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NSW State Library FoyerAs the capital city for New South Wales, Sydney offers both spectacular scenery and modern amenities. There is no shortage of attractions, with things that the entire family can enjoy together. There is entertainment from theatres to movies, festivals and exhibitions, or for something more relaxing, you can enjoy some of the local and nearby parks and botanic gardens.

You can check out some of our alphabetically listed attractions. Also drop into one of the Sydney Visitor Centre to pick up a tourism brochure for the Sydney region. They will offer some great suggestions and the brochure may even contain some discounts that are made available in the latest brochures.

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St Andrew’s Anglican Church
• This is Australia’s oldest cathedral. located next to Sydney Town Hall in George Street. The foundation stone was laid by Governor Lachlan Macquarie on 31 August 1819, the original plans for a this Gothic cathedral being drawn up by the great convict architect, Francis Greenway. Due to lack of funds, little work was done by the foundation stone until 1837, when it was redesigned by Edmund Blacket (who was the architect responsible for Sydney University’s central buildings) in a style which was based on St Mary’s Church in Oxford, England. It was finally completed and consecrated on 30 November 1868, St Andrew’s Day.
St James Underground Tours
• Ph: 02 9749 5280 (Bookings essential) • Web:
• Run by volunteers from the Australian Railway Historical Society, these tours use to take place on the third full weekend of the month at 10 am both days. However, there appears to be no tours detailed on the website.
St Mary’s Cathedral
• St Mary's Rd, SYDNEY NSW 2000 • Ph: 02 9220 0400 • Email
• A popular tourist stop, St Mary’s Cathedral is located to the east of Hyde Park. The first foundation stone was laid in 1868, being used by Sydney’s Catholics. In 1821 a stone was laid on the site and the original Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built. In 1865 the church was destroyed by fire and three years later the foundation stone of the present cathedral was laid. Classically Gothic in design, it is the centre of Sydney’s Roman Catholic community. After 100 years, the spires have only just be installed, to complete the original vision.
State of Library of NSW
• Macquarie St, SYDNEY • Ph: 02 9273 1414
• Situated in Sydney’s CBD between the Royal Botanic Gardens and Parliament House on Macquarie Street, the State Library of New South Wales is internationally renowned and one of Australia’s leading libraries. With an extensive collection of over five million items, the State Library aims to collect, preserve and make accessible the documentary heritage of NSW. The Library also offers access to information and resources both onsite and online, and hosts a dynamic range of public programs through exhibitions, talks, tours and movies.
The Strand
• Pitt Street Mall, Sydney NSW 2000 • Ph: 02 9232 4199 (Strand Centre Management)
• Opened in 1892, surviving two depressions (one in the 1890's and another in the 1950's) and withstood the threat of two major fires.
Susannah Place Museum
• 58-64 Gloucester St, THE ROCKS NSW 2000
• Ph: 02 9241 1893 / 02 9241 5866 (TTY)
• A row of four terraces that incorporates a turn-of-the-century corner store. Part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW. Located in the heart of The Rocks, Susannah Place is a rare surviving example of a simple working-class terrace. Built in 1844, by Irish immigrants and continuously occupied until 1990 this typically English terrace was home to over 100 different families. The museum tells the stories of the often overlooked lives of working class people and the neighbourhood in which they lived, played, worked and struggled.
Sydney Aquarium
• DARLING HARBOUR NSW 2000 • Ph: 02 9262 2300
• With over 11,000 aquatic animals, including extensive collection of sharks in captivity and the largest Great Barrier Reef display in the world.
Sydney Aquatic Centre
• Olympic Boulevard, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK NSW 2127 • Ph: 02 9752 3666 • Email
• Provides a variety of fun wet activities that includes sauna, water rides, water slides and lap swimming. There's always plenty to do at the Centre. All the pools have professional supervision and the most advanced technology. The movable floor in the Training Pool and accessible facilities for people with special needs are designed with safety in mind. School Holidays are a definite winner with the kids!
Sydney Cricket Ground
• Aussie Stadium • Venue Services Office, Driver Ave, MOORE PARK NSW 2021
• Ph: 1300 724 737 • Email
• Years of spiked boots running down the player tunnel... years of sweat soaking the Aussie Stadium turf... years of willow cracking across the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground pitch... See their website for tour details.
Sydney Exchange Museum
• 18 Hickson Rd, THE ROCKS NSW • Ph: 61 2 9251 2422
• A dynamic interactive museum over five floors, showcasing geology, mining, energy and the environment.
Sydney Fish Market
• Cnr Pyrmont Bridge Rd and Bank St, PYRMONT NSW • Ph: 02 9552 2180
• SFM is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and the world's second largest seafood market in terms of variety outside of Japan. A working fish market, SFM sources product both nationally and internationally and trades over 14,500 tonnes of seafood annually - with up to a hundred species traded every day. Onsite, SFM hosts six seafood retailers, a bottle shop, fruit and veg market, bakery, sushi bar, restaurants, gift shop and deli.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Sydney Harbour Bridge
• Affectionately known as the ‘Coathanger’, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the classic icons of Sydney and Sydney Harbour. A steel spanning arch bridge, that carries rail, motor vehicles, cyclist and pedestrian traffic the bridge was officially opened on the 19th March,1932 by the then Premier Jack Lang.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge continues to be a fascinating attraction for Australians and international visitors, as well as being the focal point of celebration and national pride. A focal point for the Sydney New Years Eve firework celebrations, there have been numerous annual effects from the ‘Smiley Face’ on NYE 1997, Uluru, Southern Cross, Dove of Peace on NYE 2001, Thought Bubble, Sun and Endless Rainbow on NYE 2011. During the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the bridge was adorned with the Olympic Rings. There have also be other special highlight events such as the big ‘O’ with the tourism promotional visit by Oprah Winfrey.

