Sydney Harbour with views of Balmoral Beach, with Middle Head and Bradleys Head.
View of Vaucluse Bay, Shark Beach at Nielsen Park and Rose Bay behind.
View of Rose Bay with neighbouring Royal Sydney Golf Club.
View of Tamarama Beach, Bronte Park, Clovelly, Gordons Bay and Coogee Beach along Sydney’s coastline.
Coming in to land at Sydney airport over Kamy Botany Bay National Park with La Perouse and New South Wales Golf Club in the background.
AROUND THE CITY
Sydney Harbour is one of the most famous sights in the world where you can catch a ferry, sail, paddle or cruise around the inlets, bays and look at the harbour-side homes. There is the Opera House, the Bridge, Manly ferry, the Rocks where European settler’s history started, Sydney Cove, Circular Quay, Botanical Gardens, Luna Park and Taronga Zoo.
DICTIONARY of SYDNEY
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TIME OUT What’s happening in Sydney
WALK SYDNEY STREETS collection of photos
WHAT’S ON Discover the best events that Sydney has to offer.
Eva Punruckvong on Pinterest: Places to go, things to do and see for everyone. Feel free to link this board to friends and visitors to New South Wales.
ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CRUISE Immerse yourself in our Culture, meet our people and enjoy the sights of Sydney Harbour. Hear stories of the Cadigal, Guringai, Wangal, Gammeraigal and Wallumedegal people of Sydney Harbour and learn the Aboriginal names and meanings of significant Sydney landmarks, before stepping ashore on Be-lang-le-wool (Clark island, National Park).
SYDNEY FOR EVERYONE
SYDNEY TALKS SydneyTalks is a free service listing interesting talks in Sydney. Our list is updated regularly to ensure you receive the most accurate information entered by the organisers, but we recommend that before attending you confirm details with them.
48 HOURS in SYDNEY Jennifer Ennion dodges the tourist traps and unveils some hidden gems.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT AROUND SYDNEY and SURROUNDS: OPAL CARD
ECO HOPPER FERRY A single ticket on the Eco Hopper ferry lets you stop off at dozens of iconic destinations around Sydney Harbour including Circular Quay, Fort Denison, Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Pyrmont Bay, Watsons Bay and Manly.
HARBOUR BEACHES FERRY – week-ends only
OPAL CARD for VISITORS
HOW FAR CAN YOUR OPAL CARD TAKE YOU ON A SUNDAY? Harbour views, lush picnics and epic waterfalls will only set you back two bucks sixty.
OPAL CARD for INTERSTATE SENIORS
GETTING TO and FROM SYDNEY AIRPORT
SYDNEY ARRIVAL TRANSFERS TripAdvisor
TRANSPORT TOOL KIT plan your trip
VEHICULAR FERRIES including Mortlake Ferry
WEEK-END NOTES things to do, events and what’s on in Sydney
CITY of SYDNEY LIBRARIES programs and events
SYDNEY AIRPORT TO CITY SHUTTLE
ABORIGINAL HERITAGE WALK, KU-RING-GAI CHASE NATIONAL PARK
The Aboriginal Heritage Walk in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a must do! Nothing will recalibrate your spirit like a daytrip to this stunning park – it holds a plethora of treasures; both natural and cultural. Just a 45 minute drive from Sydney CBD, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is home to Sydney’s much loved The Basin campground, iconic West Head Lookout and rich cultural heritage of the Guringai people – traditional custodians of these lands. It’s home to one of the largest known concentrations of recorded Aboriginal sites in Australia. Incredible.
White Rabbit Gallery s one of the best places to see Chinese contemporary art. It was opened in Sydney’s Chippendale in 2009 by Judith Neilson (who owns the White Rabbit Collection). Since only a fraction of the collection can fit in the gallery, the exhibition is changed twice every year.
Forgotten Songs commemorates the songs of fifty birds once heard in central Sydney, before they were gradually forced out by European settlement. The calls, which filter down from the canopy of birdcages suspended above Angel Place, change as day shifts to night; the daytime birds’ songs disappearing with the sun, and those of the nocturnal birds, which inhabited the area, sounding into the evening.
BADU GILI – meaning ‘water light’ in the language of the traditional owners of Bennelong Point, the Gadigal people – is a new daily experience that explores ancient First Nations stories in a spectacular seven-minute projection, illuminating the Opera House’s eastern Bennelong sail year-round at sunset and 9pm.
THE STREETS of BARANGAROO
BIRD WATCHING The Urban Birdwatchers Guide to Sydney
Here, we’ve put together an urban birdwatchers guide to Sydney for Sydneysiders and visitors alike. Read on for the best spots for spotting birds in the city, the species you might see, tips and tricks for successful birdwatching, great ways to make birdwatching a social activity, and more information on taking part in The Great Aussie Backyard Bird Count.
