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Sydney offers so many attractions and activities, it is a matter of where do you begin. If you are interested in history and heritage, architecture and museums, modern art and culture, then Sydney can provide it all.

You can check out some of our alphabetically listed attractions. Also drop into one of the Sydney Visitor Centre to pick up a tourism brochure for the Sydney region. They will offer some great suggestions and the brochure may even contain some discounts that are made available in the latest brochures.

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Darling Harbour
• Ph: 1902 260 568 (Infoline)
Darling Harbour • Email
• Informative site by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. Includes shopping, places to eat and drink, where to stay. things to do, and calendar of events.
Easter Show
• known as the Sydney Royal Easter Show
• RAS OF NSW, 1 Showground Rd, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK NSW 2127
• Ph: 02 9704 1111 / 02 9704 1000 (Show Infoline) • Email • Web: www.greataustralianmuster.com/home.htm
• The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW is responsible for staging Australia’s largest annual event - the Royal Easter Show, where the country comes to the city. A very popular family event. For more information click here...
Elizabeth Bay House - Elizabeth BayElizabeth Bay House
• 7 Onslow Ave, ELIZABETH BAY NSW 2011
• Ph: 02 9356 3022 • Fax: 02 9357 7176
• Built between 1835 and 1839, Elizabeth Bay House is a superb example of colonial architecture. Part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

Elizabeth Farm
• 70 Alice St, ROSEHILL NSW 2142
• Ph: 02 9635 9488
• To get there you can catch the Parramatta RiverCat from Circular Quay, then either walk or catch a taxi. It is 30 minutes by car or train. Part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

 


Fox Studios Australia
• Driver Ave/Lang Road, MOORE PARK • Ph: 02 9383 4000 / 02 9383 4333
• Plenty of activities throughout the week and especially on the weekend. There is a ice ring, 18-hole mini-golf course, a small animal farm (weather permitting), bungee trampolines, a carousel, tenpin bowling, movie theatres, markets, shops, restaurants and cafes.
Government House
• Macquarie St, SYDNEY NSW 2000
• Ph: 02 9931 5222 • Infoline: 02 9931 5200 • Fax: 02 9931 5208
• Located in the Royal Botanic Gardens it can be accessed from Macquarie Street at the intersection with Bridge Street, by the Conservatorium of Music. Constructed between 1837-1845. It is the most sophisticated example of a Gothic Revival building in New South Wales. The State Rooms display an outstanding range of 19th and early 20th century furnishings and decoration, reflecting the changes of the style and tastes of New South Wales Governors and their wives. Part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
Great North Walk
• Department of Lands • PO Box 2213, DANGAR NSW 2309
• Ph: 02 4960 5155 (Great North Walk Co-ordinator)
• A 250 km track from Sydney to Newcastle. The track offers plenty of scope for walkers to join anywhere along the route, with campsites having been established at about 3 hour intervals in some areas. The best time for the walk is during winter to spring (July to November). This period usually provides the best weather with the lowest rainfall. The walk can be attempted during summer, but extreme care should be taken, especially during the hotter days. Some of the track passes through suburban areas, with stretches of long road. As well, some of the track moves, and may even be temporarily closed due to conflicts with land owners.

To enhance your walking experience, a discovery kit has been produced, and is intended as a guide to help you plan and enjoy your trip(s) on the Great North Walk. The kit provides you with general information such as the localities of main and link tracks, public transport, flora, fauna, points of interest, historical background and geology etc.

The kits consist of 6 individual maps, approximately 20 cm x 80 cm in size, in easy foldout format.  For convenience, the kit is enclosed in a 20 cm x 9 cm weatherproof plastic sleeve.  The discovery kits retail for $11.00 ($10.00 plus $1.00 GST) and are available through the Department of Lands at the above address or by contacting the Great North Walk Co-ordinator on the number above.
Harbourside
• DARLING HARBOUR • Ph: 02 9281 3999
• Restaurants and shops with a fantastic view of the water and city skyline.
Harris Street Motor Museum
• 320 Harris St, PYRMONT NSW 2009 • Ph: 02 9552 3375
• See over 160 classic motor cars, bikes and commercial vehicles from 1899 to today.
The Historic Houses Trust of NSWThe Historic Houses Trust of NSW
• You can purchase tickets for unlimited entry for 3 months to all 11 Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales properties and museums.

