Must-see attractions in Sydney

  • 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…

  • Sumatran Tiger

    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…

  • 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…

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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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    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…

  • cockatoo island, Sydney Harbour

    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,…

  • 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…

  • Whiteley Studio, Surrey Hills.

    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…

  • Exhibit at Rocks Discovery Museum, The Rocks.

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Australian Museum

    Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

    Closed for renovation at the time of research, this wonderful institution plans to reopen in mid-2020. Australia's first museum was established just 40…

  • Sydney Harbour National Park


    Sydney Harbour National Park protects large swathes of bushland around the harbour shoreline, plus several harbour islands. In among the greenery you’ll…

  • Palm Beach

    Northern Beaches

    Long, lovely Palm Beach is a crescent of bliss that's famous as the setting for cheesy TV soap Home and Away. The 1881 Barrenjoey Lighthouse punctuates…

  • Nicholson Museum

    Newtown & the Inner West

    Within the University of Sydney's quadrangle, this is a great under-the-radar attraction. Combining modern ideas with ancient artefacts, it's an…

  • White Rabbit

    Newtown & the Inner West

    In many ways Sydney's best contemporary-art gallery, White Rabbit is tucked away behind the Central Park development in Chippendale. It's the project of…

  • McMahons Point


    Is there a better view of the bridge and the Opera House than from the wharf at this point, a short hop by ferry northwest of the centre? It's all…

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    Newtown & the Inner West

    Built between 1880 and 1889, this intriguing group of huge Victorian-era workshops was part of the Eveleigh Railyards. The rail workers chugged out in…

  • View of Bobbin Head marina and picnic area, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, Upper Sydney North Shore.

    Bobbin Head


    This lovely section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park has two entrance points joined by a road that snakes through glorious bushland down to Cowan Creek,…

  • Q Station


    From 1837 to 1984 this sprawling historic complex in beautiful North Head bushland was used to isolate new arrivals suspected of carrying disease. These…

  • Sydney, NSW, Australia - March 3rd 2021: The Great North Walk next to the Lane Cove River in Lane Cove National Park.

    Lane Cove National Park


    This lovely park, surrounded by North Shore suburbia, flanks the Lane Cove River, which spills into the harbour. It's a great place to stretch out on some…

  • Vaucluse House


    Construction of this imposing, turreted specimen of Gothic Australiana, set amid 10 hectares of lush gardens, commenced in 1805, but the house was…

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    Hyde Park

    City Centre & Haymarket

    Formal but much-loved Hyde Park has manicured gardens and a tree-formed tunnel running down its spine, which looks particularly pretty at night,…

  • Surfers catching wave at Bronte Beach.

    Bronte Beach


    A winning family-oriented beach hemmed in by sandstone cliffs and a grassy park, Bronte lays claims to having the oldest surf-lifesaving club in the world…

  • State Library of NSW

    City Centre & Haymarket

    Among the State Library's over five million tomes are James Cook’s and Joseph Banks’ journals and William Bligh’s log from the mutinous Bounty. It's worth…

  • Queen Victoria Building

    City Centre & Haymarket

    Unbelievably, this High Victorian Gothic masterpiece (1898) was repeatedly slated for demolition before it was restored in the mid-1980s. Occupying an…

  • Sydney Tower Eye

    City Centre & Haymarket

    The 309m-tall Sydney Tower (still known as Centrepoint by many Sydneysiders) offers unbeatable 360-degree views from the observation level 250m up. The…

  • Anzac Memorial

    City Centre & Haymarket

    This dignified art deco memorial commemorates WWI soldiers of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs). The interior dome is studded with 120,000…

  • Museum of Sydney

    City Centre & Haymarket

    Built on the site of Sydney’s first Government House, the MoS is a fragmented, storytelling museum, which uses installations to explore the city’s history…

  • Walsh Bay

    Circular Quay & The Rocks

    This section of Dawes Point waterfront was Sydney’s busiest before the advent of container shipping and the construction of port facilities at Botany Bay…

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