A quick guide to Sydney, Australia

Home to some of the world’s best beaches and famous tourist attractions, Sydney draws over 14 million people each year. The Harbour City is home to world-famous landmarks, including the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Sydney offers the chance to experience a wide range of cultures in one place.

If you’re there for a short time only, there are a few attractions we think you should you see.

Circular Quay

photo by Tourism Australia

The heart of the city, Circular Quay is also home to all of Sydney’s most famous tourist attractions.

There, you’ll find the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, as well as the city’s historical The Rocks neighbourhood.

With some luck, you will also see large international cruise ships docked in Circular Quay, as many cruises from Sydney depart from this very location.

The best part about Circular Quay is that you will be able to see most attractions here in half a day, leaving you time to explore other parts of Sydney’s CBD, including Darling Harbour and George Street.

Darling Harbour

photo by Superchilum [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Home to world-class waterfront dining venues, bars, and clubs, Darling Harbour remains one of the most vibrant districts in Sydney’s CBD. The area is divided into two main parts, Cockle Bay Wharf and Tumbalong Park.

While you’re in Darling Harbour, you can visit the Australian National Maritime Museum, The Star casino, Wild Life Zoo Sydney, and the Sydney Aquarium.

A popular local activity is to walk from Cockle Bay Wharf to the newly developed Barangaroo Reserve.

If visit during the year’s warmer months, you will have the opportunity to see cultural festivals, including Chinese New Year, as well as Sydney’s Greek Festival.

Central Business District

photo by Destination NSW

Sydney’s CBD also offers plenty of things to see and do. It’s home to some of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, such as the Queen Victoria Building, Hyde Park, as well as St. Mary’s and St. Andrews cathedrals.

From there, you can also head to Oxford Street, home to Sydney’s annual mardi gras, and one of the most vibrants parts of the city overall.

While you’re walking throughout the CBD, head down George Street, where you will see many high-end fashion stores. You can also go to the Pitt Street Mall, the city’s largest shopping precinct.

The Queen Victoria Building remains an unmissable part of Sydney’s CBD.

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