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25 Best Sydney Attractions

 
  • 01Circular Quay

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    Circular Quay is one of the most famous harbors in Australia. Many type of community celebrations take place here so you can be here during such times to make the most out of the place.

    Location: It is located at the central business district of Sydney Cove. The location is precisely between the Bennelong point and The rocks. There are great transportation facilities including ferry quays, bus stops and train stations.

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    Highlights: This harbor is among the favourite tourist attractions in Sydney and people who are on a tour to Sydney definitely visit here. One of the most fascinating or strange thing about the place is that despite circle in its name, it is square in shape. You will get a spectacular view from the Cove in this quay.

    Best time to visit: If you are planning to visit the Circular Quay, make sure that there are some celebrations happening there which makes the experience really worthwhile.
  • 02Sydney Tower

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    Sydney Tower is one of the tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the southern hemisphere. The tower is 1,014 feet high and among the most eye catching places of tourist attraction. It is also known as Sydney Tower Eye, AMP Tower, Westfield Centre point Tower or Sydney Sky tower.

    Location: Sydney Tower is located in the new Westfield shopping center at the corner of the Pitt street and Market Street. To reach here, the most quick and easy way is to use public transport.

    Highlights: The magnificent view of the whole Sydney from the tower eye is one of the most spectacular view one will cherish in their visit here. At the base of the tower, there is a shopping center. It also has restaurants, coffee lounge with revolving view of the Sydney Skyline.

    Best time to visit: Sydney Tower is opened daily from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm. One can enjoy this breathtaking place at all seasons.
  • 03George Street

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    George street is one of the business hubs of Sydney where you can spot some of the biggest multinational companies of Australia. If we see the Top 100 listed businesses in Australia, most of them are located in this region. Although it is just a general street, it has become a tourist attraction owing to the huge buildings and the presence of many company headquarters.

    Location: It is located in the central business district of Sydney and is about 3 km long. The street has the best connectivity options and you can easily find various transportation facilities to get around the city from here.

    Highlights: This street still stays among the busiest roads in Sydney as most of the top businesses are located here. There are many high rise buildings in the street and you will mostly spot business people around the place. The skyline of the place is simply amazing, you will have a good time visiting this street.
  • 04Hyde Park

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    Hyde Park is one of the oldest parks in Australia. It is divided by the Park Street. The southern section of the park has the visitor centre, a number of monuments as well as statues, the ANZAC Memorial building and the pool of reflection. On the other hand, the northern section of the Hyde Park features multiple themes gardens like the iconic Nagoya Gardens and Sandringham adorned by the public art works, Archibald Fountain as well as the monuments and the water features.

    Location: Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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    Highlights: It has some 16 hectares of the wide open space in the heart of the central Sydney. There is no shortage of the lush green grass here. So, it is an ideal spot for impromptu picnic.

    Best Time: It is open all round the year, so you can visit any time.

    Cost: Entry to the Hyde Park is free.
  • 05Visit Royal Botanic Gardens

    If you are someone deeply interested in botany then you must not skip the Royal botanical gardens in Sydney. The place was opened in 1816 which makes it one of the oldest scientific institution not only in Australia but in the whole world.

     



    Location: The Royal botanical garden is located in the Mrs. Macquarie's road in Sydney and the place is quite accessible from most of the major locations in the city.

    Highlights: It is one of the major botanical gardens located in the heart of Sydney where you will find plants of a wide variety of species.

    Price: The entry is free to all which makes more people come here and explore the place.

    Best time to visit: The botanical garden is open from 9 in the morning to 5:30 in the evening so you need to visit the place during these times to be able to see plants that are on the display.
  • 06Visit Taronga Zoo

    Taronga Zoo is one of the best zoological park in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. The zoo was opened on 7th October 1916 and is among the best places to explore different types of wild animals.

     



    Location: Taronga Zoo is located in the shores of Sydney Harbor in the suburb of Mosman. To reach the zoo, you can use public transport which is easily available or private vehicles if you please.

