the capital city for New South Wales, Sydney offers both spectacular scenery and
modern amenities. There is no shortage of attractions, with things that the
entire family can enjoy together. There is entertainment from theatres to
movies, festivals and exhibitions, or for something more relaxing, you can enjoy
some of the local and nearby parks and botanic gardens.
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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St Andrews Anglican Church
This is Australias oldest
cathedral. located next to Sydney Town Hall in George Street. The
foundation stone was laid by Governor Lachlan Macquarie on 31 August
1819, the original plans for a this Gothic cathedral being drawn up
by the great convict architect, Francis Greenway. Due to lack of
funds, little work was done by the foundation stone until 1837, when
it was redesigned by Edmund Blacket (who was the architect
responsible for Sydney Universitys central buildings) in a style
which was based on St Marys Church in Oxford, England. It was
finally completed and consecrated on 30 November 1868, St Andrews
St James Underground Tours
Ph: 02 9749 5280
(Bookings essential) Web: www.arhsnsw.com.au/tours.htm
Run by volunteers from the
Australian Railway Historical Society, these tours use to take place on the
third full weekend of the month at 10 am both days. However, there appears to be
no tours detailed on the website.
St Marys Cathedral
St Mary's Rd, SYDNEY NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9220 0400
A popular tourist stop, St Marys Cathedral is located to the east
of Hyde Park. The first foundation stone was laid in 1868, being
used by Sydneys Catholics. In 1821 a stone was laid on the site and
the original Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built. In 1865
the church was destroyed by fire and three years later the
foundation stone of the present cathedral was laid. Classically
Gothic in design, it is the centre of Sydneys Roman Catholic
community. After 100 years, the spires have only just be installed,
to complete the original vision.
State of Library of NSW
Macquarie St, SYDNEY Ph: 02 9273 1414
Situated in Sydneys CBD between the
Royal Botanic Gardens and Parliament House on Macquarie Street, the State
Library of New South Wales is internationally renowned and one of Australias
leading libraries. With an extensive collection of over five million items, the
State Library aims to collect, preserve and make accessible the documentary
heritage of NSW. The Library also offers access to information and resources
both onsite and online, and hosts a dynamic range of public programs through
exhibitions, talks, tours and movies.
Pitt Street Mall, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9232 4199 (Strand Centre
Opened in 1892, surviving two depressions (one in the 1890's and
another in the 1950's) and withstood the threat of two major fires.
Susannah Place Museum
58-64 Gloucester St, THE ROCKS NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9241 1893 / 02 9241 5866 (TTY)
A row of four terraces that incorporates a turn-of-the-century corner
store. Part of the
Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Located in the heart of The Rocks, Susannah
Place is a rare surviving example of a simple working-class terrace. Built in
1844, by Irish immigrants and continuously occupied until 1990 this typically
English terrace was home to over 100 different families. The museum tells the
stories of the often overlooked lives of working class people and the
neighbourhood in which they lived, played, worked and struggled.
DARLING HARBOUR NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9262 2300
11,000 aquatic animals, including extensive collection of sharks in captivity
and the largest Great Barrier Reef display in the world.
Sydney Aquatic Centre
Olympic Boulevard, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK NSW
2127 Ph: 02 9752 3666
Provides a variety of fun wet activities
that includes sauna, water rides, water slides and lap swimming. There's always
plenty to do at the Centre. All the pools have professional supervision and the
most advanced technology. The movable floor in the Training Pool and accessible
facilities for people with special needs are designed with safety in mind.
School Holidays are a definite winner with the kids!
Aussie Stadium Venue Services Office, Driver Ave, MOORE PARK NSW 2021
Ph: 1300 724 737
Years of spiked boots running down the player
tunnel... years of sweat soaking the Aussie Stadium turf... years of willow
cracking across the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground pitch... See their website
for tour details.
Sydney Exchange Museum
Rd, THE ROCKS NSW Ph: 61 2 9251 2422
interactive museum over five floors, showcasing geology, mining,
energy and the environment.
Sydney Fish Market
Cnr Pyrmont Bridge Rd and Bank St, PYRMONT
NSW Ph: 02 9552 2180
SFM is the largest market of its kind
in the Southern Hemisphere and the world's second largest seafood market in
terms of variety outside of Japan. A working fish market, SFM sources product
both nationally and internationally and trades over 14,500 tonnes of seafood
annually - with up to a hundred species traded every day. Onsite, SFM hosts six
seafood retailers, a bottle shop, fruit and veg market, bakery, sushi bar,
restaurants, gift shop and deli.
Affectionately known as the Coathanger,
the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the classic icons of Sydney and Sydney
Harbour. A steel spanning arch bridge, that carries rail, motor vehicles,
cyclist and pedestrian traffic the bridge was officially opened on the 19th
March,1932 by the then Premier Jack Lang.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge continues to be a fascinating attraction for
Australians and international visitors, as well as being the focal point of
celebration and national pride. A focal point for the Sydney New Years Eve
firework celebrations, there have been numerous annual effects from the Smiley
Face on NYE 1997, Uluru, Southern Cross, Dove of Peace on NYE 2001, Thought
Bubble, Sun and Endless Rainbow on NYE 2011. During the Sydney 2000 Olympics,
the bridge was adorned with the Olympic Rings. There have also be other special
highlight events such as the big O with the tourism promotional visit by Oprah
From a boat ride under the bridge, or a walk across the bridge, another tourism
attraction is the popular BridgeClimb,
offering the ultimate experience of a day and night guided climbs to the summit
of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney Harbour Federation
Managing sites around the Sydney
Wharf 7, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009 Ph: 02 9298 3888 Fax: 02 9298 3839
A community funded organisation.
