| The only problem with visiting Sydney is
fitting in everything you want to do and see. A well-planned itinerary can easily be upset
by countless other sights and experiences that suddenly become "must sees" and
"must dos" once you arrive. Of course, you won't want to miss the
"icon" attractions'--the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge--but you should also
check out the native Aussie wildlife in the Taronga Zoo and the Sydney Aquarium and get a
dose of Down Under culture at the not-too-large Australian Museum. Also try to take time
out to visit one of the nearby national parks for a taste of the Australian bush, and if
it's hot take your swimsuit and towel to Bondi Beach
Other recommended attractions
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AMP Centerpoint Tower
The tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere is not hard to miss--it resembles a giant
steel pole skewering a golden marshmallow. Standing more th...
Art Gallery of New South Wales
The numerous galleries here present some of the best of Australian art and many fine
examples by international artists, including good displays of Ab...
Though nowhere near as impressive as, say, the Natural History Museum in London or similar
museums in Washington or New York, Sydney's premier natura...
Australian Reptile Park
What started off as a one-man operation supplying deadly snake antivenom in the early
1950s has ended up a nature park teeming with the slippery-looki...
Captain Cook Cruises
This major cruise company offers several harbor excursions on its sleek vessels, with
commentary along the way.
The largest Chinese garden of its type outside China offers a pleasant escape from the
city concrete. It was designed by expert gardeners from China'...
This new museum, across the large square opposite the Circular Quay CityRail station and
the ferry wharves, opened in December 1998. It's worthwhile ...
Featherdale Wildlife Park
If you only have time to visit one wildlife park in Sydney, make it this one. The
selection of native Australian animals is excellent, and, most impo...
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
These Georgian-style barracks were designed in 1819 by the convict/architect Francis
Greenway. They were built by convicts and inhabited by fellow pr...
Unless you want to go all the way to Kangaroo Island in South Australia, it's unlikely
you're going to spot as many koalas in the trees as you can fi...
The modern Matilda fleet is based at Darling Harbour and offers 1-hour sightseeing tours,
morning and afternoon coffee cruises, and daily lunch and d...
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
This imposing sandstone museum set back from the water on The Rocks-side of Circular Quay
offers wacky, entertaining, inspiring, and befuddling displ...
You'll need your brain in full working order to make the most
of the contents of this three-story post-modern building that encompasses the remnants
Modern Australia owes almost everything to the sea, so it's not surprising that there's a
museum dedicated to the ships, from Aboriginal vessels to s...
Elizabeth Bay House
This magnificent example of colonial architecture was built in 1835 and was described at
the time as the "finest house in the colony." Visitors can t...
If you have a day to spare, then you might consider the long trek to Gledswood, sort of
theme agricultural property set on 61.5 hectares (150 acres)....