BOTANIC GARDENS, these manicured lawns provide an oasis of tranquillity in the middle of the city, the perfect spot for cheese and biscuits with a stunning harbour setting. The Centennial Parklands – just east of the city centre – is another green patch to escape from the urban jungle.
LATITUDE 23 GLASSHOUSE Botanical Gardens. Between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn grow rare, spectacular and precious plants. See a rotating display of exotic flowering orchids, hoyas and more.
POLLINATION at THE CALYX Botanical Gardens. In the plant world, colour is the essential ingredient for pollination. Watch as The Calyx is transformed into an ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour in the new, free floral display Pollination. Curated by the horticultural team at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the display features a collection of plants and flowers showcasing the role colour plays in natures magnificent act of pollination. Garden beds of vibrant coloured orchids, daisies, gardenias and lilies are set against the backdrop of the display hero -the green wall. The wall, the largest of its kind in Australia, standing at 6 metres high and spanning 50 metres, showcases the Pollination theme with Dichondra, Syngonium and Heuchera.
Pollination at The Calyx is open 15 September 2017– 29 July 2018
10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily.
Become one of the three million people to have scaled the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge
, offering amazing views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House.
Cross the Bridge, it only takes 20 minutes to stroll across the Harbour Bridge – and when you get to the other side, follow the water past Luna Park to Wendy’s Secret Garden, a maze of tangled stairways and exotic plants with a postcard view of the city across the harbour.
- Golden Age Cinema and Bar
- SUMMER OUTDOOR CINEMAS 2017-2018 There are a few visual cues that mark the beginning of summer in Australia. Jacarandas blossoming on suburban streets. Cricket replacing footy on local ovals. Backpackers sunburning on crowded beaches. And big screens popping up in parks and on rooftops around the country, preparing for another summer of outdoor cinema. Because what better way to spend a balmy evening than under the stars watching your favourite flick?
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS in the city: Darling Harbour Christmas Tree, David Jones Christmas Window, Martin Place Christmas Tree, Queen Victoria Building Christmas Tree, St Marys Cathedral Lights, Town Hall Lights, Westfield Sydney, Martin Place & Pitt Street.
CUSTOM HOUSE and a great meeting place
COCKATOO ISLAND heritage-listed convict site in the middle of the harbour with overnight camping.
CULTURAL FOOD TOURS
Taste Cultural Food Tours are the best cross cultural experiences you can have without leaving Sydney! Our unique delicious food tours are offered in some of Sydney’s most vibrant multicultural town centres. Talented local people share mouthwatering treats, local history and their cultural and local stories. You will visit the best places to eat and shop, discovering those hidden gems that only locals know! All our tours are small groups, and all food is included, so you will not leave hungry.
We are a charity and social enterprise aiming to build strong cross-cultural understanding by bringing the wider community together through unique Australian food tours. All our profits are invested into offering training and employment opportunities to refugees, migrants and youth, supporting them into the career of their choice.
HIGH TEA suggestions
- Vaucluse House TearoomsWentworth Road, VaucluseSet among 10 hectares of manicured gardens that stretch all the way down to Sydney Harbour, Vaucluse House is a historic sandstone mansion that was built in the 1830s. Added to the building in the 1930s, The Tearooms are art deco in style and overlook the gardens.
- The Tearoom at the QVBQueen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, SydneyCrystal chandeliers hang from the Victorian ceiling of this beautiful tearoom, which was once the QVB’s original Grand Ballroom.
- The Langham Sydney89-113 Kent Street, SydneyThose looking for an opulent high tea experience should head to The Langham for a British-inspired affair of pastries, truffles and macarons made by their in-house patissiere. Set in the hotel’s elegant Palm Court in the grand lobby with pretty harbour views.
- Gunners BarracksEnd of Suakin Drive, Georges HeightsCosy up in the elegant tearoom or take a seat on the enclosed terrace with its stunning harbour views for high tea at Gunners Barracks, a colonial sandstone building built in 1873.
- The Intercontinental Sydney 117 Macquarie Street, SydneySet beneath the atrium and sandstone arches of the Cortile lounge at the Intercontinental Sydney.
- BONDI MARKETS: every Saturday, beachside location at the local public school
- CARRIAGEWORKS: every Saturday and walk around the regularly held exhibitions in the adjacent art precinct.
- GROWERS MARKETS: first Saturday of the month on the waterfront in Pyrmont.
- THE ROCKS: Foodie Market, 9am – 3pm, Fridays, Jack Mundey Place under the shadows of Sydney Hrbour Bridge. The Rocks Markets, 10am – 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, Playfair Street, George Street, Jack Mundey Place
MUSEUM of SYDNEY: built over and around the remains of Australia’s first Government House. In 1788 Governor Phillip chose this site for his official residence. Today, through a diverse and changing program of exhibitions and events, the Museum of Sydney explores the stories of this city from its origins to today, while the remains of the original building can be glimpsed through glass openings in the museum forecourt and foyer.
