Must-see attractions in Sydney

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    Neild Avenue Maze

    This tiny maze of thigh-high hedges hides behind a gargantuan plane tree on a Paddington backstreet, squished into a cranny between a textile showroom and…

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    Clontarf Cottage

    Balmain’s jacaranda-filled streets contain dozens of historically significant buildings, most of which are privately owned. The squat, shingle-roofed…

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    Argyle Place

    A quiet, English-style village green lined with terraced houses, Argyle Place offers the sacred appeal of Garrison Church and the more secular delights of…

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    St Philip’s Church

    Completed in 1856 by architect Edmund Blacket in High Victorian Gothic style, St Philip’s is the latest incarnation of a line descending from Sydney’s…

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    Hampton Villa

    Balmain’s hibiscus-scattered streets contain dozens of historically significant buildings, most of which are privately owned. The most notable is this…

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    Tank Stream Fountain

    Designed by Stephen Walker, this four-part bronze fountain (1981) near Circular Quay incorporates dozens of sculptures of native Australian animals; play…

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    McElhone Stairs

    These stone stairs were built in 1870 to connect spiffy Potts Point with the Woolloomooloo slums below. The steep steps run past an apartment block:…

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    The first major Darling Harbour development, Harbourside shopping centre is like that nightclub guy still wearing a pirate shirt and an unreconstructed…

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    Wynyard Park

    Above Wynyard train station is this rare wedge of downtown greenery. Surrounded by skyscrapers and spindly plane trees, it has a certain Manhattan vibe to…

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    Parramatta Square

    This $2 billion project is the centrepiece of Parramatta's major redevelopment and features office towers, a university campus and public space, built to…

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    Golden Water Mouth

    On Chinatown's Hay St, the surreal Golden Water Mouth sculpture drips with gilt and water. Formed from a eucalyptus trunk from Condobolin, the destination…

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    Dr Mary Booth Reserve Foreshore Walkway

    Squeezed between the Harbour Bridge and the politicians, the diminutive Dr Mary Booth Reserve Foreshore Walkway offers great views of the Opera House and…

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    Balmain’s hibiscus-studded streets contain dozens of historically significant buildings, most of which are privately owned. Darling St has Cahermore,…

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    Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    One of the key pieces of Parramatta's riverside development will be this museum, which will move much of the collection of the current Powerhouse Museum…

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    Overseas Passenger Terminal

    Multi-storey luxury cruise ships anchor at this large terminal, disgorging hordes of shaky-legged tourists onto the Quay. For a killer harbour view, head…

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    Surry Hills Library

    This beautiful modern library and community centre is sustainably built and on a busy Surry Hills corner. Libraries are cool again and locals have taken…

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    Waterman’s Cottage

    Just up from the ferry slip, this cute sandstone cottage was built in 1841. It's one of many historic houses of this era scattered through Balmain.

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    St Mary’s Hall

    This brick former church hall, built around 1851, is in a rather dilapidated state.