Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia. Sydney Harbour helps to make the city unique and you can explore it by ferry, harbour cruise and water taxi. There are wonderful walks that take you along the foreshore with magnificent views of the city and harbour, or explore the colonial and convict history.
Sydney is built in a coastal basin, which is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the east, the Blue Mountains to the west, the Hawkesbury River to the north and the Royal National Park to the south. The following video offers a lot of tips to help you plan the perfect vacation.
The most important places to visit in Sydney are:
- Sydney Harbour Bridge has a museum and walks with magnificent views. You can access the bridge via Cambridge Street and there are special tours available that take you right to the top!
- Circular Quay is the place where many visitors start their exploration of the city. From Circular Quay you can take ferries to Darling Harbour, Parramatta, Manly Beach and the Sydney Northern Beaches, Homebush Olympic Park and Taronga Zoo. Within walking distance of the Quay is the Sydney Opera House and just to the west, The Rocks, a restored historical district.
- Sydney Opera House is Australia’s most recognisable building – completed in 1973 it has attracted worldwide acclaim for its design and construction. Set on the Sydney harbour, it is an unforgettable sight.
- Bronte Beach (lesser known than Bondi, it is a beautiful beach, popular amongst families)
- Blue Mountains – an unspoiled mountain range filled with Eucalyptus trees. It is located 30 miles from Sydney, and there are plenty of hiking trails.
- Bondi Beach (Sydney’s most famous beach, its lively promenade is as exciting as the beach) and many more.
- Sydney Wildlife World and Sydney Aquarium, both offering unique views of Australian marine and animal life are located at Darling Harbour where you can also visit the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Powerhouse Museum. Both museums are great for families and kids of all ages.