Visit exciting Sydney

Sydney is a bustling cosmopolitan city that is as exciting as it is beautiful. Nestled on a stunning harbour, much of Sydney’s attractions and activities have much to do with the outdoors and water. When the lights go down, Sydney switches on and you can enjoy alfresco dining, world-class cuisine, cool bars and great entertainment.

Named after Lord Sydney, the region was originally founded as a penal colony in 1788. Only eighteen years previously, Captain James Cook had chartered the territory and named this patch of Australia’s east coast New South Wales. The settlement struggled initially with rudimentary items such as food and water in a land at odds with civilisation. In the 19th century, Sydney flourished to become the thriving metropolis it is today.

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Sydney is home to one of Australia’s most renowned icons, the Sydney Opera House. Located at Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour, witness this inspiring architectural feat up close. The Sydney Opera House also boasts over 1,500 live performances each year for those keen to get out and enjoy some entertainment.

Situated in proximity to the CBD, the Royal Botanic Gardens is a little oasis that offers a moment’s reprieve from the vitality of city life. Visitors can relax and unwind by meandering through the park, all the while drawing in vistas of the Sydney Harbour, beautiful gardens and local birdlife.

Prior to colonisation, Aboriginals inhabited the area now known as Sydney for around 50,000 years. To celebrate its Indigenous heritage, visitors can explore the Sydney harbour on a Tribal Warrior Harbour Cruise. Discover the fascinating cultural history of the clans that once roamed this region.

Sydney’s most popular beach, Bondi, is the quintessential Aussie beach where you’ll see hoards of bathers keen to cool off on a summer’s day. Bondi, however, can be enjoyed in any season simply for its sheer iconic beauty. For visitors looking for a bite to eat, there’s no shortage of sumptuous lunch options available here.

For a family outing, visitors can’t go passed the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Located near Circular Quay, the aquarium features an array of aquatic marine life that will fascinate both children and adults, alike.

Alternatively, escape the city by embarking on a languid tour of the Blue Mountains. People who visit the region are always awe-struck by the tranquil and striking natural surrounds. The Three Sisters and Wentworth Falls are well worth checking out as well as the many quaint towns along the way.

Other attractions worth checking out

  • Taronga Zoo
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • AMP Centre Point Centre
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Rocks Discovery Museum
  • Queen Victoria Building
  • Chinatown
  • Circular Quay
  • Glebe Markets
  • Surry Hills Markets

Annual Festivals & Shows

  • Sydney Festival, January
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Sydney Royal Easter Show, March/April
  • 
Sydney Writers Festival, May
  • Vivid Sydney Festival, May/June
  • 
Sydney Film Festival, June
  • 
NAICOC in the City, July
  • 
Australian Garden Show, September

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