Sydney’s biggest attraction is its harbour and surrounding area. Port Jackson, where the harbour is situated, is one unrivalled by many for its beauty. This harbour divides the city into two, the north and south shores, with more of the best known attractions lying on the south end of the harbour.
Down at Circular Quay, where all the ferries depart, is the Sydney Opera House and it’s the best place in the city to view the amazing Harbour Bridge. The building of the Opera House was finished in 1973 after 14 years of construction. Today it is Australia’s best known landmark along with Uluru (Ayer's Rock).
While down at Circular Quay admiring the authenticity of the Opera House, you can’t help but notice the monstrous bridge connecting both shores. The Harbour Bridge is the world’s largest steel bridge and celebrated its seventieth year in 2002.
Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia
Sydney Opera House, located just a short walk from Circular Quay is one of the architectural triumphs of the 20th Century. You can explore the surrounding restaurants and stalls and take in the magnificent harbour views. To really experience the Opera House why not book tickets for one of the thousands of performances and events staged every year.
Guided tours of the Front of House cost $16.20.
The Rocks, Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is known locally as the "Coat Hanger", took eight years to build, including the railroad line. Recommended for all visitors to Sydney is the Pylon Lookout. Inside the lookout is a fascinating display on how the bridge was built. Entry to the Pylon is from the pedestrian walkway on the Harbour Bridge. You can get to the walkway via the stairs in Cumberland Street, The Rocks, or near Milsons Point train station on the north side of the harbour. The Pylon Lookout is open every day except Christmas Day.
There are magnificent views of the Harbour Bridge from the Opera House or from any of the ferries on Sydney Harbour.
The Rocks, Sydney, Australia
Sydney was founded in the Rocks back in 1788 when Captain Cook first arrived in Australia. Today, this area is found just under the Harbour Bridge. Due to its historical significance, it is one of the most visited areas in the city. The Rocks has now been transformed into a vibrant pocket of cafés and restaurants and interesting tourist shops and stalls. This has been achieved without destroying the area's Old World charm and historic buildings. There is usually street entertainment on the weekends and during festivals The Rocks Street Market is open every day of the week, as well as Sundays during the summer. At night the Rocks is buzzing with people in the many pubs and street cafés.
Bondi Beach, Bondi, Sydney, Australia
Bondi Beach is Australia's most famous beach and among the world's most well-known. The beach, roughly a kilometre long, is enclosed at the north and south by headlands. Take a stroll along the beachside promenade along with the dogs, babies in strollers and rollerbladers. Bondi beach is frequented by surfers as well as numerous swimmers and sunbathers on the weekends. Watch out for the colourful lifeguards who patrol the beach every day.
Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
This small harbour, formerly a dockside area, has been transformed into a major tourist site. A monorail service runs from the Central Business District (CBD) to Darling Harbour and skirts the harbour, making stops at points around the harbour. The IMAX theatre, Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Maritime Museum are all located at Darling Harbour, as well as the city’s biggest nightclub Home.
Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia
King's Cross has for a long time been known to most Sydneysiders as the drugs and red light capital of the city. In recent years, however, this sleazy suburb of Sydney has started to evolve, albeit ever so slowly, into a richly vibrant part of the city. The strip clubs, topless waitresses, adult bookshops and tacky nightclubs are still there, but small, trendy cafes have sprung up on the fringes of the Cross that are attracting a different type of visitor.
In recent years Kings Cross has become a popular hang-out for backpackers with numerous hostels and bars in the area.
Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, Sydney, Australia
A visit to the world famous and award-winning Taronga Zoo is a must when visiting Sydney. Spectacularly located on the shores of Sydney Harbour and only 12 minutes away by ferry from Circular Quay, Taronga is home to more than 3,000 animals from all around the world.
Homebush Bay, NSW 2127, Sydney, Australia
Located 16km to the west of Sydney is the Olympic Village at Homebush Bay is Stadium Australia, home to the Olympic Games in the year 2000. This stadium is the largest Olympic stadium in modern history and played host to, what is regarded as, the greatest Olympic games of all time. After having a look around This massive stadium the swimming, tennis, and hockey stadiums among others can also be seen.
Wallgrove Road, Eastern Creek, Sydney, Australia
With seven themed lands to explore and enjoy, Wonderland Sydney offers fun for everyone. Meet a koala, touch a kangaroo and get close to crocodiles at The Australian Wildlife Park. Live the Australian pioneering experience in Goldrush and ride the Bush Beast, the largest wooden rollercoaster in the Southern Hemisphere. Other attractions in Sydney’s themepark are Old Botany Bay where you can experience the atmosphere of Australia’s first settlement and the Beach for chilling out in during summer months.
Open 10am-5pm every day except Christmas Day; Adult $46.20, Child $30.80.
Haymarket, Sydney, Australia
Chinatown beside Darling Harbour and down from the cinemas on Georges Street has Chinese cinemas, shops, supermarkets and loads of jewellers. Keep your eyes peeled for some well-hidden gambling places also. Not surprisingly, this part of the city is a great place to eat out in for Chinese food. For the best value going into the food courts. Other restaurants serve Peking-style dumplings, while others specialise in handmade noodles, barbecued duck or seafood.