Tourism in Sydney Australia offers may sights and tourist attractions. The city received 7 million domestic visitors and 2.7 million international visitors.Sydney is the State Capital of New South Wales and offers may sights and tourist attractions, from the famous Sydney Opera House to the remarkable architecture of the Town Hall. Situated on Port Jackson, the “Harbour City” is still the largest city in Australia. Its reputation remains as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
See and Do
The Sydney Harbour Bridge: The Bridge crosses the harbour from the city to North Sydney. It is free of charge if you walk or cycle across the bridge. You can even climb the arch with Bridge Climb, which offers fantastic views over Sydney.
The Sydney Opera House: The Sydney Opera House was formally recognized and included on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most outstanding places on Earth. Visit one of the most famous structures ever built. Even if you are not interested in Opera, the Sydney Opera House is a must see for millions of tourist every year.
Darling Harbour: A very popular tourist destination filled with a wide range of activities, restaurants, museums and lots of shopping facilities. Discover one of the best places in the city.
Australian Reptile Park: Located approximately one hour north of Sydney: See some of Australia’s largest reptiles and many of Australia’s cuddly animals such as koalas, wombats and even Tasmanian Devils! Of course, you can enjoy feeding the kangaroos too!
Luna Park: Luna Park is a large theme park located near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The large Ferris wheel and mouth-shaped entrance can be seen from many areas around the city. Many attractions to choose from and they even offer an Ice Skating Rink.
Sydney Aquarium: Enjoy the aquatic life and habitats at the Sydney Aquarium. Walk under water and get up close with some of Australia’s most rich and diverse sea life. The aquarium is fun for kids, family and friends.
The Australian National Maritime Museum: The Australian National Maritime Museum Located in Darling Harbour. Australia has always relied on the sea survival. The museum offers many exhibitions, events and activities, especially for children. Exhibitions include destroyers, submarines, patrol boats and many smaller vessels as well. See the National Maritime Collection or Register of Historic Vessels. A must see while you’re in Sydney.
The Art Gallery of NSW: The leading museum for art in New South Wales and located in Sydney. One of Australia’s leading cultural institutions. Collections are from Australia, European and Asian art. The museum presents about 40 exhibitions every year.
St. Andrews Cathedral: The oldest cathedral in Australia and was consecrated in 1868. It is the mother church for the Diocese of Sydney. The Chapter House was built in 1886. Then in 1999-2000 major restoration took place to bring it up to the beautiful state as you can see it today.
Place to eat Sydney
Stefano Manfredi’s Balla at The Star: Stefano Manfredi pays homage to his Milanese roots at his restaurant Balla, located in The Star (formerly Star City Casino) overlooking Sydney Harbour. His authentic Italian cuisine joins a hub of great restaurants, hotels and bars that are just a short walk from the city centre.
The Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail: Just an hour’s drive from the centre of Sydney is the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail. Take a day, weekend or longer and taste some of the finest produce in New South Wales and book a tour. Taste farm-fresh apples, blueberries, figs and strawberries; sample fine wines; choose the perfect Christmas tree; and meet local artisans, cheese makers, beekeepers and more.
Manly wharf: You don’t have to go far to enjoy some of Australia’s best pub-with-a-view dining experiences – just head to the wharf at Manly. If you’re looking for laid-back outdoor dining, check out Hugos Manly for a modern take on classic pizzas. Combine beer by the stein with pretzels at the Bavarian Bier Café, or chill on the waterfront deck at the Manly Wharf Hotel. And don’t miss the 4 Pines microbrewery just across the road.
Arriving by Air
Sydney Airport is the busiest in Australia, with over 36 million passengers passing through each year. Located just 8km from the central business district (CBD), the Airport is remarkably accessible. Read more about SYD here.
There are 3 separate terminals:
T1: All international flights
T2: Domestic flights (Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger, REX, Aeropelican, QantasLink)
T3: Domestic flights (Qantas)