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On the most remote continent of the world, where, it would seem, civilization could not reach, there is a real metropolis – the city of Sydney. It is no accident that travelers from all over the world flock to this magnificent, flourishing, and at the same time, the modern metropolitan city of Australia – the sights of Sydney are unique in their own way. For example, which of the developed cities in the world does not have a beautiful bridge or an opera house? But only in Sydney, these sights are not like any other, they are unique and represent the national pride of the country. When looking for what to see in Sydney, you should start by visiting these particular national symbols, which belong to the category of the very best. But first things first.

What to see in Sydney in the first place

Of course, if the travel time is limited by strict time frames, then it is worth choosing those places, visiting which will bring the maximum of vivid impressions and help to form an idea of ​​the city in a short time. When choosing what to see in Sydney in 1 day, you should start with the most symbolic places, which will be discussed later.

1. Port Jackson

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Port Bay View -Jackson in Sydney

This is the famous bay, which played a key role in the history of the city. In addition, Port Jackson is considered the world's largest bay of natural origin. It was here that the first European colony on the continent was founded, and it is here that you can see the main national symbols of the capital and all of Australia, which will be discussed later. On the coastal territory of the bay, there was a place for the Sydney Harbor National Park. Every day, many tourist ferries ply the coastal waters of the bay, and every year a bright New Year's show is held on this territory.

2. Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Harbor Opera House on Bennelong Point – one of the symbols of Australia

Sydney's most iconic and symbolic landmark is, of course, the Opera House building, whose recognizable shape resembles wind-blown sails. This magnificent structure was built right in the middle of the waters of Port Jackson Bay, on piles, supported by powerful metal cables. Even if the purpose of visiting the theater is not to watch any theatrical performance, this institution is worth a visit if only to see the unique building from the inside. In total, there are several halls, among which two are for opera and theatrical performances, one is for symphonic music, there are also restaurants, cafes, shops and other facilities.

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3. Harbor Bridge

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Jackson at Sunrise in Sydney

The largest bridge on the continent is also one of the largest arch bridges in the world. Along with the opera house, this is one of the most important attractions in Australia and one of the most beautiful buildings in Australia. The best view of the Harbor Bridge is from the deck of the liner as it enters the bay. Do not forget about the important strategic importance of the bridge in the transport infrastructure of the city – more than 200 thousand cars pass through it per day, and there is also a railway, there are even pedestrian and bicycle paths.

4. Darling Harbor

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Boats along the wharf in Sydney's Darling Harbor

Darling Harbor is located in the immediate vicinity of the central business district of Sydney – today this place is the most popular tourist area, where a lot of interesting places are concentrated – such as the aquarium, the National Maritime Museum, a cinema with the world's largest screen. All conditions for city guests are created here, there are a number of upscale restaurants and the best hotels in Sydney. The emergence of this area was associated with the laying of a ring monorail, which became a link between Darling Harbor and neighboring areas.

Official website: http://www.darlingharbour

< h3> 5. The Rocks

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George Street in the Rocks or The Rocks with Sydney Harbor Bridge in the background

This area is the oldest in Sydney, so it partly retained the appearance of colonial Australia. Even at the beginning of the last century, it was a slum area where dark personalities found their refuge – all sorts of adventurers and criminals. And only since the 1970s did active development begin, it was even planned to demolish all historical buildings, but this was avoided thanks to the initiative of active citizens. Thanks to this, today the Rocks has acquired a unique look, where the ancient facades of museums and art galleries alternate with ultra-modern luxury buildings, and each cobbled street has its own special atmosphere.

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6. Sydney Aquarium

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Variety of marine life at Maksym Kozlenko Sydney Aquarium

Numerous visitors to Darling Harbor do not have a question where to go in Sydney, because on its eastern shore there is an impressive aquarium complex: about a million people visit it every year, most of which are foreign guests. This attraction appeared not so long ago – 30 years ago for the 200th anniversary of Sydney, and has since gained unprecedented popularity. It takes several hours to visit the aquarium, it is so large-scale and interesting: in the 150-meter transparent tunnel you can observe especially large inhabitants of the deep sea, and in thematic sections you can see representatives of water areas from different parts of the world.

