10 Top Reasons to Visit Sydney

Visitors to Sydney are spoilt for choices – here are ours.

10 Top Reasons to Visit Sydney
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  1. Bondi Beach
    Bondi may just be the most famous beach in the world. This glorious expanse of golden sand is one of Sydney’s favourite playgrounds, packed with swimmers, surfers and people-watchers. There is some serious money and glamour in Bondi, but it’s never snobbish and is always great fun.
  2. Sydney Opera House
    The Opera House’s magnificent harbourside location, stunning architecture and varied programme of events make it Sydney’s No. 1 destination. The modern masterpiece reflects the genius of its architect Jørn Utzon and attracts eight million visitors each year.
  3. Sydney Harbour
    Arguably the most beautiful harbour in the world, it took the Parramatta and Lane Cover rivers thousands of years to carve. From its working docklands to its secluded beaches, the harbour is a natural asset that most cities can only dream of.
  4. Taronga Zoo
    The zoo occupies a spectacular setting amid 28 hectares of landscaped bushland overlooking the harbour. The Sky Safari carries visitors over the enclosures and terraced slopes to the Edwardian Entrance Pavilion and Information Centre, which provides information on the zoo’s 340 resident species and 4000 individual animals.
  5. Royal Botanic Garden & The Domain
    Located around Farm Cove on the harbour shore is the spectacular Royal Botanic Garden and The Domain. This oasis in the heart of the city occupies the land on which the first crops were planted. Australia’s oldest scientific institution is home to an impressive collection of native and exotic plants and trees.
  6. Art Gallery of New South Wales
    Opened to the public in 1901, the AGNSW contains some of the finest artworks in Australia. Situated in The Domain, over a million visitors a year enjoy its permanent collection of Australian, Asian, Aboriginal, European and contemporary art.
  7. Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of the world’s largest steel arch bridge. The graceful sweep of its southern approach has captivated artists for years. Francis Greenway proposed a bridge in 1825, but the logistics vexed engineers until 1915, when John Bradfield proposed a single-span bridge, completed in 1932.
  8. Sydney Harbour
    Cockle Bay, the heart of this lively entertainment district, was once a working harbour district where some of the city’s poorest lived. In 1984, a huge redevelopment project was launched to revitalise the industrial site with the building of the Aquarium, the Maritime Museum, and Cockle Bay and King St Wharf precincts.
  9. Powerhouse Museum
    One of Sydney’s most popular cultural institutions, the Powerhouse Museum has an extraordinary array of treasures across decorative arts and design, science, technology, space, transport and social history.
  10. The Rocks and Circular Quay
    Near Circular Quay, The Rocks is a historic precinct of narrow laneways, galleries, boutiques and restaurants. It sprang up soon after the First Fleet’s arrival in January 1788. Today the area is ideal for a winding stroll and a cold ale at a historic hotel; try the Hero of Waterloo or the Lord Nelson.

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