The country’s largest and oldest city, Sydney is the gateway to Australia. Endowed with natural beauty, inspiring culture, iconic destinations and an exuberant spirit, Sydney is an unforgettable place to explore and experience.
One of the busiest performing arts centres in the world, the Opera House offers a diversity of performances that are challenging, dynamic, engaging and entertaining. Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list as a “masterpiece of human creative genius”, the Opera House is on every visitor’s must-do list. But beyond simply taking a photo out front, be sure to go inside and experience the magic. See a show. Go on a tour. Enjoy high tea or award-winning dining. Exploring this icon first-hand is well worth your time.
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One of the most exhilarating ways to enjoy Sydney’s harbour is on a BridgeClimb – a trek that takes you to the summit of the famous Harbour Bridge. Whether you climb at dawn, during the day or at night, the views will be sure to impress.
For a fascinating closer look at the inner workings of the bridge, you can opt for the Discovery Climb.
Sydney Harbour is alive with ferries, yachts, launches and kayaks. Laze on a chartered yacht moored in one of the bays, unwind on a cruise vessel, or catch a ferry from Circular Quay to one of the harbour’s picturesque waterside suburbs. The Sydney Harbour islands – Fort Denison, Shark, Clark, Rodd, Goat and Cockatoo – are worth a visit, some for their Aboriginal history and others for their convict-built structures and old forts. From The Rocks you can hop on a ferry to visit Fort Denison, a former prison, where a tour, lunch and one of Sydney’s finest views await you.
Sydney’s famous waterfront precinct, Darling Harbour is alive with activity day and night. It has developed into one of the city’s largest dining, shopping and entertainment areas, with Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World on the eastern foreshore and Sydney Maritime Museum on the western end. Make your way to King Street Wharf for sleek dining establishments or check out the waterfront promenades at Cockle Bay Wharf for alfresco cafes, bars and restaurants.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of Australia’s leading art museums. Explore five levels of art with extensive collections of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art.
Located adjacent to the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens on Sydney Harbour, the gallery is a short walk from the city’s central business district.
Bondi is one of Sydney’s most eclectic and exciting precincts. A walk along its promenade gives you the chance to experience its carefree sun-drenched lifestyle.
Get active with a surf lesson at world-famous Bondi Beach or do the Bondi-to-Coogee scenic cliff walk – take a stroll, have a swim and sip a latte at a cafe along the way.
Bursting with a colourful history dating back to convict days, The Rocks is a maze of sandstone lanes, cul-de-sacs and courtyards jam-packed with shops, warehouses and terraces that were built in the early 19th century. While The Rocks was once home to Sydney’s dockworkers and stevedores, it is now one of the hottest places in town where you can shop, drink and dine, or simply soak in the vibrant atmosphere.
Discover this 30-hectare oasis of magnificent flora in the heart of the city. Wrapped around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Gardens occupy one of Sydney’s most spectacular positions.
Established in 1816, it is the oldest scientific institution in the country and home to an outstanding collection of plants from Australia and overseas.
Rich in history and architecturally splendid, the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) occupies an entire block on Sydney’s George Street and has over 180 of the city’s finest fashion boutiques, jewellery shops and homeware outlets, as well as delightful cafes and restaurants.
The grand building was built in the 1890s as a municipal market on the scale of a cathedral. Since its beautiful restoration and reopening in 1986, the QVB has been one of Sydney’s most popular and prestigious shopping centres.
Located next door to Darling Harbour, the Powerhouse Museum is one of Australia’s largest and most diverse museums. You can easily spend half a day exploring its extraordinary array of treasures spanning decorative arts and design, science, technology, space, transport and social history. More than 250 interactive exhibits bring the museum to life with holographic images, touch-screen computers, science experiments and a virtual reality space.
Take the express lift to the top of the 250-metre Sydney Tower, the city’s tallest structure.
Be wowed by the views from the observation deck and take the exhilarating Skywalk on a glass platform outside the tower. Open from 9:00am to 10:30pm daily.