The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Situated on Bennelong Point inSydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the facility is adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, between Sydney and Farm Coves.
Address: Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia's most well known and photographed landmarks. It is the world's largest (but not the longest) steel arch bridge with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. It is fondly known by the locals as the 'Coathanger' because of its arch-based design.
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Location: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney, NSW
Sydney Tower Eye takes you to the highest point above Sydney for breathtaking 360 degree views of the beautiful harbour city. From the golden beaches to the distant Blue Mountains, you'll be amazed by the views.
Your ticket includes the 4D cinema experience - the first produced in Australia - where you can uncover a new dimension to Sydney through a whole new perspective. The engaging film experience is taken to the fourth dimension with evocative in-theatre effects including wind, bubbles and fire!
The newly renovated Observation Deck offers state-of-the-art technology, including high powered binoculars and multilingual touch screen panels that tell every visitor interesting facts about the famous landmarks they are looking at.
Upgrade your ticket to include the SKYWALK - Sydney's highest outdoor adventure. It is an exhilarating walk, 260 metres above the harbour city - more than double the height of the Harbour Bridge!
The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, is the most central of the three major botanical gardens open to the public in Sydney (the others being the Mount Annan Botanic Garden and the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden). The gardens were opened in 1816, and are managed by the same trust that manages the adjoining The Domain. The gardens are open every day of the year, and access is free.
Address: Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney, NSW 2000
The Rocks is an urban locality, tourist precinct and historic area of Sydney's city centre, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the southern shore of Sydney Harbour, immediately north-west of the Sydney central business district. The precinct and its immediate surroundings are administered independently of the local government area of the City of Sydney, by a New South Wales state government statutory authority, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
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What makes a great market? If it’s about passionate people selling things you’ll love in a cool, relaxed environment then The Rocks Markets is one of Sydney’s greatest.
You know The Rocks is nestled on the doorstep of the CBD, but it’s slower here, and infinitely more charming. And, really, who wants to rush when there’s so much to take in?
Where else can you buy dresses and bags designed by the stallholder, one-off jewellery, original artworks and prints, in a place where you can feel the sun on your face and catch glimpses of our gorgeous harbour?
If you haven’t been for a while, wander back. You’ll be genuinely surprised.
Location: George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000 BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy
For a park with a million dollar view, it’s hard to go past the one on Observatory Hill.
A popular spot with locals, workers and visitors, Observatory Hill Park offers sweeping, panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the Harbour Bridge for free. It is nestled in the city centre.
Public toilets aren’t too far away on Watson Road, at the foot of the Lower Fort Street park entrance.
The public park is also home to exercise stations, public artworks, a rotunda available for hire and a tennis court.
You can reach the park by steps from Kent Street (Agar Steps), Cumberland Street through a cutting in the Harbour Bridge and a pedestrian bridge from the city centre via the Bradfield Highway. A cycling path is also available from the Harbour Bridge.
Several bus services stop near the park. The 431 and 432 to Millers Point are the most frequent. The red Sydney Explorer bus routes 300 to 500 also travel nearby. If you are feeling energetic catch a ferry to Circular Quay or train to Wynyard station and walk to the park.
Sydney Observatory is also located on Observatory Hill. Built in 1858, Australia’s first observatory is open to the public throughout the year. Observatory Hill Park is an off-leash area at all times.
Location: Upper Fort St, Sydney, NSW 2000
The Art Gallery of New South Wales, located in The Domain in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, was established in 1880 and is the most important public gallery in Sydney and the fourth largest in Australia.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia is an Australian museum solely dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art, both from across Australia and around the world.
A lively harbourside precinct, Darling Harbour is just a 10-minute walk from Sydney city centre. One of Sydney's largest dining, shopping and entertainment precincts has a full calendar of outdoor events as well as one of the city's most restful spots, the Chinese Gardens of Friendship.
King Street Wharf is a prime nightspot, packed with sleek dining establishments and funky nightclubs. Cockle Bay Wharf offers waterfront promenades with alfresco cafes, bars and restaurants. Some of Sydney's most popular attractions are here; SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and WILDLIFE Sydney Zoo.
The LG IMAX Theatre Sydney is home to the World's Biggest Screen. Experience the highest quality giant screen images at IMAX Darling Harbour!
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The Chinese Garden of Friendship is nestled at the south end of Darling harbour and a short walk from Chinatown. Entering the garden is like walking backwards in time into the quiet solitude of ancient Chinese architecture and it's relationship with nature. The garden combines the elements of water, plants, stone and architecture.
Running water, towering willow trees, cool lagoons with lotus plants and large colourful fish all make this an idyllic spot to read a book or recharge your batteries. It really is something special. The garden features waterfalls, lakes, pavilions, sculptures and local wildlife such as the water dragon, koi carp and several species of birds.
Hyde Park is Australia’s oldest park. It’s also one of the most well-known. With just over 16 hectares of wide open space in the heart of central Sydney, there is no shortage of lush grass if you want to claim a small piece of land for an impromptu picnic, or simply have a seat and take a breather. You’ll always be able to spot sunbathers clustered around in twos and threes, lazily soaking up the sun’s rays. There are also plenty of benches in the park if you want to put your feet up without ruining your Sunday best!
