Sydney is such a diverse city and this is part of what draws so many people to it to holiday each year. The CBD and Harbour in particular are popular attractions however there is just so much to see and do in this wonderful city. From the famous shopping, dining and cultural precinct to the iconic landmarks, architecture and historical sights, there's so much beauty and excitement to discover in Sydney.
Sydney Attractions & Sights
One of the most iconic landmarks in the world, the Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and took a total of 14 years to build. Opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973, the Opera House is as fascinating building with a unique look. Despite its aesthetic attraction, it is also home to concert halls, drama and opera theatres, recital halls, bars and restaurants and is an enduring Australian cultural icon.
Possibly the greatest tourism icon in Sydney, the Harbour Bridge has been likened to the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco. Built over eight years, is earned the nickname 'the coat hanger' due to its unique shape and metal frame structure. Linking Sydney's north with the city, the bridge carries two railway tracks and eight lanes of road traffic. In 1998, the bridge was also opened for visitors to climb and this adventure activity continues to be a popular attraction.
Located just a short stroll from the CBD, Chinatown Sydney extends from Hay, Dixon and Sussex Streets all the way to George Street in the east and Darling Harbour in the west. Offering a feast for the senses, visitors can indulge in a variety of Asian cuisine, culture and spectacular oriental architecture. Boasting vibrant lanterns and impressive archways, Chinatown is a popular attraction for any visit to Sydney.
Located in Ultimo just minutes from Darling Harbour, the Powerhouse Museum is operated by the New South Wales State Government and offers a public collection of unique artifacts, material and Australian heritage. Exhibits range from science and technology all the way through to design, industry, transport, decorative arts, space exploration, culture, music and more.
One of Australia's best aquariums, the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium is a must see attraction when visiting the harbour city. Situated on the Darling Harbour side of the city, the aquarium features over 650 species and 12,000 animals. The exhibits here are famed for their quality and attention to detail and range from penguins, platypuses, sharks, dugongs, turtles, tropical fish, sting rays and more.
One of the most famous beaches in the world, Bondi Beach is a stunning stretch of sand offering fantastic surfing and one of the best lifestyle destinations in Sydney. Offering plenty of fun in the sun, the life guard patrolled beach is home to sun bathers, surfers, families and beach babes and is surrounded by a swanky range of bars, cafes and restaurants. Enjoy a drink or a bite to eat as you watch the bronzed bodies coming and going from this Australian icon.
A waterfront precinct within 10 minutes of the city, Darling Harbour is one of the biggest shopping, dining and entertainment precincts in Sydney. Renowned for its Chinese Friendship Gardens and outdoor events, Darling Harbour is home to the nightlife hub of King Street Wharf. The waterfront promenade of Cockle Bay Wharf is also a popular hangout home to some of the most popular Sydney attractions including Sydney Wildlife World and the Sydney Aquarium.
Sydney's most popular historical and cultural hub, The Rocks has immense historical significance as the foundation of Sydney and Australia. Located at the bottom of the Harbour Bridge on the western shore of Sydney Cove, The Rocks is almost an outdoor museum. The oldest area in Sydney, is has been transformed into a trendy hub of tourism, shopping, cafes and restaurants while still retaining its old world charm. The ideal place to spend the day, The Rocks offers plenty of great photo opportunities.