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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Aboriginal Culture Cruise

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Former Sydney tugboat the Mari Nawi is owned by the Tribal Warrior Association, an organization committed to empowering disadvantaged...

Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool

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This heated saltwater eight-lane swimming pool overlooking the navy ships tied up at Garden Island has become a local favorite. Complementing...

Argyle Cut

  • Historic District/Site

Argyle Street, which links Argyle Place and George Street, is dominated by the Argyle Cut and its massive walls. In the days before the...

Argyle Place

  • House/Mansion/Villa

With all the traditional requirements of an English green—a pub at one end, a church at the other, and grass in between—this charming...

Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Apart from Canberra's National Gallery, this is the best place to explore the evolution of European-influenced Australian art, as well...

Australian Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The strength of this natural history museum, a well-respected academic institution, is its collection of plants, animals, geological...

Australian National Maritime Museum

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The six galleries of this soaring, futuristic building tell the story of Australia and the sea. In addition to figureheads, model ships,...

Balmoral Beach

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This 800-yard-long, rarely crowded beach—among the best of the inner-harbor beaches—is in one of Sydney's most exclusive northern...

Barangaroo Reserve

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This headland park west of Walsh Bay and The Rocks is part of a massive redevelopment of an old wharf area once known as "The Hungry...

Blackbird Café

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Blackbird Café is great place to take a break while exploring Darling Harbour. The weekday lunch specials are all under A$20 and a good...


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