Sydney Sights

Sydney is a giant, stretching nearly 80 km (50 miles) from top to bottom and about 70 km (43 miles) across. The harbor divides the city into northern and southern halves, with most of the headline attractions on the south shore. Most travelers spend their time on the harbor's south side, within an area bounded by Chinatown in the south, Harbour Bridge in the north, Darling Harbour to the west, and

the beaches and coastline to the east. North of Harbour Bridge lie the important commercial center of North Sydney and leafy but somewhat bland suburbs. Ocean beaches, Taronga Zoo, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and great shopping in the village of Mosman are the most likely reasons to venture north of the harbor.

Within a few hours’ drive of Sydney are the World Heritage–listed Blue Mountains and the renowned Hunter Valley vineyards. Although both these spots are worthy of an overnight stay, they're also close enough to visit on day trips from the city.

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Sydney Tower

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Short of taking a scenic flight, a visit to the top of this 309-meter (1,000 foot) golden-turret-topped spike is the best way to see...

Sydney Town Hall

  • Government Building

Sydney's most ornate Victorian building—an elaborate sandstone structure—underwent a A$60 million upgrade in 2009 to spruce up its...

Sydney Visitor Centre at the Rocks

  • Information Center

Known as The Rocks Centre, this ultramodern space is packed with free maps and brochures, and the friendly staff dispenses valuable information...

Tamarama

  • Beach–Sight

This small, fashionable beach—aka "Glam-a-rama"—is one of Sydney's prettiest, but the rocky headlands that squeeze close to the sand...

Taronga Zoo

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Sydney's zoo, in a natural bush area on the harbor's north shore, houses an extensive collection of Australian fauna, including everybody's...

Upper George Street

  • Neighborhood/Street

The restored warehouses and Victorian terrace houses that line this part of George Street make this a charming section of the Rocks.

Vaucluse

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The palatial homes in this glamorous harbor suburb provide a glimpse of Sydney's high society. The small beaches at Nielsen Park and...

Victoria Barracks

  • Military Site

If you're curious about the Australian military, you'll enjoy the free tours of this Regency-style barracks (built from 1841), which...

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

  • Zoo/Aquarium

This recently-renamed Sydney attraction brings thousands of Australian animals right to the heart of Sydney. Kangaroos, koalas, and dozens...

Watsons Bay

  • Town/Village

Established as a military base and fishing settlement in the colony's early years, Watsons Bay is a charming suburb, with a popular waterfront...

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