NATIONAL PARKS where you can get a free workout. Get your nature fix and save money at the same time! Ditching the gym and finding free local outdoor activities is an absolute no-brainer for your mind (and your wallet). Smashthe kind of workouts your colleagues will actually want to hear about, you’ll even get to see some picturesque Aussie landscapes while you break a sweat!
NEW YEARS EVE: Sydney Harbour National Park
NEW YEARS EVE RING IN 2019 IN SYDNEY with YHA Sydney Harbour YHA is the only hostel perched above Sydney’s historic Rocks and boasts quite frankly the greatest view of the harbour you could hope to absorb. Sit from sunrise to sunset, people watching and seeing the city buzz by, explore Circular Quay and all that the city has to offer, then toddle back to the rooftop for an exclusive New Years Eve celebration that you’ll never forget.
ON THE WATER
- Parramatta River Ferry
- Manly Ferry, no more quintessentially ‘Sydney’ way to get around the city than by ferry – and the 30-minute trip north to Manly is the most scenic route through the harbour, with a bustling beach and a booming food and drink scene to look forward to at the other end.
- Watson Bay, half-hour ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay to tuck into fish at chips at Sydney institution Doyles, bushwalk around the South Head of the harbour, have a dip in the sheltered bay of Camp Cove, or bare it all at naturist haven Lady Bay Beach.
- Join an NPWS guide on the historic launch Gargarle for a fascinating tour of three islands in Sydney Harbour. The Gargarle was built in the 1950s to transport maritime workers to and from Goat Island. Meet at 9.45am. Tour runs 10am – 2pm on Sunday 4 September and Sunday 6 November 2016; Sunday 8 January, Sunday 5 February, Sunday 5 March and Sunday 2 April 2017. Our first stop is Goat Island, where you’ll explore the 1836 Queens powder magazine and the convict quarry. You’ll hear stories about the life of convicts and the soldiers that guarded them. From there we’ll cruise over to Fort Denison, where you’ll be guided through Australia’s only Martello tower. Explore the displays and discover more fascinating history from an audiovisual presentation. Our last stop is Clark Island, where you’ll learn how the island got its name while you enjoy a BYO picnic lunch.
MCA CAFE and SCULPTURE TERRACE: A great place for a bite to eat with an amazing view over Syndey Harbour.
Sydney’s buried history you’ll never get to see
THE historian Grace Karskens was incredulous. The Museum of Contemporary Art intended marking the nation’s oldest dockyard buried beneath the gallery’s $53 million extension with an arrow pointing to concrete. Admittedly, it was a 2.7 metre arrow, illuminated and by the artist Brook Andrew.
”Why? What’s that got to do with the dockyard?” said Associate Professor Karskens, who thinks it ”a bit mean” to mark the site with a few lines from the artist without explaining what lies below.
Exploring Sydney’s abandoned rail tunnels
STORIES FROM THE MINT
PICNIC SPOTS From open grassy spaces to beachside locations, national parks in and around Sydney have plenty to offer for everyone. For Sydney Harbour views, pack a picnic and go swimming at Shark or Clark Island. Just north of the city in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, you’ll find tranquil waterside picnic areas at Bobbin Head and The Basin. And if you’re in the mood for a day trip with friends or family, Blue Mountains and Bouddi national parks are popular hotspots for a lazy picnic.
THE EIGHT BEST PICNIC SPOTS NEAR SYDNEY
Summer suggestions for in and around Sydney
- BASIN PICNIC AREA take the ferry across Pittwater to Ku-ring-gal Chase National Park and spark up a barbecue
- CARTER CREEK shaded picnic tables and gas barbecues by the river
- CLARK ISLAND in Sydney Harbour
- GARIE BEACH in Royal National Park, an hour south of Sydney
- LEURA CASCADES looking across the Jamieson Valley in the Blue Mountains
- LOBSTER BEACH in Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast with sheltered beach fringed with national bushland
- NIELSEN PARK positioned at Vaucluse in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, harbourside cafe
- SHARK ISLAND in Sydney Harbour
- WATTAMOLLA is popular for swimming, fishing, snorkelling and bushwalking
For over 150 years the Quarantine Station was for many, the beginning of a new life in Australia after making the arduous & lengthy journey from their homelands. Ships suspected of harbouring people infected with contagious disease such as Spanish Influenza, Smallpox or Bubonic Plague were quarantined here so that these deadly diseases would not reach the general population in Sydney. Ultimately a success story for the growing Sydney population, it did however leave an indelible mark on those that were quarantined; tales of love and loss play out alongside themes of cultural and social change, medical history and progress.
QUEEN VICTORIA BUILDING