Must See Sydney Australia Attractions
After many years of dreaming about a vacation to Australia, my wife and I finally made the journey across the Pacific from British Columbia, Canada in February of 2014. What a journey it was and a place everyone should visit if given the chance. We started a travel budget a few years ago, along with building air miles on our credit card and finally reached the magic number for both of us to qualify for the flight.
Our time was limited and we wanted to see as much as we could in the short time we had. In this post, I am going to offer my suggestions for things worth seeing in the Sydney area when you have just a couple of days and are on a limited budget like ourselves.
First, check out my short video slide show on some of the attractions we took in around Sydney! Enjoy …
A Look at Some Excellent Sydney Australia Attractions
Beautiful Sydney Harbour
Perhaps the most visited and popular attraction in Sydney is the harbor. One of the most picturesque and beautiful harbors in the world, one could spend hours walking and enjoying the sites and attractions this area has to offer.
From cruise ships coming and going, the historic The Rocks district steps away, the pedestrian walkway along its shores, to the magnificent Sydney Opera House, it’s all here for you to enjoy. As well, all passenger ferries to outline areas such as Manly can be boarded here at Sydney Harbor!
Sydney Australia Attractions – Take the Passenger Ferry to Manly
Without a doubt, an excursion definitely worth taking is the regular passenger ferry crossing to the district of Manly. A great way to spend part of or the entire day and one that is very affordable and worthwhile as well.
The ferry runs often and the ride itself is worth the journey! It takes about one half hour and the scenery and views to and from are spectacular!
There is plenty to do in Manly for most everyone. Here you will find numerous shops, restaurants and of course the main attraction, the beaches. There is also a wonderful pedestrian walkway lining the shore for you to enjoy and discover smaller coves and beaches, café’s and other areas popular for snorkeling and swimming enthusiasts.
I definitely recommend adding a day in Manly to your travel itinerary!
Sydney Australia Attractions – Take the Hop on Hop Off Bus
Sydney’s Hop On / Off Sightseeing Bus
Something that has become increasingly popular over the years in most major tourist destination cities is the Hop On Hop Off Buses. This is a great way to see the sites of Sydney at your leisure having the luxury of getting on and off the buses as you please. They usually run every 20 minutes and cover a huge area for you to enjoy.
This is how we also managed to travel to the famous Bondi Beach, and enjoy the sites and beach for an afternoon. A great way to get around conveniently and affordably at your leisure during the day!
Sydney Australia Attractions – Take a Stroll Along The Rocks District
The Rocks District in Sydney
The city’s oldest area is known as The Rocks District. In its early day’s way back in the late 1700’s, this area was mostly run down and a place where sailors spent their time drinking and frequenting the local ladies of the night.
Today, it is completely opposite of its early time and just steps away from the Sydney’s harbor, it is now teeming with local outdoor cafes, restaurants, shops and much more.
There is a terrific Tourist Information Center located in the heart of The Rocks district, where helpful staff on duty can assist with all your questions for travel and tour bookings in Australia. There is also free Wi-Fi for those wanting to contact family or friends back home. This definitely is worth checking out and spending some time during your stay!
Below, I have included a very nicely put together website for more complete information on this area for your convenience.
Catch Your Breathe in Hyde Park
St. Mary’s Cathedral and Archibald Fountain
Hyde Park, appropriately named after London’s main park, it is the oldest par in all of Australia. Covering a huge expanse of over 16.2-acres, the park is located right downtown in the business district of Sydney. Easy to walk to from Sydney Harbor, downtown hotels, it is a perfect place to escape to for a short while.
Stroll around the park and enjoy Archibald Fountain, St. Mary’s Cathedral, The Old Barracks and so much more. A great place to relax in the shade under a beautiful assortment of trees and get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax!
Sydney Australia Attractions – Check Out Darling Harbour
Darling Harbour is another easy to get to very popular destination in the city and worth a visit during your stay. If you are taking advantage of the Hop On Hop Off bus like we did, then this is one of their stops on their routes.
Filled with many attractions for you and your family to enjoy, it is definitely one of the highlights for many on their itinerary. From a pedestrian walk ways fronting restaurants, shopping and much more, you can easily spend an afternoon and evening enjoying its attractions and dining options.
Located in this district you will find attractions such as …
- The Powerhouse Museum
- Sydney Aquarium
- Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
- Australian National Maritime Museum
- Harbourside Shopping Centre
and so much more! I have also listed the harbours official website below for your convenience.
There you have it, just a few of the more popular attractions and great things to do in and around Sydney, Australia and certainly what we enjoyed doing on our brief stay in this beautiful city Down Under!
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