Iconic Locations in Sydney And New South Wales

Sydney and New South Wales

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Sydney and New South Wales

Sydney and the surrounding New South Wales region has bucket loads of things to do, no matter what you’re looking for. Right from soaking up the sun at the beach, leisurely cruising the harbour, visiting iconic natural attractions and city landmarks, trying out adrenaline-pumping activities and getting a taste of the shopper-foodie paradise – there’s definitely something for everyone!

Local Areas
Local Areas in Sydney

Sydney Harbour

Heart of the City

This busy, but beautiful, natural harbour is the epicentre of Sydney and is dotted with the city’s iconic attractions! Locals and visitors alike enjoy time on the water, be it sailing, taking a ferry, guided harbour cruises or hopping over to the nearby islands. You can board these ferries and cruises from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour and enjoy fabulous views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

“Enjoy fabulous views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, and maybe even visit Luna Park or Taronga Zoo”

Circular Quay

Circular Quay Birthplace of Australia

What is a visit to Sydney without seeing the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, right? Both are walking distance from Circular Quay. Galleries, pubs, restaurants and upscale fashion houses collide at this major transport hub with trains, buses and ferries arriving and leaving by the minute. It offers panoramic views of Sydney’s attractions and a chance to dine at some of the best award-winning restaurants.


Barangaroo Cosmopolitan CBD

Named after a very influential Aboriginal woman who lived in the 1700s, Barangaroo was originally a fishing and hunting ground of the Gadigal people. Located close to both the Sydney Harbour and the CBD, today it’s replete with waterfront parks, wide open spaces and walking trails – a beautiful locale to hold events and festivals! It also houses the Barangaroo Reserve which is a lovely green open space.

China Town and Hay Market

China Town and Hay Market Popular Community Markets

Be prepared for a riot of colours and aromas when you visit Chinatown and Hay Market. You can taste the flavours of South East Asia & China, whether you are in the mood for some Vietnamese Pho, Pad Thai or hot Dim Sum. For the bargain hunters and shopaholics, there are a lot of shopping options such as Paddy's Market, Market City and World Square. You can also enjoy a show at the majestic Capitol Theatre.

Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour Sydney’s Playground

Darling Harbour is abuzz with activity day or night. There are a lot of great places to check out for kids and adults. Wildlife encounters with koalas, dolphins and the like are popular at the Sydney Wild Life Zoo and the Sea Life Aquarium. The Darling Quarter Kids Playground also attracts a lot of visitors. If you are inclined to click a photo with a celebrity or two, drop in at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

The Rocks

The Rocks Birthplace of Modern Sydney

Delve into the past at the historic Rocks area, the foundation for the early settlers that set the stage to build Sydney into what it is today. If you are a history buff, consider the guided walking tours or bike tours and check out the local museums. The Rocks Foodies Market & Rocks Weekend Markets are great for trying some mouth-watering roadside treats and browsing through funky souvenirs and jewellery.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach World-Famous Beach

Probably the most renowned beach in Australia, Bondi is the perfect spot for some swim, sand & surf time. This bustling beach wakes up at the crack of dawn and the action continues late into the night. Enjoy the ocean walk trail along the Bondi to Coogee shoreline. Grab some local fare and a beer on the beach or try out the chic wine bars and upmarket restaurants that dot the beach.

Manly Beach

Manly Beach Surf & Sun

Manly Beach offers a lot for the hard-core surfer, biker and food lover. It’s a premier surfing beach attracting the pros as well as offering courses for beginners. To explore the area, the best way is to pack a picnic basket and rent a bike. There are some quiet beaches and coves that are great for barbeques, swimming and snorkelling. You can always make a stop at the Corso for some shopping and wharf-side dining.

Walsh Bay

Walsh Bay Home to Heritage Wharves

This is a cultural hub and entertainment destination for Sydneysiders and tourists alike. Located in the heart of Sydney, right near the Harbour Bridge, Walsh Bay is home to art, dance and drama with events happening all year round. It also hosts the annual Sydney Writers Festival. The highly acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company, a major promoter of arts, conducts shows that suit different audiences.

Potts Point and Wolloomolloo

Potts Point and Wolloomolloo Heritage Neighbourhoods

Potts Point and Woolloomooloo are historic areas of Sydney showcasing the classic pub culture with beautiful art deco buildings and waterside dining. An important naval landmark of the past and present, it’s also home to the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre with displays of over 3000 artefacts including weapon systems and sailors’ personal items documenting events going back more than 100 years.


Pyrmont Star City Casino

Pyrmont is close to the city centre and is a beautiful local area with its restored heritage buildings and wharves. The Star is a popular spot with a range of fun activities under one roof. It houses the Star City casino, hotel, restaurants, shops and the popular Sydney Lyric which entertains theatre lovers with shows and musicals. For quite a different experience, walk over to the busy Sydney Fish Market for fresh seafood.

Kings Cross

Kings Cross Red Light District

Minutes from Sydney’s City Centre and accessible from King’s Cross Station, King’s Cross (also known as The Cross) is a vibrant area known for its happening nightlife. For a night out on the town, enjoy some stand-up comedy or theatre before heading to one of the area’s popular bars, clubs and restaurants. The El Alamein Fountain, one of Sydney's interesting landmarks is also located here.

