This sprawling city on the east coast of Australia surrounds the biggest natural harbour in the world. With a population of over 5 million people it is also one of the most multicultural cities on the planet. A city I would love to return back to. Here is my list of Sydney tourist attractions to consider if you ever find yourself down under.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, nicknamed ‘The Coathanger’ for it’s unique design, was built in 1932 and is one of the most iconic bridges in the world. It connects the northern and southern shores of the harbour. The top of the arch is 134m (440ft) above the water below.
There are many ways to experience the bridge. You can walk over it, ride a train over it, ride a boat under it and even climb it! The best photo opportunities are from a boat but you do get a lovely view of the bridge in all it’s glory from the opera house too.
Walking the Bridge
The access stairs on the north side are located in Broughton street near junction of Burton Street.
The access stairs on the south side are located in Cumberland street near junction of Argyle street.
Train across the bridge
If you want to take a train across the bridge, you can get the T1 train between Wynard Street on the south and Milson street station on the north.
Climbing the bridge and viewing by boat is covered in other sections below.
Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House with it’s famous white shell roofs is a multi-venue building for the performing arts. It was opened in 1973 and was based on a 1957 competition winning design by Danish architect Jorn Utzon.
This remarkable looking building has a main concert hall, theaters and studios. Worth experiencing a concert in the main hall or you can take a walking tour of the building.
If you sit outside of the Opera House by the harbour wall at dusk, you’ll see a nightly display of fruit bats flocking from the the botanical gardens, off to feed. A great site that you don’t see every day.
Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge is something that everyone should experience once. The view from the top is simply stunning.
The whole experience takes around 3.5 hours. They run you through health & safety checks, prepare you for the climb and even take a breath test. So no drinking before the climb!
It looks scary but is really quite exhilarating, expecially once you get to the beginning of the arch. They also now do these climbs at night which gives me a reason to go back and do it again. A must on my list of Sydney main attractions.
The BridgeClimb office where you start from is located at 3 Cumberland St, The Rocks (shown on the map at the end of this post)
Ferries in Sydney are cheap, regular as clockwork and everywhere. You can buy a ticket and stay on the ferry for an all round trip, taking you to all the different stops. Your own little tour of the harbour via public transport.
There are nine different routes that will take you all over Sydney from Circular Quay. A great way to travel and enjoy stunning views along the way.
One of the cheapest and most unique ways to get around the Sydney main attractions.
This Zoo is located on the north-east side of Sydney and can be accessed via a ferry from the city. The main entrance is actually on the other side of the zoo. So when you get off the ferry, you can board a cable car that takes you straight into the zoo (included in the ticket price).
It has an amazing array of different animals including some native animals I had never even seen before. Loved the wombats and the grumpy Tazmanian Devils. There are also staff members walking around holding animals such as reptiles that you can see up close, which is a nice touch.
You also get a fantastic view of the city across the water.
Nearest Ferry (from Circular Quay)
Taronga Zoo Wharf (Watsons Bay Ferry)
Nearest Bus Stop
Taronga Zoo (238)
This precinct of Sydney is a bustling waterfront containing restaurants, bars, museums and other attractions.
We stayed here when we visited Sydney and found it to be a great base for exploring the city.
With China Town at the north end and all manner of different food establishments surrounding the water, we had some of our best meals here.
Darling Harbour Pier 26 (CCDH Circular Quay, Fort Denison, Lane Cove, Shark Island, Watsons Bay)
Darling Harbour Convention Jetty (CCDH Circular Quay)
Nearest Bus Stops
King Street Wharf/Kings Street (252, 261)
Maritime Museum (389)
Just 31 miles north-west of Sydney are the Blue Mountains and it’s National Park. The dramatic scenery boasts rugged steep rock formations, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and gorges. There a different areas that can usually be incorporated into an excursion from the city.
A cliff top viewing platform that gives stunning views of the famous three sisters rock and the mountains.
Katoomba Scenic World
Here you can take a cable cars across the gorge. Ride the steepest incline railway in the world down to the Jamison valley floor. Walk the 2.4k scenic walkway.
An award winning park where you can interact with the animals.
Excursion by bus from the city
2 hour train journey from Sydney Central rail station to Katoomba station
Other Sydney tourist attractions to consider
|Sydney Aquarium||Sydney Zoo||Sydney Tower|
|Royal Botanical Gardens
A nice escape from the hustle & bustle. Wonderfully kept gardens full of nature.
A city centre park. Haven for picnickers, sunbathers and the beautiful Archibald fountain.
An old theme park with retro rides. Great fun across the bridge on the north side.
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