Sydney Opera House
tel. 61 2 9250 7111, www.sydneyoperahouse.com
The signature building of the ultramodern Sydney Opera House, the exterior walls of which resemble overlapping seashells, has a long and eventful history. Its construction was marked by controversy, both over financial issues and the building’s architecture itself. The project was originally led by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, but was taken over by a group of Australian architects during the late 1960s. The building was completed in 1973, and now houses numerous theatres that play host to the world’s finest actors and dancers. Guided tours of the building are available.
Sydney Harbour Bridge
tel. 61 2 9240 1100, www.pylonlookout.com.au
Affectionately referred to as “the coat hanger” by locals, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is 1,150m long and links the north and south shores of Sydney Harbour. Together with the Sydney Opera House, the bridge, which opened in 1932, is the urban icon of Australia. For an unequalled view of the bay, climb the 200 steps to the top of Pylon Lookout, located on the structure’s southeastern pylon.
The Rocks is a historic area where Sydney’s first European settlers founded their colony. Today, it is one of city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Its colonial-era buildings now house trendy restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. The neighbourhood offers spectacular views over Sydney Harbour.
at the corner of Pitt and Market sts., tel. 61 2 9333 9222, www.sydneytoweroztrek.com.au
The viewing platform located at the top of Sydney Tower offers breathtaking views of the city. From here you can see the beaches that extend along the bay and the Blue Mountains in the distance.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Rd., tel. 02 9225 1744, www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au
The Art Gallery of New South Wales has an impressive collection of 19th- and 20th-century Australian art.
This enormous leisure and entertainment district is located right on the waterfront, just a few minutes from downtown. In addition to the shops and restaurants found in the Harbourside Shopping Centre, this development is home to some of Sydney’s most interesting attractions, including the Powerhouse Museum, the Sydney Fish Market and the Sydney Aquarium.
500 Harris St., Ultimo 2007, tel. 61 2 9217 0111, www.powerhousemuseum.com
The Powerhouse Museum never fails to surprise visitors with its daring exhibits, whose eclectic themes have covered such aspects of Australian culture as “Kylie: an exhibition,” (dedicated to Kylie Minogue’s costumes), “On the box: great moments in Australian television,” and “Circus! 150 years in Australia.” It may well be its fun, adventuresome spirit that makes this one of Sydney’s most fascinating museums.
Sydney Fish Market
Bank St. Pyrmont, tel. 61 2 9004 1100
This huge fish market is definitely worth a visit. The scene is always lively at this colourful market, from first thing in the morning when the fishermen arrive, to later in the day when the fish vendors cry their wares and the locals come to do their daily shopping. This is also a great place to sample sushi at its very freshest.
access from Market St. or King St., tel. 61 2 8251 7800, www.sydneyaquarium.com.au
The various exhibits of the Sydney Aquarium are fascinating, and enable visitors to discover Australia’s fascinatingly diverse underwater plant and animal life—without getting wet.