Visit Sydney – Waterfront
- Visit Sydney cruise terminals at Circular Quay or nearby Darling Harbour are both ideal locations to take a walking tour of Sydney and the Central Business District. Find handicrafts at The Rocks Market, located at the north end of George Street, right beside the Circular Quay terminal.
- Just north of Circular Quay is Dawes Point Park, located at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. For adventure seekers, climb along the upper level of the bridge. It’s open to visitors for a fee. Across the Sydney Harbour Bridge is Luna Park, which is an amusement park.
- The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Sydney are within walking distance here.
- Catch a ferry to Manly Beach. Take a ferry to the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and adjoining Sydney Wildlife Zoo where you can see a koala in downtown Sydney. Alternately, take a ferry north to the Taronga Zoo.
- The Sydney Opera House is on the peninsula at the east edge of Circular Quay. Take a Sydney Harbour Lunch Cruise. South of the Opera House is Government House and then the extensive Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust is found. In the Botanic Gardens on the small peninsula bordering Farm Cove you will find Lady Macquarie’s Chair, which provides excellent views over the city.
- The Domain Park adjoins the Botanic Gardens to its south and contains the well known Art Gallery of New South Wales. The Domain Park transitions into Hyde Park, with Parliament House along the border of the Domain.
Visit Sydney – Hyde Park Area
- Hyde Park includes the Sandringham Gardens, the Pool of Reflections and the Anzac Memorial (Australia & New Zealand Army Corps).
- St Mary’s Cathedral and the Australian Museum border Hyde Park.
- The Sydney Tower Eye is one block off the park. It has great views over the city at a height of 309 m (1,014 ft), plus a Skywalk for the more adventurous.
- Sydney Town Hall and the shops of the Queen Victoria Building (known as the QVB) are near Hyde Park too.
Visit Sydney – ANZAC Bridge Area
ANZAC Bridge spans Johnstons Bay near the Central Business District.
- Sydney Fish Market
- Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
- Chinese Garden of Friendship.
- Paddy’s Markets is a well known flea market found just south of the Garden of Friendship.
- The Australian National Maritime Museum is free. It’s located two blocks north of the Convention Centre and can also be reached by crossing the Pyrmont Bridge from the Sydney Aquarium.
Visit Sydney – Hotel Recommendations
Visit Sydney – Urban Area
- University of Sydney Museums – Visit University Art Gallery, the Macleay Museum (biology) and the Nicholson Museum (archaeology) .
- Sydney Olympic Park – the 2000 Summer Olympics venue. The Australian Tennis Museum is located here.
- Sydney Park
- Bondi Beach – one of the most popular locations in Sydney. Spend time at the beach, in the park or at the nearby shops and restaurants.
- Watch Australian Rugby
- Attend the Sydney Festival held every year in January.
Visit Areas near Sydney
- Manly Beach – the suburb of Manly is a about a half hour from downtown Sydney. It is a popular beach and community with many restaurants and shops along the waterfront. Manly Beach is on the open ocean, outside the bays that shelter Sydney. You will find Manly Sealife Sanctuary in a nearby cove. There is regular ferry service between Manly and Circular Quay in Sydney. Walk between Manly Beach and the ferry landing at Manly Wharf on the Corso.
- Palm Beach – an excellent beach an hour north of Sydney.
- The Entrance, Pelican Feeding – on the Central Coast, north of Palm Beach.
- Royal National Park – known as Nasho or the Royal. It’s located an hour south of Sydney on the way to Wollongong Beaches.
- Wollongong Beaches – two hours south of Sydney with 17 beaches to choose from, including North and South Wollongong Beaches.
- The Blue Mountains National Park – a World Heritage area about 1.5 hours west of Sydney at Katoomba. It includes the Three Sisters Viewpoint, Wentworth Falls and Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. Jenolan Caves – another hour west of Katoomba takes you to the best cave site in Australia.
- Travel the continent on Great Southern Railway. Take the India Pacific to Adelaide and then catch the famous Ghan for a trip across Australia from south (Adelaide) to north (Darwin) with a stop in Alice Springs for a visit to Uluru (Ayers Rock).
The city of Sydney, Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so its seasons are reversed as compared to Europe or North America. Temperatures in the winter months of May to September average highs of about 19 C (67 F) and lows of 10 C (50 F). The summer months around December average 27 C (80 F) for highs and 18 C (65 F) for lows. Summer months can experience periods of very hot weather and high humidity. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, but the months of January to June do see slightly higher amounts of precipitation. December is a popular month to visit and spend Christmas at the beach.
Visit Sydney – Background
Sydney is the largest city in Australia with a population of about 5 million. Captain Cook sailed into Botany Bay in 1770 and the city was founded in 1778 with the establishment of a penal colony. The city is centered around Port Jackson and Botany Bay in the state of New South Wales. The Blue Mountains are to the west and Royal National Park is south of the city.
Get to Sydney
You can get to Sydney through Sydney Airport, which is about a half hour south of the main downtown tourist attractions. You can use the rail system from the airport to downtown by purchasing an Opal card. The card preloads cash and deducts the fare when you tap the card before and after your ride. The Opal card also works on buses. Buses are a convenient way to travel about town. The rail system is also cheaper than cab fare to and from the airport.