Top things to do

Top Choice Bridge in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydneysiders love their giant 'coathanger', which opened in 1932. The best way to experience this majestic structure is on foot. Stairs climb up the bridge from both shores, leading to a footpath on the eastern side…
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…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Opera House

The glamorous jewel at the heart of Australian performance, Sydney's famous Opera House has five main stages. Opera may have star billing, but it's also an important venue for theatre, dance and classical concerts, …
Top Choice Modern Australian in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Quay

What many consider to be Sydney's best restaurant matches a peerless Bridge view with brilliant food. Chef Peter Gilmore never rests on his laurels, consistently delivering exquisitely crafted, adventurous cuisine. …
Top Choice Gardens in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Royal Botanic Garden

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 palms and ferns, as well as the Calyx, a striking exhibition spa…
Top Choice Observatory in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Observatory

Built in the 1850s, Sydney’s copper-domed, Italianate sandstone observatory squats atop Observatory Hill, overlooking the harbour. Inside is a collection of vintage apparatus, including Australia’s oldest working te…
Top Choice Museum in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Rocks Discovery Museum

Divided into four displays – Warrane (pre-1788), Colony (1788–1820), Port (1820–1900) and Transformations (1900 to the present) – this small, excellent museum, tucked away down a Rocks laneway, digs deep into the ar…
Top Choice Bar in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Opera Bar

Right on the harbour with the Opera House on one side and the Bridge on the other, this perfectly positioned terrace manages a very Sydney marriage of the laid-back and the sophisticated. It's an iconic spot for vis…
Top Choice Pub in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Harts Pub

Pouring an excellent range of Sydney craft beers in a quiet corner near the beginning of the Rocks, this historical building has real character. The dishes are quality pub food, with excellent and generous salads, f…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Aria

Aria is a star in Sydney’s fine-dining firmament, an award-winning combination of chef Matt Moran’s stellar dishes, floor-to-ceiling windows staring straight at the Opera House, a stylishly renovated interior and fa…