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10 Top Things To Do in Sydney, Australia

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    Jonathan Chum


Sydney, Australia is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its stunning natural beauty and amazing architecture, Sydney has something for everyone. From iconic landmarks to beautiful beaches and delicious food, here are some of my favorite things to do in Sydney:

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Australia. It's covered with sand and has a reputation for being a great place to spend time on vacation. If you're looking for sights to see in Sydney, Australia, then this is an ideal place to visit.

Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic buildings in Australia and arguably one of the most famous works of architecture in the world.

It's also a popular tourist attraction, so you can be sure to see it when walking along any street in Sydney.

Built as part of an inner city revitalization project in the late 1960s by Danish architect Jorn Utzon (who was later dismissed from his position after not being able to complete the building), this multi-venue performing arts center hosts performances ranging from opera to dance shows. It has an array of restaurants too!

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district (CBD) and the North Shore. The dramatic view of the bridge, the harbor, and the nearby Sydney Opera House is an iconic image of both Sydney itself and Australia.

The bridge is nicknamed "The Coathanger" because of its arch-based design. However, some Indigenous Australian communities have called it "The Long Snake". It was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2007.

Darling Harbour

The Darling Harbour precinct is a popular tourist destination, as it is located right next to the city's famous skyline and offers plenty of opportunity for exploring. In addition to the many museums and galleries in Darling Harbour, there are also lots of shops and hotels in the area. If you're looking for somewhere to stay during your visit, you can choose from apartments or more luxurious hotels such as Shangri-La Hotel Sydney.

Taronga Zoo

Taronga Zoo or Sydney Taronga Zoological Gardens and Aquarium is a zoo in Sydney, Australia. It is located on the northern shores of Sydney Harbour, in the suburb of Mosman, on the Lower North Shore. The zoo opened in 1916 and has been managed by the Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales (the state government body responsible for managing zoos and wildlife parks) since then.

The facilities at Taronga include:

  • A wide range of native Australian animals - kangaroos, koalas, dingoes, and crocodiles; plus some more exotic species like penguins and snakes;

  • A large aquarium featuring sharks as well as fish;

  • Several undercover areas where you can see larger animals without paying extra for guided tours (such as giraffes);

  • An interactive water park that has lots of water slides to keep kids entertained all day long!

The Rocks

The Rocks is a historic precinct in the center of Sydney, New South Wales. It is located on the southern shore of Port Jackson where it opens onto Sydney Cove and includes Goat Island. The Rocks area has been known as "The Rocks" since at least 1810 and was named by Captain Cook when he explored Botany Bay and saw exposed rocks to the east of what is now Circular Quay.

The area has continued to evolve from its early colonial days through to today's dynamic commercial district with a strong maritime character. Its rich past includes Aboriginal occupation, being settled by Europeans, and being subject to two fires that destroyed much of it during the 19th century.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is a contemporary art museum in Sydney, Australia.

The museum is located at the corner of George and Liverpool Streets in The Rocks. It was designed by Patricia Patkau Architects and opened on 11 June 2011 by Governor-General Quentin Bryce AC CVO DSC.

MCA is Australia's first purpose-built museum of modern and contemporary art. The Museum also houses an extensive collection from its founding private collector Eugene Goossen OAM, who donated more than 200 works to it upon his death in 2003.

Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck

If you want to see the city from above, Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck is just the place for you. It's located on the eastern side of town near Darling Harbour and offers views of Sydney's skyline and harbor. You'll get an amazing view at night as well when all of the lights come on!

You can take a ride up in an elevator or walk up a series of stairs to reach this observation deck, which sits 300 meters high (984 feet). Tickets cost 25peradultand25 per adult and 20 per child aged 2-16 years old. If you're afraid of heights, there are small glassed-in rooms if you'd rather not go outside at all. The tower is open daily from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm (9:00 am - 7:00 pm during summer).

The best time to visit is on a weekday between 10 am-11 am or 1 pm-2 pm when crowds aren't so bad because people are still at work/school. However, it does get very busy during weekends after 3 pm so avoid those times if possible!

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is an architectural delight. Built-in 1898 and designed by George McRae, it's a stunning example of Victorian architecture---you can't miss its iconic clock tower.

The QVB has two ground-floor galleries that house some of Australia's most impressive art collections, with works by Van Gogh and Rembrandt among others on display. It also houses an amazing selection of specialty shops selling fashion accessories, jewelry, and more!

If you're hungry after all that shopping, there are plenty of places to eat inside the QVB. We recommend having lunch at Hatched Chicken Coop where you can enjoy fresh fried chicken or fish and chips with a side of potato salad or coleslaw for around AUD 20 per person---it's definitely worth stopping here if you're looking for something traditional Australian cuisine!

Getting it is easy as pie: hop on one metro train line southbound from Central Station and get off at Martin Place station where most attractions are within walking distance; otherwise, catch bus numbers 311--317 directly from Circular Quay via Elizabeth Street towards King Street Wharf where they'll let off right outside Queen Victoria Building (QVB).

Royal Botanic Gardens

This is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. It's located in Sydney and spans 250 hectares. You'll find plenty of native Australian plants here, but you're also likely to spot some rare or endangered species as well.

The Royal Botanic Gardens include two separate areas: The Australian National Botanic Gardens and the Royal Botanic Garden. They are both worth visiting if you have time!


So, what are you waiting for? Go on a trip to Sydney and discover these amazing places for yourself!