For numerous visitors to Australia, Sydney is the primary destination whether they spend all their holiday time in this harbour city or head off from Sydney to Australia’s many other vacation spots.
Sydney Opera House
The big thing in Sydney is without doubt the Sydney Opera House. It is beautifully located on Sydney Harbour, and is one of Australia’s World Heritage sites. For visitors to Sydney, it is the perfect backdrop for “I was there” travel photos. You can take your pictures on the approach to the Opera House, on its forecourt, across the water from West Circular Quay in the vicinity of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, or from Mrs Macquaries Point where you can have both the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Again this is usually part of the “I was there” photographic record and for those who do do the Bridge Climb a unique “I did that” moment. For those who don’t climb the bridge, walking or bicycling on the bridge across the harbour is certainly possible. Sydney Harbour Bridge was 80 years old in 2012, having been officially opened in 1932. The bridge and Sydney Opera House are Sydney’s most iconic features.
The harbour itself is a major Sydney attraction and harbour cruises — including lunch, dinner or party cruises, in addition to primarily sightseeing ones — are available from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour. At the very least, Sydney visitors can take a ferry trip to any Sydney waterfront location on the regular ferry routes for their ferry tale experience. Popular ferry destinations include Manly, Taronga Zoo (for zoo-goers) and Watsons Bay for seafood dining at Doyles
Usually described as the birthplace of Australia, what is now Sydney’s Rocks district is the site of the first white settlement established by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788. The area features buildings constructed during colonial times as well as more recent structures planned to blend with the architecture of the past. A Sydney visitor centre, with maps and information about places to visit in Sydney and other parts of Australia, is located in The Rocks. Pubs, restaurants and specialist shops are to be discovered in its streets and alleys.
This is a multi-venue destination, which includes waterside walks, restaurants, shops, museums (Australian National Maritime Museum and Powerhouse Museum), exhibition halls, Imax cinema, boating venues, aquarium and wildlife. Darling Harbour extends along the western, southern and eastern sides of Cockle Bay and takes in the King St Wharf restaurant area just south of Barangaroo.