Places to Visit in Sydney
Spoilt for choices! Visit Sydney for delightful vacation for entire family
Mere mention of Sydney conjures up images of the city’s world famous landmarks, beaches, harbors and opera houses. It is largest, oldest and most urbane city of Australia which has something special to offer to every visitor. Home to sandy beaches and scenic cruises, the city lies amid seductive intermingling of sea and land. Visitors can explore its fabled history in historic buildings of Rocks, narrow cobbled laneways, at city’s excellent museums and rock paintings of Gadigal aboriginal people. Here are top places to explore in Sydney that will boggle your mind:
- Circular Quay
Built by convict labor in Sydney Cove, Circular Quay is home to city’s main ferry terminal. It is popular neighborhood for tourism and consists of pedestrian malls, walkways, restaurants and parks. Hordes of commuters flood the area at peak hours and street performers entertain locals and visitors. The area hosts number of bus stops, ferry quays and train station. Visitors can start their tour from here, one of the best ways to appreciate sparkling waterfront setting. Ferries depart to spots such as Watson’s Bay, Manly and Taronga Park Zoo.
- Sydney Opera House
Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, Sydney Opera House is one of world’s great icons and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building is one of the 20th century most famous and distinctive buildings. This graceful building is shaped like billowing sails or shells and is surrounded by water. The building has multiple performance venues which together host more than 1,500 performances, attended by more than 1.2 million people. Visitors can book guided walking tour to learn about history and get behind-the-scenes look of this building.
- Darling Harbor
Darling Harbor is a waterfront pedestrian packed with museums, shops, restaurants, entertainment venues and exhibitions. It is home to number of major public attractions, including Harborside Shopping Center, Cockle Bay Wharf, Paddy’s Markets, Tumbalong Park, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Madame Tussauds, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife World, et al. To skip the queue, get Sea Life Sydney Aquarium Entrance Ticket and it also offers discounts. Children will love the water park, carousel and playground. A harbor jet boat, simulated flights, racing car, IMAX and 9D Theater are exciting attractions here.
- Sydney Harbor Bridge
Sydney Harbor Bridge was city’s most popular landmark prior to construction of Opera House. It is steel through arch bridge that carries vehicular rail, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Nicknamed as Coathanger due to its arch-based design, the mesmerizing view of the bridge, nearby Sydney Opera House and harbor is an iconic image of Sydney. It is tallest steel arch bridge, measuring 134 m from top to water level and is sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world. Built in 1932, it remains world’s largest steel arch bridge, connecting north and south shores in single curve.
- The Rocks
The Rocks historic area was once home to Gadigal aboriginal people and later became country’s first site for European settlement. There are more than 100 heritage sites and buildings jostling along narrow streets including Sydney’s oldest surviving house. The area features variety of craft and souvenir shops, as well as historic and themed pubs. Visitors can visit Rocks Discovery Museum which provides area’s fascinating transformation from aboriginal lands, to tourist hotspot.
- Sydney Tower
Sydney Tower is Sydney’s tallest structure with soaring height of 309 meters. It is second tallest observation tower in Southern Hemisphere. The tower rises from busy Centrepoint shopping mall and is open to public. It is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city. The four sections of tower are open to public and three are occupied by Sydney Tower Dinning. There’s 360 Bar and Dining which offers revolving views of Sydney skyline. The observation deck is located on level four of tower.
- Bondi Beach
Sydney is known for its fabulous beaches and Bondi Beach is one of the most visited tourist sites in Australia. It is queen bee of Sydney beaches and is a mile-long sweep of golden sand lined with apartments, red-tile roofed homes and green spaces. This beach attracts surfers, swimmers, sunbathers and body builders. The beach is equipped with changing rooms, and nearby neighborhood is packed with bars, cafes and shops. In 2008, the beach was added to Australian National Heritage List.