Sydney is one of our travel destinations checklist for many years. It is a city of many diversities and there is always something new to discover. If this is your first trip to Australia, you may want to note down these places.

Circular Quay

Circular Quay
Circular Quay

The best place to start your visit is in Circular Quay, located centrally in Sydney CBD. The Quay is the main transport hub of Sydney Harbour and it’s here that two of the Australia’s most famous landmarks reside – the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. On any given day, Circular Quay is a great place to wander around and watch the ferries come and go.

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. We spent about an hour walking around the Sydney Opera House to take the classical photograph of the Sydney Opera House and so that we can keep it to our own travel photobook collections.

Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House
Walking around Sydney Opera House
Walking around Sydney Opera House
Sunset at Sydney Opera House
Sunset at Sydney Opera House
Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney Harbour Bridge

Unless you are as daring as Little Girl, you should take the climb of your life to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. If not, you may visit the Pylon viewpoint, which costs about AUD11, to enjoy a better view. The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore.

Port Jackson

Port Jackson
Port Jackson
Port Jackson & its nearby beautiful architecture buildings
Port Jackson & its nearby beautiful architecture buildings

Located next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Port Jackson, consisting of the waters of Sydney Harbour, Middle Harbour, North Harbour and the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers, is the ria or natural harbor of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The harbor is an inlet of the Tasman Sea.

Royal Botanic Garden

Entrance to Royal Botanic Garden
Entrance to Royal Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is a major botanical garden located in the heart of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Located near the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Botanic Gardens is one of most serene gardens in Australia due to the harbor views. This is a great place to picnic and spend your evening here with your loved ones to watch the sunset that is behind the Sydney Opera House.

A place to rest at Royal Botanic Garden
A place to rest at Royal Botanic Garden
Around Royal Botanic Garden
Around Royal Botanic Garden

The Rocks

Sydney - The Rock
Sydney – The Rock
The Rock & Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Rock & Sydney Harbour Bridge

The steep and disorderly streets of The Rocks extend to the western end of Circular Quay and the impressive steel arch of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The Rock & Hotel Pier One Sydney Harbour
The Rock & Hotel Pier One Sydney Harbour

The Rocks is a neighborhood of historic laneways in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Locals and tourists mingle at the open-air Rocks Markets, purchasing street food and handmade fashions. The area has some of Sydney’s oldest pubs and many of the upscale restaurants have harbor views. The Museum of Contemporary Art offers local and international exhibits. Buskers perform along the busy harbourfront promenade.

Darling Harbour

Sunset at Darling Harbour
Sunset at Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a harbor adjacent to the city center of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is also a large recreational and pedestrian precinct that is situated on western outskirts of the Sydney Central Business District (CBD).

Walking along Darling Harbour
Walking along Darling Harbour

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime Museum is a federally operated maritime museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Australian National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum
A guided tour in the ship at Australian National Maritime Museum
A guided tour in the ship at Australian National Maritime Museum
Submarine! Australian National Maritime Museum
Submarine! Australian National Maritime Museum

Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Featherdale Wildlife Park

Featherdale Wildlife Park is an Australian zoo in Doonside, Sydney, near Blacktown It specializes in Australian native wildlife and birds, as well as reptiles and marsupials.

Map of Featherdale Wildlife Park
Map of Featherdale Wildlife Park
Finally, I saw a Panda!
Finally, I saw a Panda!
Wild birds at Featherdale Wildlife Park
Wild birds at Featherdale Wildlife Park
Feeding Kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park
Feeding Kangaroos at Featherdale Wildlife Park

Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory
Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory is located on a hill now known as Observatory Hill in the center of Sydney. The site evolved from a fort built on ‘Windmill Hill’ in the early 19th century to an astronomical observatory during the nineteenth century.

Take a seat and enjoy the view from Sydney Observatory
Take a seat and enjoy the view from Sydney Observatory
Bottom of Sydney Observatory - Glover Cottage
Bottom of Sydney Observatory – Glover Cottage

Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Art Gallery of New South Wales, located in The Domain in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, is the most important public gallery in Sydney and one of the largest in Australia. The Gallery’s first public exhibition opened in 1874.

Queen Victoria Building

Queen Victoria Building
Queen Victoria Building

The Queen Victoria Building is a late nineteenth-century building designed by the architect George McRae in the central business district of Sydney, Australia.

Royal Clock in Queen Victoria Building
Royal Clock in Queen Victoria Building
The Great Australian Clock in Queen Victoria Building
The Great Australian Clock in Queen Victoria Building

St Mary’s Cathedral

The Cathedral Church and Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Mother of God, Help of Christians is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney, currently Anthony Fisher OP.

Final Thoughts

Little girl and I wish that we have more time in Sydney as we have to hustle a little here and there. The best way to get around Sydney is on foot and several of Sydney’s highlights can be taken in for free or cheap simply by walking around.