Top 10 Sydney City Tourist Attractions You Need to Explore

Sydney city innumerable attractions draw in people from across cultures and countries, leaving one breathless and amazed at the natural and man-made wonders to explore. The famed Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, North Head, Oxford Street, Watson Bay, Bondi Beach, the Royal Botanical Garden are some of  Sydney city tourist attractions. Combine these with cafes, shopping, and the Australian culture. And you have much to explore in Sydney whether visiting as a tourist, student, backpacker, seasoned traveler or simply exploring your hometown at leisure.

So, here’s a guide of Sydney Top Tours bucket list of must-see Sydney city tourist attractions while in Sydney during your holiday.

What must-see in Sydney City Tourist Attractions?

North Head

Sydney being a coastal city, your experience is incomplete without a visit to North Head. This Sydney city tourist attraction is only about 1.9 miles from the suburb of Manly and best explored on foot or by bike. Renowned for its natural cliffs, lookouts, sheltered beaches and pathways through native scrub, North Head has fabulous views of the ocean, the harbor, and the Sydney city. In addition, enjoy the WWII gun emplacements, a quarantine cemetery, former military barracks, the defensive tunnels, and a military memorial while on your walk-about tour. Today, North Head is protected and under the purview of the Sydney Harbour National Park.

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North Head (Photo by Daniel Tran)

The Rocks

Wondering what the Australian’s have named ‘The Rocks’? It’s the birthplace of modern Sydney. The area in which the first European settlers came ashore in Australia way back in 1788. This neighborhood is a key attraction of Sydney bringing to life the essence of the colonial era combined with modern-day amenities and entertainment. Visit The Rocks to take in the sights, sounds and atmosphere, explore the many open-air markets, museums and galleries nestled within its walled enclosures. And to enjoy dining and drinking in some of the oldest buildings in Sydney or along the open harbor front promenade with sweeping views of the ocean and some of Sydney’s iconic attractions – the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you are so inclined, there are lovely places where you can stay overnight to truly immerse yourself within ‘The Rocks’ culture.

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The Rocks (Image by Big Bus)

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is not just a bridge, it is the largest steel arch bridge in the world. It is spanning across the natural Sydney Harbour at a length of 1,149 meters, connecting the Sydney central business district and the North Shore via rail, road, bicycle paths, and pedestrian walkways. Opened to the public in 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge has today become an iconic landmark of Australia. And one of the foremost attractions of Sydney city. Do you know many tourists add bridge climb to their things to-do list in Sydney?

Sydney Opera House

Mention Sydney and the top of mind recall are those sails that belong to the Sydney Opera House. This most distinctive of architectural buildings is a World Heritage-listed masterpiece of ‘human creative genius’. Built over 45 years ago, the Opera House is a destination for performing arts and has to date hosted over 1,800 performances attended by more than 1.4 million people. However, due to its famed nature, the Opera House counts amongst the number one sightseeing attractions of not just Sydney but of Australia; with nearly 11 million visitors annually. In fact, Deloitte has estimated the Sydney Opera House at AUD 6.2 billion for total cultural and iconic value. If you love your photography, we highly recommended capturing the sun reflecting the sails of the Opera house during the dawn.

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Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

This is the ideal place to submerge in nature amidst the hustle and bustle Sydney city’s sights and innumerable attractions. Consisting of 30 hectares dedicated to nature, this earliest surviving colonial botanic gardens in the world with its extensive collection of rare and unusual cultivated plants, preserved plant collections, and the extensive botanical library archives should be a part of your bucket list of places to explore in Sydney. For those who want something more than an amble in the gardens, the Royal Botanic Garden offers a range of attractions from exhibits and workshops for the entire family.

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Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney (Photo by NSW Gov)

Watson Bay

Another famed oceanside Sydney city attraction, Watson Bay located on the South Head peninsula. And it is a calm and protected cove perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and boating. Watson Bay combines colonial and indigenous Aboriginal heritage with extensive soft-sand beaches, panoramic sea views, and fresh seafood restaurants. For the more active, Watson Bay has some beach and bluff walking trails with a chance to explore the famed Hornby Lighthouse and Australia’s oldest fishing village.

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Watson Bay

Oxford Street

Exploring Sydney would be incomplete if one does not indulge in some shopping. So, enter Oxford street spanning from Whitlam Square to Bondi Junction and explore the array of stores. These range from local design wear, antiques, and homeware; renowned Australian labels like One Teaspoon and Bassike; to unique gift shops, vintage stores, book retailers, and one of a kind offers from specialist boutique stores.

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Oxford Street, Sydney (Image by Daily telegraph)

Bondi Beach

Dedicated to surfing, swimming, lazing on the beach to jogging, Bondi Beach is another well-known attraction of Sydney city. Enthusiastic surfers and joggers are on the beach at sunrise, while others find their way through the day. Bondi Beach is known to be “always busy”, even after sunset, where the nighttime fun begins. Bondi Beach is a good excuse to take a day-off whether you are visiting or living in Sydney. Learning to surf, spotting whales during May and November, enjoying the Bondi Icebergs – one of Australia’s oldest swimming clubs with its open to public 50-metre pool and wading pool for kids, embarking on a coastal walk, or simply soaking up the local beachside atmosphere for a day are some of the things to do at Bondi Beach. And what’s more, it’s safe with professional lifeguards on call 365 days of the year.

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Bondi Beach

Barangaroo Reserve

Barangaroo Reserve is another Sydney city attraction situated in the northern end of the suburb of Barangaroo. And it is adjacent to Walsh Bay and Millers Point. Home to a rich Aboriginal history, Barangaroo offers visitors a chance to discover specialized restaurants and eateries and indulge in shopping and sightseeing amidst the indigenous architecture of the area. Recently converted to an urbanized destination, the six-hectare Barangaroo Reserve is the main attraction with a collection of 75,000 native trees and shrubs and thousands of sandstone blocks. The naturally carved Cutaway is a space created within the Reserve where festivals, exhibitions and performing art shows are regularly held.

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Barangaroo Reserve (Image credits to Barangaroo)

Darling Harbour

Another ocean-based tourist attraction of Sydney city. Darling Harbour in the heart of Sydney has much to offer in entertainment for the entire family. The time spent at Darling Harbour can range from one day to several days depending on how many of its many attractions and activities you choose to see. Things to do include a cruise on the Sydney Harbour, a visit to the Australian National Maritime Museum, and a stroll in the Chinese Garden of Friendship. Why not exploring the wonders of Madame Tussauds wax museum, taking in the fun at the Sydney Aquarium and Zoo, visiting a convention or exhibition, or watching a movie or a concert. There is just so much going on at Darling Harbour that you will not know when day becomes night!

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Darling Harbour (Image credits to Sofitel)

How to explore Sydney city attractions?

The above tourist attractions of Sydney city are only the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to exploring the many attractions in Sydney city, there is so much to see and do. So, contact us @ +61 498507873, email us [email protected], or visit Sydney Top Tours. We will arrange a memorable and customized private tour of Sydney which caters to your every whim and fancy.

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