Location: Elizabeth St, Sydney, NSW 2000
St Mary’s Cathedral stands in the centre of Sydney as a Christian statement of grace and beauty. Generations of artists have bequeathed to it their magnificent gifts in stone and glass, designing a unique space of solace and prayer within this vibrant city. This Cathedral represents the spiritual origins of the Catholic Church in Australia. It is one of Sydney's most treasured historic buildings and one of the finest examples of English-style gothic churches in the world. William Wilkinson Wardell, the 19th century architect, dreamed of a gothic structure shaped from the local yellow-block sandstone on which this city is built. The building was finally completed 100 years after the architect's death. The Cathedral is dedicated to Mary Help of Christians.
Location: St Mary's Road, Sydney, NSW 2000
Our famous King Street, all the way from Broadway to St Peters? Erskineville village and Enmore's entertainment strip? Our retail neighbourhoods and creative quarters, our pocket precincts, parks and playgrounds?
Our restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, retail stores, book shops, fashion designers and food shops? Our festivals, entertainment, creative culture and street life?
All of these for sure, but overwhelmingly its spirit of acceptance and tolerance which has produced a unique culture in Sydney and become a magnet for visitors, tourists and other Sydney-siders.
Come and explore our Precinct; learn why we love it and enjoy the most eclectic and unique entertainment, shopping, eating, drinking and creative expression in Sydney.
The Bondi to Coogee Walk is a picturesque coastal route featuring beaches, bays, rock pools, cliffs and of course stunning views. The 6 km route also meanders past the café strips of Coogee and Bronte so stopping to refuel is all part of the fun.
The walk begins at iconic Bondi Icebergs, just above the Bondi Baths at the southern end of the beach. There are actually two routes you could take from this point. Either walk along the path, or climb some steep steps to Marks Park where you'll find spectacular views, and a range of Aboriginal rock carvings.
Heading towards Tamarama, you'll pass by Mackenzie's Point Beach, which is only accessible at low tide and not recommended for swimming – but surfers love catching a wave here From Tamarama, the short distance to Bronte Beach is an easy, level section of the route with glorious views. At Bronte, take the steep stairs near the rock pool to the cliff top board walk for postcard views of Tamarama, Bronte and Bondi to the north and Malabar Headland to the south. The coastal walk continues on to Clovelly Beach and Coogee Beach.
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Always swim between the red and yellow flags – surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It’s also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Make sure you ready any safety signs at the beach and you are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
At any time of the year, Bondi Beach is a buzzing morning, late afternoon and night-time scene. Enjoy a tasty coffee and some breakfast before walking the Bondi to Coogee coastline. Take in a long, lazy lunch in one of the suburb’s excellent restaurants. Among the dining options is Sean’s Panaroma, a landmark of Bondi culture. It offers a mix of classic Italian and Australian dishes as well as superb views of the beach and ocean. At the other end of the beach, you’ll find Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, with its stunning views. Join the queue at Gelato Messina - it will give you time to make your choice from the daily ice cream specials board. Finish a perfect day in Bondi with a cocktail as you rub shoulders with popular Sydney stars who call this beachside icon home.
With a shimmering beach, magnificent coastal walk and protected marine reserve with excellent surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving, Coogee sums up the classic Australian beach lifestyle. Coogee Beach has a sweeping stretch of golden sand, historic ocean baths and plenty of green parks for barbecues and picnics, all only 20 minutes from the busy centre of Sydney. It’s an ideal beach for families, with safe swimming and lifesavers on patrol all year round. Coogee is also one of Sydney’s oldest suburbs, with many historic buildings. The surrounding cliff tops offer spectacular bush walks and some of Sydney’s most panoramic views.
Manly has it all: beautiful beaches, tranquil bays, coastal walks, and buzzing cafes and bars. Manly combines the best of Sydney's beach lifestyle with a relaxed village feel. Getting there is half the fun when you catch a ferry from Circular Quay – just 30 minutes later, you're at Manly Wharf, with its serene inner-harbour beach and waterfront restaurants and bars.
It's just a 5-minute walk along the Corso from Manly Wharf to the oceanfront promenade that's lined with Norfolk Island pine trees. This stretch of sand comprises several ocean beaches –Queenscliff, South Steyne and North Steyne.
Explore Manly on foot, rollerblade or bike, with pathways and coastal walks taking you further north to Freshwater Beach or around the headland to Shelly Beach, a lovely sheltered sandy cove with plenty of colourful fish for a fantastic snorkelling or scuba diving experience.
Away from the beach, there are plenty of things to see and do. If you prefer to gaze at the marine life while staying dry, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary always delights with its huge sharks, giant stingrays, turtles and shoals of fish. Brave adventure seekers can even dive with the sharks!
To get up close and personal with marine life, Dive Centre Manly offers training and expeditions for all levels. If you'd rather stay on top of the water, you'll find a number of surf schools by the beach. Manly Surf School has classes for beginners and advanced surfers throughout the year, and Fairy Bower is a right-hand reef break that's popular with experienced surfers.
