Attractions

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 famous landmark. Visually referencing a yacht's sails, it's a soaring, commanding presence. The complex comprises five…
Notable Building in Sydney

Rose Seidler House

Sydney's most famous architect, Harry Seidler, designed this striking small house (1950) for his mother and father, Rose and Max. It’s a modernist gem, with free-flowing open spaces, retro colour schemes and hip fur…
Notable Building in City Centre & Haymarket

State Theatre

The ostentatiously ornate State (1929) is Sydney’s most beautiful theatre. Originally built as a movie palace during Hollywood’s heyday, it’s now a National Trust–classified building, dripping with gilt and velvetee…
Notable Building in City Centre & Haymarket

Australia Square

Generally acknowledged as Australia’s first major office tower, Australia Square (1968) was designed by archi-phenomenon Harry Seidler. His 50-storey design assumes a distinctive cylindrical form, with an open plaza…
Notable Building in Bondi, Coogee & the Eastern Beaches

Bondi Pavilion

Built in a blended Mediterranean/Georgian Revival style in 1929, ‘The Pav’ is more a cultural centre than a changing shed, although it does have changing rooms, showers and lockers (small/large $4/6). There's a free…
Notable Building in City Centre & Haymarket

Central Station

Sydney’s main railway station was built in 1906 on top of an old convent and cemetery (watch out for ghosts). The 75m Gothic clock tower was added 15 years later. The main sandstone concourse has an impressive vault…
Architecture in Sydney

Brickpit Ring Walk

This brightly coloured circular walkway is supported by what look like metal chopsticks, lifting it 18m above the water filling an abandoned brickworks. Three billion bricks were made here between 1911 and 1988. Bui…
Notable Building in Newtown & the Inner West

Mortuary Station

This ornate disused Victorian sandstone station used to be the departure point for funeral trains out to the Rookwood cemetery in Sydney's west. It's a beautiful structure but not open to the public. You can get a d…
Architecture in Newtown & the Inner West

Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

Opened in 2015, this university business school was donated by the father of an alumnus and designed by Frank Gehry. It's a striking sight, all windows and organic, non-linear walls of corbelled bricks. It's been go…
Notable Building in Katoomba

Paragon

It's not one of Katoomba's better eateries, but it's well worth dropping into this heritage-listed 1916 cafe for its fabulous period decor. The handmade chocolates are pretty good too. Make sure you wander through t…