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

Mrs. Macquarie's Chair

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During the early 1800s, Elizabeth Macquarie often sat on the point in the Domain at the east side of Farm Cove, at the rock where a seat...

Mrs. Macquarie's Point

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The inspiring views from this point, to the east of Bennelong Point (site of the Opera House), combine with the shady lawns to make this...

Royal Botanic Gardens

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More than 80 acres of sweeping green lawns, groves of indigenous and exotic trees, duck ponds, greenhouses, and some 45,124 types of...

Sydney Opera House

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Sydney's most famous landmark (listed as a World Heritage site in 2007) had such a long and troubled construction phase that it's almost...

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