Sydney is one of the largest and most beautiful cities in Australia. Its gorgeous blue waters, lush greens, modern and historic architectural styles complement each other perfectly, making it a city that is precious not only to its residents, but to travelers and tourists from around the world.
Sydney is also one of the oldest cities in Australia. With a rich history that can be relived through strolls on cobbled streets, historic buildings, monuments and numerous excellent museums. Even though there are no shortage of things to do and sights to see in Sydney, we will attempt to narrow it down a little.
Take a look at top 7 destinations every tourist must see!
- The Sydney Opera House
A World Heritage Site and a world renowned architectural gem, the Sydney Opera House is the main attraction of the Sydney Harbor and a building made of a large number of performance venues, making it among the busiest art centers in the country.
The Sydney Opera House is home to a recording studio, cafes, restaurants, bars and other outlets and guided tours are available but feel free to explore this gigantic building on your own!
- The Sydney Harbor Bridge
The Sydney Harbor Bridge, otherwise known as the “Coathanger,” was the city’s most prominent landmark prior to the Opera House. Nevertheless, it remains a beloved bridge and a major tourist attraction.
Built in 1932, the bridge remains the largest steel arch bridge in the world, with double piers supported at each end and serves as a connection between the harbor’s North and South Shores.
- The Marboura Beach
The Maroubra Beach is the longest beach in the Eastern suburbs and stretches to a whopping 1 KM in length. In 2006, the entire beach was named as a National Surfing Reserve, making it the first of its kind in New South Wales.
Though the beach is gorgeous, it is not for the faint hearted. It has been named one of the most hazardous beaches in the country due to its incredibly strong and high waves.
- The Darling Harbor
The Darling Harbor, which is adjacent to the center of Sydney, is a large recreational and pedestrian area that is perfectly situated on the outskirts of the city’s business district. Throughout the years, the Darling Harbor has become a “must-visit” destination because it has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for delicious foods, cafes or scenery, the Darling Harbor promises not to disappoint!
- The Centennial Park
The Centennial Park covers up to 189 hectares and was created in a true European fashion. There you will find lush green gardens, crystal clear ponds, grand avenues, magnificent statues and heritage buildings that remain culturally relevant to Australians and aboriginals today.
The park is used by cyclists, walkers, joggers, and generally anyone who wants to reacquaint themselves with nature, have a lovely afternoon out or simply, a quiet place to read a book.
- The Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains, a breathtaking place that will leave you speechless. The colors and the mountains’ glows will keep you on the tip of your toes while keeping you refreshed during the pesky summer heat. The Blue Mountains, a rugged region perfectly situated in the West of Sydney, is known for its majestical scenery, steep cliffs, heavily populated by Eucalyptus forests, waterfalls along with a variety of villages with guesthouses, galleries and gardens.
You can find various accommodations to stay in the heart of the Blue Mountains if you’re more into nature and natural scenery than the city life.
- The Luna Park
Luna Park, which first opened its doors back in 1935, has become an important Sydney landmark and has entertained generations upon generations of Aussies. Today, it continues with that tradition and brings out the child in all of us!
Jim Taylor is a NY based businessman, writer and passionate traveler. He loves to write about the lovely places he visited and people he met. When he’s not travelling, Jim’s primarily occupations are business and family.