    Highlights: Taronga Zoo has different animal species nearly about 340 species and more than 2600 individual animals. You can also hire the venue to organize any functions or events with a 180 degree and peaceful view of the Sydney harbor making those events truly memorable.

    Best time to visit: Taronga Zoo is open daily including the Christmas days. The visiting hours are 9:30 am-4:30 pm in the month of May to August, 9:30 am-5:00 pm from September to April and on new year's eve 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. You need to plan your trip accordingly to the timings of the zoo.
  • 07Visit Royal National Park

    Royal National Park is the second oldest and protected National Park in the vicinity of South Sydney. In December 2006, the park was added under Australian National Heritage List. It is also known as Nasho or Royals and was established in the year 1879.

     



    Location: Royal National Park is located at Sutherland Shire, New South Wales in eastern Australia. Public transports like ferry, tram or trains are easily available to reach the national park.
      
    Highlights: This place has incredible landscapes and beaches and is the best place to explore the beauty of nature. It's also a perfect place for walking, cycling, surfing, picnicking, whale watching or bird watching.

    Best time to visit: Usually, tourists like to visit the national park in different seasons to enjoy different attractions. In the summer, people can enjoy surfing and relaxing on the Garie beach. In the winter, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the coast and spot whales too.
  • 08Visit Bronte Park

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    Bronte park is a famous recreational space for families in Sydney. It has many great facilities and promises you a delightful experience. This is among the must visit tourist attraction while you are in Sydney. What most people like about the place is that it also has a beach in the park so people can enjoy it too.

    Location:
    The park is located at the east end of Bronte road in the Bronte region itself.

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    The park is extremely pleasant and quite grassy. It is perfectly suitable for a family outing and also for leisurely activities like cooking barbeque. You can have a beautiful view of the ocean through the park and even swimming pool facilities are available.

    Best time to visit: The park stays open on all days from 6:30 in the morning to sunset in the evening so you can visit it anytime during the specified timings.
  • 09Visit Art Gallery of NSW

    Art Gallery of New South Wales is one of the most iconic public gallery and among the largest art museums in Australia. The gallery was established long back in 1874, over a century ago. It's one of the best galleries to explore the beautiful artwork from across the world.

     



    Location: It is located in Art Gallery Road, The Domain in Sydney, Australia. Public transport is easily available to reach this amazing place.

    Highlights: Extensive collections like Australian art, Aboriginal art, Asian art, Contemporary art, European art are displaced in the art gallery. One can also enjoy various programs and facilities that are held in the gallery. Tourists love to visit the art gallery to come close to Australian culture and heritage.

    Best time to visit: The place is open everyday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm except on Wednesday when it's open till 10:00 pm. The Art Gallery is closed on Christmas Day and on Good Friday.

    Price: The entry to this Art Gallery is completely free, both for adults and kids.

  • 10Visit Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Sydney Harbor bridge is also known as Coat hanger and is the world's largest steel arch bridge. It is also one of the iconic symbol of Australia. The bridge carries eight vehicle lanes, two train lines, footway and a cycle way too. The bridge helps in connecting the Sydney central business district and the North Shore.

     



    Location: Sydney harbor is located at Sydney New South Wales and is in close proximity with most of the transportation facilities. For tourists, it is great to get along to different famous places from here.

    Highlights: The place looks beautiful and the scenery is just amazing overlooking the waters. The bridge and the river together look more beautiful and captivating. The design of the bridge is inspired from the Hell Gate bridge in New York City, USA.

    Best time to visit: The bridge looks beautiful at night so you might choose to visit it after dusk for capturing good pictures.
  • 11Visit Sydney Opera House

    Sydney Opera house is a multi venue performing art center located in the prime destination of Sydney. It is one of the most prominent tourist attraction place with over eight million people visiting it every year. The opera house has been included under UNESCO World Heritage List on 28th June 2007.

