Sydney: Ten Top Attractions

Sydney is one of the most diverse and exciting cities to visit in Australia. It offers a large variety of activities and places of interest, so you’re sure to be able to find many things that appeal to you.

Sydney Opera House

The famous silhouette of the Sydney Opera House is synonymous with the city. UNESCO added the opera house to its World Heritage List in 2007, citing it as one of the masterpieces of human creativity.

Multi-lingual tours are offered to the public, and some specifically cater for those with limited mobility. Various restaurants and bars offer refreshments, so you can eat on the spot before or after a show.

Taronga Zoo

Combine a visit to Taronga Zoo with a short ferry ride—the ferry leaves from Circular Quay in the central business district of Sydney. You can also get to the zoo by bus or you can drive yourself.

At Taronga Zoo, you’ll see many Australian and exotic animals. The zoo is involved with breeding programs, and is dedicated to educating the public through fun activities, tours and presentations.

Bondi Beach
If you enjoy surf and sun, Bondi Beach is the place to go. Situated 30 minutes from the centre of Sydney, it has much to offer visitors, including swimming, surfing, walking, shopping, and eating out.

Chinese Garden of Friendship

One of the downsides about being a tourist is information and activity overload. If you just want to spend a while relaxing and absorbing the scents and sights of nature, a trip to the Chinese Garden of Friendship is well worth it. See the Water Pavilion of Lotus Fragrance, the Dragon Wall and the Twin Pavilion.

Sydney Living Museums

This recently launched innovative brand is the collective name for 12 important historic houses and museums in and around Sydney. Visitors can pop into any of Living Museum venues for short tours or enjoy interactive displays that give an insight into how early Australians lived, played and worked.

Aboriginal Culture

The Aborigines have lived in Australia for tens of thousands of years, and exploring their rich heritage is a must-do for tourists. Discover facts about the fascinating aboriginal culture on the Taronga Zoo Nura Diya Tour or the the First Encounters Garden Display at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

This bridge is another famous Sydney icon, and tourists can visit the Pylon Lookout or, if you’re an adventurous spirit and reasonably fit, take part in a bridge climb.

The Pylon Lookout gives visitors spectacular views of Sydney. Interesting exhibits tell the story of how the bridge was built over eighty years ago.

Whale Watching

During the months May to November, a couple of thousand southern right and humpback whales migrate from the southern oceans to warmer seas so they can breed. Sea tours run from Circular Quay or you can visit the viewing platform at Botany Bay National Park, take a cliff-top walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach, or view from Clovelly Beach and North Head Lookout.

Luna Park

Known as the fun capital of Sydney, Luna Park has been completely refurbished and is listed on the State Heritage Register.

Take a wild ride on the ferris wheel, the Spider or the Moon Ranger, while if you prefer something more sedate, the carousel or mirror maze will satisfy you. Win prizes at the sideshow games.

James Craig

Revel in the crack of the sails and the rush of the wind. The James Craig is an 1874 sailing ship that has been fully restored and is open for tours and short sailing expeditions. She is one of four operational barques in the world.

These top ten attractions are just a sample of what the city has to offer. So get yourself some flights to Sydney and experience all this and much more.

About the author

Frank Turner is a freelance travel writer.

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