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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  • 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

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

Tea Room Gunners Barracks

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Housed in a beautiful sandstone building that served a number of military purposes for over 130 years, the Tea Room Gunners Barracks...

Upper George Street

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


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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...

Vaucluse House

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The suburb takes its name from the 1803 Vaucluse House, one of Sydney's most illustrious remaining historic mansions. The 15-room Gothic...

Victoria Barracks

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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

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

Watsons Bay

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

Gumnut Café

The Gumnut Café, in the 1830 sandstone residence of blacksmith William Reynolds, serves delicious salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches,...


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