Where Sydney - - 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.


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. cock­a­toois­


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. dar­ling­har­


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.


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 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. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ hyde-park-bar­racks-mu­seum


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. lu­na­parksyd­


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. madame­tus­ 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. hel­


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. syd­neyliv­ing­mu­se­ 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. py­lon­look­


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. the­


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. syd­neyaquar­


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. syd­ney­ob­ser­va­


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. syd­ney­olympic­


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. syd­ney­op­er­a­


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. syd­ney­tow­er­


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.


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. wet­nwildsyd­


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. wildlifesyd­

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