Our top 10 Sydney attractions
1. Opera House:
The iconic sail structure of the Sydney Opera House is the image most synonymous with Australia's largest city and is renowned for its late-modern architectural style and stunning harbour locale.
2. Taronga Zoo:
The residents of Taronga Zoo have arguably the best view in the city. Perched atop a hill overlooking Athol Bay on Sydney's north shore, the 75-hectare zoo is home to around 4,000 native and international animals housed in spacious simulated natural habitats.
3. Manly Beach:
A ferry ride to Manly feels more like a day trip than visiting a Northern Beaches suburb. Sitting on a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Sydney Harbour, the area contains beautiful beaches, Norfolk Pine trees and surfing swell, plus hidden coves, national parks, Aboriginal sites and historic landmarks.
4. Sydney Harbour Bridge:
The world's largest steel arch bridge is affectionately nicknamed 'the Coathanger'. There are numerous ways to cross this Sydney landmark and take in those million-dollar views – catch a train, go for a stroll or for those not afraid of heights, scale the summit with BridgeClimb.
5. The Rocks:
Named for its rough terrain, the site is where the First Fleet and convicts disembarked at Sydney Cove. The area's working-class roots are long gone as the period buildings now contain pubs, museums and galleries as well as shopping, dining and entertainment options.
6. Bondi Beach:
The stunning crescent-shaped stretch of golden sand in Sydney’s east is a mecca for sun and surf worshippers from around the world and as the closest beach to the CBD, is popular both day and night.
7. Darling Harbour:
This CBD waterfront destination is Sydney's premier harbourside dining, shopping, entertainment and nightlife precinct. Family-friendly by day with museums, amusements, attractions and parklands, once the sun goes down, the piers and marinas host a vibrant dining, bar and nightlife scene with some of the best views in town.
8. Hyde Park:
Australia's oldest public park, is a respite from the hectic CBD with historic monuments, scenic spots and plenty of wide, green space spread across 16 hectares of parklands.
9. Queen Victoria Building:
It's hard to find a more picturesque retail experience in Sydney than the iconic Queen Victoria Building. With over 200 boutiques and restaurants across six floors ranging from chain stores to art galleries, souvenir shops, international designers and upmarket boutiques.
10. Luna Park:
Enter through the huge, grinning clown face to discover the 1930s-style amusement park located on Sydney's north shore. The restored icon occupies some of the city’s best real estate offering nostalgic fun and amazing harbour views.