Places to Visit in Sydney

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You’ll discover wonderful places to visit in Sydney, from sun-kissed beaches to fascinating heritage and amazing attractions. The city fans out from beautiful Sydney Harbour to Bondi Beach in the east, Palm Beach in the north, fun adventures in the west and Australia’s oldest national park in the south.

Sydney City

Sydney dazzles day or night, with great theatre, wonderful museums and delicious delights. The Sydney Opera House is the jewel on sparkling Sydney Harbour. In the heart of this vibrant city are many hidden gems too, such as Forgotten Songs, an artwork canopy of 120 birdcages in Angel Place.

Explore cobblestone lanes and other heritage in The Rocks. Australia’s oldest pubs are here and the Argyle Stairs lead to Cumberland Street for access to the free Sydney Harbour Bridge walk, or a BridgeClimb tour to the top of the mighty steel arch, nicknamed the Coathanger by Sydneysiders.

Next to the Sydney Opera House is the Royal Botanic Garden, a tranquil oasis with a free daily tour and intriguing exhibitions in the Calyx. You can walk through the lovely garden to Mrs Macquaries Point for spectacular views of the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the deep blue harbour.

Ferries depart from Circular Quay for destinations dotted around one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Or stroll through the historic Rocks and under the bridge to Walsh Bay – home to a theatre on a heritage wharf – and then around to Barangaroo’s harbourside parkland.

Amid the gleaming towers in Barangaroo South is the imaginatively designed Barangaroo House – three levels of enticing places to eat and drink. Along the waterfront are more restaurants and Darling Harbour, where you’ll meet penguins, dugongs and sharks in the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

A short walk away is the bustling city centre, a shopping paradise of elegant boutiques, department stores and enticing fashion malls. The palatial Queen Victoria Building and the stylish Strand Arcade are two beautifully restored colonial arcades where you’ll be delightfully surprised on every level.

From evocative art to blockbuster musicals, checkout the ever-changing events calendar. Reserve your tickets for musicals at the Sydney Lyric in Pyrmont, the Capitol Theatrenear Chinatown and other venues. The Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art are fine public galleries.

The epitome of Art Deco architecture is the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park, near Museum Station and the Australian Museum. For more splendid Art Deco buildings as well as outdoor dining on one of the longest timber wharves in the world, visit charming Potts Point and Woolloomooloo.

In Sydney’s eastern suburbs enjoy Australia’s most famous beach, wonderful coastal walks and many more attractions. There are thrilling sports to watch at the Sydney Cricket Ground, fascinating heritage to explore and a tasty range of waterside restaurants, laid-back cafes and hip bars to relish.

From sunrise to sunset, Bondi Beach is brimming with activity. Yet this lovely stretch of white sand is just one of the gorgeous beaches in the east, from harbourside delights in Watsons BayVaucluse and Double Bay to stunning ocean beaches south of Bondi such as Coogee Beach, a family favourite.

Bronte Beach

The Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk is exhilarating. You’ll marvel at the vast Pacific Ocean on the 6km trail that winds over sandstone cliffs and meanders by charming Tamarama, Bronte and Clovelly. You can spot majestic humpback whales leaping and rolling in the air between May and November.

Other splendid walking trails in Sydney’s east include:

You’ll find plenty more fun experiences, from ferry rides to Watsons Bay for humble fish ‘n’ chips to kayaking, sailing and Rose Bay seaplanes. Go cycling or horseriding in Centennial Park, a green oasis near Paddington’s boutiques, Moore Park’s entertainment and Randwick’s thoroughbred racing.

racing events

The harbour entrance at South Head is a magnificent point to watch one of the world’s great ocean-racing events – the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day. Check out the exciting events calendar for more top sporting contests, from cricket at the hallowed SGC to the glamour of Royal Randwick.

Surfing is popular and there are Let’s Go surf schools at both Bondi and Maroubra. The two beaches are recognised in the National Surfing Reserves as places of intrinsic value. Maroubra Beach is nicknamed the Bra and curves about 1km south to the Malabar Headland National Park.

South of Maroubra is La Perouse, where Captain Arthur Phillip’s First Fleet initially landed in 1788 before deciding on Sydney Cove. The Aboriginal connection to the area, named after a French explorer, dates back thousands of years and you can explore this heritage with Kadoo Tours.

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