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7. Taronga Zoo

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Sea lion show at Sydney's Taronga Zoo Miguel Mendez

This is a magnificent green area of ​​​​Sydney, located on a picturesque mountainside, which offers beautiful panoramas of the city and the surrounding area. The zoo area of ​​21 hectares is divided into 8 zones according to the geographical principle. Representatives of fauna from different parts of the world live in the zoo, there are more than 3 hundred species of them, and the total number of animals is about 3 thousand individuals. Here you can also ride a cable car or watch an entertaining show with various animals.

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8. Royal Botanic Gardens

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Corner of the Royal Botanic Gardens against the backdrop of the skyscrapers of Sydney AussGa

In the immediate vicinity of the business center of Sydney lies the Royal Botanic Gardens – 30 hectares of natural beauty, tranquility and serenity right in the heart of the bustling metropolis. The garden was formed 2 centuries ago, on the site of the first Australian farm. Today, the vast territory of the garden is divided into many zones, depending on the plants growing on them. This place has become a favorite recreation area where you can stroll through the fragrant park, swim in the pool, have a picnic, admire the views of the bay and take an educational tour.

Official website: https://www.rbgsyd.nsw

9. Hyde Park

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Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park on a bright autumn day

Another beautiful park, which guides in Sydney will certainly show you, is located in the east of the business district on a spacious area of ​​​​about 16 hectares. Since the early days of its existence in the early 19th century, Hyde Park has been a popular recreation area for citizens. For some time now, various sports competitions have been held on the territory of the park, and only a few decades later, sports activity came to naught, and gardens were planted in the park, alleys were landscaped, fountains were built and sculptures were installed. Today, this park is also notable for the fact that a lot of sights are concentrated around it: a cathedral, a church, a museum, a court and much more.

Official website: https://www.cityofsydney .

10. Chinese Friendship Garden

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Landscape of Sydney's scenic Chinese Garden of Friendship

In recognition of the Chinese sister city of Guangzhou, Sydney has both Chinatown and the Chinese Garden of Friendship, opened in the 80s of the last century. This is a kind of island of Chinese culture, where everything is decorated in accordance with the canons, according to which the gardens of the Chinese elite were once created. Typical features of such a garden are the absence of obvious ennobled areas, evenly trimmed bushes and flower beds. Everything is done here to feel oneself surrounded by wild nature, the zone of some waterfall, reservoir, forest edge, etc. is naturally recreated. A large number of outlandish plants grow in the park and several pavilion pavilions are located.

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11. Cathedral Virgin Mary

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Cathedral of the Virgin Mary – Help of Christians on College Street in Sydney

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Main nave of the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary in Sydney User:Adam.J.W.C

This Catholic Cathedral is an important national shrine in Australia. The location of the cathedral is especially noteworthy: the old Gothic building rises right in the heart of Sydney's business district, against the backdrop of modern industrial landscapes – this is a unique contrast. The first stone of the cathedral was laid in the middle of the 19th century, and the construction of a huge, spacious building continued in stages over the course of a century. Inside, the cathedral is famous for its stained-glass windows, which were created over half a century. There are about forty of them in total, and each of them is dedicated to some biblical story.

Official website: https://www.stmaryscathedral

12. Cathedral of Saint Andrew

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Interior of Sydney's St. Andrew's Cathedral Sardaka (talk)

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Huge organ in Sydney's St. Andrew's Cathedral Hermione9753 (talk)

The following recommendations concern another notable cathedral, one of the country's most important shrines. This is St. Andrew's Cathedral – the temple of the Anglican Church, so the medieval spirit of England is felt in its external architecture. The façade is designed in Perpendicular Gothic style and is not distinguished by an abundance of decor, only turrets and spiers attract attention. The interior of the temple is even more ascetic: the walls and colonnade are practically devoid of decor, the only exceptions are discreet stucco elements and small mosaic windows. But the huge organ, recreated on the basis of two previous instruments, deserves special attention – this is the largest organ on the continent.

