Built in 1858, the Observatory operated until the 1980s and gained an international reputation for its work. This elegant, sandstone complex is now part of the Powerhouse Museum. The permanent exhibition, by the light of the southern stars', is highly informative while there is also a temporary exhibition programme and associated events. On a clear night, the stars and planets are visible through a telescope and can be accessed via guided tours every evening throughout the year. Bookings are essential for this family-oriented activity. Admission price varies depending on time of day.
Opened in 1884, the Taronga Zoo was one of the first public zoos in New South Wales. Over the years, the zoo has undergone extensive renovation and redevelopment. It now features updated exhibits and even a Rainforest Trail, providing a unique insight into the majesty and wonder of the jungle homes of an amazing array of rare wildlife including Asian elephants, silvery gibbons, Francois langurs, Asian turtles, and fishing cats. Visitors must also check out their other fascinating precincts such as Reptile World, African Savannah and the Rainforest Aviary. The Taronga Zoo is continually building and updating its cultural and educational displays and precincts in order to provide the ultimate in family fun as well as wildlife education.
Occupying a superb site overlooking Darling Harbour, the seven core exhibitions displayed here represent the diversity of Australian maritime heritage covering such subjects as the Aboriginal presence, navigators, passengers, commerce and leisure. It is also possible to inspect HMAS Vampire and Onslow. A Welcome Wall pays tribute to more than six million people who have crossed the world to settle in Australia.
The ANZ Stadium, which is also referred to as Stadium Australia, was constructed in 1999 for use as the main stadium of the 2000 Summer Olympics. Aside from the Olympics, the multi-purpose stadium has also hosted events like the Rugby World Cup and the Bledisloe Cup, domestic and international cricket and football matches, as well as, concerts of popular music stars. The stadium has multiple unique features like its ability to change shape depending on the requirement of the sport being played, flexible seating, a semi-enclosed structure which ensures shade and comfort to each spectator irrespective of the field shape, eco-friendly features like rain-water harvesting, use of natural ventilation, environmentally safe construction materials and more.
Far above the maddening crowds, Sydney Tower or AMP Tower provides 360-degree views of Sydney’s gorgeous skyline. It takes just 40 seconds for the double-decker lifts to reach the 309-meter (1,014 feet) summit, where visitors can take advantage of guided tours. At 260 meters (853 feet), the glass Skywalk is a must-see for those who love panoramic views. A revolving vantage point that was opened in 2005 goes all the way around the tower, offering both a luxurious and memorable experience, as well as jaw-dropping bird’s eye views of Sydney. The revolving portion of the tower also houses a restaurant, making it a perfect romantic spot for couples to have a quiet meal with an amazing view.
Dating from 1857, Australian Museum, located in an imposing neo-classical stone building, encompasses the natural histories of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific region. Its diverse collections range from invertebrate and vertebrate zoology to mineralogy, paleontology and anthropology. While the dinosaurs perhaps attract most interest, visitors are lured back by the varied, temporary exhibition program. The shop is well stocked and there is a restaurant and cafe. This is a good place to take the family on a wet Sunday afternoon.
Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre is home to the Monkey Baa Theatre Company, which entertains young audiences with award-winning Australian productions. Past shows have included adaptations of works like "Diary of a Wombat" and "Pete the Sheep," bringing new life to beloved stories. The theater can hold up to 372 people, meaning fun for the whole family, and it can also be rented for private events. Between its prime location in the Darling Quarter and the top-quality family entertainment on offer, Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre has certainly earned its great reputation.
Established in 1986, the Sydney Bus Museum is a transportation museum that allows visitors to step back into the past and catch a glimpse of public buses beginning from the 1920s to the present times. Ruggles from 1924, AEC Regent from 1941 and Jameson Bedford from 1957 are just some of the buses that are housed in this museum. Besides the collection of more than 40 buses, the museum also hosts events like vintage bus rides for the public on special occasions and night bus rides through the city. There is also a shop on-site from where you can buy souvenirs either for yourself or friends and family back home. If you want to catch a glimpse of a slice of local history, then certainly head to the Sydney Bus Museum. Note that checking the website for timings is advisable as their timings differ.
Bondi to Tamarama Walk is a part of the Bondi to Bronte Walk which stretches till Coogee Beach. You can opt to go till the beautiful Tamarama Beach. Walk through this 1.2 kilometers (0.74 mile) of cliff road that includes steep stairs and paved trails. Get wowed by the magnificent vistas of the Bondi Beach, Mackenzies Bay and a cove as you make the climb to reach Tamarama. This route is the base of the yearly Sculpture by the Sea exhibition where you can catch a glimpse of more than 100 artworks laid out on the coast.
This bit of adventure is a must for all visitors to Sydney. The Pylon lookout at the top Sydney Harbour Bridge is a harrowing 200 steps to the top. But those who brave vertigo and the often windy days are treated to the most amazing views of the city, the harbor, and the Sydney Opera House. Plus, you will touch the very monumental structure itself and have a new understanding of roosting pigeons. Inside the pylon, there is also a museum with displays relating to the construction of the bridge, including some great photographs.