10 Top Tourist Attractions in Sydney

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Taronga Zoo

The Taronga Zoo was originally intended as a gift to the people of Sydney by John Tarleton, an American merchant and entrepreneur, in 1890.

Located on the edge of stunning Cronulla Park, Taronga Zoo is one of the largest zoological institutions in the world.

The zoo is divided into four sections, including an aquarium, a raptor centre, an Australian native animals centre and a much-loved collection of Australian wildlife.

As a conservation-based organisation, the keepers and scientists at Taronga Zoo work hard to secure a number of endangered species in their care, including the Critically Endangered greater bilby, the Western ground parrot and the vulnerable Christmas Island turtle.

Taronga Zoo offers something for all the family with over 40 exhibits, 24 hour feeding sessions and an array of amazing animal encounters.

Perhaps the most talked about attraction at Taronga Zoo is the koala house, where you get to see the joeys pop out of their mothers and receive a close up look at these cute furry creatures.

Australian National Maritime Museum

The Rocks

The Rocks is one of the oldest parts of Sydney, Australia. Usually this district is known for its very vibrant nightlife. This area was settled by convicts after they were loaded onto prison hulks and transported to Australia in the 1800s.

The beauty of the The Rocks comes from its architecture and the fact that every building is built right up to the water’s edge. This has caused the city to grow right over the top of the convicts houses.

Today, The Rocks is filled with small boutiques, great cafes and fabulous restaurants. There are also plenty of opportunities to wander around. You can search out historical buildings or go shopping for gifts along the streets.

Kirribilli House in Sydney’s Kirribilli, New South Wales, Australia. Designed by James Barnet, a government architect, and built between 1892…

Nicola Bay at 45 York Street, which was built in the 1840s. As is traditional for most of the old structures in Sydney, this building has a verandah on three sides, as well as elegantly curved windows.

The Tunnel Nightclub features six levels over the basement, ground level, and three levels below ground, including a dance floor and a bar. It is one of the most unique nightclubs in Sydney, Australia.

Royal Botanic Gardens

This is a great place to visit with kids or to go on a date. It’s free, open all year around and with over 6,000 different plants (including rare and endangered flora), not to mention a great view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy.

If you’ve got time, make sure to walk across to the Sydney Opera House to see the beautiful architecture. Royal Botanic Gardens have a tropical butterfly house too, which is wonderful for little kids and for people who don’t want all the greenery to make them feel tired.

There’s also a fantastic garden that is full of different kinds of ferns in varying levels of maturity.

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is an inner city precinct in the suburb of Pyrmont, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is located next to the Sydney central business district, on the north shore of Botany Bay. The Darling Harbour area is one of the most popular destinations for ferries and cruises visiting the harbour.

The area has undergone significant development in recent years, including the Darling Harbour swimming complex totalling 4,000 seats, a ferries terminal, a cruise ship terminal, a large retail and entertainment developments, and a convention centre.

The Aboriginal name of the area is unknown, though longer terms are used throughout European documents such as Parramatta, Darling Harbour, and Cammeray. The first people to inhabit the harbour included members of the Aboriginal clan Wanambi. After the arrival of Lieutenant James Cook in 1770, the native inhabitants named the harbour after Lady Darling.

Darling Harbour is one of the most popular tourist attractions for harbour cruises in Sydney. Darling Harbour is also home to a ferry terminal from which the Inner Harbour ferry services depart for Circular Quay and Manly. The ferry depart from 9am to 7pm, with roughly 10 departures per hour.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

It makes sense that Sydney features two bridge attractions in its top 10; the Sydney Harbour Bridge is just that impressive.

I had the opportunity to spend a day on the bridge for an arts production, and that was a sight to see but a far cry from what the average tourist gets to see. Part of the bridge is accessible by foot, providing you with the chance to walk out and look at the expansive views below.

You can photograph the bridge as well as watch the ships pass in the harbour.

The Rocks

Are you a history buff? Or do you just enjoy learning about the great cities and civilizations of the world? Then the Rocks are for you!

Tours of Stone Town are perfect for anyone who wants to learn the history of Singaporean history through the European settlement of Singapore. The tour is thought of as a successful introduction to the area and is a great way to learn more about the local culture.

Sydney Tower

Sydney’s other attractions lie in the diverse and multicultural landscapes of its cultural diaspora, including the Turkish, Persian and Arab communities, and in the rich mix of international influences found throughout its cosmopolitan areas.

The western side of Sydney’s CBD is known for its modern architecture, particularly near its light rail stations and occasionally within the sphere of the Sydney Arts Precinct. The area is home to many of Sydney’s famous landmarks, as well as outdoor entertainment.

Sydney Harbour Bridge, which occupies the centre and north of the CBD, is one of Sydney’s most widely recognised icons, and often attracts large numbers of tourists.

Queen Victoria Building

There’s hardly a person here in Australia that wouldn’t know the iconic Sydney harbour bridge, but did you know there’s another one, the Sydney Opera House? Maybe this one is a little less known, but it’s just as much of a tourist attraction and equally worth seeing.

The Queen Victoria building, also known as the City Hall, is a large domed building located in the centre of Sydney, Australia. It is one of the earliest examples of Beaux Arts architecture to be constructed in Australia, and today is one of the most recognisable landmarks on Sydney Harbour.

It was designed and built by the chief engineer for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, John Bradfield, and constructed between 1902 and 1907. The building’s construction was the main catalyst for the development of the nearby CBD and Darling Harbour.

The building presents a classical facade with ornate Corinthian pilasters and paired Ionic columns. The south side is adorned with a unique neoclassical balustrade, which creates an illusion of a high roof under the dome.

Bondi Beach

A visit to Sydney probably wouldn…t be complete without an evening or two at one of the most iconic Australian beaches in Sydney, Bondi Beach. While Bondi is always full of people, it is actually a very popular place to enjoy nature. The Bondi Boardwalk is a great place to stroll through a botanic garden filled with Australian native plants.

Bondi is a small suburb in eastern Sydney and was named after the Bondi sandstone outcropping that runs through it. Along the boardwalk, there are plenty of restaurants and eateries, so you can spend your day strolling but still get a tasty lunch on the way.

The walkway also has a couple of points with great views of Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House. If you’re already at a high elevation, there are probably some great vistas from the various lookout points on the boardwalk.

Bondi is a great and relaxing way to spend the day.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Sydney. The bridge stretches from the Sydney Harbour island, Barangaroo, over the harbour to North Sydney with an extension to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is a 297-metre-tall (974 feet) building in the central business district of Sydney, Australia. It was built as part of the Opera House on the Harbour plan, a plan to redevelop the area around the old Sydney Harbour site into a commercial centre for Sydney. The building is sometimes referred to as "the sails of the Sydney Opera House" or "the sails of Australia"…

The building is located on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour … The building is supported by five concrete piers sunk into the sea bed. During storms, the piers transfer the pressure to the rock base via bridges linking the piers directly to it.

The building has a structural steel frame with aluminium cladding. The roof is made from sheets of pre-cast panels of aluminium alloy, which completely cover the arena's steel roof trusses, creating a composite roof.

The circular building features a multi-tiered circle, with a cylindrical auditorium beneath a glass canopy in the middle. The building itself stands on a concrete foundation.

The building is both a popular tourist attraction and a popular filming destination. It was added to the Australian National Heritage List in 2007.