Sydney is the largest and oldest city in Australia. However, it is not not the capital of the country. Canberra was chosen for that role, to avoid a battle between the cities of Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney is a must-see for almost every visitor who travels through Australia. This metropolis is without a doubt one of the places where many sights can be seen at a short distance from each other. That is something that is not very common in the vast Australia. The Sydney Harbor Bridge and, of course, the beautifully designed Sydney Opera House are a defining feature of the city. On this page we offer a complete top ten of places to visit in Sydney.
Sydney ‘s Top 10 Things to Do
Many would describe Sydney Harbor as the most beautiful natural harbor in the world. The port has an enormous size with its 19 km length and 55 km² surface and the circumference of no less than 317 kilometers. The harbor is divided into three harbours, North Harbour, Middle Harbor and Sydney Harbour. On hot days, the harbor is teeming with different types of boats. There is a lot of park area and afforestation, so you can have a picnic in different places, for example. But there is much more to do. You have Chinese Gardens, the Sydney Aquarium, Maritime Museum, Sydney Galleries, various boat trips, a theater and the cinema. From the port it is very easy to get to Bondi Beach or Taronga Zoo by Ferry. From the Sydney Tower you have an amazing view over the harbor.
#2. Opera House
According to bridgat.com, the Sydney Opera House is probably the most photographed building in Sydney. This very beautiful building was designed and largely built by the Danish architect Jørn Utzon. With this design he managed to win the highest achievable prize ‘Pritzker Prize’. The Opera House is now the symbol of the city and the country. The Opera House is located on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour. In addition to various concert halls, theatres, studio and outdoor space, there are also restaurants, cafes and shops.
#3. Harbor Bridge
The Harbor Bridge in Sydney runs through the harbor and connects the Sydney Central Business District with the North Shore. Very often this bridge is in the picture together with the Opera House and the harbor. A train track, footpath, cycle path and road run across the bridge. For those looking for a challenge, the 134 meter high bridge can be climbed.
#4. Martin Place
Martin Place is located in Sydney’s business district, which is home to many TV productions and film industries. This pedestrian area of the city has quite a few different buildings of varying styles. For example, the Sydney General Post Office on the western side consists of colonial architecture. For example, Art Deco can be found in the Henry Davis York building at No. 38-47 Martin Place and the Challis House at No. 4. More modern can be found at No. 9 at the MLC Center. This skyscraper is a modernist building with octagonal columns. Sydney’s largest Christmas tree is in Martin Place every year.
Sydney has a lot to offer when it comes to museums. We would like to list a few museums in these top 10 sights. The Powerhouse is a museum of science, technology, music, industry, Australian culture and design. This inspiring museum often has large and varied collections with, for example, aircraft, steam engines, fashion and scientific innovations. The Art Gallery of New South Wales offers a good impression of Australian art. Over seven floors you will find not only Australian art, but also Asian and European art. The Australian National Maritime Museum gives you a good idea of the history of Australia and the Aborigines.
Cabramatta is a suburb of Sydney, also known as Little Asia. Australia’s largest Vietnamese community lives here in Cabramatta. There are therefore mainly Vietnamese and Chinese companies in this area. You will also find the most multi-cultural restaurants and shops in Australia here. About 120 nationalities are now represented in Cabramatta. You can also visit the Buddhist Temple Kuan Yin. Various festivities are held every year. For example, the Chinese New Year in February, Moon Festival in September and the Asian Seafood Festival in December.
#7. Bondi Beach
About eight kilometers from the center of Sydney is the beautiful Bondi Beach. With a tropical weekend, this beach quietly attracts 40,000 visitors. Due to its regularly impressive waves, this beach is very popular among surfers. There are plenty of dining options and other entertainment on this beach.
#8. Bicentennial Park
The Bicentennial Park is a recreation area in the suburb of Rockdale. The park has two large ponds that are connected by a walkway. There are various sports fields, (water) playgrounds, cycle paths, toilets and parking facilities in the park. There are electric barbecues in various places to use. There are also walking and cycling routes through the mangroves. Bicycles are available for rent.
#9. Royal Botanical Gardens
Sydney actually has three major botanical gardens. Mount Annan Botanical Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens and Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. The most central is the Royal Botanical Gardens which offers a very nice view over Farm Cove (a tidal inlet and shallow bay in Sydney Harbour) and where the first farm was established in 1788. In the park of thirty hectares you will mainly find peace and lots of natural beauty. The gardens with and without fountain are a real feast for the eyes. Several footpaths, bridges, sculptures, pavilions and modern and historic buildings complete this oasis. From this park there is also an amazingly beautiful view of the Opera House.
#10. Sydney Tower
Sydney Tower is a tall watchtower of 309 meters high. At the foot of this tower is a large shopping center where you can buy tickets to various attractions, including Wild Life Sydney and Sydney Aquarium. At a height of 250 meters you can visit a moving observation deck, where you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the city of Sydney and its surroundings. The platform also has a souvenir shop and restaurant. Going up with the high speed elevator takes about 40 seconds.