Sydney is the sightseeing capital of Australia. Though the city is most famous for its astounding architectural landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, there’s actually much more to see here than first meets the eye.
Highlights include Taronga Zoo, where you can get up close and cuddly with some of Australia’s most exotic inhabitants while also enjoying views of the harbour and the spectacular bays and coves that surround it. Then take a quick ferry ride across the harbour and stroll through Sydney’s exquisite Royal Botanic Gardens on the grounds of the historic Government House.
Since 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge has stood as a magnificent fixture of the city skyline. The great steel arch is an Australian icon the world over and provides a handy connection between the CBD and Milsons Point. Why not ditch the car and take a 1km return stroll across the bridge to enjoy incredible city views at your leisure? Alternatively, unleash your adventurous spirit by tackling the breathtaking Harbour Bridge Climb!
Step off the harbour foreshore to find the home of the first European settlement. The Rocks is history, culture, and charm all rolled into one. The cobbled streets and heritage-listed buildings stand alongside the giant cityscape; the old and the new meet in magnificent fashion. Weekend markets, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and some of the country’s oldest pubs are just some of the main attractions in an area so vital in the birth of Australia.
Sydney sightseeing is not complete without a trip to the most exotic place in town, Taronga Zoo. Overlooking Athol Bay on Sydney’s north shore, the 75ha zoo is home to over 4,000 amazing inhabitants. The animal lover inside you will be delighted by the fine array of creatures great and small. There are plenty of native Australian animals too, as Taronga is a conservation zoo, home to cuddly koalas, wombats, kangaroos, and even the elusive bilby!
Established in 1816, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens is the oldest botanic garden and scientific institution in Australia. It’s home to an outstanding collection of flora from around the world, with the number of plant species in excess of 8,900. Within the grounds you’ll also find the historic Government House, an exquisite stone mansion from the late 19th century.