Sydney’s Best Sights by Neighborhood

January 30, 2012 by

Sightseeing, Suggested Itineraries, Top Attractions

Sydney Tower

There's more to Sydney than just the Opera House. Here's a great view from Sydney Tower.

It’s hard to miss Sydney’s biggest attractions – just head to Sydney Harbour and there they are! But once you’ve seen the Opera House, the harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, what’s next? We’ve broken down the city into points of interest in each area to help you navigate your way around Sydney’s best sights.

Circular Quay
If Sydney were a hand, then Circular Quay would be its palm and the rest of central Sydney its fingers. Facing the harbour you’ll see the Sydney Opera House on your right and just beyond, the Royal Botanic Gardens. To your left are The Rocks and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Rocks
This historic area is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Observatory, The Rocks markets and BridgeClimb. Head out at night for some of Sydney’s best dining, and join a late night ghost tour to get a feel for the lives of those who first walked these cobbled laneways.

Darling Harbour
Just 10 minutes walk from The Rocks is Darling Harbour, a lively entertainment area with activities for the whole family. Kids will love Sydney Aquarium and WILD LIFE Sydney (formerly Sydney Wildlife World), while adults will be able to enjoy some time out in the tranquil Chinese Garden of Friendship and the many restaurants, bars and cafés.

A short walk south of Darling Harbour is the suburb of Pyrmont. Check out Union Square with its gorgeous old sandstone cottages (now boutique shops) and the fantastic Powerhouse Museum.

Just a 15-minute walk from Circular Quay, Chinatown offers good value meals, quirky gift shops and authentic Asian food.

City Center
Sydney’s CBD has some not-to-be-missed sites; the UNESCO World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks, Hyde Park, the Queen Victoria Building, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Sydney Tower Eye.

King’s Cross
Drink in the lively atmosphere at the infamous ‘Cross’ and be sure to visit one of Sydney’s most beautiful historic homes, Elizabeth Bay House.

- Emma McMahon

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