The popular Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walk is 10 kilometres long and takes three to four hours to complete at a moderate pace. Along the way, you'll discover parks, reserves and outstanding views of Sydney Harbour.
And of course, your day in Manly wouldn't be complete without a stop for a bite to eat or a cocktail at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the waterfront.
Shelly Beach is one of Sydney's popular snorkeling spot. It is is located in Manly and forms part of Cabbage Tree Bay, a protected marine reserve which lies adjacent to North Head and Fairy Bower. With a maximum depth of approximately 12 metres, Shelly Beach has become popular with Scuba Divers and Snorkelers alike with a large variety of marine life which can viewed in relatively shallow water.
Take a walk around the bush track which hugs the headland offering spectacular views of North Head and the Northern Beaches. Shelly Beach has showers, toilets and a kiosk along with two free electic barbeques, perfect for that family picnic. For a more formal dining option, there is a restaurant on the beach named Le Kiosk. Parking at Shelly Beach is available for AUD8 per hour.
Shelly Beach is also one of many famous snorkeling places in Sydney.
Dee Why plays host to many of the northern beaches main events including Australia Day and New Years Eve fireworks.
It also is the site of numerous first class sporting events such as the Beachley Classic, Sun Run, Ocean Thunder and many more.
The adjoining Ted Jackson Reserve has a fenced children's playground and a funky outdoor table tennis table. The area also boasts free WiFi.
Dee Why Beach faces slightly south east but its southern headland both gives protection from southerly winds and shape to any swell coming from the south. The point break here is a beauty, and local surfers converge on it in numbers when it's working.
Dee Why itself is a key hub of residential and commercial activity along Sydney's northern peninsula and thus offers a variety of accommodation, dining, shopping and nightlife.
A stunning family beach wedged between two headlands, Freshwater is a short walk north from Manly. A coastal walk further north will take you to Curl Curl.
The north headland provides excellent protection from the summer northeaster, and waves are fairly consistent right along the beach thanks to reliable sandbanks.
An eight-lane 50-metre saltwater pool at the north end is a favourite with lap swimmers.
Freshwater's unique claim to fame is that this is where surfboard riding was popularised in Australia by Hawaiian "Duke" Kahanamoku. Duke famously carved a board from a piece of local timber and demonstrated surfing for an enthralled crowd on 15 January 1915. A life-size statue of Duke Kahanamoku on the northern headland commemorates the historic day.
Freshwater is part of the Manly-Freshwater National and World Surfing Reserve that recognises the historical, cultural and environmental values of famous surfing beaches.
Shelly Beach is one of Sydney's popular snorkeling and fishing spot. It is also great for family if you have any children with you.
Little Bay is a secluded beach nestled between granite cliffs, just south of the headland near Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park. Pack your fishing gear for a day at the beach.
There's the option for a leisurely lunch beneath the shade of the she-oaks at nearby Little Bay picnic area overlooking the ocean. If you're after some exercise, try the nearby historic Monument Hill walking track.
If you're into birdwatching, the nearby heathland is a haven for fantails, wrens and honeyeaters, while hawks, falcons and ospreys soar above the cliffs and forage along the beaches.
After all that fresh air and exercise, head to the Trial Bay Kiosk Restaurant and unwind with a delicious coffee and piece of cake. With an extensive wine list and menu featuring local produce, you might be tempted to come back for dinner...
Cronulla, in the Sutherland Shire on Sydney's southern coast, is the only Sydney beach that can be reached by train, meaning you can visit without the headache of finding a carpark.
North Cronulla beach, Elouera and Wanda beaches are popular surfing destinations. Local surf schools provide surfing lessons from beginners to advanced.
Parks on the beach front at South Cronulla, Shelly Beach, Oak Park and Gunnamatta Park provide a shady place to seek respite from the sun.
All the other ingredients for a top day out at the beach can be found in Cronulla - fish and chips, icecream and gelato, cool surf shops for beach supplies and accommodation.
A trip to New South Wales would not be complete without a visit to the Blue Mountains. Less than two hours from Sydney by road or train, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are one of the country's most spectacular icons. The picturesque towns of Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Leura, Megalong Valley, Mount Victoria, Springwood, Wentworth Falls, Hartley, Lithgow and Oberon afford breathtaking views, a wide variety of restaurants, accommodation and so many fun things to do. And for a one-of-a-kind experience, don't miss Jenolan Caves.
Bushwalks abound in the region, and there are trails to suit all comfort levels. When you've had enough walking and fancy a spot of shopping, you'll find quaint gift shops featuring confectionary, Australiana, fine art, books, antiques and more.
There's always something going on in the Blue Mountains, from village festivals and flower festivals to classic car meets, musical events, sporting events and markets. The Blue Mountains make for the perfect holiday destination for families, nature lovers, and adventure seekers.
Centennial Parklands is one of the world's leading public parklands, and in Sydney it is known as 'the lungs of the city'. The Parklands are also some of the most historically and socially significant urban spaces in Australia.
Things to do at Centennial Park:
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Address: 16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
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