     



    Location:
    Sydney Opera House is located at Bennelong Point in Sydney, Australia. The building structure and its surrounding occupy the whole of Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor which lies between Sydney Cove and Farm Cove.

    Highlights:
    The opera house is home to some of the best performing arts that happen in the country. The place was designed by famous Danish architect Jorn Urton. Multiple events in all sorts of art happen in the Sydney Opera house so tourists can enjoy them. For recreational purposes, there are various bars, cafes, and restaurants inside it.

    Best time to visit:
    Events keep happening at different times so you need to be there at the decided timings if you don’t want to miss them.
  • 12Visit Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

    Queen Victoria Building is also popularly known as QVB among locals and tourists. It was built in the late 19th century replacing the old Sydney original site. This beautiful architecture is 30 meters wide and 190 meters long. QVB occupies the entire George, Market, York and Druitt Streets. In 1987, the new market building was honored to Queen Victoria for her glorious reign which marked her diamond jubilee.

     



    Location: Queen Victoria Building is located at 455 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. Public transport is easily accessible to reach this destination.

    Highlights: Queen Victoria statue is placed in front of the Druitt Street entrance. The building has four main shopping floors and many memorials along with historic displays. The building consisted of concert halls, coffee shops, offices, showrooms, city library and a variety of trade people are accommodated

    Best time to visit: The shopping center is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • 13Macquarie Street

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    Named after Lachlan Macquarie, an early governor, Macquarie street is the eastern-most street of Sydney's central business district. It was designed as a ceremonial district starting from the Harbor to the vast areas of Hyde Park and the Domain. Lachlan Macquarie, a visionary in his own right, along with convict architect Francis Greenway designed and constructed many of Sydney's magnificent public buildings. It is regarded as the symbol of an informal governmental and public precinct. Macquarie Street was also known as the Harley Street of Sydney.

    Location - Macquarie Street starts south of Circular Quay, near Opera House to the Parliament House. Circular Quay, Martin Place and St James provide easy options to reach Macquarie Street. Sydney Explorer Bus stops at Macquarie St opposite the library is a way to reach Macquarie Street.

    Highlights: A visual delight for the architecturally inclined, Macquarie street boasts of many wonderful buildings including - The Sydney Hospital, State Library of New South Wales, Parliament House, Hyde Park Barracks, St. James' Church and St. Mary's Church.

    Best time to visit - September to November or March to May are the ideal times to visit Macquarie street.
  • 14Chinatown

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    Showcasing the best of China's food and culture is Sydney's Chinatown, an urban locality in the southern part of Sydney's central business district. An enthralling experience for any food lover, you can get all of your favourite classic Chinese food right here. Chinatown is sure to give you an intensely rewarding experience as here you can immense yourself in Chinese culture and history and partake in its many festivals that take place throughout the year. It is an absolute family destination with something for everyone. With its cheap hotels, it makes for a great place to stay for the weekend.

    Location: Located in Haymarket, between Darling Harbor and Central station. It is Australia's largest Chinatown.

    Highlights: What makes Chinatown extraordinary are the specialty shops wherein one could buy things which would not normally be available elsewhere. You could get art, crafts, tea sets, dinnerware and Chinese herbs. There is a Chinese supermarket as well which houses ethnic Chinese goods.

    Best time to visit - September to November, March to May.
  • 15The Rocks

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    Scenically adorned by Sydney Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House, on the edge of breathtaking Sydney Harbor, The Rocks gives you an unparalleled mix of the new and old. From old cobblestoned laneways, to stylish modern bars, The Rocks has some of Sydney's finest restaurants and bars. As Sydney's art hub it has been transformed into a creative hub of modern art, festivals and evolving DIY spaces. The Rocks is an amazing blend of culture, cuisine and experiences that are worth living and ensuring to give you memories that will last a life time.

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    Location: The Rocks starts from the Harbor from the north and east to Kent.

