What do you think of when you think of Syndney? If you are like most, the Opera House and the Great Bridge come to mind. But Sydney has much more to offer. With nearly four million inhabitants and an area of about 4,000 km², it is the largest city in Australia. By the way, it is also the oldest city. In 1788, Captain Arthur set sail with a fleet of eleven ships in the bay and founded a convict colony. Today it is named Sydney Cove. The district of the Convict Colony is called The Rocks, because the buildings were built of sandstone rocks. Today, there is a large entertainment area here with numerous pubs, markets and entertainment. A visit is a must!
Here are some more must see attractions for your trip to Sydney…
- Royal Botanic Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens of Sydney were created in the early 19th century as a private vegetable field of the British colony, but nowadays they serve as a way to discover the wonders of nature. Among the special highlights of the gardens are the fragrant Rose Garden, the Arid Garden inhabited by cacti, a growing and very rare wool pine, as well as a garden based bat swarm. Several tropical and Australian creepers can be admired in glass houses.
- Sydney Tower
In the center of Sydney, in the middle of the Central Business District, stands the 309-meter high Sydney Tower, the second largest observation tower in the southern hemisphere. Visitors can enjoy the 360-degree panoramic view of Sydney, the sea, and the many natural areas around the city, at a height of 260 meters. Later enjoying the Skywalk Restaurant with fantastic views. An absolute must on every visit to the city!
- Chinese Garden of Friendship
Sydney is known as one of the most multicultural cities in the world and as such, it offers attractions with influences from around the world, not least from Asia. In the Chinese Garden of Friendship visitors can enjoy the unique charm of China and spend a few relaxing hours between sprawling greenery, soothing lakes, raging waterfalls and delicate pavilions.
- Sydney Harbor Bridge
The Sydney Harbor Bridge connects the Central Business District to the northern part of Sydney, stretching a staggering 503 meters long and 134 meters high. It is best to explore the bridge on foot and enjoy the wonderful view of the glittering waves and the harbor.
Anyone who thinks of Sydney will inevitably think of its beaches, especially the surfer paradise, Bondi Beach. Suitable for both beginners and professionals, the beach offers perfect wave conditions year round as well as an average water temperature of 21 degrees Celsius. If you prefer to surf on the other side of the beach, check out Tamarama Beach, which is situated between high cliffs, although one of the most dangerous swimming beaches in the world. On the other hand, the main beach is a great place to relax, while you can go for long walks and sunbathe.
- Sydney Opera House
When the renowned architect Louis Kahn admired the work of his colleague, he supposedly said that even the sun did not know how beautiful its light was until this building reflected it. Admittedly, even if the quote suggests a little over the strings, the unique building is impressive. The Opera House, designed in the style of shells, accommodates a total of six auditoriums, which together offer space for almost 6,000 visitors. The largest hall is the Concert Hall, with a capacity of almost 2,600 seats, followed by the Joan Sutherland Theater with about 1500 seats. The Sydney Opera House is an annual venue for countless concerts, dance performances, theater performances and other cultural events.
- Jenolan Caves and the Blue Mountains
Every fan of Middle Earth will probably be familiar with the Australian Blue Mountains with its fascinating natural landscapes, traversed by huge gorges. A little farther west, hikers can also venture a trip through the Jenolan limestone caves, the oldest public accessible caves in the world. Ten caves of the system, just over 30 square kilometers, can be visited on a touristic tour, or at night.
- Art Gallery of New South Wales
The Art Gallery of New South Wales (NSW) is likely the most important publicly accessible gallery in Sydney. Visitors who are interested in the art can examine the comprehensive collection of Australian, European and Asian art completely free of charge. In addition to the three permanent exhibitions, the museum still hosts around 40 other temporary collections, which can be viewed with a small entry fee. Not only the exhibits, but also the building itself, are worth a visit. The facade, painted by columns, is reminiscent of a Greek temple, while fine chisel work as well as purposefully used window and light elements also make the interior of the complex visually beautiful.
- Hyde Park
You read correctly, Hyde Park is in Sydney. Do not worry, your geographical knowledge did not let you down. The park is actually like that in European London, and like its English counterpart, this Hyde Park is often referred to as the green lung of its city. The 16-acre green area is not only the oldest public park in Australia, but also impresses with artistically arranged plant arrangements between rippling fountains and historical statues.
- Queen Victoria Building
If you need a break from nature and culture, shopping at the Queen Victoria Building in the cure. The luxury shopping center not only offers the finest of all kinds of goods, but also is an architectural beauty, thanks to beautifully colored glass elements, fine mosaic floors, curved metalwork and a unique central staircase. Both the quality and the price of the offered products rise a little higher in the Queen Victoria Building on each floor.
- Powerhouse Museum
The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney is not only the most popular but also the largest museum in Australia. Numerous pieces are displayed to discover and challenge the mind. You can find more than a million collection objects on topics ranging from history, science, technology, transport and space research in the museum. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, there are also regular special exhibitions. Worth seeing are the oldest and still operational steam engine, the imposing watercraft “Frigate Bird II” and the astronomical clock built between 1887 and 1889 by Richard Bartholomew Smith.
- The Taronga Zoo
The Taronga Zoo in Sydney is not really what I would call a zoo, but rather a themed route to meet different species of animals. The layout is very well studied and allows you to approach the animals as close as possible while respecting their privacy and safety. The animals are happy and have the best view of the city. No wonder the giraffes take in the view without worrying about the visitors … and the lemurs do yoga in front of the sea! That’s why it’s definitely one of my favorite places in Sydney and believe me, it’s worth a visit. The best way to get to this zoo is to take the ferry from Circular Quay to the Sky Safari which passes over the enclosures and offers a superb aerial view. Although the tour can be done in half a day, I would suggest spending the entire day. In the park you can find something to eat, children’s paddling pools, a small train for a ride and play areas. Some evenings there are open-air concerts with a view of Sydney … And it is even possible to do Spend the night.
- Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island is the largest island of Sydney Harbor. It was once the most important place in the city for the construction of boats. This maritime activity ceased in 1992. Cockatoo Island is an ideal place to escape the city life, to organize large cultural events and where the artistic scene can be expressed widely.
Sydney awaits… What are you waiting for?