Hyde Park Barracks Museum
• Queens Square, Macquarie St, SYDNEY NSW 2000 • Ph: 02 9223 8922 • Fax: 02 9223 3368
• Built between 1817 and 1819, is an elegant Georgian building designed by accomplished convict architect Francis Greenway as accommodation for his fellow convicts. Some say you can even hear ghosts echoing through the corridors by those banished centuries ago to a life of forced labour, deprivation and extreme cruelty. Part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
Hyde Park
• SYDNEY NSW 2000
• Stretching south from Liverpool Street, going north to the start of Macquarie Street, the park is cut in half by Park Street. A park that is very popular with the lunch time city crowds, and is especially beautiful at night with the huge old fig trees covered in fairy lights. From the Archibald Fountain, on the north side, you can follow the walkway down to the south end of the park to the ANZAC War Memorial and the Pool of Reflection.
Islands
• Sydney Harbour has eight islands, nine if you include Garden Island. The other eight include Cockatoo, Clark, Fort Denison, Goat, Rodd, Shark, Spectacle and Snapper Islands. Six of these eight islands are publicly accessible. Bookings can be made through Sydney Harbour National Park Information Centre (The Rocks) and access can be made via water taxis.
Justice and Police Museum
• Cnr Albert and Phillip Sts, CIRCULAR QUAY NSW 2000
• Ph: 02 9252 1144 • Fax: 02 9252 4860 • Email
• Originally the Water Police Court (1856), Water Police Station (1858) and Police Court (1886). Restored to their 1890s character, the buildings' heavy blocks of sandstone, spiked gates, winding steps and corridor of cells reinforce the Museum's themes of crime and punishment and law and order. Part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
Koala Park
• 84 Castle Hill Rd, WEST PENNANT HILLS • Ph: 02 9484 3141 • Email
• Created in the 1920’s and officially opened in October, 1930. Come and learn about the koala, cuddle one and see them living naturally in the rainforest, eucalyptus groves and native gardens in the sanctuary.
Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre
• Mary Street, LEICHHARDT NSW 2040 • Ph: 02 9555 8344 • Fax: 02 9555 1679
• With Sydney and the western foreshores as the backdrop.
Light Rail • Metro Monorail & Light Rail
• Ph: 02 9285 5600 • Fax: 02 9267 4846
• A trip on the Light Rail is a trip into a little known part of Sydney. Following the old goods line, which use to run from Central Railway down to Darling Harbour (when it was still used for transport and trade), winding it's way around Pyrmont through sandstone cliffs which once looked over the harbour, then across Wentworth Park on the viaduct, before cutting under Glebe and emerging at Jubilee Park, north of the Harold Park Paceway, nudging Rozelle Bay and then winding up the valley between Annandale and Lilyfield. A day pass gives means you can travel backwards and forwards between Central Railway and Star City 24 hours day and between Central and Lilyfield between 6 am and 11 pm, Sunday to Thursday, as many times as you like, with the times extended to midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Lyndhurst Resource Centre
• 61 Darghan St, GLEBE NSW 2037 • Ph: 02 9692 8366 • Fax: 02 9660 1426
• The Conservation Resource Centre was established to record the history of houses, furnishings and gardens of New South Wales. It provides information, original source material and specialist services relating to domestic design history and building conservation.
Martin Place
• The CBD's largest plaza, Martin Place stretches from Macquarie Street to George Street. Many of the historic buildings have been upgraded for modern usage, such as the former GPO, with shops, restaurants, cafe, hotel and a much smaller post office. There is also the war memorial located between George Street and Pitt Street, opposite the former GPO. The plaza is a popular place for lunch-time workers, with entertainment also frequently on display.
Mary MacKillop Place Museum
• 7-11 Mount St, NORTH SYDNEY NSW • Ph: 02 8912 4878 • Email
• Since the opening of the museum in 1995, visitors have been engaged with the story of Australia's first Saint, Mary MacKillop and the co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph. Here at the museum you can follow Mary's life story (1842-1909) and celebrate the legacy of this pioneering woman.

The museum includes a historical overview of the key events in the history of the Order and the progress that was taken towards the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop in the Catholic Church. The museum also offers the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to her tomb in the Mary MacKillop Memorial Chapel on site, you can visit Mary's home Alma Cottage, and then enjoy the Gift Shop and Cafe.
Metro Monorail and Light Rail
• Ph: 02 9285 5600 • Fax: 02 9267 4846
  • The light rail operates from Central Station, Capitol Square, Haymarket, Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour Convention, Pyrmont Bay, Star City, John Street Square, Fish Market, Wentworth, Park, Glebe, Jubilee Park, Rozelle Bay, Lilyfield.
  • The Monorail operates from City Centre, Darling Park, Harbourside, Darling Harbour Convention, Haymarket, Garden Plaza, World Square, Galeries Victoria (QVB).

Museum of Contemporary Art
• 140 George St, CIRCULAR QUAY • Ph: 02 9252 4033
• Works by contemporary Australian artists from television, film, video, laser, paintings, sculpture and other forms of visual expression.
Museum of Fire
• Ph: 61 047 31 3000
• Located in the former Penrith Power Station building on Castlereagh Rd, Penrith adjacent to the Railway Station yards, The entrance is about 100m north of the railway bridge, next door to National Food Dairies. Look for a big red fire engine out the front. Explore the fascinating history of fire fighting and the modern impact of fire in the home and the environment.
Museum of Sydney
• Cnr Bridge and Philip Sts, SYDNEY NSW 2000 • Ph: +61 2 9251 4611 • Email
• On the site of the first Government House in Sydney, this museum illustrates life, law and history in colonial Sydney 1788-1850. Part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
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