15 Must Visit Sydney Attractions and Travel Guide

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1. Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House is one of the most distinctive multi venue performing arts center in Sydney. The Unesco World Heritage building was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon as the winner of an international design competion.

The design was inspired by a yacht’s billowing white sails and are created out of over one million white tiles.

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How to Get There :

1. Train to Circular Quay Station. 5 mins walk from Circular Quay.

2. Bus 301, 302, 303, 373, 374, 377, 500, 507, 515 to Circular Quay. 5 mins walk from Circular Quay.

2. Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge known as the Coathanger by the locals is the largest and heaviest steel bridge in the world at 134m high and weighting 52,800 tonnes.

While the harbour bridge offers spectacular view in all angles, you can take a step higher by climbing the bridge itself! Scale the massive steel bridge on a 3 hours guided tour for a spectacular view of the harbour and Sdyney Opera House from the top.

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How to Get There : 

1. Train to Circular Quay Station. 15 mins walk from Circular Quay.

2. Take Bus 301, 302, 303, 373, 374, 377, 500, 507, 515 to Circular Quay. 15 mins walk from Circular Quay.

3. Bondi Beach

Bondi beach is one of Sydney’s most popular beaches ideal for sun bathing, surfing or even family picnic. There are public showers on the beach to wash off after a swim.

The Bondi Icebergs Swimming Club has been an iconic landmark for 100 years. To join as a member, you are compulsory to swim 3 Sundays in a month for 5 years. We paid AUD6.50 per person to enter the club for a quick swim. When swimming, do beware when strong waves smashes into the pool.

How to Get There :

1. Take Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra line Train to Bondi Junction Station. Then take Bus 333, 380, 381 to Bondi Beach

2. From Circular Quay (near ferry wharf no 2) take Bus 380 or 333 bus to Bondi Beach.

4. Sydney Fish Market

The Sydney Fish Market is the third largest seafood market in terms of variety in the world after Tsukiji market in Tokyo and La Nueva Viga Market, Mexico. The working market sources product both nationally and internationally and trades over 13,500 tonnes of seafood annually.

The market is extremely popular with tourists for its variety of fresh seafood. Visitors can pick and choose from numerous stalls and feast their seafood at the al fresco area. However beware of the aggresive seagulls snatching away your seafood.

Opening Hours : Daily 7am to 4pm

How to get there :

1. Sydney Light Rail – Fish Market Station. 5 mins walk.

2. By Bus – Bus 501 or 389

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5. Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a waterfront precinct that features a variety of restaurants, shops, museums and exhibitions. You’ll find the largest IMAX Theatre, Hard Rock Cafe, SeaLife Sydney, Australian National Maritime Museum and the Harbourside Shopping Centre.

The bustling district offers various street performances and even fireworks on every Saturday night at 9pm.

How to Get There : Sydney Light Rail – Stop at Pyrmont Bay Station.

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6. The Rocks

The Rocks was used to be Sydney’s convict settlement. Currently, the heritage listed buildings are home to artisan markets, restaurants, lively pubs and galleries.

How to Get There : 

1. Train to Circular Quay Station. 15 mins walk from Circular Quay.

2. Take Bus 301, 302, 303, 373, 374, 377, 500, 507, 515 to Circular Quay. 15 mins walk from Circular Quay.

7. Taronga Zoo

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Taronga Zoo a non profit zoo, is home to 4000 animals from over 350 species. Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, this world class zoo not only offers close encounters with animals but superb views of Sydney’s skyline.

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Opening Hours : Daily 9.30 to 4.30pm

How to Get There :

1. Take a Train to Circular Quay Station. Then take a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo wharf.

2. By Bus – M30 Metro Bus from Central Station (Stand B on Eddy Avenue), Town Hall Station (Stand K, Park Street) and Wynyard Station (Stand T, Clarence Street)

8. Sea Life Aquarium

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With more than 700 species comprising more than 13,000 fishes and water creatures, Sydney’s Sea Life Aquarium is the world’s largest collection of Australian aquatic life.

Book Tickets Online: Combo Attractions Pass / Sea Life Aquarium

How to Get There : Train – 10 mins walk from Town Hall Stations

9. St Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral was designed William Wardell and completed by John Hennesy. The Gothic Revival church is actually the third St Mary’s Cathedral on the site as both previous were burnt to the ground.

Unlike most cathedral facing east-west, St Mary’s Cathedral is oriented north–south due to its size and the lie of the land.

How to Get There : By Train – 5 mins walk from St James Stations

10. Pitt Street Mall

The 200 metres Pitt Street Mall is the pedestrianised section of Pitt Street in the Sydney CBD. It is one of most cosmopolitan shopping precincts and houses many flagship chain stores and more than 400 specialty stores.

How to Get There : By Train – 5 mins walk from St James Stations

11. Queen Victoria Building

The Queen Victoria Building occupies entire block on George Street. Designed as a munical market, the Romanesque Revival building was slated for demolish before it was meticulously restored in 1986.

Currently the building features more than 180 restaurants, cafes, premium fashion boutiques and jewellery shops.

Opening Hours : Daily 9am to 6pm. Sunday 11am to 6pm.

How to Get There : By Train – 5 mins walk from St James Stations

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12. Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Town Hall is the largest and most ornate late 19th century civic building in Australia. Apart from being a public stage and rendezvous point, Sydney Town Hall has been the seat of the city’s administration and the Lord Mayor’s office for over 120 years.

The architecture of Sydney Town Hall is a composite of neo-Classical and French Second Empire elements, a fusion between ancient Greece and Rome with fashionable French architecture.

How to Get There : By Train – 5 mins walk from Town Hall Stations

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13. Anzac War Memorial

The Anzac War Memorial was erected as memorial of the men and women from New South Wales who served in the Great War of 1914-1918.

Designed by C. Bruce Dellit and completed in 1934, the memorial is the main commemorative military monument of Sydney, Australia.

How to Get There : By Train – 5 mins walk from St James Stations

14. Sydney Tower

At 309 metres, Sydney Tower is Sydney’s tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere.

The observation deck has a capacity of 960 persons and contains two levels of restaurants, a coffee lounge, an Observation Deck, two telecommunication transmission levels and three plant levels.

Book Tickets Online: Combo Attractions Pass / Sydney Tower Eye

How to Get There : By Train – 5 mins walk from St James Stations

15. Blue Mountains National Park

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The Blue Mountains National Park is a 267,954-hectare national park 80km away from Sydney. The park boasts more than 140km of trails and walking tracks. Visitors can experience Aboriginal culture, camping, hiking, canyoning and mountain biking activities.

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