Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Sydney, Australia

The oldest, biggest and most beautiful cities in Australia, Sydney lies amid a seductive blending of land and sea. Slide along the glittering harbour on a ferry, admire the white sails of the Opera House shine brightly in the sunshine, and appreciate the graceful arch of the Harbour Bridge, as you can imagine that this colourful state capital of New South Wales was once a convict colony. Arthur Phillip, the commander of the First Fleet, established Australia’s first British colony in 1788.

This present day, you can explore the celebrated history of Sydney in the narrow, cobbled laneways, and historical buildings of the Rocks and some of the great museums in Sydney. In these museums, you can learn about the Gadigal aboriginal people, who once prospered on this land. There are so many things to here such as climbing the harbour bridge, surfing the green-barrel breaks at golden beaches of Sydney, stay at some of the finest Sydney vacation rentals, or fly over the city on a scenic trip.

Sydney Opera House

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and top attraction on the harbour, Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s great icons. This great building, shell-like shape or billowing sails, situated on a finger of land surrounded by water. Take a photo while sailing by on a harbour cruise, eat at one of the top restaurants here, take a tour around its exterior, or join a guided walking tour to this stunning structure, which covers studios, exhibition rooms, theatres, a concert hall, and cinema.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Prior to the construction of the Sydney Opera House, The Sydney Harbour Bridge was the best-known landmark of the city. This was built in 1932 and until now remains the largest steel arch bridge in the work. This bridge is supported by massive double piers at each end. It connects the harbour’s south and north shores in a single curve rising above the water at 134 meters. You can stroll across on walkways for a breathtaking view of the city and harbour. Reach the 135-meter-high summit for a great opportunity of climbing to the top of the outer arch for approximately 3.5 hours.

The Rocks

The name of the Rocks comes from the rocky coast on the west side of Sydney Cove, where the convicts pitched their tents. This is one of the historical landmarks in Sydney and was once home to the Gadigal aboriginal people and became the first site of European settlement in the country. Visit the Rocks Discovery Museum to learn more about the extreme transformation of the area from traditional aboriginal lands to convict slum to tourist place. Once done with your museum tour, wander around the narrow street and go to places such as souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants, art galleries, or shop at the market stalls.

Harbor Cruises from Circular Quay 

Circular Quay is home to the main ferry terminal of the city. Thousands of passengers are in the area during peak hours, restaurants and cafes in the waterfront, and street performers singing and dancing along the sunny walkways to entertain locals and tourists. To admire the shining waterfront setting of Sydney is to hop aboard a harbor cruise. Try the famous two-hour Sydney Harbour Coffee Cruise Ferry. There are some ferries that also depart from this place going to popular spots such as Watsons Bay, Manly, and Taronga Park Zoo. You’ll surely enjoy watching the whale sharks during the annual winter migration period. There are some cruises that offer passengers to see these magnificent creatures.

From Circular Quay, you can take a walk going to other top destinations. Walk south along the waterfront promenade to Royal Botanic Gardens and the Sydney Opera House, then a walk going north leads to the Rocks historic places and Sydney Harbour Bride. Going west is the free Museum of Contemporary Art, housed in an Art Deco building.

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is one of the popular places for locals and tourists alike. It’s a waterfront pedestrian that’s full of restaurants, museums, entertainment venues, exhibitions, and shops. Families will surely love Madame Tussaud’s, the Wild Life Sydney Zoo, and the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium where you can see the largest collection of Australian marine creatures. Powerhouse Museum offers interactive exhibits on history, design, science, and technology. Families with younger children will surely enjoy the carousel, waterpark, and playground. Other exciting and must-try attractions are IMAX and 9D theatre, flights and racing car adventures, and jet boat rides. For those who are looking for a quieter place, Chinese Garden of Friendship is a must.

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a calm sanctuary in the middle of the city. It is just a short walk along the waterfront from the Sydney Opera House. Established in 1816 and covered 30 hectares of themed gardens, you’ll see some of the tallest trees, palm groves, ferns, orchids, and flocks of fruit bats. Visiting these beautiful gardens is one of the many great things to do in Sydney for free. Some of the must-visit gardens here are the Palace Rose Garden, home of 1,800 roses, and the Glasshouse Latitude 23 and Fernery, full of begonias, orchids, and tropical foliage. After your garden tours, you can relax at the restaurants or cafes, or just enjoy a picnic with the beautiful views of the harbour.

Other some of the notable things to visit here in the beautiful city of Sydney are the Queen Victoria Building, The Sydney Tower Eye, Sydney Beaches, Barangaroo Reserve, Taronga Zoo, Hyde Park, and many more.

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