13. Hwa Tsang Buddhist Monastery

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Hwa Tsang Chinese Monastery nearby from the center of Sydney

Still, not far from the city center, you can see another notable religious building – Hwa Tsang, a Chinese monastery in a traditional national style. It was built not so long ago – in 1979, and its mission is to help Asian migrants who find themselves in Australia in overcoming the language and intercultural barriers. At the moment, about two hundred students live and study in the monastery at the same time. Of course, visiting the shrine will be useful not only for supporters of Buddhism, but also for everyone who is interested in diversifying their cultural knowledge.

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14. Sydney TV Tower

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View of the Sydney Tower at night

When asked what to visit in Sydney first of all, you can definitely name the Sydney TV Tower, from a three hundred-meter height of which you can capture the entire panorama of Sydney and its environs, admire the curly outlines of the green shores of Port Jackson Bay and visit one of the world's highest restaurants with panoramic windows. After all, in addition to the main functions of television broadcasting, the Sydney TV Tower, like most similar structures around the world, performs entertainment functions. In its “golden basket” – an 8-level turret – there is a restaurant for 220 people, an indoor observation deck with a souvenir shop, and a few meters higher – an open observation deck.

15. Fort Denison

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Sailing around Fort Denison in Sydney Bay

In Sydney Bay, you can see a tiny island that keeps its unusual history. Since the end of the 18th century, this place has been used to exile the most dangerous criminals, among whom were those sentenced to death. Therefore, in those days, there were no fort buildings on the island, which was a 15-meter rock – here the convicts served their sentences and mined sandstone. And only after the warships of America, which entered the harbor, circled for some time on its territory, the Australian authorities in 1841 decided to build defensive structures. Currently, the fort belongs to the National Park, and there is a museum inside.

16. Ms. Macquarie's chair

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Mrs. Macquarie's chair is one of Sydney's best viewing spots Robert Linsdell

The rating continues with another of the historical places in Sydney, which is famous for its excellent overview of the city panoramas. A kind of “armchair”, carved directly from a stone rock, was created for the wife of an Australian major general – this person was very fond of sitting on a rocky stone, contemplating the seascapes and watching the ships entering the harbor. Since then, the landscapes have changed dramatically, the look of the city has been updated, but the beauty of the Sydney panoramas that are overlooked from this bench has remained the same. Today, citizens and travelers flock to the area to relax, have a picnic, and take in the views of Sydney from afar.

Official website: http://www.discoversydney

17. Museum Place of Suzanne

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Museum Place of Susanna in one of the oldest houses of the 19th century in the historic center of Stefano

Another historical place can not be found in every guidebook, but according to reviews, visiting this place impresses everyone who comes. A dilapidated, and seemingly completely nondescript building, is actually a museum of “Suzanne's Place” – a woman who lived within these walls in the middle of the 19th century. Since that time, the house has not been fundamentally renovated in order to leave the imprint of time and the spirit of that era intact. During the tour, you can walk through the rooms of the house, furnished with antique furniture – this allows you to imagine what the Australian way of life was like in past centuries, without the usual amenities in the form of light, a toilet room, a bathroom, etc.

18 .Sydney Fish Market

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Car park in front of Florian Cassayre Sydney Fish Market

The place called the fish market in Sydney can hardly be called a market in its traditional sense – rather, it is a fair that has become an integral part of the life of some Australians. This place was founded in 1945, and with the increase in the assortment of seafood, the market areas gradually expanded, eventually reaching the scale of the largest market in the entire Southern Hemisphere. Today, the civilized trading area of ​​the market refutes the notion of a noisy spontaneous bazaar – the freshest seafood is neatly laid out on clean modern counters, the mere sight of which already causes an appetite. They also sell ready-to-eat meals that are made right in front of the buyer.

Official website: https://www.sydneyfishmarket.

19. Australian Banknote Museum

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Exhibition stand of the Australian Banknote Museum Mertie .

