ATTRACTIONS & SIGHTS
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.
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 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
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/
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 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
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
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.
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.
Level 5, Westfield Sydney, Market Street, Sydney. Daily 9am–10pm. sydneytowereye.com.au
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
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