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Published March 17th 2021
Explore Sydney City in a weekend with this list
Sydney is home to world-famous landmarks, hatted restaurants, bustling bars, scenic activities and attractions, and spectacular cultural venues.
Sydney impressively stretches from the iconic Circular Quay through to quirky laneways of Paddington and Surry Hills and is a melting pot of culture and cuisine, and is home to the deepest and largest natural harbour in the world!
Whether you live in New South Wales and want a short weekend break without leaving the state or visiting from the interstate, there is something for everyone to see, do and experience.
Below are the top tips for enjoying a weekend escape in Sydney.
Top Things to Do & See:
* Climb (or walk) Sydney Harbour Bridge:
A visit to the world's largest steel-arch bridge is a must!
Dominated by the Sydney skyline since its installation in 1932, the Harbour Bridge can be admired from a distance, walked across and climbed on! Sydney Harbour Bridge is home to Pylon Lookout, which features 200 steps to the top, where you will be welcomed with spectacular harbour views, views of the Royal Botanic Gardens and beyond.
If you are feeling adventurous, climbing the bridge's summit for 360-degrees views of the entire city and beyond will certainly tick that box.
Sydney is a mecca for art lovers. You will find many galleries, with each gallery featuring its own unique spin on local and international culture. Explore Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian, and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of NSW, or admire the world's most extensive Chinese contemporary collection at White Rabbit Gallery.
The Rocks was once a playground of convicts, sailors and soldiers; today, The Rocks is one of Sydney's most vibrant precincts. You can easily lose yourself discovering cobbled laneways, passing attractions including Cadmans Cottage (Sydney's oldest surviving residential building), Susannah Place (where four terrace houses built by Irish immigrants in the 1840s are preserved), and an array of restaurants, pubs and cafes, and more.
The Cadigal people are the traditional owners of the Sydney CBD land, and there is a rich history dating back thousands of years. There are several Tours where you can discover Sydney's Aboriginal History.
Darling Harbour is a playground for attractions including SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Wildlife Zoo, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Cockle Bay Wharf, King Street Wharf, a gateway to Barangaroo, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Tumbalong Park, Darling Quarter, Harbourside Shopping Centre, 9D Action Cinema, a gateway to Sydney cruises, Darling Harbour Children's Playground, Darling Harbour Ferris Wheel, and much more.
It is also home to an array of eateries and bars, and nightly firework displays (cancelled due to Covid-19).