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Sydney Opera House

Circular Quay & The Rocks 97 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A cutting-edge array of musical and dance performances are on view at the six indoor theaters. — Concierge

If possible, grab tickets to see the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra or The Australian Ballet. — Afar Magazine

Only a handful of buildings around the world are as architecturally and culturally significant as the Sydney Opera House. — Frommer's

The Sydney Opera House and its signature silhouette symbolizes modern Australia. — Condé Nast Traveler

Don’t let the name fool you—there’s a lot more than just arias going on under the swooping, cantilevered roofs of Australia’s most famous architectural landmark. — Travel + Leisure

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There are several ways to experience the bridge and its spectacular views. — Fodor's

Whether they’re driving over it, climbing up it, rollerblading across it or sailing under it, Sydneysiders adore their bridge and swarm around it like ants on ice cream. — Lonely Planet

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Sydney’s most iconic images, with the Bridge Climb a must-do tourist activity — The Telegraph

Ultra-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge... can be crossed by car, train, or better yet on foot. — Michelin Guide

One thing few tourists do, although it only takes an hour or so, is to walk across the Harbour Bridge. — Frommer's

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Central Business District 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The galleries here present some of the best of Australian art and many fine examples by international artists, including good displays of Aboriginal and Asian art. — Frommer's

Modern and contemporary works are displayed in the gallery's light-filled spaces, which is located in beautiful parklands overlooking the Royal Botanic Gardens. — Condé Nast Traveler

With its classical Greek frontage and modern rear end, the ultrareputable Art Gallery of NSW plays a prominent and gregarious role in Sydney society. — Lonely Planet

A superb panorama of European and Australian artwork including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. — Michelin Guide

It's an imposing classical building opposite the Royal Botanic Garden. Australian, Aboriginal, Asian, and European art stars, with a free permanent collection and changing exhibitions. — Travel + Leisure

Royal Botanic Gardens

Circular Quay & The Rocks 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Come for the flowers, stay for the bats!  — Atlas Obscura

This undulating series of gardens wrapped around the southeastern edge of Sydney Harbour was the site of the city's first farm. — Concierge

Set on Sydney Harbor next to the Opera House, this 30-hectare oasis is at the heart of the city. — Condé Nast Traveler

Enjoy a lovely stroll through the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens. — Michelin Guide

More than 80 acres of sweeping green lawns, groves of indigenous and exotic trees, duck ponds, greenhouses, and some 45,124 types of plants—many of them in bloom—grace these gardens. — Fodor's

Bondi Beach

Bondi to Coogee 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Definitively Sydney, Bondi is one of the world’s great beaches: ocean and land collide, the Pacific arrives in great foaming swells and all people are equal, as democratic as sand. — Lonely Planet

Wide, wonderful Bondi (pronounced bon-dye) is the most famous and most crowded of all Sydney beaches. — Fodor's

The most famous beach in Australia is crowded, hard to reach, and not nearly as pristine as you might be led to believe. It doesn’t matter: Bondi is the place to be on any given day, in... — Travel + Leisure

Bondi to Bronte is a stunning 30-45min walk along the coast. Start early so you can park behind Icebergs (http://icebergs. com. au/). Check out the famous Icebergs pool, walk past... — Afar Magazine

Most famous - and trendiest - sandy beach. — Michelin Guide

Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK

City Centre, the Domain & Chinatown 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

View Sydney in all its breathtaking glory from Sydney Tower Eye and the Observation Deck. — Lonely Planet

It's been dominating the skyline for a quarter of a century, as both the highest point in the city and the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere. — Concierge

Short of taking a scenic flight, a visit to the top of this 309-meter (1,000 foot) golden-turret-topped spike is the best way to see Sydney's spectacular layout. — Fodor's

This addition to the Sydney thrill scene is a heart-stopping experience that is definitely not for people who are scared of heights. — Frommer's

Sydney Tower provides a panoramic 360-degree view from the Pacific Ocean in the east to the Blue Mountains in the west. — Time Out

Taronga Zoo

Sydney 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sydney's zoo, in a natural bush area on the harbor's north shore, houses an extensive collection of Australian fauna, including everybody's favorite marsupial, the koala. — Fodor's

