Top ChoiceBridge in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydneysiders love their giant 'coathanger', which opened in 1932. The best way to experience this majestic structure is on foot. Stairs and lifts climb up the bridge from both shores, leading to a footpath on the...

Top ChoiceBeach in Bondi, Coogee & the Eastern Beaches

Bondi Beach

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 crowded) waves, and is great for a rough-and-tumble swim...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Manly

North Head

About 3km south of central Manly, spectacular North Head offers dramatic cliffs, lookouts, secluded beaches, pretty paths through the native scrub, and sweeping views of the ocean, harbour and city. It's great to...

Top ChoiceNotable Building in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, this magnificent building is Australia's most famous landmark. Visually referencing a yacht's sails, it's a soaring, commanding presence that comprises five performance...

Top ChoiceModern 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...

Top ChoicePerforming Arts in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Opera House

The glamorous jewel 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, while...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Sydney

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 communities, Aboriginal engravings and great walking...

Top ChoiceGallery in City Centre & Haymarket

Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery of NSW

With its neoclassical Greek frontage and modern rear, this much-loved institution plays a prominent and gregarious role in Sydney society. Blockbuster international touring exhibitions arrive regularly and...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Sydney

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

This spectacular 14,928-hectare park, 20 to 30km from the city centre, forms Sydney’s northern boundary. It’s a classic mix of sandstone, bushland and water vistas, taking in over 100km of coastline along the...

Top ChoiceAquarium in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

Sydney Sea Life Aquarium

Sydney Sea Life Aquarium

As well as regular tanks, this impressive complex has large pools that you can walk through – safely enclosed in Perspex tunnels – as an intimidating array of sharks and rays pass overhead. Other highlights...

Top ChoiceZoo in Sydney Harbourside

Taronga Zoo Sydney

Taronga Zoo Sydney

A 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay, this bushy harbour hillside is full of kangaroos, koalas and similarly hirsute Australians, plus numerous imported guests. The zoo’s critters have million-dollar harbour...

Top ChoiceArea in City Centre & Haymarket

Chinatown

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) at either end have fake bamboo tiles, golden Chinese...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Darling Harbour & Pyrmont

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

Beneath a soaring roof, the Maritime Museum sails through Australia’s inextricable relationship with the sea. Exhibitions range from Indigenous canoes to surf culture, and from immigration to the navy. The...

Top ChoiceGardens in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Royal Botanic Garden

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...

Top ChoiceIsland in Sydney Harbourside

Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island

Studded with photogenic industrial relics, convict architecture and art installations, fascinating Cockatoo Island (Wareamah) opened to the public in 2007 and has regular ferry services, a campground, rental...

Top ChoicePark in Paddington & Centennial Park

Centennial Park

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, cyclists and in-line skaters. Grab a park map at any of the...

Top ChoiceObservatory in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory

Built in the 1850s, Sydney’s copper-domed, Italianate sandstone observatory squats atop Observatory Hill, overlooking the harbour. Inside is an intriguing collection of vintage apparatus as well as background on...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Sydney Jewish Museum

One of Sydney's best museums revolves around a detailed and expertly curated exhibition on the Holocaust, with sobering personal testimonies and moving objects as well as a memorial section for the 1.5 million...

Top ChoiceMuseum in City Centre & Haymarket

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

This noble brick building was designed by the convict architect Francis Greenway to house prisoners arriving in the colony. Now a flagship museum, the barracks house an entertaining modern display. Beautifully...

Top ChoiceGallery in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Brett Whiteley Studio

Brett Whiteley Studio

Acclaimed local artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992) lived fast and without restraint. Many of his multimillion-dollar paintings were created in this hard-to-find studio (look for the signs on Devonshire and Bourke...