    Highlight: A total urban indulgence, The Rocks is one of the busiest tourist places in Sydney with festivals and concerts all around the year.

    Cost: There is no general cost, but individual events cost may vary.

    Best Time: Research when your favorite concerts are being organized, and accordingly make a visit.
  • 16Darling Harbour

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    Darling Harbor, near to the city centre in Sydney, is a fun recreational and a nice pedestrian precinct. It is named after lieutenant general Ralph Darling. Some of the attractions here include Paddy’s Markets, The star Casino and the Exhibition Centre, and several other destinations.

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    Location: It is situated on the western outskirts of Sydney's central business district. The Darling Harbor is easily accessible. So, you can reach this tourist hub via different modes of transport. There are some ferry services too going on to help you reach the Darling Harbor.

    Highlight: It has a large number of places to visit including - Harbor shopping centre which houses kingpin bowling alley and M9 laser fighter, a flight simulator. Sydney Entertainment center, Chinese garden of friendship, tumbalong park, paddy's market, Darling quarter playground, madam Tussauds and LG IMAX, the world largest screen.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.
  • 17Kings Cross

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    Kings Cross is an inner city locality which is situated 2 km east of Sydney's central business district. It is Sydney's red light district known for its crime and organized mafia. Once infested with numerous illegal establishments and casino it is now a mixed area with residences, nightclubs, restaurants, bars, brothels and strip clubs.

    Highlight: The tacky nightclubs, topless waitresses, strip clubs as well as the adult bookshops are still there, but of late some exciting cafes have surfaced on the Kings Cross that is attracting a wide range of the different types of visitors. The Kings Cross is very sleazy at night. During the day it looks a lot less threatening.

    Best Time: Ideally, if you are planning to go to Kings Cross with friends, you can make a visit any time of the day. However, prefer going during the day, if you are on your own.
  • 18St. Mary's Cathedral

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    St Mary’s Cathedral is in the centre of Sydney. It is in true sense a statement of wonder and grace. A lot of artists have contributed to St Mary’s Cathedral in their designs in stone and glass thereby creating a special space of solitude in Sydney. The Cathedral is believed to be the most treasured historic building here in Sydney. More importantly, St Mary’s Cathedral is a one of the most surprisingly beautiful English style of gothic churches in the world. William Wilkinson Wardell conceptualized a gothic type structure shaped from the local yellow-block sandstone. The building was finally completed 100 years after Wardell's death.

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    Location: It is located on The St. Mary's road in Sydney, NSW.

    Highlight: This Cathedral is representation of the origins of the Catholic Church. Not only Catholics but people irrespective of the religion can make a visit to the St Mary’s Cathedral to gather some inner peace.

     Best time to visit: September to November, Christmas.

  • 19Chinese Garden of Friendship

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    The Chinese Garden of Friendship is a garden in Chinatown, Sydney. Designed in the form of private gardens, the garden was made in the Ming Dynasty and offers the people a botanical insight into Chinese culture and heritage. Filled with beautiful bamboo plants and glistening waterfalls, the whole garden cannot be seen from anywhere within the botanical garden. The Chinese Garden of Friendship has a Dragon Wall. This symbolizes the bond between the Guangzhou and the New South Wale. There is a Tea House that offers the visitors a refreshing and a traditional ethnic Chinese tea. You can also get some incredible refreshments here.

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    Highlights: Chinese Garden of Friendship is also a popular venue for weddings.

    Location: Pier street, Darling harbor, Sydney, NSW

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May

    Admission fee: For adults the admission fee is $6 and for the children below the age of 12, the admission fee is $3.
  • 20Visit Sydney Jewish Museum

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    The Sydney Jewish museum catalogues the history of the Jewish people in Australia and most importantly the Holocaust. It was made to commemorate Jewish men and women who served in the second world war. In the historic Maccabean Hall, it was opened for Sir John Monash on Armistice Day in the year 1923. The museum has long been a major Jewish community center since then and has been deemed as an ideal venue for the museum. It is an important part of the Aussie cultural history that tends to pay tribute to the six million people who were murdered by the Nazi's. Further, Sydney Jewish Museum honors the people who happened to survive this massacre.