The breezy, 12-minute harbor ferry ride from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo is half the fun. Once there, a cable car whisks you to the top of this animal sanctuary, where giraffes and... — Travel + Leisure

Arriving by ferry and then being whisked by cable car high above the animals is the way to make an entrance to this sensational harborside zoo. — Concierge

A 12-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay or a short drive from Manly, Taronga Zoo has 75 hectares of bushy harbour hillside chock-full of kangaroos, koalas and similarly hirsute Australians. — Lonely Planet

Taronga has the best view of any zoo in the world. Set on a hill, it looks out over Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, and the Harbour Bridge. — Frommer's

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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

City Centre, the Domain & Chinatown 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

These Georgian-style barracks were designed in 1819 by the convict and architect Francis Greenway. They were built by convicts and inhabited by prisoners. — Frommer's

The barracks now operate as a museum as part of the city's Historic Houses Trust. — Afar Magazine

Australia’s bleak history as a penal colony comes to vivid life inside this historic site, where convict men and boys were housed once they arrived in the city. — Travel + Leisure

Macquarie was determined to establish law and order, and in 1819 he commissioned convict-architect Francis Greenway to design this restrained, classically Georgian-style building. — Fodor's

Convict architect Francis Greenway designed this squarish, decorously Georgian structure (1819) as convict quarters. — Lonely Planet

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Australian Museum

Surry Hills & Darlinghurst 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A well-respected academic institution... collection of plants, animals, geological specimens, and cultural artifacts from the Asia-Pacific region. — Fodor's

This natural-history museum, established just 40 years after the First Fleet dropped anchor, strives to shrug off its museum-that-should-be-in-a-museum feel. — Lonely Planet

A very thorough exploration of Australian wildlife and its biodiversity. — Michelin Guide

Though nowhere near as impressive as, say, the Natural History Museum in London, Sydney's premier natural history museum is still worth a look. — Frommer's

Established in 1827, this natural history and environmental sciences museum is a favorite for family outings. — Travel + Leisure

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Sydney Observatory

Circular Quay & The Rocks 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in the 1850s, the Sydney Observatory houses Australia's oldest working telescope. — Condé Nast Traveler

Originally a signaling station for communicating with ships anchored in the harbor, this handsome building on top of Observatory Hill is now an astronomy museum. — Fodor's

The city's only major museum of astronomy offers visitors a chance to see the southern skies through modern and historic telescopes. — Frommer's

Built in the 1850s, Sydney’s copper-domed, Italianate observatory squats atop Observatory Hill , overlooking Millers Point and the harbour. — Lonely Planet

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Australian National Maritime Museum

Darling Harbour 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The six galleries of this soaring, futuristic building tell the story of Australia and the sea. — Fodor's

The Maritime Museum sails through Australia’s inextricable relationship with the sea. — Lonely Planet

Take time out to explore one of Pyrmont’s star attractions and learn some interesting nautical themed facts along the way. — On the Grid

Australia owes almost everything to the sea, so it’s not surprising that there’s a museum dedicated to seafarers and ships, from Aboriginal vessels to submarines. — Frommer's

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Museum of Contemporary Art

Circular Quay & The Rocks 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The MCA celebrates Australia's emerging and contemporary talent. Aboriginal art features prominently. — Condé Nast Traveler

A slice of Gotham City on Circular Quay West, the stately art-deco MCA has been raising even the most open-minded Sydney eyebrows since 1991. — Lonely Planet

Tucked down along the waterfront of the Rocks district, this hip modern museum has a strong Aussie bent. — Travel + Leisure

This imposing sandstone museum, set back from the water on The Rocks side of Circular Quay, offers wacky, entertaining, inspiring, and befuddling displays of what's new. — Frommer's

The museum houses amazing collections of art from top Australian modern artists and features traveling shows. — Afar Magazine

Manly Beach

Sydney 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sydney's second most famous beach stretches for nearly two golden kilometres, lined by Norfolk Island pines and scrappy midrise apartment blocks. — Lonely Planet

