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. Aboriginal Culture Cruise

    Sydney Harbour | Historic District/Site

    Former Sydney tugboat the Mari Nawi is owned by the Tribal Warrior Association, an organization committed to empowering disadvantaged Aboriginal...Read More

  • 2. 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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  • 3. Cadman's Cottage

    The Rocks | House/Mansion/Villa

    Sydney's oldest building, completed in 1816, has a history that outweighs its modest dimensions. John Cadman was a convict who was sentenced...Read More

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  • 4. Campbell's Cove

    The Rocks | Historic District/Site

    Robert Campbell was a Scottish merchant who is sometimes referred to as the "father of Australian commerce." Campbell broke the stranglehold...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. Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

    Millers Point | Historic District/Site

    While in the west end of Argyle Place, consider the liquid temptations of the Lord Nelson, which with at least one other contender claims to...Read More

  • 7. Nurses Walk

    The Rocks | Historic District/Site

    Cutting across the site of the colony's first hospital, Nurses Walk acquired its name at a time when "Sydney" and "sickness" were synonymous...Read More

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  • 8. Paddington

    Paddington | Historic District/Site

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

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  • 9. Quarantine Station

    Manly | Hospital–Sight

    From the 1830s onward, ship passengers who arrived with contagious diseases were isolated on this outpost in the shadow of North Head until...Read More

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  • 10. Shadforth Street

    Paddington | Historic District/Site

    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 and...Read More

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