We understand you don’t want to be a tourist and do things that are different from everyone else. However, it is unlikely that you will ever be able to do so again, and there are certain sights in Sydney that you must visit! Here are the best sights to see in Sydney:
1. Sydney Opera House
Without a doubt the most important landmark in Sydney and perhaps the most important in all of Australia. The Sydney Opera House is a center for the performing arts with breathtaking architecture. The Opera House is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Every year, more than 1,600 performances are performed on the site, but the most frequent flock to this architecture is tourists. The building is located at Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbor.
2. Darling Harbor, Sydney
Darling Harbor Precinct is 10 minutes from the city center and is a lively area with shops, restaurants, attractions and entertainment. However, the place has a long and fascinating history. The port is named after Lieutenant General Ralph Darling, who was governor of NSW from 1825 to 1831. For over 7,000 years, the area was a boundary between the Wangal and Gadigal Eora clans.
3. Sydney Tower
The Sydney Tower is the tallest free-standing structure in the city and the second tallest observation tower in the southern hemisphere. It is the tallest building in the city and the third tallest in the country. The tower is 309 meters high and accessible via the Pitt Street Mall. The tower has 56 cables that hold it in place and withstands extreme weather conditions and earthquakes, even though it is free.
4. Sydney Tower Skywalk
The Skywalk is just one of the attractions in the Sydney Tower. The skywalk is a see-through footpath that overlooks the edge of the tower and surrounds the building 268 meters above Sydney. It’s the city’s highest outdoor adventure, twice the size of the Sydney Bridge. An outdoor tour on the Glasweg takes 45 minutes and includes a comment from an experienced guide.
5. St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney
The foundation stone of this church was first laid in 1868 on the site of a burnt down former cathedral. The church is the mother church of Australian Catholicism and the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. The building was designed by William Wilkinson, who died 100 years before the cathedral was completed. The building is made of local sandstone with a Gothic reconstruction design reminiscent of medieval cathedrals.
6. Queen Victoria Building, Sydney
QVB is a beautiful Romanesque revival building designed by George McRae and built between 1893 and 1898. The building occupies a city block bounded by Druitt Street, Market Street, York Street and George Street. Today it houses a modern shopping center, but was originally built during an economic crisis to give work to the many workers and artisans. The building served as a trading center for showrooms, coffee shops and dealers.
7. The Stones, Sydney
The Rocks were the traditional home of the Gadigal indigenous people and the site of the first European landing in 1788. The Rocks district is on the south bank of Sydney Harbor. The Rocks became the trading center of the new trading port in the 19th century and was also known for its unsavory characters, brothels and pubs. The Rocks entered the 20th century as a slum, and after the bubonic plague broke out in Sydney in 1900, the government took over the task of developing The Rocks as a “gateway” to Sydney.
8. Sea Life Aquarium, Sydney
This large aquarium is home to 13,000 marine animals from 650 species. The building’s impressive design is reminiscent of a wave and is one of the largest aquariums in the world. The main feature of the aquarium are several transparent acrylic tunnels that run through the pools so that visitors can walk through while sharks and fish swim around them on all sides. The aquarium is geared towards Australian marine life and the displays are divided into 14 themed areas in 60 tanks.
9. Sydney Harbor Bridge
One of the city’s landmarks is this aesthetically pleasing structure that stretches across Sydney Harbor. The “clothes hanger”, as it is affectionately known, was built in 1932 after 6 years of construction. Just as US immigrants knew they had arrived when they saw the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Habour Bridge had the same meaning for thousands of Australian immigrants. The bridge is open to pedestrians, bicycles and traffic on a 49 meter wide deck.
10. The Rocks Discovery Museum
The Discovery Museum is located in the historic Rocks tourist district and is housed in three former sandstone camps dating from the 1850s. The museum is home to artifacts, archaeological finds, paintings and photographs of The Rocks area. The museum uses interactive touch screens, practical displays, audiovisual effects and entertaining exhibits to bring The Rock’s history and culture to life.
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