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One of the many exhibits of the Mertie Australian Banknote Museum.

An excursion in Sydney to the Museum of Banknotes is an occasion to diversify boring walks in traditional museums. The expositions of this museum will help to form an idea of ​​how the appearance of Australian monetary units has changed over the centuries, how their role has changed in the changing economic and political situation of the country. The museum's collection includes about 15,000 photographs and illustrations describing the history of Australian financial institutions, and also presents several thematic expositions reflecting different historical periods in the state's financial policy.

Official website: https ://museum.rba.

20. Australian National Maritime Museum

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Exhibit ships at the pier at the Australian National Maritime Museum Saberwyn

On the shores of the Australian Darling Bay is one of the most valuable institutions in Sydney, from a historical and cultural point of view. This is a maritime museum, the expositions of which tell a lot of interesting things about the maritime life of the state. Visitors can see everything related to navigation here: for example, get acquainted with the history of the discovery of Australia and learn the glorious names of the pioneers, imagine how the first lighthouses appeared on the mainland and learn the history of whaling, as well as purchase memorable themed souvenirs. The collections feature swimming structures from different eras, from ancient boats of the first natives to surfboards.

Official website: https://www.anmm.

21. Art Gallery of New South Wales

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Bidgee Art Gallery of New South Wales main facade

This is one of the most famous art museums in Australia. It has an impressive size and a rich collection of art paintings and engravings. The gallery was founded at the end of the 19th century, and its original purpose was to promote the fine arts in the country. The very first building of the museum was built in the style of classicism – the first four exhibition halls were located there, later new galleries were completed, rooms were added that showcase the works of Asian artists. The core of the collection is the valuable works of famous European painters dating back to the 16th century, and the creations of Australian artists starting from the 19th century.

Official website: https://www.artgallery

22. Australian Museum

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Australian Museum or Colonial on College Street in Sydney J Bar

This is one of the best attractions in Sydney from a cultural and educational point of view. The Australian Museum is Australia's oldest museum and is also internationally recognized as an institution for the professional study of anthropology. Here is a rich exposition of anthropological and historical artifacts collected in different parts of the world. Here are collections of vertebrates and invertebrates, and works in the field of studying the culture of different peoples, and a number of exhibits designed to acquaint visitors with paleontology and mineralogy from different regions of the world. The location of the museum in close proximity to Hyde Park makes it accessible to both residents and visitors of the city.

Official website: https://australianmuseum

23. Victoria Building

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Impressive mall – Queen Victoria Building in Sydney Skyring

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Royal hanging clock in the building of Queen Victoria Jorge Láscar

The majestic building is located in the heart of Sydney's business district and is one of the most beautiful buildings that stand out against the backdrop of urban architecture. Once there was a grocery market here, and in 1897, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Queen, a magnificent building in the Romanesque style grew on this site, inside which there was a huge shopping center with luxurious boutiques and cafes. The interior decoration is no less impressive – exquisite stained-glass windows, colored mosaics on the floor, hanging clocks and other elements are truly royal. Right in front of the main entrance there is a monument dedicated to the royal person.

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24. Sydney City Hall< /h3>

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Sandstone Victorian City Hall in central Sydney on George Street Charlie Brewer

Sydney City Administration is located in an old monumental building – one of the few in the city that has retained its original appearance since its construction in the 19th century. The Victorian-style structure, made of golden sandstone, is distinguished by an abundance of decorative finishes, for which it even received the playful name “wedding cake”. Once inside, in a room with snow-white walls and red carpets, you can see the windows with beautiful stained-glass windows, and the presence of motifs with Australian flora can be traced in the decor elements. It was in this building that the opera house was once located, until the well-known Sydney Opera House appeared.

25. Sydney Observatory

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Sydney Observatory – Australia's premier astronomical museum Greg O'Beirne

The main overview is completed by one of the most important monuments of scientific thought in Australia – the oldest Sydney observatory, founded in the middle of the 19th century. Even before the appearance of the observatory, a windmill worked at this place at different times, there was a signal tower, a defensive fortress was located – it was on the basis of the fort that the observatory was built. Today, the main task of the observatory's astronomical museum is to make astronomical science accessible to a wide range of people. Here you can follow the development of science in Australia, visit the astronomer's room, see a rare telescope or listen to informative lectures on astronomy.

