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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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...

Australian Museum

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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,...

Bronte Beach

  • Beach–Sight

If you want an ocean beach that's close to the city and has a terrific setting, with both sand and grassy areas, this one is hard to...

Clovelly

  • Beach–Sight

Even on the roughest day it's safe to swim at the end of this long, keyhole-shape inlet, which makes it a popular family beach. There...

Coogee

  • Beach–Sight

A reef protects this lively beach (pronounced kuh -jee), creating calmer swimming conditions than those found at its neighbors. A grassy...

Featherdale Wildlife Park

  • Zoo/Aquarium

This is the place to see kangaroos, dingoes, wallabies, and echidnas (and even feed some of them) in native bush settings 40 km (25 miles)...

Koala Park Sanctuary

  • Zoo/Aquarium

At this private park in Sydney's northern outskirts you can feed a kangaroo or cuddle a koala. (Koala presentations are daily at 10:20,...

LG IMAX Theatre

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Both in size and impact, this eight-story-tall movie screen is overwhelming. One-hour presentations take you on astonishing, wide-angle...

Powerhouse Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Learning the principles of science is a painless process with this museum's stimulating, interactive displays ideal for all ages. Exhibits...

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