Sydney Sights & Attractions
Sydney’s reputation as one of the coolest cities in the world continues to grow and inspire. With its magnificent Opera House and iconic Harbour Bridge, Sydney must be one of the world’s most recognisable cities.
Sydney offers visitors a plethora of iconic sights and attractions, from the Australian National Maritime Museum and Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour to the Sydney Opera House and trendy Manly on the north shore.
Enjoy an evening performance at the Opera House, celebrate with drinks on a sunset harbour cruise or stretch your legs with a city beach walk: from Bondi to Bronte the track winds, dips and turns through gorgeous coves and beaches.
A mix of sophisticated hotels, award-winning restaurants and lively nightlife scene, just minutes from stunning beaches and coastal views, completes Sydney’s status as one of the world’s most vibrant cities.
For a weekend getaway, head out to the famous Blue Mountains or tour wineries in the nearby Hunter Valley. See spectacular mountain scenery, explore premium vineyards and discover historic villages, all the while enjoying delicious food washed down by memorable wine.
Major sights in Sydney, include…
Book a seat for a performance of opera, chamber music, symphonies and ballet in this architecturally significant performing arts complex and national icon.
Or take a guided tour – conducted daily from 9am to 5pm, except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Afterwards, enjoy a drink or dinner overlooking the harbour.
Climb to the top of the ‘Coathanger' for an exhilarating experience.
Or take a 30-minute stroll across the 503m-span bridge from the south to the north side for panoramic views over Sydney Harbour and beyond.
Stroll the winding streets of Sydney's historical birthplace, past historic buildings and some of Sydney's oldest pubs, including the Hero of Waterloo Inn.
From the top of Sydney’s tallest building, don a special suit and step outside onto a glass-floored platform 260m above the city for breathtaking views.
And don’t worry – you are connected to a safety rail with a sliding harness.
Stroll underwater tunnels to see Australia's diverse aquatic life, including giant rays and grey nurse sharks in one tank and seals in another tank.
See thousands of colourful reef fish at the Great Barrier Reef exhibit, hand feed black-tip reef sharks and check out fierce looking saltwater crocodiles and cute fairy penguins.
Clamber over several vessels, including an Australian navy destroyer, an Oberon Class submarine, an Aboriginal boat and a replica of the Endeavour, the ship that carried Captain James Cook to Australia.
Nestled in a cove between two headlands, beautiful Bondi is a wide, kilometre-long crescent of golden sand that fronts deep blue water renowned for reliable year-round surf of both left- and right-hand beach breaks.
With its bustling carnival atmosphere, Bondi is a see-and-be-seen beach, a favourite with locals as well as overseas visitors who relish the stunning setting for sunbathing, swimming and surfing.
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Sights a short drive from Sydney, include…
Escape to the world-famous, one million hectare Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, just a leisurely 90-minute drive west of Sydney.
In this pristine wilderness discover rustic towns and villages, bushwalks and wildlife, all found within a series of linked drives and discovery trails that encircle the mountainous region.
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Explore some of the more than 120 wineries in the Hunter Valley, one of Australia’s premium wine making regions. Sample award-winning wines such as a Hunter semillon and Hunter shiraz.
Drive through scenic valleys, vineyards and mountains, stopping off at stylish restaurants serving gourmet cuisine and resting overnight at charming boutique accommodation.
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Relax and unwind among the rolling green hills of the Southern Highlands, renowned for its heritage villages and old-world charm.
Drive through forests and bucolic valleys to find charming country inns and restaurants, farmers markets and produce shops stuffed with local fare.
More about the Southern Highlands…
Latest update Top Sydney sightseeing attractions: 22 January, 2020