Sydney Attractions

Sydney attractions are plenty and varied. There are so many things to do in Sydney.

In addition to the beautiful scenery and daring architecture there are a multitude of events all the year round. One of them is the Sydney festival at the beginning of each year and another one is the city's Vivid festival at the beginning of winter. Here's how it unfolded in 2014 and 2015.

Then there are the beaches, the food, eating out, the nightlife, Taronga Zoo, parks, museums and much, much more.

Here is a guide about places to visit and some pictures to get you started.

Sydney Attractions - Going Places

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One of the top tourist attractions in Sydney is the Circular Quay, near its oldest and most posh suburb, The Rocks.

It is the gate to the City, if you are coming by sea.

You can make a grand entrance in a luxurious cruiser and land at the overseas passenger terminal.

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Or just use the services of Sydney ferries and commute daily for work into the city.

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The two best things to do in Sydney are there for you:

  • visit the the iconic Opera House
  • and
  • climb the majestic Harbour Bridge.

Go past the Circular Quay and discover the colonial building of the Customs House. As the name has it, this was the institution that monitored and taxed all imports. It is now a cultural institution and houses a public library.

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Its traditional style contrasts with the remarkably modern interior. The warm open lounge has:

  • comfortable armchairs to browse printed stuff,
  • solid, chunky stools next to screens embedded in red boxes to browse the internet,
  • more screens on walls to get you to visit the various exhibitions at the Sydney library.

The glass ceiling fills everything with natural light. Then there are the offbeat lampshades for the evening or...just for the decor.

A glass floor creates a striking feature. Below the glass there is a model of the Sydney centre complete with the bridge and opera.

You can walk above them. Or go to the next floor. The high open space allows you to look from there. Sydney architecture images at a glance: miniature streets and buildings. The model extends from the Central Station to Circular Quay and from Darling Harbour to the Domain.

The stately Customs building is home to some of the fashionable Sydney restaurants. One is at the roof top - for a better view of the harbour. Immerse yourself in culture, get some food for thought and then try the delicious real food - what can be better?

Leave the Customs House and enter the oldest site in the city, The Rocks.

If you feel like walking over the top of the bridge book the Harbour Bridge Climb.

If the climb is too adventurous, you can still get great views from the bridge pylon. You will also be able to learn more about Sydney Harbour Bridge facts. And about how long it took to build it and how much it cost.

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Take George Street back into city centre and walk toward the Queen Victoria Building. You will experience some Sydney shopping in an opulent building.

You can walk or use the free Sydney buses to see the major attractions in the City.

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Sydney Tower, close by, is another unforgettable experience.

Go to the top to get panoramic views and take some of your best Sydney photographs from there.

And when you come down you can experience the best shopping in Sydney.

Then head to Darling Harbour. Get some information about what it was till the late 1980s and see its magical transformation into one of the major Sydney attractions.

Sydney Attractions - The Museums

Visiting Sydney museums will help you learn more about the life of this great city. And while you might be sceptic at the beginning thinking that just over 200 years of Sydney history would not leave too many traces, take a harder look around.

Start with the Museum of Sydney to see the past and the people who shaped it.

The Museums in The Rocks are fascinating places. You can get an overview of the early inhabitants of Sydney Cove, the convicts, the settlers. Follow the stories of the tenants who inhabited the Sussanah Place terraces.

Visit the NSW Art Gallery to see the works of art of famous Australian artists and the world largest gallery showing art of Australian Aboriginals.

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If you are into natural sciences the Australian Museum is a must see.

You will discover amazing things about Australian natural history.

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