Top 10 Attractions in Sydney
Looking to come to Sydney? With so many fun attractions at your fingertips, there’s so many great reasons to come and explore this wonderful city!
There are many fantastic places to visit in Sydney, from sun-kissed beaches to fascinating heritage and amazing attractions. The city fans out from beautiful Sydney Harbour to Bondi Beach in the east, Palm Beach in the north, fun adventures in the west and Australia’s oldest national park in the south.
Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities. It’s best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Also loved by visitors is the massive Darling Harbour area and the smaller Circular Quay port - both hubs of waterside life along with the arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Garden nearby.
Sydney Opera House
One of Australia’s Best Tourist Attractions
The Opera House
One of the most iconic buildings in the world, the Sydney Opera House is the jewel on sparkling Sydney Harbour and is a multi-venue performing arts centre. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Though its name suggests a single venue, the building comprises multiple performance venues which together host well over 1,500 performances annually, attended by more than 1.2 million people. The iconic building features a modern expressionist design and was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon. With over 40 shows a week, there’s something for everyone or you can simply come for a stroll and soak in the majestic views.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour bridge
The largest steel arch bridge in the world, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic landmark spanning one of the finest natural harbours. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a heritage-listed steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbour, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of Sydney, and Australia itself. The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design.
The iconic bridge took eight years to build using 53,000 tonnes of steel and six-million hand-driven rivets. You can walk and cycle across the bridge or climb to the top for stunning views.
Sydney’s Darling Harbour
In the heart of Sydney
Darling Harbour is a harbour adjacent to the city centre of Sydney, a large recreational and pedestrian precinct that is situated on western outskirts of the Sydney central business district. It is home to the Chinese Garden of Friendship, a ferris wheel and a string of waterfront restaurants and bars with fireworks lighting up the city sky every Saturday night. For families, there’s also Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, you can visit koalas at the adjacent Wild life Sydney Zoo and also check out the Australian National Maritime Museum for a dose of history. Sydney harbour cruises also leave from various ports in Darling Harbour and you can even walk the red carpet with your favourite star at Madame Tussauds, a wax museum. From first light to starry nights, there’s always something going on here.
We have accomodation available within a few mins walk to Darling Harbour
The Rocks Sydney
Spending some time in The Rocks is a must-do Sydney experience – locals have been enjoying it for thousands of years. From a picnic lunch under the Harbour Bridge or an alfresco dinner under the stars, to shopping at the markets and taking time out in a gallery or museum, it’s the perfect way to take a break from the everyday.
The Rocks is a neighbourhood of historic laneways in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The area has some of Sydney’s oldest pubs and many of the upscale restaurants have harbour views. Locals and tourists mingle at the open-air Rocks Markets, known for its carefully curated artisanal wares, gourmet street food and harbourside views, all coming together upon the cobblestone streets. The Museum of Contemporary Art offering local and international exhibits is worth a visit and and you ca be entertained by the buskers perform along the busy harbourfront promenade.
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Heritage listed and Beautiful
The Royal Botanic Gardens
A place where people come for events, and to learn more about science, gardens, plants and horticulture. The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney is a heritage-listed major 30-hectare botanical garden, event venue and public recreation area located at Farm Cove on the eastern fringe of the Sydney central business district.
There are plenty of free walks and tours on offer, the gardens also offer unique cultural experiences where you can learn about Aboriginal culture or you can just come to simply relax and enjoy the view. With so many gardens to explore and so many plants to learn about, it’s a wonderful place to catch up with family and friends or to learn something new.
The sweeping white-sand crescent of Bondi is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. Reliable waves draw surfers while, nearby, hardy locals swim in the Icebergs ocean pool year-round. Trendy, health-conscious Sydneysiders head to laid-back cafes around Hall Street, while hip backpackers frequent the area's casual pubs.The famous beach is buzzing from dawn to dusk and then Bondi’s night-time scene sparkles.Enjoy plenty of beachside places to eat or learn how to surf Bondi’s waves. The popular bondi to coogee walk offers plenty of picturesque views to soak up Sydney’s laid back beach lifestyle.
You’ll find many more things to do and fabulous events, such as Sculpture by the Sea. There are delicious places to eat, from beachside cafes and ice cream parlours to hip bars and fine dining restaurants with great views. In pretty Biddigal Reserve in North Bondi are free barbecue facilities.
Circular Quay is a harbour, former working port and now international passenger shipping port, public piazza and tourism precinct and heritage area. Originally built by convicts, "The Quay" is now home to the city's main ferry terminus - situated in the very heart of Sydney Cove, the founding place for the settlement of Australia.
It serves as a gateway, connecting visitors to Sydney's major attractions - Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Rocks. The main ferry terminal also leads to Manly, Taronga Zoo and Watsons Bay.
Thousands of people come to visit the bustling area and it’s full of waterfront cafés and restaurants. Street performers entertain locals and visitors along the sunny walkways and it’s a short walk from here to other top attractions.
Nestled between the natural wonder of Sydney Harbour and the bustling city streets, Barangaroo is a 22-hectare reinvention of an historically significant site.
The inner-city suburb is home to Sydney's new harbour foreshore playground, from the calm of the headland Reserve in the north to the urban energy of the southern retail precinct. The headland reserve is an entirely Australian native garden and is home to spectacular views, extensive walking and cycling trails, idyllic harbour coves, unique event spaces and peaceful picnic spots.
The restaurants and bars can be found in the southern end, with more than 30 restaurants and bars in this specially curated dining precinct. The dynamic retail, cultural and financial hub offers more than 50 per cent of the precinct full of extraordinary public spaces for everyone to enjoy. With a 2km continuous harbour promenade, expansive parklands and outdoor entertainment areas, extraordinary public art and cultural programming, it is the perfect spot to meet, dine, relax and soak up Sydney’s views.
Queen Victoria Building
Queen Victoria Building
Known by locals as QVB, the Queen Victoria Building is a famous historical building in Sydney’s CBD - home to a variety of boutique stores and cafes.
The Queen Victoria Building is a heritage-listed late-nineteenth-century building designed by the architect George McRae . The Romanesque arcade contains over 170 boutique stores, contains delicious dining options and is close to popular shopping precinct, Pitt Street Mall and The Strand
The QVB has a series of domes and domelets with exquisite stained glass windows and extensive wood panelling throughout. An original 19th century staircase sits alongside the dome. If you are interested in a diverse shopping experience while enjoying the old world charm of the surrounds, QVB is the place to visit.
Always buzzing and culturally diverse, Haymarket, Chinatown is a lively and colourful spot boasting an array of international festivals, and restaurants cooking up exciting cuisine from all across Asia.
You can enjoy some of Sydney’s best chinese culture here. Located in Haymarket between Central Station and Darling Harbour, you can sample festivals, shopping, history and food. A popular favourite amongst locals and tourists alike is Paddy’s market, a bustling market in the heart of the city selling fresh produce along with discounted clothes and giftware (open Wednesday to Sunday) The markets at Haymarket has been the home for growers and producers for over a century.
In Chinatown, you’ll find a delicious range of restaurants with everything from yum cha places to hole-in-the-wall eateries selling dumplings, noodles and roast duck. What’s not to love?
All of our accomodation is in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District and most locations are a few minutes walk from all of the above tourist attractions.