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Today I am going to share with you Sydney’s Top Attractions. This straight to the point guide will cover things not to miss in Sydney. No matter where you stay in Sydney, once you get to Circular Quay station, you are right in the heart of the city and then all you have to do is choose which attractions you want to see first. So, let’s begin!

Point of interests in Sydney, Australia

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Sydney Opera House

The iconic Sydney Opera House is only a 10-minute walk from Circular Quay Station. It offers the best view of the harbour bridge and the skyscrapers in the city. This stunning venue also hosts opera, dance, theatre and more. Get there early if you want to catch sunsets from deck downstairs at the Opera bar/ Opera kitchen. You can also attend one of the daily guided tours to learn more about the Sydney Opera House.

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Royal Botanical Garden

Beautiful botanical garden is behind the Sydney Opera house. If you go straight from the Circular Quay station it should take about 5 minutes to walk. Wander between the pretty flowers, native flora and fauna, birds ( I saw bats up close for the first time here!) and a picnic with the stunning Opera House view! With the stunning view of Sydney Harbour and the city moments way, it’s a quick go-to place to relax and unwind.  After that, head to Mrs Macquire chair which is within the botanical garden for the spectacular sunsets!

The Rocks

The old historic site, the rocks is an only 4-minute walk from Circular Quay. This is where Europeans settled in Australia first. Stroll through the laneways, discover the fascinating facts/history, a browse in the shops and a bite to eat in one of the many fine restaurants and bars. Btw, Sydney’s oldest pub Fortune of War is on the rocks too. If you happen to go during the weekend also see the rocks market where you can try a variety of cuisines, shop handicraft and more.

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Taronga Zoo

Say you chose the Captain cook hop on and hop off ticket, you can get to Taonga Zoo in 15 minutes from Circular Quay. (There is also yellow local Sydney ferries available that leaves from Wharf 4 in Circular Quay) I hesitated to go to Taronga Zoo for many years then when my mum visited Sydney, I took her there.  I am glad I did that. Otherwise, I would have missed out on picture perfect photographs like above! The best thing about Taronga Zoo is the panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and a diverse range of Australian wildlife, birds and dolphin show.

Custom House

This beautiful heritage building is just a 2-minute walk from the Circular Quay Station. Once you step in, you can walk on top of the model of Sydney, read books or newspaper in a small library, use the facilities and a FREE WIFI! If you are in the mood for some food, there is a restaurant on the ground floor and also on the top floor with a nice view of the Sydney Opera house and Harbour Bridge.

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

World famous Sydney Harbour Bridge is 5 minutes walk from the Circular Quay Station. Outside the station, watch the aboriginals play the didjeridu, listen to the buskers’ cool songs, get an ice cream maybe, and stroll towards the bridge to Cumberland Street. Harbour Bridge climbing could take anywhere from 30mins to 2hour. PRebooking is recommended as they accept walk in for the bridge climb. Book directly on their website or pop into a visitor centre for more information in the circular quay station.

Sydney Tower Eye

From Circular Quay station, Sydney Tower Eye is 15 minutes walk. It stands 309 meters and is the highest point in the city. Hence gives you the best 360-degree view of Sydney. It can get a bit confusing! So remember the entrance to the Sydney tower eye is from the Westfield Shopping Mall (top floor of course;)) You can buy the entrance tickets at the door.

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Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building is 20 minutes walk from the Circular Quay Station. It is a historic and beautiful building built in the 1890s, and since then as you can imagine heaps of restoration has gone into it. Even nowadays, sometimes there is a scaffolding on parts of it for maintenance or restoration. Either way, it is a beautiful building full of shops, restaurants, and cafes. From the top floor, the view of the old clock hanging from the ceiling is unique! On the basement, you will find the way to the Townhall train station that connects to Circular Quay station.

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Barangaroo

This chic new development is 17 minutes walk from Circular Quay Station. It boasts waterfront apartments, businesses, but it is also rich with aboriginal significance, and maritime history. The best thing about Barangaroo Reserve is, it is built as Sydney’s newest harbourside park! So you can walk, cycle or picnic on a gem of a location.

