For iconic Sydney, visit the Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, The Rocks, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, all of which are close to one another. A ferry ride (e.g. to Manly from Circular Quay) offers good views of these landmarks. For a trip to the Opera, a real highlight, book well in advance. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is an open-air market at The Rocks, near Circular Quay (to your left as you face the Harbour). A very lively, large and popular daily market is the Haymarket (Paddy’s Market), just off George Street at the end of Ultimo Road. Darling Harbour and the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium (good rates online) are also major attractions. Like many cities, Sydney denotes a collection of distinct neighbourhoods and suburbs, for example The Rocks, the CBD or Central Business District, Surry Hills and Newtown.
Destination New South Wales
City of Sydney
The City of Sydney local area covers approximately 26.15 square kilometres, within the Sydney metropolitan region.
Museums, Galleries, and Attractions
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
In 2016 the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust was 200 years old. It is the oldest botanic garden in Australia, representing one of the country’s earliest European landscapes.
State Library of New South Wales
The oldest library in Australia, holding many national treasures
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world
Sydney Opera House
Discover the stories, history and magic of this international icon
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Explore Australia’s convict history in a World Heritage listed setting.
For over 180 years the Australian Museum has been at the forefront of Australian scientific research, collection and education
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
Located on one of the world’s most spectacular sites on the edge of Sydney Harbour
An extraordinary array of treasures across decorative arts and design, science, technology, space, transport and social history
Australian National Maritime Museum
Stunning exhibitions including one of the largest and most diverse fleets of any museum in the world, including the replica of James Cook’s ship HM Bark Endeavour
Guide to Museums and Galleries of New South Wales
Comprehensive regional listings
Walk, Climb or Race around Sydney
Free Walking Tours of Sydney
Daily tours, no booking required
The Rocks Dreaming
Aboriginal heritage tour
The Rocks Ghost Tours
Macabre Tales of Murder, Suicide, Hangings and Hauntings
Sydney Bridge Climb
‘For the climb of your life!’
Sydney Coastal Walks
A very nice day trip is to take the ferry to Manly and from there catch a local bus (Bus Stop D, which is close to the ferry) to Spit Bridge where one starts the Manly Scenic Walkway (10 kms one way). This walk offers a range of scenery from bushland to beaches and clifftop views. There are also shorter walks on Manly (there is an information centre at Manly Harbour). Be sure to visit the famous beach.
The popular walk from Bondi to Bronte takes in two of Sydney’s famous beaches.
Watsons Bay Walk
A ferry ride to Watsons Bay from Circular Quay offers the possibility of a nice day trip with a gentle coastal walk.