Top things to do

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 the billowing white sails of a seagoing yacht (but described by some local…
Top Choice Gallery in City Centre & Haymarket

Art Gallery of NSW

With its classical 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's …
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…
Top Choice Gardens in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

Chinese Garden of Friendship

Built according to Taoist principles, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is usually an oasis of tranquillity – although construction noise from Darling Harbour's redevelopment can intrude from time to time. Designed b…
Top Choice French in City Centre & Haymarket


Down a clandestine security driveway, this extraordinary restaurant is for those seeking a culinary journey rather than a simple stuffed belly. Settle in for 10-plus courses of French- and Japanese-inflected food fr…
Wine in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Australian Wine Centre

This multilingual basement store is packed with quality Australian wine, beer and spirits. Smaller producers are well represented, along with a staggering range of prestigious Penfolds Grange wines. International sh…
Top Choice Shopping Centre in City Centre & Haymarket

Queen Victoria Building

The magnificent QVB takes up a whole block and boasts nearly 200 shops on five levels. It’s a High Victorian masterpiece – without doubt Sydney’s most beautiful shopping centre.
Observatory in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Observatory

Built in the 1850s, Sydney’s copper-domed, Italianate observatory squats atop pretty Observatory Hill, overlooking the harbour. Inside is a collection of vintage apparatus, including Australia’s oldest working teles…
Museum in Newtown & the Inner West

Powerhouse Museum

A short walk from Darling Harbour, this science and design museum whirs away inside the former power station for Sydney’s defunct, original tram network. High-voltage interactive demonstrations wow school groups wit…
Gallery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Brett Whiteley Studio

Acclaimed local artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992) lived fast and without restraint. His hard-to-find studio (look for the signs on Devonshire St) has been preserved as a gallery for some of his best work. At the doo…