Places to Visit in Sydney

By: Jenny Brewer

Places to Visit in Sydney

Sydney, New South Wales is one of the most attractive cities in Australia. With landmarks such as the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the beautiful Darling Harbour or the Blue Mountains close to an hour inland.

The city centre is a metropolis of blended cultures, foods and sights.The sightseeing options are endless.

  • Sydney Opera House
    Most travellers begin on the harbour at the Sydney Opera House. Known as one of the wonders of the world, it is a photographers dream, and at every angle is dazzling.
  • Darling Harbour
    Famous for its restaurants and four star hotels that line the stretch of the harbour, and with parks, shops and the IMAX theatre, it is the perfect base a Sydney visit.
  • The Rocks Shopping District
    Likened to an outdoor museum as it is one of the oldest features of the city. You will need at least a half day to wander through the alleys and side streets to take in everything the shops have to offer.
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge 
    You can donate $200+ and climb the bridge (recommended once in your life) where they harness you up and guide you over the famous steel arch. Or take the cheaper option by walking across the Sydney Harbour Bridge on a lower level for free.
  • The Taronga Park Zoo
    Located on the other side of the harbour. With an amazing collection of native animals, including lions and giraffes, it is rare to find a zoo with such a view as Darling Harbour and the city skyline. The ferry ride is almost as enjoyable as the zoo, with fantastic sights on all sides. On your return you can't miss the Sydney Aquarium, also teeming with life under the water, and filled with aquatic displays that will take your breath away.
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens
    Within walking distance of the Opera House, and are a perfect place for a picnic lunch, with majestic trees and brilliant flower displays open to the public all year. After lunch you may have the energy towalk to Sydney Tower , the highest point above the city with 360 degree unforgettable views from the mountains to the sea.
  • Manly is one of Sydney's beach suburbs
    There are lookouts along the coast route, and further along North Head Lookout rewards you with panoramic views of the city.
  • Blue Mountains National Park
    Driving inland from the city, a popular day trip is to the famous Blue Mountains National Park, known for its amazing rock formation, The Three Sisters. It takes about 90 minutes to get there, and also has camping facilities, swimming holes, fishing and bushwalking trails. One thing to remember is you must bring your own water.
  • The Royal National park
    30km south of Sydney , and holds the impressive title as the world's second oldest park. Although not large, it has diverse attractions, with walking, cycling tracks, beaches, forests and rich vegetation making this an unforgettable experience.

Travelling around the Sydney district is just as enjoyable on foot or from the comforts of your vehicle. However it cannot be done in just a few days. You will need to either stay for a while to take in all the sights, or plan to come back again as the choices are endless, and the memories will last a lifetime.

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