Sydney

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 th
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 ha
Sydney is a giant, stretching nearly 80 km (50 miles) from top to bottom and about 70 km (43 miles) across. The harbor d

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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  • 1. Art Gallery of New South Wales

    The Domain | Museum Village

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

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  • 2. Royal Botanic Gardens

    The Domain | Garden/Arboretum

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

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  • 3. Anzac Memorial

    Hyde Park | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    In the southern section of Hyde Park (near Liverpool Street) stands the 1934 art deco Anzac Memorial, a tribute to the Australians who died...Read More

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  • 4. Argyle Cut

    Millers Point | 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 Cut...Read More

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  • 5. Customs House

    Circular Quay | Government Building

    The last surviving example of the elegant sandstone buildings that once ringed Circular Quay, this former customs house now features an amazing...Read More

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  • 6. Farm Cove

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The shallow bay east of the Opera House is called Farm Cove. The original convict-settlers established their first gardens on this bay's shores...Read More

  • 7. Garden Island

    Garden Island | Island

    Although it's still known as an "island," this promontory was connected with the mainland in 1942. During the 1941–45 War of the Pacific (WWII...Read More

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  • 8. Museum of Contemporary Art

    The Rocks | Museum/Gallery

    This ponderous art deco building houses one of Australia's most important collections of modern art, as well as two significant collections...Read More

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  • 9. St. James' Church

    Hyde Park | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Begun in 1819, the colonial Georgian–style St. James' is the oldest surviving church in the City of Sydney, and another fine Francis Greenway...Read More

  • 10. State Library of New South Wales

    The Domain | Library/Archive

    This large complex is based around the Mitchell and Dixson libraries, which make up the world's largest collection of Australiana. Enter the...Read More

  • 11. Sydney Town Hall

    City Center | Government Building

    Sydney's Town Hall—an elaborate sandstone structure—is one of the city's most ornate Victorian buildings. A centerpiece of the building is the...Read More

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