Lined by an impressive collection of pine trees, and features three main beaches, lovely bays, and a good collection of snack shacks and bars with a view. — Travel + Leisure

The Bondi Beach of the north shore, Manly caters to everyone except those who want to get away from it all. — Fodor's

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Powerhouse Museum

Glebe & Newtown 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sydney's most interactive museum is also one of the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. — Frommer's

Learning the principles of science is a painless process with this museum's stimulating, interactive displays ideal for all ages. — Fodor's

A short walk from Darling Harbour, Sydney’s most kid-focused museum whirs away inside the former power station for Sydney’s defunct tram network. — Lonely Planet

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Elizabeth Bay House

Kings Cross to Potts Point 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Much of this densely populated but still-charming harborside suburb was originally part of the extensive Elizabeth Bay House grounds. — Fodor's

A good example of colonial architecture, this house was built in 1835 and was described at the time as the "finest house in the colony". — Frommer's

Completed in 1839 for Colonial Secretary Alexander Macleay, this elegant neoclassical mansion by architect John Verge was one of the finest houses in the colony (and still is). — Lonely Planet

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Chinese Garden of Friendship

Darling Harbour 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The nation's long and enduring links with China are symbolized by the Chinese Garden of Friendship. — Fodor's

The largest Chinese garden of its type outside China. — Frommer's

Built according to Taoist principles, the Chinese Garden of Friendship is an oasis of tranquillity. — Lonely Planet

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Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Darling Harbour & Pyrmont 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Highlights include Shark Valley, the Great Barrier Reef exhibit, Japanese Spider crabs and the Bay of Rays. — Time Out

This is one of the world's best aquariums and should be near the top of your itinerary. — Frommer's

Giant stingrays, sharks, huge turtles, and thousands of fish swim right over your head as you walk through this aquarium's feature attraction, an underwater glass tunnel. — Concierge

This place brings in more paying visitors than any other attraction in Australia – even with its hefty admission charges. — Lonely Planet

The larger and more modern of Sydney's public aquariums presents a fascinating view of the underwater world, with saltwater crocodiles, giant sea turtles, and delicate, multicolor fish. — Fodor's

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Museum of Sydney

Circular Quay & The Rocks 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This museum built on the site of the original Government House documents Sydney's early period of European colonization. — Fodor's

You'll need to have your brain in full working order to make the most of the contents of this three-story postmodern building near Circular Quay. — Frommer's

Built on the site of Sydney’s first (and infamously pungent) Government House, the MoS is a fragmented, story-telling museum using state-of-the-art installations. — Lonely Planet

Learn all about the rich history of Australia’s biggest city at this well-curated museum, built atop the remains of the first Government House. — Travel + Leisure

This sculpture... was commissioned for the Museum of Sydney and developed by an indigenous and non-indigenous artist working together. — Afar Magazine

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Brett Whiteley Studio Museum

Surry Hills 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

So yes, seeing his art up close is great – but the real joy is examining the artefacts of creativity strewn about, giving you a chance to get forensic and deconstruct the genesis of the art on display — On the Grid

"This gallery offers glimpses into the private world of one of Australia’s most renowned artists, Brett Whiteley, who lived and worked in Surry Hills until his death in 1992. — Afar Magazine

Acclaimed local artist Brett Whiteley (1939–1992) lived fast and without restraint. His hard-to-find studio (look for the signs on Devonshire St) has been preserved as a gallery. — Lonely Planet

For an intimate gallery experience, check out the former home and studio of the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) in Surry Hills. — Travel + Leisure

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Featherdale Wildlife Park

Sydney 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

There are several wildlife parks on Sydney’s fringes that give kids the chance to get close to Australia’s iconic wildlife like the Featherdale Wildlife Park. — Lonely Planet

If you have time to visit only one wildlife park in Sydney, make it this one. The selection of Australian animals is excellent, and, most important, the animals are very well cared for. — Frommer's

This is the place to see kangaroos, dingoes, wallabies, and echidnas (and even feed some of them) in native bush settings 40 km (25 miles) west of Sydney. — Fodor's

Featherdale now has one of Australia's largest private collections of native animals and birds. — Time Out

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