Places to visit in Sydney

When you travel to Sydney, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Sydney, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Sydney to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Sydney things to do can include exploring Sydney attractions and visiting the places of interest.

No matter how much you talk about it, words will always fall short to describe this magnificent wonder of Australia. The Opera House has a place in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, this is one of the most stunning locations of Australia surrounded by water on three sides. The Mrs. Macquarie's Chair in the Royal Botanical Gardens adjacent to the Opera House is one of the best sites to photograph the place. 

 

Location: Bennelong Point, Sydney, New South Wales.

Known for: Opera house

How to reach: Take any local transport from the city center. 

Approximate Cost: Free entry. 

Operating hours: 9 am to 8:30 pm from Monday to Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm on Sundays.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Don't forget your camera. 

Type: Landmark.

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour and the coast from Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, the most beautiful vantage point in the city. Situated close to Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair, which was carved out of sandstone, attracts lots of tourist attraction.

Kids love visiting the zoo and they would love Tarongo zoo more as it is the home to some of the exotic species of animals like koalas, emus, snow leopards, platypuses, kangaroos, gorillas, zebras and more. Various fun-filled and interactive shows are also conducted that keep the kids busy all throughout the day.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium: Located at Darling Harbor, this is a place that kids love to visit. There are various themed zones where they get to see various marine animals like sharks, Dugong, rays and many more. There are more than 13,000 animals kids also get to explore shipwrecks and see mangrove swamps.

Sydney Observatory: Kids get to brush up their science knowledge by visiting this place where everything the universe comes alive with the help 3D technology.

Luna Park is one of the most popular places to visit in Sydney, especially for family and kids. It offers lots of exciting rides and fine dining options. Do not miss out on a concert at the Big Top.

From relaxing picnic to enthralling adventure, Featherdale Wildlife Park has everything to attract tourists and travelers. Kids in this park can rejoice lots of fun moments, making the most of Australian wildlife. There are café shops and BBQ options for a picnic to enjoy unforgettable moments with your family.

Koala Park Sanctuary gives you an opportunity to have a close encounter with the famous Australian Kangaroos and koalas. Kids will surely have a great time watching these cute and cuddly creatures, as the sanctuary is home to the fascinating collection of koalas.

Enjoy the amazing wildlife shows and acquaint yourself with a diverse fauna of Australia at Australian Reptile Park. It’s a great place to visit your kids, as the guided tour will help them overcome their fear of wild animals with Bust-a-phobia workshop. You can also go for a Behind the Scene tour with the Animal Keeper and have an encounter with dangerous wildlife animals like the endangered Tasmanian devil.

If you love wild animals, Symbio Wildlife Park would be a delightful and memorable experience for you and your family. Acquaint yourself with small arboreal red pandas and the popular koalas and meerkats. You can take a guided tour of the place with zookeepers and get an interesting insight into the lives of animals.

Spread across an area of 16.2 hectares, Hyde Park is the oldest parkland, situated in the central business district of Sydney. The park is divided into two sections by a Park Street. The northern section boasts of themed gardens and the famous Archibald Garden and the southern section features the pool of reflection, impressive monuments, statues and the ANZAC Memorial building.

Colloquially known as the Nasho or the Royal, Royal National Park is the second oldest national park in the world and a delight for nature lovers. There are ample options for camping, surfing barbecues, fishing, bushwalking, bird watching and whale watching. Enjoy panoramic views of the deep-blue sea and whale watching from one of the dramatic cliffs in the park.

Established in 1827, Australian Museum, also known as Sydney Museum, is the oldest museum in Australia. The museum will give you a great insight into the natural history of Australia. It boasts of art masterpieces, metalwork, artifacts, butterflies, horse skeleton and much more.

If you want to take a deep insight into the history of Australia, Australian National Maritime Museum is a place to be at. The museum exhibits amazing collection from the history including Britannia, a classic 18-foot skiff built in 1919, Australia's best-known yacht - Blackmores First Lady and figurehead of Admiral Lord Nelson.

Located in The Domain in Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW is a most important gallery in Sydney. The gallery exhibits some of the finest art collections from Australia, Europe, and Asia. You can either take a guided tour or explore the gallery on your own to see the paintings of some of the best artists of Australia.

