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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Centennial Park

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More than 500 acres of palm-lined avenues, groves of Moreton Bay figs, paperbark tree–fringed lakes, and cycling and horse-riding tracks...

Elizabeth Bay

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Much of this densely populated but still-charming harborside suburb was originally part of the extensive Elizabeth Bay House grounds.

Harry's Café de Wheels

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The attraction of this all-day dockyard food stall is not so much the delectable meat pies and coffee served as the clientele. Famous...

Paddington

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Most of this suburb's elegant two-story terrace houses were built during the 1880s, when the colony experienced a long period of economic...

Shadforth Street

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Built at about the same time as Elizabeth Bay House, the tiny stone houses in this street were assembled to house the workers who built...

Sydney Jewish Museum

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Artifacts, interactive displays, and audiovisual displays chronicle the history of Australian Jews and commemorate the 6 million killed...

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...

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