From a boat ride under the bridge, or a walk across the bridge, another tourism attraction is the popular BridgeClimb, offering the ultimate experience of a day and night guided climbs to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
• Web:
• Managing sites around the Sydney harbour.
Sydney Heritage Fleet
• Wharf 7, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009 • Ph: 02 9298 3888 • Fax: 02 9298 3839 • Email
• A community funded organisation. Wharf 7 is also a working harbour wharf with the Fleet's magnificent James Craig, Sydney's very own tall ship. Tours can be arranged through Big Ticket Tours available from the Wharf 7 and Australian National Maritime Museum's.
Sydney Jewish Museum
• 148 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 • Ph: 02 9360 7999 • Fax: 02 9331 4245
• Rated as one of the finest of its kind in the world, this museum deals with Australian Jewish history and the Holocaust. Eight spectacular exhibition levels with state of the art visual displays.
Sydney Maritime Museum
• Ph: 61 2 9810-2299
• The oldest of the Sydney maritime museums and home of the James Craig.
Sydney Opera HouseSydney Observatory
• Watson Rd, Observatory Hill, THE ROCKS NSW
• Ph: 02 9217 0485 • Fax: 02 9217 0489 • Email (Bookings/Enquiries)
• Web:
 A museum about astronomy and its history, with regular program of exhibitions, films, talks and night viewings giving you a glimpse of the history of astronomy and a chance to explore some of the most advanced technology of our time. Click here for images...
Sydney Olympic Park
• 1 Herb Elliott Ave, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK NSW 2127 • Contact: see site
• Sydney Olympic Park is actually a suburb of western Sydney, that was once part of Homebush Bay. Redeveloped for the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the area is home to a range of sporting and cultural events. There are also commercial businesses, range of accommodation and extensive parklands in the area.

Some of the many events that have been held and continue to be held there include Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australian Rugby League, Rugby Union, Sydney International (tennis tournament), Big Day Out (music festival), athletics and swimming events.

Many of the stadium have either changed in function from the original use during the 2000 Olympics and/or have changed named because of naming right deals: the Baseball Stadium became the Sydney Showground, the Sydney SuperDome was renamed Acer Area (and more recently Allphones Arena), the Olympic Stadium renamed Telstra Stadium (now ANZ Stadium). No doubt in the future they will all get renamed again.
Sydney Opera HouseSydney Opera House
• General Information Ph: +61 2 9250 7111 • Email
• Ph: +61 2 9250 7777 • TTY: 02 9250 7347 • Fax: +61 2 9251 3943 • Fax International: +61 2 9251 3843 (bookings can also be made on-line) • Web: /
No visit is complete without visiting the world famous Sydney Opera House. Great scenic shots for that photo home. Guided tours and Opera House performances, and throughout the year, a variety of events are staged on the forecourt. You can also do a virtual tour on-line.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
• A yearly racing event on Sydney Harbour (commencing Boxing Day).
Sydney Showground
• 1 Showground Rd, SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK NSW 2127
• Ph: +61 2 9704 1111 • Fax: +61 2 9704 1173
• Set on 30 hectares in the heart of the Olympic precinct is the new Sydney Showground, located in the geographical heart of Sydney, 17 km from Sydney's CBD and just 8 km City side of Parramatta.
Taronga Park ZooTaronga Park Zoo
• Bradleys Head Rd, MOSMAN NSW 2088 • Ph: +61 2 9969 2777 (General Enquiries) • Email
• Ph: +61 2 9978 4782 (Tourism) • Fax: +61 2 9969 7515 • Email (Tourism)
• Located on the shores of Sydney Harbour and only 12 minutes by ferry from Circular Quay.
Town Hall, SydneyTown Hall
• Above Town Hall Station, Sydney
• Centre of the Central Business District and opposite the Queen Victoria Building.

Vaucluse House
• Wentworth Rd, Vaucluse NSW 2030 • Ph: 02 9388 7922
• Toll: 1300 653 777 (Infoline) • Fax: 02 9337 4963 • Email
• Built in 1803, a 19th century Sydney harbourside estate, still surrounded by 12 hectares of formal gardens and grounds. Part of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

Vaucluse to Dover Heights Coastal Walk
• This 3 km walk, detours through suburban streets, but wherever possible sticks to the coast. The cliff tops are fenced, has decking and steps, with the occasional timber look-outs. The walk takes in Diamond Bay Reserve, Dudley Page Reserve, and Raleigh Reserve. Eventually it will be hoped to link this walk through to the Bondi, which will make possible a walk from South Head to Bondi and South Maroubra.
• There are a variety of walks in and around Sydney, including bush walks and coastal walks. Check the nearby National Parks and Reserves for more information.
War Memorials
• There are a number of war memorials in Sydney, click here...
Waverley Cemetery
• Trafalgar and St Thomas Streets (Main Gates) • Ph: 02 9665 4938 (Enquiries)
• Located on the cliffs between Bronte and Coogee, therein rest about 250,000 of those who have passed on. There are plenty of stone archangels, most without heads, mausoleums with the carved names of Italian families, and monuments to Irish nationalism, topped with a nine-metre Celtic cross. A place with fantastic views, filled with tears of those left behind and steep in history.
Wildlife In Sydney
• Sydney and it's surrounds, peppered with parks, reserves, gardens and national parks attract a number of birds and animals.
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