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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is less than two hours by car from Sydney but feels like another world. A sterling day trip, the national park features a majestic range of mountains, deep valleys, and sandstone plateaus cloaked in a soft blue...

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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
Few harbors, or harbours, are more famous and breathtakingly beautiful than Sydney’s. First discovered in 1770 by Captain James Cook, and the site of the first colony in Australia in 1788, the harbor today is home to some of the city’s...
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1d Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Named for the wife of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who presided over New South Wales in the early 1800s, this site provides one of the most spectacular views in town. Find the historic carved-rock ledge in the Royal Botanic Garden, east of the...

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Circular Quay, Wharf 2, Shop 2B Circular Quay - Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

From Circular Quay, embark on a jaunt to the charming seaside town of Manly, a 30-minute journey that encompasses gorgeous scenery of both harbor and ocean. The classic green-and-gold ferry service has been in operation since 1855, when it was...

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7 Onslow Ave, Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011, Australia

Both history buffs and architecture aficionados will thrill to these two fabulous mansions-turned-museums. The first is an imposing Greek Revival home built by colonial-era public official Alexander Macleay in 1835 on a beautiful 22-hectare...

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Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House was inspired by its dramatic setting on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, a location that’s long been sacred to the native Gadigal people. While construction took...
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2 Raper St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
The final home and workplace of the late Australian artist Brett Whiteley is now a museum that holds rotating exhibits of Whiteley’s work shown on weekends as well as monthly events such as poetry readings and classical music performances....
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Watsons Bay NSW, Australia

Head to this swell harbor-beach suburb to get a taste of a slower-paced side of Sydney. Have a picnic of fish & chips in the park facing the beautiful sheltered bay, or take a long lunch at the famous Doyles on the Beach, a...

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Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
Travelers should visit Taronga Zoo as much for its harbor views as for the 4,000 resident animals (who get to see them all day long). Ferry 15 minutes from Circular Quay and take an optional Sky Safari cable car, included in the ticket...
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Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Sydney’s 158-acre botanic garden, which hugs the harbor between Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Sydney Opera House, is home to nearly 9,000 plant species. Depending on the season of your visit, you might seek out spring peaches and wisteria or...
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Sydney NSW, Australia

If ever a swimming pool deserved Instagram-legend status, it's this one. This historic landmark has been sitting pretty at the southern end of Bondi Beach since 1929, and is home to a bunch of intrepid types called the Bondi Icebergs who swim here...

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Similar to a goat-laden American petting zoo, visitors at Featherdale Park can purchase a cone of feed and coax kangaroos, wallabies, and emus over to eat out of their hands. Featherdale is home to one of the area's largest private collections of...
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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia

See what life is like at the top of the world by scaling one of the city's most celebrated icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Kitted up in a nifty gray-and-blue jumpsuit and a safety harness, you'll follow a climb leader and ascend the arches of...

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St Marys Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Find an oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the city at this magnificent church, the spiritual home of Sydney's Catholic community and the seat of the archbishop of Sydney. Built from regional sandstone, the Gothic Revival landmark—located...

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Koala Rd & Park Ave, Punchbowl NSW 2196, Australia

Admit it: Part of your motivation for visiting Australia is to cuddle a koala. We don't blame you. Australia's cutest eucalyptus-leaf-chewing marsupial makes its home at this wildlife sanctuary set in a rain-forest environment that's about a...

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Sydney NSW, Australia

This four-kilometer-long (2.5-mile-long) ramble through native bushland traces a path along a stunning cliff top between two quintessentially Sydney beachside neighborhoods. Along the way you'll gaze upon Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte beaches (watch...

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Greycliffe Ave, Vaucluse NSW 2030, Australia

One of many hidden harbor beaches beloved by locals, this family-friendly stretch of sand is located in the tony neighborhood of Vaucluse and has sublime water views. There's swimming in the calm, balmy waters of Shark Beach (don't let the name...

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George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
The cobblestone walkways and sandstone walls of Australia’s oldest district are full of stories: of the lives of convicts, publicans, sailors, and wharf laborers as well as members of the 19 Aboriginal clans that called this land home...
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Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
A once blighted brewery district is now a go-to destination for dining, drinking, and gallery-hopping. White Rabbit Gallery, a contemporary Chinese art museum and tea house, has long anchored the cultural scene here, but over a dozen more art...
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140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Set on the western side of Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is the country’s leading institution for modern art. While access to touring international exhibitions from the likes of Tatsuo Miyajima and Annie...