Sydney’s attractions are quite spread out, so don’t expect to see all of them on a swift visit.

Things to do in Sydney

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Explore the most extensive anthology of homegrown Aussie artworks (see pieces by down-under-greats like Charles Condor and Arthur Streeton), as well as noteworthy displays of European and Asian art.

Art Gallery Rd., 011-61-2-9225-1700,
Tags: family | art | things to do

Art House Hotel

Dating from 1836, the former School of Arts building houses four bars, regular exhibits, a top-rated modern Aussie restaurant, and a Saturday club night that rocks the dance floor until 6am.

275 Pitt St., 011-61-2-9284-1200,
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | trendy | dancing | things to do | cover charge | bar

Australian Museum

Founded in 1827, this natural history extravaganza is Australia’s first museum. In Spring 2008 their collection, which encompasses 16 million cultural objects and animal, fossil, and mineral specimens, will emerge from $41-million renovations.

6 College St.,
Tags: family | things to do | history

Bondi Beach

Topping the world charts as a happening sun and surf mecca, this much-photographed 0.62-mile strip of sand in the eastern suburbs is quintessential Sydney.

50 minutes by bus (buses #326 and 327 run from Circular Quay to Bondi Junction),
Tags: beach | family | editor pick | things to do | outdoors

Manly Beach

Just 7 miles north of Sydney Harbour, a scenic half-hour ferry ride connects Sydney's Circular Quay with Manly's main oceanfront, where rolling surf meets glorious golden-sand beaches and a verdant trim of pine trees. The lively café- and shop-lined strip of the Corso links the harbor side of Manly to its fabulous beach - where surfing competitions, beach volleyball, festivals, and much more unfold every summer.

Visitor Information Center, The Forecourt, Manly Wharf, 011-61-2-9976-1430,
Tags: beach | family | summer | water sports | things to do | outdoors | active

Museum of Contemporary Art

Set in a striking Art-Deco building on Circular Quay West, this illustrious permanent collection includes several Warhols and Lichtensteins.

140 George St., 011-61-2-9245-2400,
Tags: family | art | things to do | culture | architecture

Royal Botanical Gardens

Set beside the Opera House in a breathtaking harbor-side location, this lush 74-acre refuge was established by original settlers in 1816.

Mrs Macquaries Road, 011-61-2-9231-8111,
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors

Sydney Harbor Bridge

This 440-ft high, 3,770-ft-long bridge is among the world’s largest single-span bridges. Walk across or climb it (groups of 12 are decked out in space suits, harnessed to cables, and guided up stairs to the top).

The Rocks, 011-61-2-8274-7777,
Tags: family | editor pick | views | things to do | architecture | climbing

Sydney Harbor National Park

Pristine bushland pockets and five outlying islands packed with Aboriginal rock art, incredible lookout points, beaches, subtropical forest, and historic buildings comprise this protected area.

Cadmans Cottage, 110 George St., 011-61-2-9247-5033,
Tags: family | historic | things to do | outdoors

Sydney Opera House

Nothing can prepare you for this Aussie emblem’s real-life splendor. Admire it from the harbor, then come in for a close-up of this $90+ million structure by Danish architect Jørn Utzon.

Bennelong Point, 011-61-2-9250-7111,
Tags: family | things to do | culture | architecture

Sydney Tower

You’ll get a bird-eye’s city and harbor view from the turret at the top; on a clear day, you can even discern the Blue Mountains in the distance.

100 Market St., 011-61-2-9333-9222,
Tags: family | things to do | architecture

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