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Point, Circular Quay
Australia's most instantly recognized and enduring symbol, the Sydney Opera
House appears to sail the harbor on billowing white wings. A world-class
cultural center, the Opera House also hosts the city's symphony orchestra,
ballet, dance and drama, and offers free concerts most Sunday afternoons along
the outer walk. Hour-long walking tours are available on the half-hour, starting
at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m.
except for special exhibits
Daily 7 a.m. to sunset
established as a farm by convicts transported to Australia by the First Fleet,
the Royal Botanical Gardens is a lush grove of botanical wonders situated beside
picturesque Sydney Harbor. A Tropical Center features the exploits of the Venus
flytrap and other intriguing tropical plants that live in the glass-house
environment (A$5 adults, A$2 children, A$12 family). Pungent plantings populate
the Herb Garden.
bon-die, this magnificent stretch of sand is Sydney's most famous beach, the
place to see and be seen either from the sand or from one of the many hip cafes
across the street. Prepare for a carnival atmosphere as tourists and locals
alike flock to Bondi for an anything-goes frolic in the sun.
Gallery of New South Wales
Gallery Road, The Domain
Free, except for special exhibits
Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
some of the finest Australian works, the museum is particularly proud of its
display of Aboriginal art. The permanent collection also includes European,
Asian and contemporary art and photography, as well as ever-changing special
the eastern end of Darling Harbour, Star City Hotel Casino Sydney is a part of
the huge Entertainment and Shopping complex. The property is 10 minutes walk
across Pyrmont Bridge, from the city as well as 5 minutes walk to Darling
Harbour shops and entertainment complex. Star City complex itself houses
the casino, a theatre, shops and restaurants.
Star City is New South Wales' only casino and is Sydney's premier
24 hour entertainment facility located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, enjoying
sweeping views of the harbour and city skyline. Star City has a huge TAB lounge
and sports bar, Star Keno and 200 gaming tables featuring popular games such as
Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Mini Baccarat, Sic Bo, Big Wheel, Caribbean Stud
Poker, Pai Gow and Pontoon.
Star City Complex
Theatre is located at the eastern end of the Star City complex.
opening in November 1997, the Lyric Theatre has presented a wide range of
leading local and international entertainment events. With its superb acoustics
and intimate design, audiences at the Lyric Theatre have enjoyed concerts by
some of the world's leading entertainers.
boasts an enormous stage and orchestra pit, and is acclaimed as the best
commercial theatre in Australia for musicals, theatre, opera and ballet.
charged. Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
natural history museum traces Australia's rich culture over tens of thousands of
years. Its Aboriginal section explores the impact of white society on the first
Australians. Other exhibits feature the flora and fauna of Papua New Guinea,
native insects and fossils.
Australian National Maritime Museum
Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
National Maritime Museum
history is vitally linked to the sea, and the museum explores those connections
with its exhibits of antique racing yachts, WWII destroyers and an America's Cup
champion. There is a replica of the Ship Endeavor (the ship in which
Captain James Cook made his historic voyages in which he charted the waters
around New Zealand, Australia, and Hawaii)
Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
the shell of an enormous, abandoned power station, the museum presents more than
two dozen exhibits themed around applied art, science and technology. Here, find
a whole floor dedicated to steam engines, airplanes, computers and decorative
arts. The museum also includes a NASA space station and a 1930s cinema exhibit.
charged for Pylon Tower
Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
in 1932, this bridge remains an engineering feat even today. At 1,650 feet, the
bridge is the city's most-revered landmark after the Sydney Opera House.
Affectionately called "The Coat Hanger," the bridge contains 8 vehicle lanes, 2
railroad tracks, a cycleway and a walkway. The southeast column of the bridge
contains a museum that documents the bridge's construction; walk 200 steps up
the Pylon Tower for a magnificent view of the harbor and cityscape beyond.
Daily 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
the most extensive collection of Australian marine life, the Aquarium features
crocodiles, seals, fairy penguins and platypuses, as well as an enormous
collection of sharks that lurk in its Open Ocean exhibit.
Taronga Park Zoo
Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
One of the
world's great zoos, Taronga lets its guests visit nearly nose-to-nose with some
of Australia's most spectacular and exotic creatures - native koalas, of course,
but also kangaroos, dingoes, Tasmanian devils and wombats. Scary creatures crawl
through their Reptile House habitat. A Zoo Pass includes unlimited passages on
the scenic gondola that meanders the 75-acre compound.
Daily, but hours change seasonally
spot for athletes and nature-lovers alike, Centennial Park's 550 acres boast a
wealth of wildlife that coexists beside miles of walking, cycling and horse
trails. Visitors can picnic while they watch classic films shown at the
amphitheater during summer months.
highest observation deck in the whole of the southern hemisphere, and visited by
one million people each year, the turretâ€™s 9 levels are designed to hold 1,000
at a time. Skytour, at the podium level, provides a multimedia journey around
Australia. Three restaurants with spectacular views occupy 3 levels of the
Rides open weekends and school holidays; call for seasonal hours
1935, modeled after Coney Island's Luna Park and set against the backdrop of
Sydney Harbour, this is a loud, brash, in-your-face amusement park that features
a variety of classic rides. Visitors enter beneath the ghastly, grinning face of
a painted clown, who has evolved alongside the park's collection of attractions.