Darling Harbor is one of the best places in Sydney to enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment precincts. 10 minutes away from the Sydney City Centre, the harbor is one of the most popular tourist hotspots in the city. It features the most prominent attractions in Sydney including Chinese Gardens of Friendship, Sydney Visitor Centre, Sydney Wildlife World and Sydney Aquarium, Australian National Maritime Museum.

The Rocks are quite a famous and bustling place in Sydney. A tour to this place will give you an interesting insight into the fascinating history, tradition, and culture of Australia. While walking on the cobbled rock lanes, you will also come across some of the oldest pubs in Australia. Some of the most frequented places in the include Sydney Theatre Company, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bridge Climb and Bonza Bike Tours.

Also known as center point tower, Sydney Tower is the second tallest free-standing tower in Australia. From the skywalk and the observation deck, you can enjoy the panoramic views of the city’s beautiful skyline. Also, don’t forget to sneak a preview of the new 4 D cinema experience.

Circular Quay features some of the popular attractions of Sydney such as Royal Botanic Gardens, Harbour Bridge, The Rock and Opera House. The vibrant Circular Quay is one of the most important landmarks of the city as it is home to a railway station, which is very well connected to the rest of the city. From the quay, you can also take ferries to the popular attractions of the city like Taronga Zoo and many more.

With a 6 km coastline that runs along sandstone cliffs, Bondi Beach is a haven for surfers around the world. Apart from surfing, there are also many cafes, restaurants and shopping stalls that lie along the street across this famous coast. 

 

Location: Sydney, New South Wales.

Known for: Surfing

How to reach: Take a ride from the city center. 

Approximate Cost: No entry fee

Operating hours: Open throughout the year.

Any precautions/ must carry items etc.: Wear comfortable beach clothes. 

Type: Beach. 

Manly beach is another popular seaside location in Sydney. From surfing to Kayaking, one can enjoy the thrill of almost all types of water sports on this beach. The shimmering white sand and turquoise waters attract hordes of tourists. You can also explore this stunning beach on a bike.

Located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Bronte beach is amongst the smaller, but popular beaches in the city. It’s a perfect place to soak in the sun and enjoy lip-smacking snacks. From surfing to swimming, tourists can enjoy the thrilling beach activities. Bronte beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

Adventure: You can go to the Blue Mountains for some adventure where the Scenic Railway offers a great view of the same. You can explore Sydney by hiring a bike and there is also the famous “treetop adventure” that you can opt where you can climb, leap and ‘fly’ amongst the trees. Rides in hot air balloons, kayaks, helicopters, and ferries are some of the other things you can go for some adventure in Sydney.

Relaxation: If you want to relax, then you can sit and enjoy the view from the Royal Botanic Garden or any of the other parks in the city. There are many spas as well where you can relax and unwind.

Nature: Kangaroos, koalas, emus, and kiwis are abundant in this part of the world and hence, make an attempt to see them all.

Sydney boasts of a busy nightlife with pubs and bars spread all across the city. There are jazz and rock venues as well. New Year’s Eve and Australia Day are celebrated with fireworks in various parts of the city. Various festivals are also held.

 

Live Music: Goodgod small club, FBI Social, The Basement and 505 are famous for their live music shows.

Clubs and discos: Oxford Art Factory, Spice Cellar, Cliff Dive are there to name only a few.

Bars and Pubs: The Bucket List, Red Lily Cocktail Bar are well known for their drinks and wine.

Flea markets: If you are looking for old and second-hand products, then the Rozelle Markets is where you should be. There is also the Como Craft and Antique Market is a place from where you can buy crafts and antique item (open only on second Sunday of the month) and finally, there is the Kingsford Rotary Market that is held every Sunday. There are few others as well.

Departmental Stores: The Queen Victoria building is the place where there are both high-end designer stores and also stores where you can bargain and is also a famous tourist spot where you can experience the old ornate type of shopping. The building is an architectural marvel and you will love being here. Myer is the largest department store and there is also David Jones, Harrolds, and Skygarden to name only a few.

Street Markets: Sydney has some of the very interesting street markets where you will get a lot of exciting stuff no matter what your budget is and they are Finders Keepers, Surry Hills Markets, Bondi Markets, Balmain Markets and many others.

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