If it’s your first visit to Sydney, the first thing you will need to see is the Harbour. Although it is one of the most photographed harbours in the world, nothing can compare to seeing the spectacular Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House with your own eyes.
Take a stroll along Circular Quay and soak up the atmosphere, or catch a ferry to Cockatoo Island or Watsons Bay and enjoy the fresh sea air and sunny weather. Circular Quay also boasts some of Sydney’s best restaurants, including Quay Restaurant, ARIA Sydney, Cafe Sydney, and Guillaume at Bennelong – which is located inside the Opera House. Right in the heart of the city, the Queen Victoria Building is another must-see tourist attraction. Dating back to the 1890s, this grand and beautiful building is now Sydney’s premier shopping destination.
Only a ten minute stroll from the Sydney Town Hall, Darling Harbour is the perfect place to entertain the family, enjoy a delicious harbourside meal, or experience Sydney’s energetic nightlife. Darling Harbour is also where you’ll find the Chinese Gardens of Friendship, the Sydney Aquarium and the Sydney Wildlife World. For a bird’s eye view of Sydney, Sydney Tower will take you 309 metres above the central business district– providing an utterly unforgettable view that stretches all the way to the Blue Mountains.
Thrill-seekers should try the Sydney Skywalk, in which participants walk along a moving, glass-floored viewing platform at the top of Sydney Tower. And if you’re feeling hungry, the Sydney Tower Buffet offers banquet-style dining with 360 degree views of the city.
Many of the best of Sydney's city accommodation are found near all the key locations. This means that staying in and exploring the harbour city could not be easier.