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Must Visit Attractions in Sydney

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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.

Have you ever wished to encounter the most dangerous predator that lurks at the bottom of the ocean, the shark? Well, then Shark Dive Xtreme is just the thing for you! Part of the activities offered at Oceanworld Manly, this adventurous excursion will take you to the bottom of the aquarium, so you can see, touch and maybe even feed the mammoth sharks. The aquarium is also home to other exotic aquatic animals such as sea turtles and huge stingrays.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, a veritable oasis of greenery, boast breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour and the city's skyline. The gardens were the first area of land cultivated by Europeans on the Australian continent, though the gardens themselves were not opened to the public until 1816. Visitors can explore the Herb Garden, the Fernery, the Rose Garden, a walled Succulent Garden and the HSBC Oriental Garden. The main pond in the lower garden offers a splendid view of the harbor. Keep an eye out for ibis or cockatoos that call this place home.

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.

To refer to the Parramatta Park as just your regular neighborhood park would be unjust. The existence of the park is entwined with the history of the region as well as the country. Once the home of aboriginal settlers, the park was where the Darug tribe lived, and the proof of this can be found in several artifacts of archeological significance in some pockets of the park. The park is also where Governor Philips founded the second European settlement in New South Wales, and the area served as an essential feeding ground for the settlers on account of the land's rich agricultural potential. The Parramatta Park has been placed on UNESCO's World Heritage List because it is also home to some of the country's oldest buildings, like the Old Government House and the Dairy Cottage. See the website or call to know more about the park.

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.

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.

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.

One of the most visited attractions in Australia today, this iconic Sydney beach was established between 1855 and 1877 and officially declared a public beach in 1882. Some investigations into the name Bondi Beach posit that it originated from an Aboriginal word meaning "water breaking over rocks." However, according to the Australian Museum, it more closely translates to "a place where a flight of nullas took place." Either way, this cityside beach is known for its natural blessings, which its moniker no doubt reflects. A stroll between the lush headlands of this roughly one-kilometer (0.6-mile) beach or a walk along the bustling promenade is an adored activity here. Between the surrounding eateries, accommodations and shops, there is so much to do at Bondi Beach, even after getting a good share of sun, sand and surf.

Aside from the beautifully kept gardens, Hyde Park provides a tranquil haven to the thousands of daily urban commuters amidst the hustle and bustle of Sydney's city life. It is not only a sanctuary but also a fitting home to the famous 1934 Art Deco Anzac Memorial, and the Archibald Fountain; a magnificent bronze and granite fountain commemorating the French and Australian alliance in World War I. The park looks particularly attractive at night when thousands of tiny fairy lights twinkle amidst the boughs of the ancient trees which line the walkways.

Located near the Circular Quay, The Rocks is a beautiful neighborhood in Sydney. This area dates back to the 18th Century and houses some historic structures and the Museum of Contemporary Art. You can enjoy historic walking tours or just stroll through the charming market on weekends. The weekend market offers some locally-produced vegetables, accessories, garments and more and is thronged by tourists and locals alike. Besides, this place offers quaint views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, affording several photo opportunities. All in all, this is a must-visit spot if you want to experience the local lifestyle of Sydney.

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