City Centre

City Centre Slice of Sydney

Sydney City Centre is at the heart of the action with easy access to the hustle and bustle of the nearby Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Central Business District (CBD), Chinatown and Haymarket. The magnificent Queen Victoria building is located here, as well as the Pitt Street Mall which is a favourite shopping haunt!

New South Wales

Attractions in New South Wales

Blue Mountains

World-Heritage Listed

Sydney’s attractions and sights undoubtedly have a magnetic power, but there’s nothing in the city quite like the outstanding natural splendour of Blue Mountains, just 90 minutes west of Sydney. A day tour to this spectacular World Heritage site is a hot favourite with locals and tourists. Enjoy stunning views of the mountain range, the Jamison Valley and the legendary Three Sisters rock formation from scenic lookout points. Also not to be missed is the Scenic World ride on the world's steepest railway and also in a cable car with a glass bottom suspended above a deep gorge. This area is steeped in Aboriginal culture and celebrates their music and dance forms.

“Enjoy stunning views of the mountain range, the Jamison Valley and the legendary Three Sisters rock formation from scenic lookout points”

Jenolan Caves

Jenolan Caves Labyrinth of Caverns

The Jenolan cave system is a massive labyrinth of limestone caverns, underground rivers and rock formations. It is one of the oldest cave systems in the world and is a natural wonder. Open for tours every day it’s a must-see for visitors to the region. They also provide some sporting activities by way of adventure caving for the more enthusiastic traveller.

Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Wine Lovers’ Destination

Famous for its wine and vineyards, Hunter Valley is another top pick for a short day trip from Sydney. Wine tours in the Valley are very popular with connoisseurs keen to sample the local wines. Hunter Valley is all about relaxation and also offers rolling golf courses, spas and restaurants serving up the local produce paired with premium vintage.

Port Stephens

Port Stephens Home to Beaches & Dunes

Port Stephens is a beautiful locale with sheltered beaches, inlets and dunes; perfect for swimming, snorkelling and quad biking. The area is also known for its dolphin watching tours as it's home to beautiful bottlenose dolphins. Whale watching is also popular during the whale migration season. You can also indulge in a variety of water sports like parasailing, diving and kayaking.

Southern Highlands & Bowral

Southern Highlands & Bowral Sir Donald Bradman’s Hometown

A popular summer retreat for many, the time to visit would be during September & October when the tulips are in full bloom. Fans of the game of cricket can call in at the Bradman Oval and museum, dedicated to one of the greatest cricketers, Sir Donald Bradman. Visit the ghost town of Joadja or see the Fitzroy falls. The highlands are popular for its wineries as well.

Resturants in Sydney CBD Area

CBD Restaurants

Sydney is quite the dining destination for the veritable foodie. You will be spoilt for choice with the array of restaurants and cafes that serve up delectable cuisine in the CBD area. Depending on what you’re in the mood for, you could opt for a restaurant with a beach or harbour view, a cruising restaurant or even the restaurant inside the Sydney Opera House! The restaurants are top-notch, the chefs are award-winning and the price tag may set you back quite a bit, but the experience will be worth it. There are also quite a few happening clubs in the area and the pub grub and bar food is very popular. Don’t miss out on the roadside eateries and pop-up stalls too.

Accomocation facilities in Sydney


Visitors to Sydney and the surrounding region will find accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets. There are hostels for the carefree backpacker, idyllic bed and breakfasts for romantic couple getaways, caravans and camping parks for the family, quaint cottages and farmstays for those getting away from the madding crowd, hotels for the city visitors and spas and resorts for the luxury traveller.

Things to Do

  • Sydney Harbour Sightseeing & dining cruises
  • Surfing Lessons at Bondi Beach
  • Jet Boating on Sydney Harbour
  • Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Tour the Sydney Opera House
  • Wildlife encounters at Taronga Zoo & SEA Life Aquarium
  • Aboriginal Cultural Tours
  • Picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Dine at one of the numerous uber-chic restaurants
  • Enjoy a show and good food in Chinatown
  • Visit the Sydney Food and Fashion markets
  • Day trips to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Jet Boating on Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour Dining cruises
Sydney Harbour Sightseeing Cruises

Most Popular Annual Events

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Sydney

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Sydney is synonymous with its world-renowned annual event – the New Year’s Eve Fireworks display! Being one of the first cities in the world to bring in the New Year, the Sydney NYE Fireworks is one of the most-viewed, most-televised and most-talked about NYE celebration the world over. And, the best way to experience this, is on a Sydney Harbour NYE cruise! Book Now

Australia Day

Australia Day

Australia Day celebrations in Sydney heat up at the harbour, which becomes an amphitheatre of activity on 26 January. This commemorates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove in 1788! Australia Day cruises on Sydney Harbour give you ringside seats to all the action. Book Now

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney celebrates the flamboyance of creativity with a delightful display of light, music and ideas. The Vivid festival features an outdoor gallery of extraordinary light installations, the spectacular illumination of the Opera House sails, cutting-edge music programs and the sharing of ideas at various creative industry forums. Book Now

Boxing Day Yacht Race

Boxing Day Yacht Race

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is a 628 nautical mile race that flags off from Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day (December 26) and finishes in Hobart! This is considered one of the most gruelling ocean races in the world. Every year, thousands line Sydney Harbour to cheer the yachts on as they charge through Sydney Heads! Book Now

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