Wharf 7 is also a working harbour wharf with the Fleet's magnificent
James Craig, Sydney's very own tall ship. Tours can be arranged
through Big Ticket Tours available from the Wharf 7 and Australian
National Maritime Museum's.
Sydney Jewish Museum
148 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Ph: 02 9360 7999
Fax: 02 9331 4245
as one of the finest of its kind in the world, this museum deals
with Australian Jewish history and the Holocaust. Eight spectacular
exhibition levels with state of the art visual displays.
Sydney Maritime Museum
Ph: 61 2 9810-2299
The oldest of
the Sydney maritime museums and home of the James Craig.
Watson Rd, Observatory Hill, THE ROCKS NSW
Ph: 02 9217 0485 Fax: 02 9217 0489
A museum about astronomy and
its history, with regular program of exhibitions, films, talks and
night viewings giving you a glimpse of the history of astronomy and
a chance to explore some of the most advanced technology of our
time. Click here for
Sydney Olympic Park
1 Herb Elliott Ave, SYDNEY OLYMPIC
PARK NSW 2127
Contact: see site
Sydney Olympic Park is actually a
suburb of western Sydney, that was once part of Homebush Bay. Redeveloped for
the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the area is home to a range of sporting and cultural
events. There are also commercial businesses, range of accommodation and
extensive parklands in the area.
Some of the many events that have been held and continue to be held there
include Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australian Rugby League, Rugby Union, Sydney
International (tennis tournament), Big Day Out (music festival), athletics and
Many of the stadium have either changed in function from the original use during
the 2000 Olympics and/or have changed named because of naming right deals: the
Baseball Stadium became the Sydney Showground, the Sydney SuperDome was renamed
Acer Area (and more recently Allphones Arena), the Olympic Stadium renamed
Telstra Stadium (now ANZ Stadium). No doubt in the future they will all get
General Information Ph: +61 2 9250 7111
Ph: +61 2 9250 7777 TTY: 02 9250 7347
+61 2 9251 3943 Fax International: +61 2 9251 3843 (bookings can
also be made on-line) Web: www.soh.nsw.gov.au /
No visit is complete without visiting
the world famous Sydney Opera House. Great scenic shots for that
photo home. Guided tours and Opera House
performances, and throughout the year, a variety of events are staged on
the forecourt. You can also do a virtual tour on-line.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
A yearly racing event on
Sydney Harbour (commencing Boxing Day).
1 Showground Rd, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK NSW 2127
Ph: +61 2 9704 1111 Fax: +61 2 9704 1173
Set on 30 hectares in the heart of
the Olympic precinct is the new Sydney Showground, located in the
geographical heart of Sydney, 17 km from Sydney's CBD and just 8 km
City side of Parramatta.
Taronga Park Zoo
Bradleys Head Rd, MOSMAN NSW 2088
Ph: +61 2 9969 2777 (General Enquiries)
Ph: +61 2 9978 4782 (Tourism) Fax: +61 2 9969 7515
Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour and only 12 minutes by ferry
from Circular Quay.
Above Town Hall Station, Sydney
Centre of the Central Business District and opposite the Queen
Wentworth Rd, Vaucluse
NSW 2030 Ph: 02 9388 7922
Toll: 1300 653 777 (Infoline) Fax: 02 9337 4963
Built in 1803, a 19th
century Sydney harbourside estate, still surrounded by 12 hectares
of formal gardens and grounds. Part of the
Trust of NSW.
Vaucluse to Dover
Heights Coastal Walk
This 3 km walk, detours through
suburban streets, but wherever possible sticks to the coast. The
cliff tops are fenced, has decking and steps, with the occasional
timber look-outs. The walk takes in Diamond Bay Reserve, Dudley Page
Reserve, and Raleigh Reserve. Eventually it will be hoped to link
this walk through to the Bondi, which will make possible a walk from
South Head to Bondi and South Maroubra.
There are a
variety of walks in and around Sydney, including bush walks and
coastal walks. Check the nearby National Parks and Reserves for more
There are a number of war memorials in Sydney,
Trafalgar and St Thomas Streets (Main Gates) Ph: 02 9665 4938
Located on the cliffs between Bronte and Coogee,
therein rest about 250,000 of those who have passed on. There are
plenty of stone archangels, most without heads, mausoleums with the
carved names of Italian families, and monuments to Irish
nationalism, topped with a nine-metre Celtic cross. A place with
fantastic views, filled with tears of those left behind and steep in
Sydney and it's surrounds, peppered with parks, reserves, gardens
and national parks attract a number of birds and animals.
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