MU­SE­UMS

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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. 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 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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