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Sydney is the most popular city to visit in this continent, and it’s for reasons other than for shopping, drinking and eating. Here are the top five things that should be top priority on your things-to-do list, preferably in the first 48 hours of your stay.
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge: We’re called the ‘harbour city’ for a reason. The Sydney Opera House dates back to 1973, and is now home to dance, music and theatre performances. And this of course, overlooks the Harbour Bridge that connects the city’s north and south. To get the best of this double package, stroll along the Circular Quay with a camera in hand.
Royal Botanical Gardens: A short walk from the water edge of the Harbour Bridge, this garden is inundated with over a million species of fauna, a rose garden and 200-year-old trees. It’s a perfect long-lunch spot, away from the noise of the city, offering the most breathtaking views of the harbour.
Taronga Zoo: You cannot come to Australia and not cuddle a koala. No better place to do it than at Australia’s leading zoological garden overlooking the Harbour Bridge and Opera House (keep your cameras at the ready for the best photos opportunities here). Take a direct ferry to the Taronga Zoo from Circular Quay.
Darling Harbour: The hub of all tourist activities, Darling Harbour has something for every member of the family. From the Sydney Aquarium to the IMAX theatre, this spot is great if you have an afternoon free to yourself.
Art Gallery of NSW: Nestled in the parklands of the city of Sydney, this art gallery houses Australia’s finest and most artistic works, with over 29,000 items in the permanent collection. There’s something for everybody over here: photography, watercolour paintings, traditional Aboriginal art, contemporary modern Australian art among many other things; most of the collections are free to visit.
Sydney is one of the world’s most beautiful harbor cities with great indoor and outdoor attractions.
Naturally, your first stop should be Circular Quay where you’ll find the iconic Sydney Opera House and a spectacular view of Harbour Bridge. At the end of the day, head to Opera Bar to watch the water sparkle at sunset.
Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art located in Sydney’s most historic quarter, The Rocks, introduces old to new with its dedication to today’s prolific artists. Newly renovated, the museum has a floor dedicated to its permanent collection, while the rest of the building holds temporary exhibitions year round. There’s always something new and exciting to see at the MCA.
Darling Harbour is a short walk from The Rocks and has heaps of things to do from viewing underwater life at the Sydney Aquarium, to discovering the stunning Chinese Garden of Friendship. Also, almost every Saturday night you can enjoy spectacular "harbourside" fireworks.
Sydney Tower Eye
It’s hard to miss Sydney Tower as it, well, towers over the rest of the city. Standing at 1,014ft (309m), the observation tower holds three floors of dining including the 360 Bar and Dining – a revolving restaurant with breathtaking cityscape views. The tower is also home to indoor and outdoor viewing platforms featuring 360° views of Sydney.
Catch a wave at one of the world’s most famous beaches. Bondi Beach is a great spot to enjoy Sydney’s surf and sand culture. The area offers a wide variety of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Discover the legendary Bondi Icebergs Club established in 1929 by a group of lifesavers committed to winter swimming and staying in shape. Grab a towel, take a dip in the Icebergs pool and soak up some sun in Bondi.