Must-see attractions in New South Wales

  • Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia

    Bondi Beach


    Definitively Sydney, Bondi is one of the world’s great beaches. It’s the closest ocean beach to the city centre (8km away), has consistently good (though…

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    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    Sydneysiders love their giant 'coathanger', which opened in 1932. The best way to experience this majestic structure is on foot. Stairs and lifts ascend…

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    Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park


    A spectacular mix of sandstone, Australian bushland and tranquil water vistas, this 14,928-hectare park forms Sydney’s northern boundary. It’s located 20…

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    Watsons Bay


    Lovely Watsons Bay, east of the city centre and north of Bondi, was once a small fishing village, as evidenced by the heritage cottages that pepper the…

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    Taronga Zoo Sydney


    A 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, this forested harbour hillside is full of kangaroos, koalas and similarly hirsute Australians, plus numerous…

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    Three Sisters


    The Blue Mountains' essential sight is a rocky trio called the Three Sisters. Just an hour outside of Sydney, they stand at over 2953ft (900m) and a…

  • A burning dawn sky above the beautiful Sydney Opera House.

    Sydney Opera House

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this magnificent building is Australia's most famous landmark. Visually referencing a yacht's sails, it's a…

  • North Head


    About 3km south of central Manly, spectacular North Head offers dramatic cliffs, lookouts, secluded beaches, pretty paths through the native scrub, and…

  • Montague Island (Barranguba)

    South Coast NSW

    Wildlife thrives on this small, pest-free island, 9km offshore from Narooma, where fur seals frolic and 90 bird species wheel overhead. Little penguins…

  • Taronga Western Plains Zoo

    New South Wales

    This is Dubbo's star attraction, not to mention one of the best zoos in regional Australia. You can walk the 6km circuit, ride a hire bike ($17 to $24 for…

  • Woman looks at the water pool in River Cave at the Jenolan Caves at the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.

    Jenolan Caves

    Blue Mountains

    Far from other Blue Mountains attractions, the limestone Jenolan Caves is one of the most extensive, accessible and complex systems in the world – a vast…

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    West Head


    This central section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a spectacular wilderness, with awe-inspiring vistas over Pittwater and Broken Bay, hidden beach…

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    Art Gallery of NSW

    City Centre & Haymarket

    With its neoclassical Greek frontage and modern rear, this much-loved institution plays a prominent and gregarious role in Sydney society. Blockbuster…

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    Sydney Sea Life Aquarium

    Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

    As well as regular tanks, this impressive complex has large pools that you can walk through – safely enclosed in Perspex tunnels – as an intimidating…

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    Australian National Maritime Museum

    Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

    Beneath a soaring roof, the Maritime Museum sails through Australia’s inextricable relationship with the sea. Exhibitions range from Indigenous canoes to…

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    Royal National Park

    Sydney Region

    The 15,091-hectare Royal National Park was established in 1879, making it the oldest national park in the world after Yellowstone in the USA. Stretching…

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    Royal Botanic Garden

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    Southeast of the Opera House, this garden was established in 1816 and features plant life from around the world. Within the gardens are hothouses with…

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    Cockatoo Island


    Studded with photogenic industrial relics, convict architecture and art installations, fascinating Cockatoo Island (Wareamah) opened to the public in 2007…

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    Centennial Park


    Scratched out of the sand in 1888 in grand Victorian style, Sydney’s biggest park is a rambling 189-hectare expanse full of horse riders, joggers,…

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    Worimi Conservation Lands

    Mid-North Coast

    Located at Stockton Bight, these are the longest moving sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, stretching more than 35km. Thanks to the generosity of the…

  • The historic Sydney Observatory, The Rocks, Sydney

    Sydney Observatory

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    Built in the 1850s, Sydney’s copper-domed, Italianate sandstone observatory squats atop Observatory Hill, overlooking the harbour. Inside is an intriguing…

  • The Hyde Park Barracks

    Hyde Park Barracks Museum

    City Centre & Haymarket

    This noble brick building was designed by the convict architect Francis Greenway to house prisoners arriving in the colony. Now a flagship museum, the…

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    Echo Point


    Echo Point's clifftop viewing platform offers a magical prospect of the area's most essential sight, a rocky trio called the Three Sisters, sacred to the…

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    Brett Whiteley Studio

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    Acclaimed local artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992) lived fast and without restraint. Many of his multimillion-dollar paintings were created in this hard-to…

  • View of the front facade, Elizabeth Bay House.

    Elizabeth Bay House

    Kings Cross & Potts Point

    Now dwarfed by 20th-century apartments, Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay's elegant Greek Revival mansion was one of the finest houses in the colony…

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    Rocks Discovery Museum

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    Divided into four displays – Warrane (pre-1788), Colony (1788–1820), Port (1820–1900) and Transformations (1900 to the present) – this small, excellent…

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    The Farm

    Byron Bay

    This photogenic, 32-hectare green oasis outside Byron is shared by Three Blue Ducks restaurant, a produce store, the Bread Social bakery, an ice-creamery…

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    Sydney Fish Market

    Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

    This piscatorial precinct on Blackwattle Bay shifts around 15 million kilograms of seafood annually, and has retail outlets, restaurants, sushi and oyster…

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    Mt Gower

    Lord Howe Island

    The southernmost of the two magnificent peaks dominating the island, Mt Gower (875m) is a spectacular sight. Though it looks sheer at first glance, it's…

  • Ball's Pyramid

    Lord Howe Island

    Sticking out of the middle of the ocean some 23km southeast of Lord Howe Island, the memorably jagged silhouette of this crag stands 551m high. A volcano…

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    Chinese Garden of Friendship

    Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

    Built according to Taoist principles, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is usually an oasis of tranquillity – although one increasingly dwarfed by…

  • Chinatown

    City Centre & Haymarket

    Dixon St is the heart of Chinatown: a narrow, shady pedestrian mall with a string of restaurants and insistent spruikers. The ornate dragon gates (paifang…

  • Manly Beach.

    Manly Beach


    Sydney's second most famous beach is a magnificent strand that stretches for nearly two golden kilometres, lined by Norfolk Island pines and midrise…

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    Store Beach


    A hidden jewel on North Head, magical Store Beach can only be reached by kayak – you can hire them from Manly Kayak Centre – or boat. It’s a breeding…

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    Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains

    Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this vast national park has over 140km of walking trails.

  • Warrumbungle National Park

    New South Wales

    This National Heritage–listed park is the area's great attraction. Cut by the dramatic, volcanic Warrumbungles (the name means 'Crooked Mountains' in the…

  • Sydney Jewish Museum

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    One of Sydney's best museums revolves around a detailed and expertly curated exhibition on the Holocaust, with sobering personal testimonies and moving…

  • Ben Boyd National Park

    South Coast NSW

    Divided into two sections north and south of Eden is 104.85-sq-km Ben Boyd National Park. Boyd was a Scottish entrepreneur in agriculture and whaling who…

  • Booderee National Park

    South Coast NSW

    Occupying Jervis Bay’s southeastern spit, this sublime national park, jointly managed by the government and the local Indigenous community, offers good…

  • Back O' Bourke Exhibition Centre

    Outback NSW

    This superb exhibition space follows the legends of the back country (both Indigenous and settler) through interactive displays. The centre also houses…