University of Sydney
Lonely Planet review for University of Sydney
Australia’s oldest tertiary territory (1850) has over 45,000 students and even boasts its own postcode. You don’t need to have a PhD to grab a free campus map and wander around. Flanked by two grand halls that wouldn’t be out of place in Harry Potter’s beloved Hogwarts, the Quadrangle has a Gothic Revival design that tips its mortarboard towards the stately colleges of Oxford.
Also here is the arresting Nicholson Museum and the small University Art Gallery. Nearby, the Macleay Museum has a musty dead smell (old dons or the historic collection of taxidermied Australian fauna?).