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Sydney Attractions

A Harbour is not Just for Ships

When most people think of Sydney, they envision the harbor. The beautiful Sydney Harbour, which is officially named Port Jackson, offers many places to see. There are the beaches as well as cliffs and sandstone headlands. There are stunning bays along with rock islands.  These all add up to make one of the worlds most stunning water views. The Sydney Harbour is formed where the Parramatta River meets the Ocean and reaches 20 km inland. Enjoy sailing or swimming in the harbour or take a ferry across for views that are unavailable on the shore.  Try to view the entire harbour from the ocean side of the bridge. While on shore, visit the bushland that is protected by the Sydney Harbour National Park. Take a drive or have a drink. Dine with a view or take a drive to the headlands. The Harbour is one of the greatest tourist attractions in Sydney 



Get Rocking at the Rocks

The very heart of Sydney is found in The Rocks. This is where the first settlers made their home when moving to Sydney. For many years, the area had become overcrowded and disease-ridden. In the 1970s, The Rocks were brought back to a new life by the trade union movement and the building industry. Take a walk around the cobblestone streets and view the buildings from the past two centuries as well as stuffed koalas.  Stop and visit the art galleries, craft shops or the Sydney Observatory.

Buildings that once served as dens of inequity, sailors quarters or warehouses, have been transformed have been transformed into restaurants and shops, yet retain the facades from the colonial period. Visit Millers Point where tourism has not seemed to tarnish the community life. Two of the oldest pubs in Sydney are located in this area, The Hero of Waterloo and the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. The Rocks is one of the best places to see in Sydney.



The Key to Moving Around-Circular Quay

Although shaped more like a horseshoe than a circle, Circular Quay serves as a transportation hub for Sydney. Circular Quay surrounds Sydney cove and for many years served as the shopping area fro Sydney. Tank Steam was central to early settlement of Sydney and continues to run underground. Come to Circular Quay to catch a ride on a ferry, the railroad, or even an overseas ship. Along the way, you will find buskers, parks restaurants, the Sydney Opera House and the Museum of Contemporary art.



Opera and Much More, Sydney Opera House

When you hear the name Sydney Opera House, you may not think of engineering, but this multi-shell like structure was a great feat of engineering. The government of New South Wales called for submission of conceptual designs in 1956, and Queen Elizabeth II dedicated the Opera House in 1973. Jorn Utzon, the architect says the design was inspired by palm fronds.  Because of delays and political opposition, Utzon resigned in 1966. In 1999, Utzon was again employed to prepare a set of design principles for future changes to the complex. Utzon died in 2008 after receiving the Pritzker Prize, international architectures highest honor in 2003. Nearly every tourist takes at least one photograph of the Sydney Opera House, and its likeness may be found on T-shirts, post cards and even Dame Edna’s drama glasses. In addition to opera, the Opera House is host to ballet, classical music, film and theater.  Be sure to include the Opera House as one of your must see attractions in Sydney.



Historical Macquarie Street

Connecting Hyde Park with the Sydney Opera House, Macquarie Street has the greatest collection of early public building is all of Sydney. Many of these buildings were designed by a convict, architect Francis Greenway and commissioned by Governor Macquarie. Here you will find the Treasury Building, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, St. James Church, State Library of New South Wales, Parliament House, Mint Building, Government House and Hyde Park Barracks.