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Sightseeing in Sydney

Sightseeing in Sydney: Opera House seen from a Sydney ferrySydney is a perfect travel destination. It’s a vibrant, modern city and offers a lot of activities. The city consists of villages that each have their own character and all these villages are so different! And what is also good about Sydney it has water and fantastic beaches almost everywhere, and the climate is tourist-friendly all year round.

Sydney has world-famous sights and you can walk between them. This post shows the main sights of Sydney and an easy walking-route between them.  This is a one day sightseeing tour of Sydney, Australia.

Sightseeing in Sydney: Walking Itinerary on the Map

Harbour Bridge

Sightseeing in Sydney: Harbour Bridge seen from Circular Quay

Harbour Bridge, SydneySydney is a harbour city, and in the middle of it is the Harbour Bridge connecting the Northern suburbs to the city. The bridge is 2 km long and has six or eight lanes for cars, and it’s a rail and pedestrian bridge too.

Our apartment is close to the northern end of the Harbour bridge so we can walk to the city along the bridge! On Harbour Bridge you get one of the best views of Sydney, mornings, daytime and at night!

You can climb to the highest top of the bridge, like 3 Million people who already took the adventure. But for me, seeing the New Year’s fireworks from below the bridge has been the greatest Sydney sight!

The Rocks

Street view of The Rocks, Sydney

Take the steps down from the Harbour Bridge and you are in The Rocks historic area. The Rocks is the place where the first European settlers stepped in 1788, and there are still many old houses left.


Circular Quay

Sitting at a cafe near Circular Quay, Sydney

A view of Circular Quay, SydneyOur Sightseeing in Sydney Tour continues to the busy transport hub of Circular Quay. From here you can take regular ferries to suburbs north of Sydney Harbour. Or you can take a train or bus to get almost anywhere south of Sydney Harbour.

On the Harbour there is an hugely popular walking-area with cafes and restaurants on both sides of the bay. You can watch the lively ferry traffic when walking towards the Opera House.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House seen from Circular Quay

The Sydney Opera House was designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon,  more than 50 years ago. Today the Opera House is among the most important symbols of Sydney and Australia.

The Opera House is amazing. You can try to get tickets to one of the performances. There are also guided tours of the Opera. The doors are open to everyone so anyone can just walk in and visit some parts of the building. Many people want to see the Opera House, and there are mostly hundreds of tourists outside the building.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney

An ibis in the Royal Botanical Gardens, SydneyRight behind the Opera House, through the Queen Elizabeth II gate you can enter the huge parks of Royal Botanic Gardens, in the middle of the city!

There are areas for different kinds of plants, but one of the most interesting (and frightening) things are the enormous Australian bats hanging upside down all over the trees.

Birds are nicer to look at than the bats, and I’ve also seen some giant spiders.  Of course there are all kinds of  Australian plants. I’m telling more about the plants in another blog post, see Autumn Colours in Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens.


Sydney Central Business District

A view of the Central Business District, Sydney

From the Botanic Gardens our Sightseeing in Sydney Tour goes to a lot smaller park, Hyde Park, and on to the Central Business District of Sydney.

In Sydney there are so many familiar street names if you have been in London. Sydney has Oxford Street, Liverpool Street, Kings Cross, Paddington and many more London place names.

The Sydney CBD is a mixture of old buildings and modern skyscrapers. It’s a business area, a shopping area, a cafe and pub area, and very busy during working hours.


Chinatown, Sydney

Sydney has a big Chinese population and the Chinese district is very central right on the corner of the CBD. Here you can enjoy Chinese food in small restaurants or in big food courts. The Chinese style shopping mall Paddy’s Market is also worth a visit.


Between Chinatown and Darling Harbour there is a nice quiet garden, The Chinese Garden of Friendship. Here you really get a feeling like being in China!

Chinese Garden, Sydney

Darling Harbour

A view of Darling Harbour, Sydney

Darling Harbour is an amusement, culture and restaurant area for tourists and locals. There are rows of restaurants, cafés and pubs, and many popular sights like Sydney Aquarium, The IMAX Theatre, Wild Life Sydney Zoo and the Australian National Maritime Museum at the end of the pier.


A Sydney Ferry arriving at Pyrmont Bay Ferry WharfDarling Harbour had an amazing playground for children, with lots of families spending time on a hot weekend afternoon. Why didn’t I take a child with me on this trip, so I could spend more time in this nice place?

When you’ve seen enough of Darling Harbour you can take a Sydney Ferry back to Circular Quay from one of the ferry wharfs around the harbour.  For example at the Pyrmont Bay wharf right behind the Maritime Museum.

If you still feel like walking a bit, take the walking-bridge back to the CBD and Chinatown, where you can end your self-made Sightseeing in Sydney tour.


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