    Location: It is located at the 148 Darlington Road.

    Highlight: Sydney Jewish Museum aims to teach religious Tolerance and universal brotherhood to mankind.

    Best time to visit: It is best visited during the Hanukkah festival.
  • 21Visit Centennial Park

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    The Centennial park land in Sydney is a very historically and culturally important place. It is one of the world's biggest park lands. It covers three major parks, Queens park, Moore park and Centennial park. It is filled with fun and surprises and is an activity intense park land with lots to do including Picnics, BBQ's, horse riding and pony rides, playground, bird watching, rollerblading and many other impromptu events. It is filled with sports and athletics happening all around with more than 560000 sports man making the parkland its home. The Centennial park land has over 35 sports venues.

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    Location: It is located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney.

    Highlight: Its main features are the sports facilities and nature trails that can be enjoyed here. The Centennial park land is also called as the 'lungs of Sydney'.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May
  • 22Visit Museum of Contemporary Art

    For art lovers, the museum of contemporary art is one of the finest places to visit in Sydney.



    Location: It is located in The Rocks area of Sydney and getting there is very simple as well. You can check the map on its website for the exact location.

    Highlights: It is among the only museum which houses Australian and international modern art so art lovers will have a great time here. The museum is also home to Aboriginal art which is quite rare to find elsewhere.

    Price: The entry is free to the museum so anyone can visit it during the given timings.

    Best time to visit: The museum stays open from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening so you can visit it during these times. There is a certain amount of rush experienced between 11 to 12 in the evening so you can avoid the time slot if possible.
  • 23Visit Susannah Place Museum

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    Sussannah Place Museum is a historic museum which was built in the year 1844. The architecture of the four terrace house is something which will take you back in time. The museum stands as a sign of all the working class people in the locality. A few things were recently repaired in the museum so that it stays stable to be visited by tourists.

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    Location: It is located in The Rocks, Sydney. Getting to the place is quite easy as you can get many public transportation facilities heading to the museum.

    Highlights: Tourists mostly visit the place for its architecture and rich heritage. It has been in existence since more than a century back so it's definitely worth a visit.

    Best time to visit: The museum is open from 2 to 5 in the afternoon on all days so if you wish to visit here, be sure to visit it during the given timings.
  • 24Visit Westfield Sydney

    Tourists love shopping and Westfield is the best shopping center present in Sydney. The place was opened in the year 2010 and the rush never seems to slow down. The whole place is operated by Scentre group. The place went through a huge redevelopment process and after that there has been many new stores opened up.



    Location: Westfield is located right below the Sydney Tower in the Sydney central business district. It is also very near to the Westfield Sydney Central Plaza so getting around other famous places is hassle free as well.

    Highlights: There are more than 361 stores and services in the shopping center so you can purchase from a wide range of collections here. You will also find some of the high end luxury stores like Guess, Esprit and Cue in the place. The Pit Street Mall is also here, which is supposedly one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world.
  • 25Collaroy Beach

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    A suburb in northern Sydney, it is 22 km north-east of Sydney's central business district. It is among the northern beaches' region. Famous for its great swimming conditions, amateurs as well as seasoned players will not hesitate to make this their play ground. This beach provides the perfect waves for all skill levels. No more bickering in a friend circle over which beach to surf at, come to Colloroy and everyone feels right at home. Advanced surfers can move on to crazy wave magnets like Narabeen and long reef. It has a lot of amenities to complement your wave time, like picnic area and Rock paths. There is also a surf shop, a restaurant and a cinema for fun seekers.

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    Location: Colloroy Beach is located 22 kms north-east of Sydney's central business district.

    Highlight: The beach seems ideal for both seasoned and amateur swimmers.

    Best time to visit: September to November, March to May.