Australia’s most populous city, Sydney features a fascinating mix of modern architecture, extensive greenery, coastal setting and wild nightlife. From the futuristic Opera House to the lovely Royal National Park and from innovative art galleries to sophisticated restaurants, you will never get bored in Harbour City.
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Sydney’s subway lines are complemented by a comprehensive bus network. Water taxis serve the seaside areas of the city, while taxi cabs are widely available on the streets. The Central Station is linked to the airport by frequent direct train routes.
Sydney’s best architecture
One of the city’s most famous landmarks, Sydney Opera House is a modern architectural treasure and an Unesco World Heritage Site. Located at Sydney Harbour, its unique design resembles multiple overlapping shells. Close to the Opera House you will find the impressive Harbour Bridge.
Standing in Market Street, Sydney’s Tower Eye is a tall modern structure, from the top of which visitors can enjoy fascinating panoramic views of the city.From modern to colonial architecture, Rocks District is ideal for taking a glimpse of beautiful buildings which date back to the time the first European residents arrived to Australia.
Sydney’s parks and zoos
Sydney offers several green zones, both within the city centre and the wider metropolitan area. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Chinese Garden of Friendship, the Domain, Hyde Park and Sydney Park are a few fine central choices for relaxing strolls and joyful pick-nicks. Suburban parks and gardens include Royal National Park, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and Auburn Botanical Gardens, while Greater Blue Mountains Area, at the city’s western edge, houses hundreds of animal species, including some endemic such as koalas.
For an up-close look at Australian animals, visit Sidney Wildlife World, where you can see lively kangaroos, lazy koalas and tones of other endemic and international species. Dip in domestic underwater life by visiting SydneyAquarium. Featuring a recreation of the Great Barrier Reef, the aquarium hosts dozen of colourful tropical fish and other local marine creatures. Walk down the see-through tunnels while great sharks swim over and around you.
Art in Sydney
Art Gallery of South Wales holds a wide collection of artworks from Australian artists, as well as other fascinating displays on Asian and European art, photography, prints and contemporary designs. If interested in contemporary art, also visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, Artspace Sydney and the stunning White Rabbit Gallery, which presents Chinese contemporary art pieces.
Brett Whiteley Studio presents the Australian artist’s actual studio, which has been maintained pretty much as he left it before he passed away in 1992, also featuring the unfinished painting he was working on at the time.
Founded in 1827, Sydney’s Australian Museum is the oldest museum in the country. Come here to see Aboriginal artefacts, dinosaur remains, endemic staffed animal species and some tools and utensils from several civilizations around the globe. Located at College Street, it is housed in an impressive 19th-century building.
Be introduced to the city’s history by paying a visit to Sydney Museum. First established in 1995, the museum is built over the remains of New South Wales first Governor’s residence, featuring educating displays of items, photos and multimedia presentations which chronicle Sydney’s timeline from colonial times up to date.
Part of Sydney’s Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Powerhouse Museum is named after the former electric tram power station building, which now occupies. Most of its collections focus on science and technology, including space science, steam power, media and communication. However, art and design displays are also exhibited in this fascinating museum, which is one of the city’s most visited attractions.