Better known for their beaches than their leather production, Sydney is the capital of New South Wales and has a population of about 4.5 million people. It is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and stands as a gateway to one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. Sydney is hard to top when it comes to a good life as it is buzzing with youthful vitality, bathed in year-round sunshine, and blessed with more than 100 beaches. The harbor is the heart of Sydney. What began in 1788 as a penal colony has been transformed into a paradise within a century. It is filled with public gardens and Victorian Architecture. With lots of people coming in boatload to search for a new life, Sydney has expanded into harbor neighborhoods such as Rose Bay, beautiful suburbs such as Paddington, and beachside communities.
Sydney might feel like a maze of coves, bays, headlands, and beaches for first-timers. One way to find your bearing is to go to the top of Sydney Tower. It is over 800 feet and the observation deck offers 360-degree views of the city.
Sydney, Australia Travel Guide
Once you have a grip of the city’s layout, head to Circular Quay. You can get to anywhere from here by train, ferry, or water taxi.
Sydney Opera House
Nearby the Circular Quay is Sydney Opera House billowing in the breeze just like white sails. You don’t need a tuxedo or ticket to explore this great Opera House. This place is an architectural miracle whichever way you choose to look at it.
Royal Botanic Garden/Sydney Domain
You will find the New South Wales Art Gallery, the Government House, and some great views of Sydney from here.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge stands to the left of Circular Quay. Paul Hogan, a famous son of Sydney was once a painter on the bridge before hitting the limelight. Join a Bridge Climb Tour to enjoy the spectacular views from the top of the bridge.
Luna Park is a heritage-listed park that has been thrilling Australia’s families since 1935. Darling Harbour is just a short ferry ride from this park. It is one of this city’s triumphs in urban renewal. It used to be a site of railway yards but it is now home to popular restaurants, bars, and parks as well as the National Maritime Museum.
The Powerhouse Museum is a celebration of science, space, and steam. At the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium you will experience different Australian Maritime environments from the rugged south coast to the Great Barrier Reef.
Wildlife Sydney Nature Park
Australia is widely known as the land of creatures that sting, bite, and rip off the entire arm. You will get to see some of the most cuddly creatures in Australia as well as some of the deadliest creatures in the world.