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Sightseeing in Sydney: what else to visit in Sydney?

Sydney is a city that keeps up with the times and even ahead of it. At the same time, the most technologically advanced modern buildings in the city coexist with ancient monuments. Get acquainted with the main attractions of Sydney briefly, admire the stunning panoramas of Sydney Harbor, visit the most picturesque natural corners of the national park – all this is worth overcoming thousands of kilometers of travel. But that's not all that a sunny city on a remote continent has to offer. There are a number of other equally interesting attractions in Sydney, photos with names and descriptions of which are given below.

26. Australia Stadium

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Australia Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Sydney Adam.J.W.C.

A unique white-and-blue building, resembling a crystal in its shape, is a large-scale sports complex. In its multifunctional halls, equipped with the latest technology, various kinds of performances, sports competitions and celebrations take place. In a matter of minutes, the retractable roof of the complex moves apart, and the interior space is flooded with sunlight. In total, the complex has 6 VIP boxes, 6 bars, 5 spacious halls, and in the underground space there is a huge parking lot for 7 hundred cars. Creative asymmetric forms of the building, unusual interior design, numerous technical masterpieces of engineering – all this does not leave any visitor indifferent.

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27. Manly Beach

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A wide strip of golden sand and azure water at Manly Beach Robert Cutts

On the northern city coast is one of the best beaches on the continent – Manly Beach, a favorite vacation spot for both citizens and visiting tourists. A wide strip of pure sand ends with a gentle descent into the azure waters of the Tasman Sea, where surfers, divers and other lovers of active and extreme recreation find exciting activities. And after entertainment, you can relax in one of the many cafes that delight with a variety of drinks and dishes. Vacationers on the beach sometimes get an interesting opportunity to watch giant whales and unusual flying fish “soaring” above the sea waves.

28. Coogee Beach and Lourlein Bay

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Coogee Beach in Sydney Mynameisben123

This is another corner of serenity away from the bustle of the city, which is distinguished by beautiful and diverse nature: beaches alternate with parks, cliffs and picturesque bays. In addition to a beach holiday, here you can take a walk both on water and on land. There is even a well-maintained walking route, which is so popular with those who like to observe the views of the surrounding landscapes. This trail is laid right along the rocks of the beach, there is even a half-kilometer section of the road in the form of a sidewalk. The total length of the route is more than 3 kilometers – enough to take a walk and take a break from the bustle of the city.

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In the bay of Woolumulu Bay there is a pier, with its outlines resembling a giant finger, which, as it were, points to the ocean. Travelers making a trip to Sydney by sea simply cannot imagine the panorama of the city without this city pier. It is the world's longest structure on wooden piles. Initially, the pier, built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, served as a warehouse where wool was stored. Now restored, the 410-meter structure has become a sprawling entertainment complex with upscale apartments and chic restaurants.

30. Sydney Harbor National Park

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The bluffs of Sydney Harbor National Park in Sydney Senning Luk

The rating is completed by a beautiful natural landmark of the continent. On the coastal territory of Sydney Harbor is the pristine territory of the Sydney Harbor National Park, untouched by civilization. Steep shores, azure waters crashing against stone rocks, magnificent views of the coast, intricately indented by water – all this is available to visitors to the national park. Guests can choose from a wide range of walking routes and educational excursions, during which they can participate in a sailing regatta, visit popular beaches or explore fragments of ancient rock art.

Official website: https://www.nationalparks.

Prosperous sunny Sydney has concentrated on its lands a myriad of the most diverse interesting places, from ancient cultural institutions to ultra-modern entertainment complexes. From this variety, each visitor will find something close to himself, whether it's a vacation in beautiful protected areas and on snow-white beaches, or a cultural and educational journey, or vibrant entertainment.

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