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Best Landmarks in Sydney

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Located within the Port Jackson, the Sydney Harbour with its scenic and enormous landscape has earned the reputation of being one of the most beautiful water bodies around the globe. Be it the history or modern-day city development plans, this harbor has a major contribution. The huge Sydney Harbour Bridge across the harbor is a good vantage point to see especially when the famous Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is on. Do carry your camera to capture the panoramic and breath-taking views of the Sydney Harbour.

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.

The controversial but decidedly beautiful sail-like roofs of Sydney's most recognizable icon glisten against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour. The Sydney Opera House was constructed over a fourteen-year period and caused an opera’s worth of drama that involved differences between the architect Jørn Utzon and the Australian government. The now world-renowned architectural wonder stands as an unmissable icon of Sydney's cultural landscape. It houses among other small venues, the Joan Sutherland Theatre, the Utzon Room and a grand Concert Hall. It also has an impressive yearly program of contemporary and classical performances, and is a striking cultural sanctuary to take in theater, opera and ballet. Riveting guided tours take visitors behind the scenes and into the establishment’s many interesting rooms.

Stretching over the sparkling waters of Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is certainly a wonder to behold. The steel through arch bridge was designed and constructed by Dorman Long and Co Ltd back in 1932 and has since become one of Sydney's most iconic tourist attractions. Thanks to its arched shape, many Sydney residents call the bridge "The Coat Hanger", and while this might sound a bit mean-spirited, the bridge is well loved. Standing at 134 meters (440 feet), the Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the tallest steel arch bridges in the world. Its incredible height inspired many daredevils to climb across the bridge illegally, which in turn inspired BridgeClimb, a tour that takes visitors up and across the bridge. For visitors who prefer the safety of the ground, the bridge can also be viewed from the south-east pylon, and walkers can traverse it on the bridge's footpath.

Built-in 1898 to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) is a history lesson and shopping experience rolled in one. Designed to resemble a Byzantine palace, the architectural beauty is enough to awe the visitors. Some of the highlights include the central copper dome housed in the building’s glass roof, the ornate floor tiles, and the cast-iron circular staircase that winds its way to the upper levels of the building. For visitors more interested in shopping, the building houses over 200 stores, including designer boutique, art galleries, antique shops, and cafes.

This library is housed in an elegant sandstone building overlooking the Botanic Gardens. Its research collections are unsurpassed throughout the Southern hemisphere. Displays of manuscript material can be seen in several locations, while the first floor of the Mitchell Wing has a temporary exhibition program devoted to aspects of Australian art and history. The adjoining Picture Gallery offers the only opportunity in Sydney to view a collection of early colonial art and is well worth a visit. The shop also carries a wide range of books on Australia.

A masterpiece of Gothic architecture, the foundation stones for St Mary's Cathedral were laid by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1821. After a series of architects and religious figures suggested their own versions of the cathedral, the building finally opened in 1900, although work continued until 1928. Wardell's original design had two spires that were never built. After ten years' debate and political fund-raising, the twin spires were finally completed in 2000. Today, St. Mary's Cathedral is heralded as one of the most beautiful buildings in Sydney. Visitors to the cathedral can wander around the beautiful interior, which is lit by ornate stained glass windows. Treasures located in the cathedral include the moving and beautifully sculpted Grave of the Unknown Soldier, a marble replica of Michelangelo's Pieta and many gorgeous religious paintings from the late 19th-Century.

Nestled in the Kensington neighborhood, University of New South Wales (UNSW) has been operating since 1949. Touted as one of the best universities in the world, University of New South Wales (UNSW) offers courses in the fields of art, science, law, medicine business and more. The university boasts of some of the best faculty members and assures best teaching staff and technology for its student. The spacious campus is home to several music venues and theaters like Studio One, Science theater and more. With such great facilities for its students, this university has been the schooling ground for some iconic individuals like Sussan Ley, Scott Morrison, Peter Garrett and many others.

The University of Sydney is a prestigious public institution across the world. Established in 1850, it is one of the oldest in Australia. Its campus sprawls across suburbs, Camperdown and Darlington, and comprises of 16 faculties and schools. It boasts stunning architecture, excellent resources, student unions, a library, and several museums and galleries. Renowned alumni include Prime Ministers and Nobel laureates.

Established in 1867, Rookwood Anglican & General Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in the world. It is also one of the best surviving examples of a Victorian garden cemetery. Over eighty different religious groups are represented here. Search out the graves of department store proprietor, David Jones, early feminist Louisa Lawson and David Scott Mitchell who endowed the Mitchell Library. The Friends of Rookwood Cemetery run guided tours including a General Heritage Walk, Ships and Shipwrecks, Bushrangers and Summer Twilight Tours.

Wild Life Sydney Zoo, offers a peep into the existence of a myriad of flora and fauna found in the rain-forests, bushes, swamps and deserts of Australia. This Wildlife park houses and nurtures over 6000 species of animals, endemic to their respective environs. You would be swept off your feet meandering the various sections with birds, animals and reptiles over here. There are cassowary, koala, kangaroo, bearded dragons, golden orb spiders, butterflies, pythons and the list goes on. This zoo serves as a wildlife conservation park as also offers guided tours as a great treat to the nature lovers.

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.

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