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. Sydney Harbour Bridge

    The Rocks | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Despite its nickname "the coat hanger," the bridge has a fond place in all Sydneysiders' hearts. Its opening on March 19, 1932 (during the height...Read More

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  • 2. Sydney Tower

    City Center | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Short of taking a scenic flight, a visit to the top of this 309-meter (1,000 foot) golden-turret-topped spike is the best way to see Sydney...Read More

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  • 3. Watsons Bay

    Watsons Bay | Beach–Sight

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

  • 4. Barangaroo Reserve

    Millers Point | Park/Playground

    This headland park west of Walsh Bay and The Rocks is part of a massive redevelopment of an old wharf area once known as "The Hungry Mile,"...Read More

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  • 5. Dawes Point Park

    The Rocks | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The wonderful views of the harbor (and since the 1930s, the Harbour Bridge) have made this park and its location noteworthy for centuries. Named...Read More

  • 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. Macquarie Lighthouse

    Vaucluse | Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    When the sun shines, the 15-minute cliff-top stroll along South Head Walkway between The Gap and the Macquarie Lighthouse affords some of Sydney...Read More

  • 8. Mrs. Macquarie's Point

    Royal Botanic Gardens | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    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 a popular...Read More

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  • 9. Observatory Hill

    The Rocks | Park/Playground

    The city's highest point, at 145 feet, was known originally as Windmill Hill, since the colony's first windmill occupied this breezy spot. Its...Read More

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  • 10. Overseas Passenger Terminal

    The Rocks | Commercial District

    Busy Circular Quay West is dominated by this multilevel steel-and-glass port terminal, which is often used by visiting cruise ships. There are...Read More

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