ex­plore. Aus­tralia Av­enue, Syd­ney Olympic Park. 9714 7888. syd­ney­olympic­park.com.au

SYD­NEY OPERA HOUSE

The Syd­ney Opera House is one of the most recog­nised build­ings in the world. It was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Jørn Ut­zon and opened in 1973. To­day it is home to a huge pro­gram of events en­com­pass­ing mu­sic, the­atre, dance, ideas, com­edy and more. You can take a tour and learn more about this mas­ter­piece, or stop by the fa­mous Opera Bar for a drink and bask in the glory of this ar­chi­tec­tural beauty. Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. 9250 7111. syd­ney­op­er­a­house.com

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 250 me­tres 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. syd­ney­tow­er­eye.com.au

TARONGA ZOO

Lo­cated on the shores of Syd­ney Har­bour, Taronga Zoo show­cases over 4,000 an­i­mals from all around the world. Get nose to nose with ev­ery­thing from emus to ele­phants and lions to lizards. There are reg­u­lar shows and feed­ing times, with great photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. Bradley’s Head Road, Mos­man. Daily 9.30am–5pm (Sep–apr), 9.30am– 4.30pm (May–aug). 9969 2777. taronga.org.au

WET’N’WILD SYD­NEY

Get wet at Syd­ney’s big­gest wa­ter theme park—wet’n’wild Syd­ney! En­joy ac­tion-packed rides like 360Rush, fea­tur­ing 360-de­gree loop­ing wa­ter slides to The Surf Deck, where you can learn to catch a wave. The whole fam­ily will en­joy The Beach, Aus­tralia’s largest wave pool, and Boomerang Bay. Open Sept–apr only, check web­site for open­ing days. 427 Reser­voir Road, Prospect. wet­nwildsyd­ney.com.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. Ex­plore the Kan­ga­roo Walk-about, meet koalas in Gum Tree Val­ley and more! WILD LIFE Syd­ney Zoo fea­tures in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, en­ter­tain­ing keeper talks and en­hanced walk­through habi­tats in­clud­ing Koala En­coun­ters and But­ter­fly Trop­ics. Aquar­ium Wharf, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 10am–5pm. wildlifesyd­ney.com.au

MU­SE­UMS AUS­TRALIAN MU­SEUM

Aus­tralia’s first pub­lic mu­seum is ded­i­cated to ex­plor­ing and un­der­stand­ing the world. Their ex­hi­bi­tions are a joy for adults and kids alike. Col­lec­tions not to be missed in­clude First Aus­tralians and Wild Planet. 1 Wil­liam Street, Syd­ney. Daily 9.30am– 5pm. 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. 9298 3777. anmm.gov.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. 9217 0111. maas.mu­seum

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. 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. 9241 1893. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ums.com. au/susannah-place-mu­seum

SYD­NEY JEW­ISH MU­SEUM

The Syd­ney Jew­ish Mu­seum, lo­cated in the in­ner-city sub­urb of Dar­linghurst, doc­u­ments and ex­am­ines the his­tory of the Holo­caust. It stands as a me­mo­rial to the six mil­lion mur­dered Jews and the mil­lions of non-jew­ish vic­tims. It also tells the his­tory of the Jews in Aus­tralia and il­lus­trates the rich­ness of Jew­ish life by show­ing its tra­di­tions. The Syd­ney Jew­ish Mu­seum pro­vides an eye-open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all vis­i­tors through its per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions. 148 Dar­linghurst Road, Dar­linghurst. Sun 10am– 4pm, Mon–thu 10am– 4.30pm, Fri 10am– 3pm (closed Sat). 9360 7999. syd­ney­jew­ish­mu­seum.com.au

PARKS AUBURN BOTANIC GAR­DENS

These sprawl­ing ur­ban gar­dens cover 9.2 hectares and fea­ture a range of unique plant and an­i­mal life. The gar­dens are pop­u­lar for pic­nics, and ev­ery Au­gust Auburn Botanic Gar­dens hosts its an­nual Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val. Cor­ner Chisholm and Chiswick Roads, Auburn. cum­ber­land.nsw.gov.au/ auburn-botanic- 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, 7 kilo­me­tres of moun­tain bike trails and more than 20 kilo­me­tres of walk­ing tracks. Narel­lan Road, Mount Annan. Daily 8am–5pm (un­til 7pm dur­ing sum­mer). 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. 9255 1700. 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, Mount Tomah. Mon–fri 9am–5.30pm, Sat–sun 9.30am–5.30pm. 4567 3000. blue­moun­tains­b­otanic gar­den.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 horserid­ing fa­cil­i­ties as well. En­try via Ox­ford Street, Padding­ton. 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. Pier Street, Dar­ling Har­bour. Daily 9.30am–5pm (Apr–sep), 9.30am–5.30pm (Oct– Mar). 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. The reser­voir was a vi­tal source of wa­ter for res­i­dents in the 19th cen­tury, to­day it has state her­itage list­ing sta­tus. Stroll through the gar­dens, which are rem­i­nis­cent of the Hang­ing Gar­dens of Baby­lon, and en­joy a sense of peace from the bustling city streets above. 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 from 7am, check web­site for seasonal clos­ing times. 9231 8111. rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

WENDY’S SE­CRET GAR­DEN

Loved by lo­cals and gar­den en­thu­si­asts, Wendy’s Se­cret Gar­den is a se­cret no more. Hid­den away in beau­ti­ful Laven­der Bay, the gar­den was cre­ated by Wendy Whiteley, wife of the late Aus­tralian painter Brett Whiteley. In the af­ter­math of her hus­band’s pass­ing, Wendy put all her ef­fort and grief into clear­ing the over­grown land near her home. She then be­gan cre­at­ing the gar­den, in a very painterly way driven by colour and aes­thet­ics. To­day, the gar­den is a spec­tac­u­lar tes­ta­ment to Wendy with its lush green­ery and beau­ti­ful views of­fer­ing a sense of peace and tran­quil­lity. Laven­der Street, Laven­der Bay. wendysse­cret­gar­den.org.au

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