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Hop on hop off cruise or bus

If you have time, I recommend walking and discovering Sydney as it is different fun to see things from your eye level! If time is tight, then hop on hop off is a smart way to see Sydney. You can choose either hop on hop off Cruise or bus.

With the Captain cook hop on hop off cruise tickets, you can cover 9 beautiful locations for 2 consecutive days! If you want to celebrate special occasions, they can arrange a private cruise too.

The big bus Sydney hop on hop off offers 2 tours – the city tour and the Bondi tour. They run every 15-20 minutes and tickets are valid on both tours and last for 24 -48 hours.

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Darling Harbour

From Circular Quay station, it takes about 30 minutes walk to get to Darling Harbour. It is usually buzzing with tourists and locals. Australian Maritime Museum, Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo, Sealife Sydney, Madame Tussauds, Chinese garden of friendship, ICC (International convention centre, and the fun Ferris wheel are all located in Darling Harbour. Not to forget, some of the busiest restaurants, nightclubs and bars in Sydney also has Darling Harbour as their home address.

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Bondi Beach

It would be an incomplete visit without seeing the popular Sydney beach. A bus or train from the city to Bondi beach would take 30-40 minutes. Remember to put on sunscreen and a hat or sunglass! While you are there, don’t miss the stunning Bondi to Coogee coastal walk finishing off with a fish and chips from the cafe across the road!

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera

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SanDisk 64 GB Memory Cards

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Do you think it’s a hassle of plugging your camera into your computer? This memory card reader will fit cards of all sizes and make an easy transfer to your computer. The reader supports all popular SD memory card formats, including SD™/SDHC™/SDXC™ memory cards, UHS-I SDHC/SDXC memory cards, and microSDHC™/microSDXC™ memory cards. It is also compatible with the latest UDMA 7-enabled CompactFlash cards.

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22 thoughts on “Sydney’s Top Attractions

  • September 12, 2018 at 3:57 am
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    I like that you focused on things that I haven’t seen before about visiting Australia, like Kangaroos and certain landmarks. bookmarking it for my visit next year.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 4:54 am
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    Gorgeous pictures! Great information too. Who think about having a picnic and wine under the shadows of the Sidney Harbor Bridge? Looks like it’s a must-do. I love getting tips from insiders!

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  • September 12, 2018 at 5:35 am
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    Man, I really want to visit Australia! It’s such a far distance for me, though, I’ll need to save up for awhile. The hop on and off cruise sounds so fun and unique!

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  • September 12, 2018 at 8:00 am
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    I’ve never been to Sydney but would absolutely love to go!!! This is such a great idea for blog posts. Good luck on your challenge!

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  • September 12, 2018 at 10:26 am
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    I have never been but you show such wonderful things to try. I can’t wait to go.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 11:59 am
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    I had no idea there was so much to see in Sydney!! Looks like a lot of fun!

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  • September 12, 2018 at 1:15 pm
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    This is such a great post! I know exactly what should be on my itinerary when it comes time to plan my trip to Australia!

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  • September 12, 2018 at 9:17 pm
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    Ever since I was little I wanted to visit Australia. I remember watching a police series based in Sydney and see every day stunning images of the harbour and the opera house.

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  • September 12, 2018 at 9:53 pm
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    I’ve never been to Sydney, but I do have a bucket list, so I’m definitely adding this place!

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  • September 13, 2018 at 3:56 am
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    Okay, now you’ve inspired me to check out Sydney for a new vacation destination!

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  • September 13, 2018 at 9:09 am
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    I’ve never been but what lovely shots of the city! Looks like a beautiful place to visit someday (hopefully)!

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  • September 13, 2018 at 10:54 am
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    Ever since watching Finding Nemo I have always wanted to visit Sydney! This is such an amazing list of places with great photos! -Tonya Morris

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  • September 13, 2018 at 1:30 pm
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    Since I was a young girl I had always wanted to go to Australia. I would love to see Steve’s Zoo.

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  • September 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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    Some of the places that you have mentioned are truly beautiful and I haven’t visited them yet. Pinning this post!

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  • September 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm
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    I’ve not been to Australia yet, but I’m hoping to one day. Not sure I’d go to the zoo though, I’m not a big lover or advocate of animals kept in captivity x

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