Attractions

Top Choice Beach in Bondi, Coogee & the Eastern Beaches

Bondi Beach

Definitively Sydney, Bondi is one of the world’s great beaches: ocean and land collide, the Pacific arrives in great foaming swells, and all people are equal, as democratic as sand. It’s the closest ocean beach to t…
Top Choice Bridge in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydneysiders adore their giant 'coathanger'. Opened in 1932, this majestic structure spans the harbour at one of its narrowest points. The best way to experience the bridge is on foot – don't expect much of a view c…
Top Choice Notable Building in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Opera House

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this World Heritage–listed building is Australia's most recognisable landmark. Visually referencing a yacht's billowing white sails, it's a soaring, commanding presence on th…
Top Choice Gallery in City Centre & Haymarket

Art Gallery of NSW

With its neoclassical Greek frontage and modern rear end, this much-loved institution plays a prominent and gregarious role in Sydney society. Blockbuster international touring exhibitions arrive regularly and there…
Top Choice Observatory in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Observatory

Built in the 1850s, Sydney’s copper-domed, Italianate sandstone observatory squats atop pretty Observatory Hill, overlooking the harbour. Inside is a collection of vintage apparatus, including Australia’s oldest wor…
Top Choice Zoo in Sydney Harbourside

Taronga Zoo

A 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, this bushy harbour hillside is full of kangaroos, koalas and similarly hirsute Australians, plus numerous imported guests. The zoo’s critters have million-dollar harbour vi…
Top Choice Area in City Centre & Haymarket

Chinatown

With a discordant soundtrack of blaring Canto pop, 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) at eithe…
Top Choice Museum in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

Australian National Maritime Museum

Beneath a soaring roof, the Maritime Museum sails through Australia’s inextricable relationship with the sea. Exhibitions range from Indigenous canoes to surf culture, immigration to the navy. The worthwhile ‘big ti…
Top Choice Museum in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Australian Museum

Under an ongoing process of modernisation, this museum, established just 40 years after the First Fleet dropped anchor, is doing a brilliant job of it. A standout is the Indigenous Australians section, covering Abor…
Top Choice Aquarium in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

Sydney Sea Life Aquarium

As well as regular wall-mounted tanks and ground-level enclosures, this impressive complex has two large pools that you can walk through, safely enclosed in Perspex tunnels, as an intimidating array of sharks and ra…