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Tourist Places To Visit In Sydney
A harbour city and probably the largest metropolitan city in Australia, Sydney attracts tourists all year-round. With favourable temperatures and lots of activities to do, Sydney is sure to enrapture each visitor. There are different tourist places in Sydney to meet all your likings. From art and culture to beaches and wildlife, from the city life to some adventure sports, you can experience all this and more in Sydney. Some of the tourist places you should definitely visit while in Sydney are Sydney Tower, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, Luna Park and Taronga Zoo among others.
The tallest free-standing structure in all of Sydney, the 309-metre tall tower has an observation deck and a skywalk which allows you a 360° panoramic view of the city. You will also be treated to a 4D show before heading to the observation deck. Located in the City Centre, the tower has a large restaurant, a café and a buffet attracting a large number of tourists each year.
Sydney Opera House
Arguably the most iconic landmark of Australia, the Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Utzon. Its shell-like façade is made of three types of tiles in a chevron pattern, looking a lot like sails. It houses over 9 venues for the performing arts and hosts more than 15000 shows a year, with footfalls that go over 8 million. You must take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House to understand the minutest details about its history, architecture and its cultural significance.
Sydney Royal Botanic Garden
Spread over an area of 36 hectares, the Royal Botanic Garden boasts of some of the rarest species of flora. A short walk away from the Sydney Opera House, the gardens are divided into different sections showcasing the flora. Ideal for a leisurely walk, the gardens will also enlighten you to the various miracles of nature. The park opens at 7 am all year round, however the closing times depend on the different seasons.
For those seeking the authentic history of Sydney, your journey will not be complete until you see The Rocks. Located north of the City Centre, the area is best explored by foot. It is the southern terminus of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and is contrasting from the surrounding commercial and retail centre of Sydney. Visit the street market with over 150 stalls selling indigenous crafts, jewellery, photographs, etc. With a large variety of restaurants, pubs and bars in all price ranges, you will be spoilt for choice. However, among our top suggestions are Phillips Foote and Sailors Thai.
An extensive area, almost completely dedicated to entertainment and tourism, Darling harbour gives you an opportunity to experience all the revelries of Sydney. From the National Maritime Museum to Wildlife World and Madame Tussad’s, it is ringed by attractions on all sides. Full of parks, playgrounds and fountains, in case the sun is too hot, feel free to jump about under the many fountains.
Sydney Luna Park
Luna Park opened to the public in 1935. It is Sydney’s most iconic amusement park with fun-filled activities for the entire family. Head here for some thrilling rides, special attraction and some lip-smacking food. With spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour, a meal here at the Deck will be a memorable one. The park opens at 11 am from Friday to Sunday, and remains open until 9 pm. On Monday it closes at 4 PM and on Thursday at 6 PM. The park remains closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ticket prices range from $25 to $55.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Located in The Domain in Sydney, the Art Gallery of New South Wales is among the largest galleries of Australia and the most prominent one in Sydney. It hosted its first exhibition in 1874 and allows free entry to the general exhibition places. This area houses local Australian art from the time of aboriginal settlement in the continent to today's contemporary arts. In 2003 a separate wing dedicated to Asian art was also inaugurated. The gallery also has a photography section and a section dedicated to Western arts. The Art Gallery of NSW is sure to be a delight for artists, photographers and others who appreciate different forms of expression.
You can also visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia which is located in The Rocks to see today's modern works.
A visit to the Taronga Zoo, located on the harbour-front will be delightful for children. It is a non-profit organisation that works towards conservation of native as well as foreign species of fauna. Inaugurated in 1916, the zoo is divided into 8 different regions being home to over 4000 animals. The zoo has a dedicated iPhone app which will guide you through the different exhibits. The Tiger Trek to get up close with the endangered Sumatran Tiger is one of the major attractions of Taronga Zoo. You can also get to meet the pride of 8 lions that stay in the zoo. Do meet Luk Chai and Pathi Harn, the two elephants born in the zoo.
For wildlife enthusiasts, the zoo also has accommodation facilities where you can camp the night in safari-style tents. This also includes a night safari and a couple of morning tours among the animals.
St Mary's Cathedral
Symbolic of the origin of the Catholic Church in Australia, St. Mary’s Cathedral is one of the finest examples of gothic revival architecture. The majestic arches of the main structure and the grand glass windows will surely take you back in time. The church is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday. Do not forget to pick up postcards or souvenirs on your way back from the church.